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FedEx vs. UPS vs. USPS

For many businesses it can be a tough process to figure out which postal and delivery service you want to use for your business and which will best meet your needs. It can often be beneficial to pick one service if your business is a heavy user as all of the main providers have volume discounts and programs for businesses….
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Projected Growth Industries for the 21st Century

As investors, business owners or entrepreneurs, it’s important to understand the shifting sands of the top industries for growth in today’s economy. Some discrepancies are obvious. For example, print media would be classified as a dying industry, while smartphones and tablets are regarded as a surging one. Others are less apparent but far more important – such as the decline…
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Which Organizational Structure is Right for Your Business?

When setting up a new business, you should pay careful attention to designing your company’s organizational structure. This should be decided according to your company’s size, industry and aims. You should think of organizational structures as communication flowcharts. Poorly conceived organizational structures will result in sluggish, inefficient communication in which managers at various levels are required to deliver information to…
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Lease vs. Rent

When purchasing something is not quite possible (or desired) the option for many individuals and companies comes down to leasing or renting. While both have similarities, getting access to an asset for a limited period, there are significant differences as well. This article will help you understand those differences when your decision to lease vs. rent comes up. Leasing A…
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How to Make Money From Home

Many people have contemplated what it would take for them to make money from home.  This is especially true for those homebound people with disabilities or children to take care of, as well as for those with long or unpleasant commutes to their current place of employment. Others who want to make money from home might prefer the relative informality…
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Should a Small Business Practice Total Quality Management?

Total Quality Management is the dedicated effort to providing a continuously-increasing level of quality in an effort to retain the attention (and repeat business) of your customers. Widely practiced throughout the world, large corporations are continuously examining their products and services through the practice of TQM to optimize their competitiveness, paying particular attention to their core customer base. So why can’t…
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9 Options for Small Town Entrepreneurs

Living in a town with a small population presents a unique challenge to entrepreneurs. A narrow local market means the margin for error is greater than in centers of higher population. But a small town presents a great opportunity to form strong bonds with customers. The trick is to find out what business is suitable for the town. 3 Options…
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How to Finance a Short Sale

A short sale is a real estate transaction for the purchase of a home before a bank forecloses on it. Short sales allow the owner of the home to sell the home below the market price and are subject to approval by the holder of the loan on the property. A short sale home often has the owners still living…
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