Is Your Excel Inventory Template Holding You Back?

Small Business Tip To Improve Your Bottom Line

If you’re using excel spreadsheets to manage your inventory (or even just pen and paper), you’re not alone. With all the challenges that come with running a business, figuring out what to use to manage inventory sometimes gets put on the back burner. So what do most business owners do? They’ll fire up Microsoft Excel, use an inventory template and call it a day. While an Excel inventory template might work when you're just starting out or have a small number of items, you might run … [Read more...]

Learn Camtasia Testimonial (Video)


A while back, I had the opportunity to review the Camtasia Studio 8 video creation software. You can read my review here. It is incredible software for making just about any kind of video on a PC. But as soon as I cracked it open, I realized I would need a little bit of help if I was going to make the amazing videos I had envisioned. And I found an excellent training program to help me do just that. It's called Learn Camtasia and is hosted by Lon Naylor and Michelle Schoen. They are very … [Read more...]

Video Traffic Academy 2.0 Review — This Training Is Amazing

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Have you ever watched a YouTube video? Yea, I know -- stupid question. Here's a better one. Do your clients and prospects watch YouTube videos? I bet the answer to that is a resounding YES! Okay, so the next question is -- Do you have a good video strategy? And your answer to that is probably no. Well, you're not alone. A lot of small business owners have yet to get on the video band wagon. Heck, I set up my YouTube channel in 2007 and I've was really lax about turning it into a … [Read more...]

Surprise! Ring Central Goodies…

Cloud based phone service from Ring Central

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Ring Central cloud based business phone service. I've been a customer since 2007 and changing to this service was one of the best decisions I ever made for my business. It saves me money and provides amazing versatility. RingCentral is the perfect small business phone system — especially because our businesses are so mobile these days. RingCentral will free you up from your desk and follow you anywhere. But I was really surprised when I got a package … [Read more...]

Box Shot King – Very Cool Cloud Graphics Software Review

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Do you struggle with creating graphics for your products? Or just spend an arm and a leg and pay someone else to do it? I'm in both of these camps. Sometimes I'll give it a shot myself, but I typically end up having someone else do it. That can get a bit frustrating and expensive. So a lot of small business owners and solopros will spring for Adobe Photoshop (ouch! over $600), or use Gimp, the free alternative (huge learning curve). But no more. Now there's a better, easy solution. A … [Read more...]

WordTracker Link Builder Tool Can Help You Get Found

Getting links on the web

Everywhere you turn on the interwebs people will give you advice about getting found in Google. One of the keys to being successful is to ensure you have links coming into your website. That's a pretty tall order when you consider the web grows by leaps and bounds every single day. There are many tools that have been created to help you with this task. One of them is the Link Builder tool created by the good people at WordTracker. I haven't tried this tool, but it looks like it may be helpful … [Read more...]

You Will Win More Often With A Written Agreement

Small Business Consulting Agreement - Contract

If your small business sells knowledge or services, it's tough to repossess what you've sold once it's gone if the client decides not to pay the bill. At least once a week, I hear from a small business owner who is fighting to get the money they deserve from some deadbeat client who has decided not to pay. That's why, no matter what, you always need some sort of written agreement with your clients. It doesn't have to be a full-blown contract, a letter of agreement will do. Just make sure … [Read more...]

Don’t Respond to Emails That Promise Small Business SEO Miracles


It's no secret that high rankings in the search engines can bring loads of traffic to your small business website. And the way to get that traffic is to use search engine optimization (seo) tactics that increase the chances you will get found. But, as with anything, you have to be aware that there are "snake oil sales people" out there who will promise you something they can't deliver. At least not without risking your hard earned online reputation. Here's an example of a solicitation you … [Read more...]

Netflix! Another Good Reason to Own a Droid Phone


I am so excited! Just found out today that Netflix has an app in the android market. I have Netflix to help me tolerate traveling. I can watch a movie anytime, anywhere. And now I can get it on all my devices. Yay! So no matter where I am, I have choices. I can pull out my trusty laptop computer or open up my Apple iPad or if I'm in a real hurry, I can fire up the app on my DROID INCREDIBLE Android Phone. I love Netflix. If you haven't tried it yet, you can get it here (free trial). … [Read more...]

RingCentral Review – My Favorite Small Business Phone System

Cloud based phone service from Ring Central

A few years ago when I was shopping around for new phone service, I tried out a few of the online virtual business phone systems. The old telephone company standard just wasn't meeting my needs anymore, yet the costs kept going up. The good news is that if you wait long enough, some smart entrepreneur will create a technology solution that meets your needs exactly. That's what happened to me with RingCentral. This virtual cloud-based phone service is easy to use and has a bunch of options to … [Read more...]

Local Marketing to Small Businesses is Hot – Are You In?

Business moves so quickly these days, it's hard to stay on top of everything. But I didn't want you to miss out on something I recently  heard about. It's a new product to help small local businesses take their marketing online. I thought it might be something you'd like to know about too. … [Read more...]

MediaFeedia Review – Manage Your Facebook Page From A Single Dashboard


Facebook is hot, hot, hot! And I don't see it going away anytime soon. That means your small business should be there. (Note: if you are still one of the few small businesses that does not yet have a website, Facebook would be a good place to start.) One of the drawbacks for small business owners when it comes to any type of social media -- whether that is blogging, Twitter, or Facebook -- is taking on one more thing to do in an already packed day. Yes, you can outsource some of these … [Read more...]