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How to Vet a Franchise

When I was in my late twenty’s, I had a horrible experience buying into a popular franchise concept. I am a lover of all things business and have been self-employed most of my adult life. After my sour franchise experience, I have investigated hundreds of franchises trying to find just the right thing. At this point I consider myself a franchise investigation pro. Here are the questions you need to know to ask in order to properly vet a franchise.

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7 Tips for Choosing the Best CRM for Small Business

It is no secret that a large business begins with a small one. Automating business processes is the first step to making a small business bigger. If human beings must perform all of a business’s processes, business growth can slow or stop altogether. A CRM system (Customer Relationship Management) is a technology designed to help businesses manage their interactions with current and potential customers. A CRM system will help your business to increase sales, optimize marketing activities and improve customer service. It will store all your customer data and the history of your customer interactions. It will also set and enhance business processes and analyze the results, saving resources for further business development. However, many small business owners still doubt their business requires a CRM system.

3 Ways to Boost Your Car Replacement Parts Business

Automotive businesses have great potential to grow, considering the industry’s steady rise over the past few years. As people look for convenient transportation, car financing has become more accessible. More consumers are also keeping their older vehicles, choosing to do scheduled servicing to prolong their lifespan. These trends all point to a bright future for your car replacement parts business. However, people don’t look for your services until they need them. So the challenge is being the first service provider with a relevant offer. But amidst the sea of competition, how can you tread the waters? Here are some tips for boosting the sales of your car replacement parts business.

The Benefits of Inventory Management with CMMS Software

Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) can help improve efficiency of maintenance departments of all sizes. In a nutshell, it prevents the occurrence of maintenance issues that lead to costly repairs. This puts emphasis where it belongs—on proactive maintenance, rather than on reactive maintenance. This type of approach reduces maintenance costs and ensures equipment is kept in good order. Overall, there are several benefits to inventory management with CMMS software.

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How to Use SEO Case Studies to Find the Best Agency for Your Company

You should never agree to work with an SEO agency that shies away from sharing their SEO case studies or other details about their previous and current clients. Why? It just makes good sense to examine an agency’s SEO case studies before you choose to work with them. How else will you be able to determine the quality of their work? However, knowing what to look for in an SEO case study will help you to make an educated decision about which agency you want to work with. In this article, we look at the questions you should be asking.

How to Find Balance Between Business and Life

Time is a precious commodity. There never seems to be enough hours in the workday to get it all done. You may feel like you are struggling to keep afloat and working long hours to do so. There’s just no way to keep up with all the work you have and find balance between business and life. Unless, of course, you are not using your time wisely in the first place. These tips can help you stretch the hours in your workday and make time for the personal activities that you really want to do, so you can find that delicate balance between business and life.

Keeping Commercial Spaces Affordable for Local Businesses

Rents for commercial spaces continue to rise for various reasons, and the increase cuts across all communities. However, local businesses in lower-income communities are the worst hit. Local governments have a role to play in protecting the interests of small business owners. Here are some strategies that cities can implement to keep commercial rents affordable for local businesses.

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Internships: 3 Reasons Why Your MBA Is Incomplete Without One

Perhaps, on your way to owning your own business, you’re studying for a master’s degree in business, an MBA. Consider that an internship with your MBA program can be critical to your success. Internships can help you to see where you need to make changes. They can help you to determine what is working and what is not working in your approach. And, finally, internships offer a concrete assessment of where you can improve when that next opportunity arrives.







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