Julia Merrace 

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    I feel like that can change depending on the size of the company. When it comes to small business there is normally one person who is in charge, but if it’s a larger company then it is a whole team. They will normally keep track of the physical books or payroll information, or ensure the security of an online system. They also will organize invoices, prepare statements, analyze information and supervise systems.

     

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    Julia Merrace 
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    Going into business with a friend can really make or break a relationship. You are putting money and time into something that might not work out in the end. But at the same time depending on how close you are with the friend can also work to your advantage because you know how the other person operates so it is a double edged sword sometimes.
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    Julia Merrace 
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    A leader to me is someone who leads by example. I used to have a boss who would give us assignments but when we struggled she would hop in and help us. She would assist us however we needed. Knowing that to lead and to be a boss are sometimes two different things.
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    Julia Merrace 
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    Who ever says it is not helpful is crazy! Why not use a system that will help you track your employees time? We are in the 21st century,there is no reason to work harder and not smarter.
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    Julia Merrace 
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    I know skype is an option but is there a better alternative that’s focus is just calling for business?
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    Julia Merrace 
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    Well there are a lot of variables when it comes to that. Are you a new business who can afford and accountant ? Then I HIGHLY recommend working with someone who knows what they are doing. It will cost more then just using a software but it will be worth it.
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    Julia Merrace 
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    Well I guess it depends on you. Is there a specific venture that you want to take over because you like their business model and want to see if you can fix it up? Or do you have an idea that no one has seen before and you want to make a name for yourself using that instead? Both are great options, one is always established so you are working on rebranding and the other is a new start from thew bare bones. So this seems more like a personal question for what YOU think is smartest.
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    Julia Merrace 
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    Try your friends and relatives. Maybe someone out there you didn’t think of believes in your ability to make this work? You never know until you ask.
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    Julia Merrace 
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    This obviously depends on the business. What business are you in?
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    Julia Merrace 
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    I think you could use a spread sheet if you’re hyper organized. It didn’t really sound like Joshua was, however. It would be better if he used something one of the accounting packages. Since there are free ones like wave, I’d investigate that first.
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    Julia Merrace 
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    It boils down to these few options. Either you can borrow, find some investors, or spend your own money. If you borrow, then you can choose from banks, private money, etc. investors will want to own part of the business and exercise some measure of control. So in the end, like everything else, the answer tends to be specific to what you’re trying to achieve. In other words, your specific business and how you run it will usually dictate the type of money you get.
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    Julia Merrace 
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    I’ve used flexjobs too. They are great. They are free and I get lots of applicants. Overseas contractors are where it’s at, business wise for a good assistant. You don’t have to worry about all the traditional stuff like payroll taxes, insurance, etc. And the local economy in far flung places often means you can get help for much less than you’d pay locally.
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    Julia Merrace 
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    Agreed. Creative swag can work. We spent a lot of time thinking of creative ways to stay in the news (so to speak) with our customers. If you spend enough time thinking about it, eventually you’ll find the right balance to get customers on board.
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    Julia Merrace 
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    Ugh! Proceed with caution. The leads we get from there aren’t so great. Customer service is downright terrible. And it’s VERY easy to spend money you don’t mean to spend. I’ll give you a couple of examples. Suppose you put up a campaign. If it’s not created correctly, you could be advertising to your already existing customers, costing you money ongoing every day. Or you could be advertising to groups of people that have no interest in your product or service at all. It’s incredibly easy (too easy) if you ask me, so setup a campaign and drain your bank account overnight if you make a mistake.

    Also, there’s another problem. If you have made a mistake, who’s to say you’re even going to be aware of it right away. You could theoretically be advertising to the wrong groups for months on end with no real way of knowing at all. You’d just see your cost per lead and there’s no obvious way for you to know without a lot of digging and an in-depth look at your account whether or not you’re even reaching who you think you’re reaching.

    Google is less than helpful if you have a problem. Prepare to speak with someone is Asia who has no power to help you resolve the issue. It’s very bad news if you realize you’ve made a mistake, as they won’t be of ANY help, even if the mistake was yesterday.

    Overall I would suggest finding other ways to advertise and using Google absolutely last after other channels are exhausted unless you’re absolutely sure it’s going to be cost effective.

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    Julia Merrace 
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    Local banks sometimes have better rates.
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