MANAGING STRESS: Time Management (PART 2) Plan the Work, Then Work the Plan Make Good Lists for Effective Prioritization Time management matrix is essentially about prioritization, and virtually every time management expert focuses on the importance of prioritizing and rescheduling, usually in the form of a daily or weekly “to-do”...

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MANAGING STRESS: Time Management (PART 1) One of the most important ways of handling stress is through effective time management. By managing time better, most of us can prevent many of the problems that stress causes by not putting ourselves in stressful situations in the first place.  The inability to...

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INDUSTRY AND MARKET ISSUES (PART 4) MANAGEMENT TEAM ISSUES Entrepreneurial Team Attractive opportunities have existing teams that are strong and contain industry superstars. The team has proven profit and loss experience in the same technology, market, and service area, and members have complementary and compatible skills. An unattractive opportunity does...

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INDUSTRY AND MARKET ISSUES (PART 3) HARVEST ISSUES Value-Added Potential New ventures that are based on strategic value in an industry such as valuable technology, are attractive, while those of low or no strategic value are less attractive. The characteristics of businesses that command a premium price is that they...

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INDUSTRY AND MARKET ISSUES (PART 2) ECONOMICS Profits after Tax High and durable gross margins usually translate into strong and durable after-tax profits. Attractive opportunities have potential for durable profits of at least 10 percent to 15 percent and often 20 percent or more. Those generating after-tax of less than...

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HOW ROYALTY FINANCING WORKS Royalty financing is a relatively new concept that offers an alternative to regular debt financing (loans and trade credit) and equity financing (venture capital and stock sales). In a royalty financing arrangement, a small business would receive a special amount of funds from an investor or...

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HOW TO BID FOR “REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL” Request for Proposal (RFP) is the process by which a corporate department or government agency prepares bid documents to acquire equipment or services. RFPs are frequently published in the legal documents section or pertinent newspapers or in trade journals covering the industry in...

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RISK AND RETURNS ON INVESTMENT  The term ‘risk and return” refers to the potential financial loss or gain experienced through investments in securities. An investor who has registered a profit is said to have seen a “return” on his or her investment.  The “risk” of the investment, meanwhile, denotes the...

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BENEFITS OF SMALL BUSINESS CONSORTIA Business consortia are alliances of individual business enterprises. These firms are often in the same broad field or industry, though they are rarely in direct competition with one another. Instead, members usually offer products or services that are complementary to those available through other consortium...

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WHY BUSINESS OWNERS MUST KEEP TO ZONING ORDINANCES  Zoning ordinances are laws that govern activities in townships and other municipalities. Most cities and towns are composed of regions that are zoned for residential, commercial, or industrial development, and often these zones are subdivided by additional use restrictions (type or business...

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