Personal Issues at Play

Personal Issues at Play

Being your own boss is the dream of most entrepreneurs, but it comes with a price. The freedom of not having to answer to someone else becomes the obligation of having to answer to the needs of the business. In this sense, the business is the new boss. Work-life balance: Starting a business will consume a lot of time, energy and commitment. Not letting the business prevent you from having personal time is a challenge. An entrepreneur needs to set aside time in the workweek to spend time outside the business and stick to it. The failure to deliberately manage a work-life balance can lead to burnout, health problems and lost relationships with family and friends. Where to start: Starting a business requires a seemingly endless list of things to do; it can be overwhelming and lead to paralysis and inaction. The best approach is to organize the tasks, pick one and get started. Managing growth: After making the first sale, the next challenge is to manage...
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Starting a Business Is not Easy

Starting a Business Is not Easy

If you ask entrepreneurs what problems they faced when starting a business, the answers will usually be the same: money, employees and personal issues. All businesses need enough equity capital to survive startup and growth with sufficient cash flow coming in to pay the bills. Employees will consume a large portion of that cash flow, but they are part of the growth of a business. In the meantime, the owner has to maintain enough self-confidence to persevere through the negativity and huge challenges and not lose the belief that the business will undoubtedly succeed. So, what is the first thing to do when starting a business? No simple answer exists for this question. An aspiring entrepreneur must address all of these challenges at the same time. However, being able to successfully handle all of these problems is the gratification for starting the business in the first place. ...
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Choose a Good eBay User ID for Selling

Choose a Good eBay User ID for Selling

The biggest obstacle to becoming successful as an eBay seller is branding. You do have the advantage of operating under the eBay brand, which is substantial — but your ultimate goal should not be to have your customers say, "I bought it off of eBay." Your goal should be to have your customers recognize and appreciate your own brand. When considering eBay username ideas, remember that eBay is just a selling tool, so do not make the mistake of relying too heavily on eBay for driving your sales. Importance of eBay Seller Names You are starting a business of your own — you are not eBay. The most important part of that process is establishing your own brand and your own identity, and so your company name — reflected in your eBay user ID — is going to set the tone for your future success. Choose an Actual Company Name The best eBay sellers do not limit themselves to selling on eBay exclusively. You...
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Operating an LLC Under a Personal Name

Operating an LLC Under a Personal Name

Not everyone wants or needs a catchy business name. Sometimes, your own personal name makes good business sense: Ben & Jerry’s, Bob Evans and Calvin Klein are just a few of the successful companies that operate under a personal name. Limited liability companies can use personal names in a variety of ways: first names, last names, initials plus a last name, or a personal name that’s only part of the business name, such as “Joe’s Bar and Grill.” You can also form an LLC under a different name and use your personal name as your DBA or “doing business as” name. Naming an LLC To form an LLC, you must choose a name that is distinguishable from the names of other business entities in your state. This can pose a problem if you have a common name and want to use it as your LLC name. In most states, you can find out whether other businesses are already using your first or last name by searching business names online at the secretary...
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Choosing a Business Name

Choosing a Business Name

You probably have lots of creative ideas for your business name. You may even have chosen a favorite. But naming your business involves far more than just thinking of a name you like. A good name will reflect your business’s identity and goals. It will help you market yourself. And it won’t get you into legal trouble. Your business name will be with you for a long time, so it’s important to carefully consider your choice before you invest in starting a business entity, setting up a website and creating signs and other promotional materials. Here are some tips to get you started. 1. Follow Your State’s Naming Guidelines If you plan to form a business entity such as a corporation or limited liability company, your state’s laws will restrict you from using a name that another business entity in your state is already using. In some states you also can’t use a name that is deceptively similar to another business entity’s name. If you do set up...
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