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                                  Showing posts with label Online Resources. Show all posts
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                                  Monday, October 15, 2007

                                  Find Equipment for Your Home Office Online...For Free!


                                  You probably have lots of potentially useful possessions cluttering up your garage, basement or attic. You know one day you'll probably get up the energy to haul all of it out to the curb to be picked up by the trash haulers. But what if you could give away some of that stuff and enable yourself to get free things that you actually need in return?

                                  Freecycle operates on the basic principle that "one man's trash is another man's treasure". The idea is to give away (for free) objects you don't need and avoid putting them into a landfill. Freecycle
                                  was started in May 2003 to help reduce reduction in Tucson, Arizona and has since spread throughout the world.

                                  Freecycle accomplishes the noble goal of reducing waste on the planet by making it easy for people to join groups in their local communities. Joining a group only involves filling out a simple online e-mail form and replying to a registration e-mail confirming your e-mail address (all groups are moderated and the moderator much approve your application to join the group). You are free to join as many groups as you want in your local area. If there isn't a group in your area, there are instructions for starting your own.

                                  Once you are in a group, you merely offer an item you no longer want to the group. You aren't selling it to anyone...you must give it away for free. After you offer an item to others, you can post requests for items that you want in the group forum. This could allow you to pick up items (such as a table and filing cabinet for your home office) without paying anything for them.

                                  What could be better than reducing waste to help save the planet while you are saving start-up costs for your business. So join Freecycle today and trade your way to business savings!

                                  Save Money on Equipment - Comparison Shop Online

                                  Prices can vary widely from store to store or from web site to web site. Driving around searching for the best bargains when outfitting a small business is a huge waste of time and gasoline. Fortunately, web sites such as Shopping.com and Shopzilla are set up to do comparison shopping for us.

                                  On Shopping.com, just key in the information about the product you are looking to buy (such as the manufacturer and model number of a laptop computer). As you can see below, the web site compares the prices in various stores (both brick and mortar and online) so you can determine exactly where the best deal can be had.



                                  As you can see from this screen capture, a Toshiba laptop varies in price by as much as $420 dollars. And who even knew that Home Depot was now selling laptops! So spend a few minutes online before shopping to save yourself driving, aggravation and money!

                                  Monday, October 1, 2007

                                  Free Business Plan Templates


                                  Many small business courses require students to complete a business plan as a portion of their grade. Many students struggle with how to begin their plan and the components that it should include.

                                  You can obtain free business plan templates from bplans.com. There are hundreds of free plans for restaurants, retail stores, beauty salons and almost anything else you can dream up (even aircraft rental instruction). Although these plans will require modification to meet the requirements of your instructor, they provide a great starting point to get up and running on your plan quickly.

                                  The site is sponsored by Palo Alto software the company that makes Business Plan Prosoftware. The software includes many other starter business plans as well as tools not available on the bplans.com site. By providing a sample of free plans their strategy is to convince you to improve your plan by using Business Plan Pro software.

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                                  Tuesday, September 4, 2007

                                  Your Tax Dollars at Work - Best Online Resource


                                  The US government doesn't waste all of our tax dollars. In fact, the Small Business Administration web site is a great place to find every kind of information related to starting a business. So be sure to check here first and then expand your search to other resources.


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