Carnival of Entrepreneurs #39: December 23, 2007

Welcome to the December 23, 2007 edition of carnival of entrepreneurs.
David presents Factoring, another way to get money for your business when banks say no posted at Gaizer.com, saying, “Factoring is a short-term loan based on the financial strength of your accounts receivable (money owed to you). Factoring is useful when you have to meet your business obligations while you wait for your customers’ payment for the products delivered or services supplied.”
Mike Buckley presents How Not to Lose posted at Mine Your Own Business.
Liz Fuller presents Holiday Lists Your Customers Will Want to Check Twice! posted at More Than WE Know, saying, “Want your customers to keep you top of mind this holiday season? Try these alternatives to traditional holiday cards.”
Samir Bharadwaj presents The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships posted at SamirBharadwaj.com, saying, “Is your website layout or blog template remarkable, and why it should be.”
Charles H. Green presents Case Study #17: Trust-based Selling in the Real World posted at Trust Matters, saying, “We’re often told to look after the customer first and sales will take care of themselves, but it’s often unclear how that actually works. Here’s a real-life example of how it does.”
Allen Taylor presents Business Investment Strategies That Work Every Time posted at Investing World Today, saying, “The secret to investment success is the consistent application of time-proven strategies, not the use of complex, hard-to-understand investment vehicles created by investment bankers out to take your money!”
Dan-O presents How to Make Real Life Money in the Second Life Virtual World posted at Danogo.com – Discover. Inspiring . Media, saying, “People are making millions of real dollars in the virtual real estate business. Are you missing out on the next Web gold rush?”
Business Insights and Ideas
Lorraine Cohen presents Business Success (and Life) Tip #12 – 15 Minute Increments posted at Powerfull Living, saying, “Learn a key strategy to maximize your time and productivity.”
Raj Sheelvant presents What’s better? Crowd Sourcing? or Expert Sourcing? posted at IT Strategy, saying, “Is crowd sourcing better than expert sourcing? Not really…”
Philippe De Ridder presents Online Innovation Tools posted at Open Innovators, saying, “The article provides an in-depth overview of online innovation tools with respect to new business ideas, brainstorming, prototyping, funding, and business development.”
Mike Buckley presents The Golden Calf? posted at Mine Your Own Business.
David presents Bank Loans Basics, a Brief introduction to all loan types and how they can help your business posted at Gaizer.com, saying, “There are many types of loans available, the following is a brief list of all loans, what they are and what can they do for your business.”
David presents How to get a Business Loan posted at Gaizer.com, saying, “Loans are a time-tested way of raising capital for your business. We would love to tell you that it is as easy as going to the bank and asking for money, but as you probably know by now it is quite the opposite. Some banks.”
Scott Fusco presents Thinking big vs. Thinking small posted at Personal development coaching | Scott Fusco . net, saying, “***PLEASE NOTE*** I have already submitted this post a few days ago but the URL has changed. Please ignore the previous submission, this is the updated URL. I apologize for the confusion and appreciate your time and effort.  

Sincerely,
Scott Fusco”

Steve Bainbridge presents The Complete Guide to SOX: An Excerpt posted at Professor Bainbridge’s Business Associations Blog, saying, “We’ve posted an excerpt from my book, The Complete Guide to Sarbanes-Oxley. Here’s the abstract:  

Turning 5 is a major milestone, whether one is talking about a child, a wedding anniversary, or a piece of legislation. As the Sarbanes-Oxley Act approaches age 5, it’s appropriate to look back at how the Act has affected American businesses and also to look forward to assess future trends. After all, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act had the biggest impact on American business of any federal securities legislation since the New Deal.

Understanding how Sarbanes-Oxley works and the demands it makes on corporations is especially critical for directors and managers of smaller public corporations.”

Ryan Ambrose presents Why Write an Ebook? posted at The Self-Reliant Post, saying, “Why is an ebook a great product idea? Read about it here.”
Mitch McDonald presents Marketing Plan: A Business Necessity posted at FYI About.com.
Ed Rivis presents Ethical Internet Espionage. posted at Ed Rivis.
Woody Maxim presents What’s making me money? right now posted at Woody Maxim.
Anne Newell presents Chicks with Checks posted at Chicks with Checks, saying, “Discover the benefits of social networks and for not for profit giving circles.”
David presents Gaizer.com Tips for Business Start-ups | Helping you Start your own business » International Trade Loan posted at Gaizer.com, saying, “The International Trade Loan is designed to increase presence in the export market or international trade, or increase local efficiency on markets effected by import competition.”
David B. Bohl presents Achievement: Chasing the Big Score | Slow Down Fast Today! ~ David B. Bohl posted at Slow Down Fast Today!, saying, “Do you spend a lot of time chasing the next big deal, the next big success? Some people call it the Big Score. You probably know exactly what I’m talking about when I say “˜Big Score.'”
Michelle Cramer presents Communicating Competence posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “Though your personality has a lot to do with it, people often judge by what they see first rather than what they hear. So it’s important that you portray competence in your business industry not only in your knowledge and performance, but also in how you convey yourself.”
Carol Bentley presents Lets be frank about stamps posted at Carol Bentley.
Charles H. Green presents Tony Blair and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis–It’s the Basics posted at Trust Matters, saying, “We tend to forget that business success comes from executing the small things well — from singles, not homers.”
David presents Gaizer.com Tips for Business Start-ups | Helping you Start your own business » Quick Guide to Create an E-Commerce Website posted at Gaizer.com, saying, “1st Reserve your domain name. The domain mane is the address people write on the hypertext tab of the browser. The domain name should be your company’s name or descriptive of your company business.”
James D. Brausch presents Some Competition From The Ranks posted at jamesbrausch.com.
Jim presents When To Kaizen posted at The Kaizen Business.
Warren Wong presents How To Win Someone?s Heart posted at Personal Development for INTJs, saying, “Do you want to win someone’s heart and gain their trust and loyalty? Here are some tips on how to go about doing it.”
Nikole Gipps presents The Art of Quitting posted at Small Business Essentials: News, Tips and Advice, saying, “Quitting is often just as important as early successes in the life of an entreprenuer. I discuss the psychology behind it.”
Robert Phillips presents Get More Traffic Automatically posted at CYBERCA$HOLOGY.
Richard Lee presents Your Product Idea Incubator posted at Richard Lee.
James D. Brausch presents Get Out Of The J.O.B. Trap posted at jamesbrausch.com.
Paul Heingarten presents Blog Update posted at PRH Solutions Blog, saying, “An update on how I’m using blogs to make money online.”
Steve Bainbridge presents Why Starbucks Doesn’t Franchise posted at Professor Bainbridge’s Journal, saying, “This post – Why Starbucks Doesn’t Franchise – asks why Starbucks uses a company owned store model, while Subway uses franchises. What are the transaction cost differences that explain the difference in business models?”
Steven Lafler presents Adventures in Self Employment posted at Self Employment for Bohemians, saying, “Steve Lafler is a successful entrepreneur offering advice on working for yourself.”
Tony H presents Don’t Get Money Worshiper Syndrome posted at The Scholarpreneur, saying, “On your road to success, beware of the Money Worshiper Syndrome. Keep money in it’s proper place.”
Sam presents Small Business Startup. Strategy and Planning for Small Business. ! Surfer Sam posted at Surfer Sam and Friends, saying, “Strategy and planning for your first business. Brainstorming the product or service. Analyzing the market, finances, business operations and risk.”
Mike Buckley presents Pink eye posted at Mine Your Own Business.
Lorraine Cohen presents Letting Yourself Have Outrageous Success and Personal Happiness posted at Powerfull Living, saying, “How often do you say no to the people and things that would increase your business success and personal happiness? Learn key tips to change your nos to YES!”
John Crickett presents The Top Ten Internet Business Ideas posted at Business Opportunities And Ideas, saying, “A review of what I believe are the top ten new business ideas made possible by the advent of the Internet.”
B.H. presents How to Make Money Off Interest Free Credit Card Offers posted at Bentley Humphreys, saying, “There are obviously a countless number of ways to invest money these days, however one is so fascinating we decided to test it out here at boozwatt.com. It’s called credit card arbitrage. It involves utilizing funds garnered from no interest credit card offers, and investing the money in various traditional avenues. Here’s how it works….”
Steven Lafler presents Should I Grant Credit to my Clients? posted at Self Employment for Bohemians, saying, “Granting credit to your clients can be a Pandora’s box of trouble, or a great way to expand your business. Here’s some tips on getting it right.”
Dominic Tay presents Your 4 Steps on Accepting Failures towards Success posted at Personal Development Blog for Winners, saying, “Admitting your failures can be really difficult especially if you’re thinking that others may criticize you. Most people may think that accepting failures is a sign of weakness and to avoid failures, you must be too careful not to miscalculate your decisions. But is that really the issue? Very unlikely! The truth is that you actually need 4 strategic steps for you to be a successful person, an entrepreneur of your own life towards success. Now if you’re ready to brace the reality that everybody commits mistakes and that most people fail before they succeed, read on for you’ll discover the 4 secrets of personal development toward success.”
Silicon Valley Blogger presents How Do You Plan To Get Ahead? Ways To Increase Your Income posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Thank you!”
Larry Russell presents Publish your blog news articles on traditional media center and newspaper websites posted at THE SKILLED INVESTOR Blog, saying, “Bloggers can get published on media and newspaper websites. Newspapers are picking up web content through blog content consolidation companies. My blog articles get republished regularly through one such effort, BlogBurst.com BlogBurst screens established bloggers, and then they place certified bloggers’ real-time blog content onto multiple traditional media websites.”
Michelle Cramer presents The Psychology of Pricing posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “There is more to deciding what to charge for your product/service than simply picking a price that covers your overhead and makes a little profit. You have to take into consideration the thought process of your average customer and the psychology of pricing.”
wilson ng presents SME #5 -Creating a Brand Premium posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife, saying, “There are generally three ways you can position your company ““ either provide products or services that are better, faster or cheaper. Normally, you cannot be all three ““ and you have to choose which is your competitive advantage.  

At the end, ‘better’ is a more sustainable strategy than ‘cheaper’ and you should always strive to create a business based on a focus on ‘brand premium’ rather than ‘lowest price’.”

James D. Brausch presents Joint Ventures posted at jamesbrausch.com.
Inspire Me!
Silicon Valley Blogger presents Why The Rich Get Richer: An Entirely Different Perspective posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Some thoughts on wealth and how many of the wealthy are business people.”
GreatManagement presents Great Inspiration Articles posted at The GreatManagement Blog.
Scott Fusco presents Thinking big vs. Thinking small posted at Personal development coaching | Scott Fusco . net, saying, “This post highlights the advantages and disadvantages of thinking big and thinking small. It discusses when to think big and when to think small.”
Ralph Jean-Paul presents Dreaming of Success posted at Potential 2 Success, saying, “Can your daydreams really help you succeed? Many successful people have attributed their success to their ability to see their success before they are a success.”
Harrison presents Double Your Speed to Success By Finding a Mentor posted at Journey To Financial Freedom, saying, “This is an article that talks about my personal experience in finding and getting a mentor for my journey to financial freedom. If you want to double your speed of success, avoid the unnecessary mistakes and do the correct things to achieve the right results faster, then you must read this article as I will provide tips choosing and finding the right mentor for yourself.”
Liz Fuller presents Friends are Vital to Small Business Success – More Than WE Know – Information, Inspiration and Support for Women Entrepreneurs posted at More Than WE Know, saying, “Research has shown that a key to employee engagement is having a best friend at work. Where does that leave the solo entrepreneur who often labors in isolation? This article identifies the role that friendship plays in small business success.”
Mike Buckley presents Motivation posted at Mine Your Own Business.
Rebecca Suzanne Dean presents Gary Halbert Recommends posted at Rebecca Dean.
Warren Wong presents How To Feel Better And Be Happier posted at Personal Development for INTJs, saying, “Some practical tips you can use now to feel better and be happier.”
Richard Ingersoll presents Using Vibration to Manifest Your Ideal Life posted at Applying the Law of Attraction, saying, “The entire physical world is nothing but a sea of vibrating particles. We talk about “good vibes” and “bad vibes”, but what does that really mean? How can we use the knowledge of vibration to create the reality we desire?”
GP presents Fueling the Fire of Passion « Innside Montana-Your Home at the Range posted at Innside Montana-Your Home at the Range, saying, “Making a life is as important as making a living. It’s not an either-or decision. values and purpose – not great products – defined successful businesses.”
Online Success
Andrew Erickson presents Are you making this PPC mistake? posted at WebSite Werx.
Christine presents The Exchange Rate – The Euro vs The Dollar – The Declining Dollar posted at Me, My Kid and Life: An American Single Mom Living in France, saying, “Living in France off the steadily declining dollar. One woman’s experience with earning an income online via US dollars while living in France and paying in euros.”
Sutocu presents 7 Steps to Profitable Website Planning posted at Your Website Profit, saying, “A website, though an online business, is still a business. Therefore is should be planned carefully from the beginning and needs a business plan.”
Kathleen Gage presents Is Blogging Necessary? posted at Street Smarts Marketing.
Jenny presents November Earnings Report posted at the so called me.
Tips
GreatManagement presents You Can Achieve More? posted at The GreatManagement Blog.
Michelle Cramer presents Preparing Your Business for Impending Disaster posted at GreatFX Business Cards, saying, “Many of us will never have to face out of control wildfires as a risk factor for the destruction of our business, but natural disasters of every kind span the nation. And you need to make sure you’re protected.”
Carol Bentley presents Spreading the word? posted at Carol Bentley.
Woody Maxim presents Crafting an offer posted at Woody Maxim.
GP presents Who?s in Charge Here posted at Innside Montana-Your Home at the Range, saying, “Riding my horses has given me pause to reflect on this; they are great teachers for this. Reacting allows unpredictable situations and uncontrollable people to determine life’s course. We tend to look outside ourselves (aka another person or in this case the horse du jour) look for some external person or situation to blame for the unwanted reality we are experiencing.”
Aruni Gunasegaram presents Fred Wilson on Venture Capital Fund Performance posted at Entrepremusings, saying, “Venture capitalism takes strategy and work, but can be very worthwhile.”
GreatManagement presents Great Inspiration Articles 19 Nov 2007 posted at The GreatManagement Blog, saying, “This weeks great personal development blogs I found around the Internet cover the topics of the ‘unhabits’ of Great Managers (this one had me laughing out loud), What is Stopping You Having Success, How To Overcome Your Nerves, Being A Smart Worker, Learn More and 22 Motivational Videos.”
Vandelay Website Design presents 13 Ways to Earn the Trust of Online Purchasers posted at Vandelay Website Design, saying, “Earning trust is an important part of making money online.”  

Niharika presents Better than Monster: 50 Free Places You Can Post A Job Online and Get Top Talent posted at Bootstrapper.

David B. Bohl presents Small Business Trends Column: Entrepreneurs, Does Retirement Fit Into Your Plans? posted at Slow Down Fast Today!, saying, “The values and beliefs of the Baby Boomer generation were handed down to us from our parents, many of whom survived the post-war era and Great Depression. The underlying message became loud and clear, and formed a blueprint for life: If I just work hard enough and long enough, my life will turn out just fine “” eventually ““ and it will all be worth it in the end.

Many of us do not fit or identify with the generation we are born into.”

Cocoy S. Rambuyon presents Can Blogging Really Generate More Visitors, Buyers” posted at COCOY S. RAMBUYON.

John W. Furst presents Why Should You Write A White Paper? posted at E-Biz Booster Blog, saying, “Use white papers to promote your products and services and beat straight sales pitch by offering problem-solving, free information to your prospects. They will love you for it. Many businesses could increase their publicity and sales with this strategy.”

Yazan Manasrah presents Uncluttering your mind posted at The Blasted Crossing, saying, “Want to find out how to gain the focus and mental energy to accomplish the daily tasks you must do?”

The Career Counselor presents Six Time Management Tips for the Self-Employed During the Holidays posted at ask the CareerCounselor, saying, “Home workers and small business owners typically encounter a tricky balancing act during the holidays. You work from home, at least in part, in order to spend more time with your family, but during the holiday season self-employed folks just can’t drop everything to make way for family events and school plays. And, particularly for one-income households, holiday shopping may actually demand an increase in earnings amid all the distractions. Obviously, organization and planning are critical to making sure you meet deadlines and still have a merry holiday spirit at home. Read below for tips and ideas to help small business owners make the most, personally and professionally, out of the holidays.”

Ralph Jean-Paul presents 7 Reasons Why You Haven’t Reached Your Goals Yet posted at Potential 2 Success, saying, “Check this list of reasons why your goals have not been met then go out and accomplish those goals.”

Kingsley Tagbo presents How To Improve Your Skills And Get A Lucrative Job posted at HOW TO LEARN COMPUTER PROGRAMMING FAST OR GET A JOB EASILY.

Liz Fuller presents Have More Energy for Your Business – Delegate at Home – More Than WE Know – Information, Inspiration and Support for Women Entrepreneurs posted at More Than WE Know, saying, “The key to sustainable success is successful delegation – freeing up time and energy to focus on the parts of your business that only you can do. As entrepreneurs we sometimes forget that delegation occurs at home as well as in our business. Here are several suggestions for freeing yourself from personal tasks to enable you to devote more attention to your business.”

Kristine McKinley presents Year end tax tips for home businesses posted at Tax Tips for eBay Sellers, saying, “year end tax planning tips for small and home based businesses”

Cocoy S. Rambuyon presents Getting Quick & Good Results From PPC or Pay Per Click Advertising-Part 1 posted at COCOY S. RAMBUYON.

Tricks and To-Dos

Philippe De Ridder presents 6 Steps to Effective Crowdsourcing posted at Open Innovators, saying, “Crowdsourcing is a disruptive new trend in today’s business. This article provides entrepreneurs with 6 essential steps to effective crowdsourcing.”

Ron Ruiz presents One Roll of Stamps=$45,000 In Sales posted at The Business Ideas-Making Money Blog.

Robert Phillips presents More Than 123% Increase in Opt-Ins posted at CYBERCA$HOLOGY.

Ralph Jean-Paul presents Meet 7 People in 7 Days posted at Potential 2 Success, saying, “Looking for new clients and business contacts? There are 6.7 trillion people in the world. How many of them do you know? Meet a new person for business or social advancement each day this week.”

Woody Maxim presents Get rid of outsourced data entry workers, use macros instead posted at Woody Maxim.

Charles Eglinton presents eBay Photos Simple Studio posted at AuctionIncome.com – eBay Bidding Tips & Selling Tips.

Mitch McDonald presents Free Reprint Articles: The Secret to Increased Site Revenue posted at FYI About.com.

Andrew presents How to Become Great in any Field – Success Secrets Revealed posted at Personal Hack, saying, “I’ve made it a habit to study great people, and have been doing it now for several years. While there is no mathematical equation that guarantees greatness, there are many commonalities that are shared by great people. These commonalities don’t just apply to a particular set of fields or expertise. Interestingly if you take a person who is very successful in one field, and put him into another one usually they’ll be able to achieve a very similar level of success in the new field. Of course it might take them a year or two or even more to catch up and learn the new field. Yet after they catch up on the basic fundamentals of that new field, they usually start progressing and succeeding in it at a very fast rate.”

Andy Birol presents If we know pornography when we see it and are best judged by what we do when no one else is watching, how can we practice and preach professional integrity and ethics? posted at Birol’s Blog, saying, “A post about business ethics and integrity with three quick how-to’s”

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