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Top MLM Companies 2016 – Business Opportunities #latest #business #news

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Top MLM Companies 2016

Multi-level marketing (MLM) has continually been on the rise, and numerous top MLM companies are poised for explosive growth in 2016 and beyond. MLM is a pretty basic concept – it pays out on a “multi-level” basis. You get paid based on your level in the company, and commissions are generally passed up through levels to the top.

In order to find success with any of the top MLM opportunity, it comes down to finding a company that is the right fit for you. There is a lot to consider in the decision-making process. How long has the company been around? What is the compensation plan like? Is it an opportunity that you can feel passionate about? The answers to your questions will ultimately determine your future.

The choices are many, and we re here to help. Browse our listing of the best MLM companies in 2016 to help narrow your search.

AdvoCare was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Plano, Tex. Backed by the latest science, AdvoCare provides innovative nutritional, weight-management, sports performance and skin care products to help you reach and maintain your nutritional goals – lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy, improve wellness, enhance skin and more.

Founded in 1978, Forever Living Products is a multi-billion dollar MLM company with a presence in over 150 countries. Forever Living manufactures and sells dozens of exclusive, beneficial wellness products based on aloe vera. According to Forever Living, aloe enhances the body, inside and out, and its products ranging from age-defying facial treatments to delicious, antioxidant rich drinks.

Founded in 1972, LegalShield sells pre-paid legal services. Their network consists of 50 independent provider law firms that service these pre-paid legal plans. Legal Shield markets identity theft protection and restoration plans. Legal Shield services are also sold as an employee benefits for small and large businesses.

Thirty-One Gifts

In 2003, Thirty One Gifts was founded by Cindy Monroe who felt there was a need for women who didn’t have time to visit gift shops and boutiques. Thirty-One Consultants offer totes, purses, thermal bags, and organizing items at home parties, catalog parties and online. Invest in this MLM for just $99 and receive the Enrollment Kit which includes $400+ worth of new products and business supplies – everything you need to successfully start your business.

Founded by Dr. Myron Wentz in 1992, USANA develops and manufactures high-quality nutritional supplements, healthy weight management products and self-preserving personal-care products. For just $30 you receive the Business Development System, which has everything you need to get started with this MLM.

For more than 125 years, Avon has been a beauty leader creating products that customers love. Avon is one of the world s largest direct sellers with more than $11 billion in annual revenue and over 6 million representatives in over 100 countries. Avon products include beauty, fashion and home products and feature their brand names Avon Color, ANEW, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques and Avon Naturals.

A group of health care and business professionals founded doTERRA Earth Essence in 2008. They shared profound personal experiences with the life-enhancing benefits of essential oils, and the MLM s first offering of essential oils – 25 single oils and 10 oil blends – was then introduced. In addition to new oils and blends, product offerings include nutritional, spa and healthy living products.

With more than two million Independent Beauty Consultants in 30 countries throughout the world, Mary Kay gives women the opportunity to achieve their potential in a company with global sales of $2.5 billion. A Mary Kay Beauty Consultant is like an advisor who is focused on helping her customers look and be their best through its products.

Scentsy is a party plan MLM company offering a variety of home and personal fragrance products, including a popular line of scented wickless candles and decorative ceramic warmers. Scentsy Independent Consultants sell products through home parties, fairs and shows and online. For just $99, you can get a starter kit with everything you need to launch your new business.

In 1993, Gary Young began cultivating lavender, peppermint, melissa, clary sage and many other herbs. Fueled by a growing demand for pure essential oils, Young Living designed and built the largest, most technologically advanced distillery for the production of essential oils in North America.

Founded in 1998 by Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon, Beachbody is the creator of the nation s most popular fitness and weight loss solutions including P90X, INSANITY, Brazil Butt Lift, Slim in 6, Turbo Jam and Hip Hop Abs. Beachbody programs combine challenging DVD-based workouts with easy-to-follow diet guidelines, nutritional supplements and the 21-day cleanse known as the Ultimate Reset as well as an unparalleled customer service and peer-support system.

Founded in 1980, Pampered Chef is a direct seller of high-quality kitchen tools. Pampered Chef s Independent Consultants help guests try products, prepare and sample recipes, and learn quick and easy food preparation techniques and entertaining tips. The Pampered Chef s product line of more than 300 items includes cookware, cutlery, cookbooks, stoneware and pantry products.

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2016 Business Internships in San Francisco, CA #investment #news

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2016 Business Internships in San Francisco, CA

Tech and Business Editorial Writer Intern

  • Lipstick Politics | San Francisco CA

    We are looking for an knowledgeable and efficient Editorial Intern to assist in our website’s day-to-day operations and write about the tech/business scene. This intern must be detail-oriented, articulate, and excited about start-ups, and technology. This intern is also expected to be able to wor.

    Business Development Intern

  • Mommy Nearest | San Francisco CA

    Mommy Nearest, one of the fastest growing start-ups in the parenting space, is continuing our national expansion into new markets this Summer. Therefore, we are recruiting a talented intern to help us grow and maintain the accuracy of the product. This internship program offers a unique opportuni.

    Business Development Assistant

  • ASA Digital | San Francisco CA

    ABOUT US: ASA Digital offers Digital Production services in the USA, using our resources based in East-Japan. Based in San Francisco and Sendai City, ASA Digital is a positive impact company who develops a sustainable digital economy in the Tohoku region of Japan that was hit by the 2011 eart.

    Sales Development Representative Internship

  • InFlux Partners | San Francisco CA

    Internship: Sales Development Representative “SDR” (San Francisco) Growing High Tech recruiting firm with a beautiful office (located near AT T park in SF) looking for Sales Development Representative (“SDR”) interns. Our firm specializes in working with high-growth, venture-capital-backed te.

    IT Sales Rockstar – Intern

  • EY Technologies | San Francisco CA

    The Sales Intern will be responsible for assisting the organization in the implementation of its sales and marketing, business development, and public relations plans. This will be accomplished through developing, maintaining and expanding marketing channels/methodologies to the professional comm.

    Generalist Intern for Digital Product Agency

  • West Agile Labs, Inc. | San Francisco CA

    Description West Agile Labs is a premier fast growing digital product agency focused on technology and business. We work with clients on their development and business needs and help companies scale through technology while helping them raise funding at the same time. Having started out as a p.

    Instacart Brand Ambassador (San Francisco)

  • Instacart | San Francisco CA

    Instacart delivers groceries to customers within a few hours – but more importantly, we give customers more time to do what they love. The Instacart Brand Ambassador will help promote the Instacart platform to prospective shoppers on his or her campus and individuals in the community to become.





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  • 10 big investment ideas for 2016 #business #loans #rates

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    It’s time to fire up the interneuronal connections and carve out 10 big ideas for 2016.

    Asian nation

    My first offering is that Australia will likely become an Asian nation in its ethnic orientation. Apologies to the xenophobes, but it’s happening under your nose. An incredible 28 per cent of Australia’s population (or 6.6 million people) were born overseas – the highest in 120 years. During the last census a remarkable 12 per cent of Australians said they had Asian ancestry.

    In Sydney and Melbourne, 19 per cent and 18 per cent, respectively, of residents are Asian. In Sydney regions like Parramatta and Ryde, the Asian share of the population is as high as 34 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively. China and India have overtaken the UK as Australia’s biggest source of new migrants, collectively accounting for 35 per cent of the intake in 2013-14.

    The idea of Australia stealthily yet ineluctably becoming an Asian nation is a big deal: it will reinforce our unique antipodal trading position and powerful role as a politically stable economic conduit between east and west; it will help improve our cultural commonalities with major regional actors like China, India and Indonesia (mitigating geopolitical hazards); and it should serve as a source of innovation, productivity and growth, just as the influx of ambitious European migrants did after World War II.

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    Bank returns on equity will fall

    Idea number two is that the major banks’ returns on equity (RoEs) are inevitably going to fall from around 15 per cent towards their 11 per cent cost of equity as result of the banking system becoming a highly competitive and level playing field. While this process may take five years or more, it should mean that rather than trading at an unusually high two times book value, the majors will price at circa one times. If I’m right, there is much downside to current valuations, which is a proposition reinforced by analysts’ crazy forecasts that bad and doubtful debt charges will stay around 30-year lows.

    In five years the majors will have ceded the competitive advantages that fuelled their world-beating RoEs. Rather than carrying 25 per cent more leverage than rivals, they will end up having less leverage and more equity capital in the funding mix. Combined with the fact that smaller banks tend not to source as much funding in the dearer wholesale bond markets – underwriting assets with cheaper deposits that are now a government-guaranteed (and more stable) funding source – I believe the majors will wind up having more expensive funding costs. In short, we will migrate to a system where the majors are much safer banks with reduced risks of failure, with the trade-off of lower returns on equity than competitors that have loftier leverage and lower funding costs. There should, therefore, be an economic role reversal between the big four and their rivals.

    Another Macquarie Bank?

    If the majors are going to become slow-moving, yet bullet-proof, utilities, a third idea is investors should look for superior returns from more fleet-footed alternatives that are not saddled with the financial baggage of being too-big-to-fail. One day we will eventually see another Nicholas Moore who creates a new Macquarie Bank with a much skinnier 50 per cent dividend payout ratio (compared to the majors’ 80 per cent pay-out policies) that retains earnings to support investments in innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities. Macquarie has done a fabulous job of continuously reinventing itself to maintain growth and studiously avoided allocating too much capital to competing in the majors’ commodity markets.

    On this note, the majors will likely lose significant market share in home loans to regional banks that for the first time will be able to compete effectively with them on price without crushing their returns. Rather than being price setters, the majors will become price takers and have to give back the recent rate hikes they have foisted on borrowers to compensate for expanding equity funding costs or suffer market share losses. This will compel them back into the less contested business lending space, which will lubricate credit to companies. Indeed, I think the majors’ balance-sheet splits between residential and business loans will revert back to the 40:60 levels before the 1991 recession.

    Our forecasts for double-digit house price growth in 2013 and 2014, and high single-digit growth in 2015, were spot on. My fourth idea is that there will be no imminent housing collapse, and the price of our bricks and mortar will again climb in 2016, albeit at a much slower pace of around 1 to 2 times income growth. I maintain the view that the market is very expensive (15 to 25 per cent above fair value) and recently sold my own home. The interest rate hikes that will be the catalyst for a sustained Aussie housing correction appear to have been shunted into the distant future.

    A fifth idea is that as the US and UK jobless rates (5 and 5.3 per cent respectively) fall towards 3 per cent in 2016 and 2017, wage and consumer price inflation will gradually reanimate. While the Fed will hike in December, central banks will get behind the curve because of their desire to “look through” this reflation.

    Fixed-rate bond prices to plummet

    This prompts another idea, which is that fixed-rate bond prices will melt as long-term yields rise on the back of financial markets resisting the Fed’s dovish view of the world and acknowledging stubbornly strong inflation data. The existential moment for global central banks will arrive when the break-even inflation rates priced by the bond market begin breaching official inflation targets in a sign that investors no longer think that monetary policy (and so-called nominal growth targeting) is compatible with price stability. Asset allocators need to be short interest rate duration or, if you have to be exposed to this risk, hire a smart duration manager – they can be hard to find. Few people can consistently call rate changes right.

    If this base case plays out, my seventh thought is that global equities will face tremendous headwinds as long-term risk-free rates (that is, government bond yields) mean-revert back to some semblance of normality, which means yields 50 per cent to 100 per cent higher than current marks. Recall that the 10-year government bond yield is an essential input as the underpinning for the discount rates in the valuation models for all listed and unlisted equity and real estate markets.

    Sell ‘beta’ buy ‘alpha’

    This insight furnishes an eighth idea, which is sell equity “beta” and buy “alpha”, as I advocated last year. Aussie shares (beta) have declined over the year to date while market-neutral and long-short hedge funds (alpha) have delivered terrific returns (at least the guys that I invest with have). This dynamic is unlikely to change.

    In the more immediate term (over the next, say, one to two years), I like “spread” assets as the search for yield will remain a critical influence over investor behaviour as long as deposits do not offer any material “real” returns above inflation and equities continues to get hammered. One example is major bank subordinated bonds, which currently trade very cheaply on a global basis despite the majors being among the best capitalised banks globally, care of $33 billion of equity origination over the last 12 months. The credit ratings on major banks’ subordinated debt are on par with the senior bonds issued by Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley or Citigroup, and I think there is a decent chance they will get upgraded to the “A” band next year if Standard & Poor’s lifts the majors’ stand-alone credit profiles from “a” to “a+”, as it has signalled it may do.

    A final thought is that if the world is once again forced to choose between elevated interest rates and high and volatile inflation, there is a possibility that the value of paper money will atrophy as a credible medium of exchange. This could precipitate a flight to safety in the form of a resurgence in the demand for gold as a hedge against the debasement of money by governments using the printing press to finance their own deficits.





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    2016 Best Small Business Technology Trends #business #startup #loan

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    2016 Best Small Business Technology Trends

    If you are a small business owner in the year of 2015, you have probably figured out by now that it is not enough to have an idea (or a pool of ideas, for that matter) just to stay on the market.

    Once they create new business, many small business owners think that some invisible force will help them to keep the motors going and make bigger profit. Well, they are delusional. There are a few options which are slowly taking over other trends, with the tendency to dominate the market.

    In 2015, a small business owner has to find alternative ways of going bigger. So, if you want to stay ahead of the curve, and ahead of your competition, here are some of technology trends you should start thinking about this year.

    New methods of payment

    As a small business owner, you need to keep up with modern technologies and take what they are offering you. The biggest development in the sphere of payment is definitely mobile payment system .

    Plastic cards were a revolution, but are passé now because everybody wants to replace their wallets with smart phones – simply because it is easier.

    For example, Apple Pay is becoming ever more popular due to the popularity of the smart phone, so if you want to count on Apple users, bring your business closer to them and sew the seeds of good business.

    Even though it has not yet established itself as a ‘norm’, it does show a tendency towards it, so take this word of advice seriously: invest into mobile payment system for your company, because it is going to pay off very soon.

    3D printing is here to stay!

    You have probably heard of this new way of manufacturing, which almost evolved from sci-fi to useful technology. And its price is no longer astronomous!

    What is best about 3D printing is that it is very useful for small businesses – 3D quality and lower costs are the main reasons why you should use this technology in your advantage.

    The development of cloud computing

    If you worry too much about your data (of course you are, those are classified data!), fear not, because cloud-based computing is there to help you.

    With cloud computing system, you no longer need to have a local server – that is a computer that is keeping your data in one place and is susceptible to defects.

    And you will no longer require an IT technician – since cloud based technology is affordable and easy to maintain.

    Find alternative funding options

    In the fast-changing and growing world of today, you have to think about alternative ways of funding. This means not to stick to one product or area of expertise, but to evolve and make way for new things.

    For example, if your business does not give you the chance to broaden your business, you can look for other funding options, such as crowdfunding, public offerings or take direct loans.

    So, if you are the owner of a small signage business. you can make way for new things with the help of crowdfunding. Let not money be the obstacle – make it an advantage!

    And finally, the best advice for small business owners for this year is that if you see a chance – take it! Do not wait for someone else to make that risk, so if you have an idea, and you think it is good, why not try it? If you do not do it, the odds are that someone else can beat you to it while you are waiting. Do not wait!

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    Best Checking Accounts for Small Businesses in 2016 #business #catalyst

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    Nine best email providers for business 2016 #business #schools

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    Nine best email providers for business 2016: Webmail vs desktop email: Google vs Microsoft vs Amazon: What’s the best email provider for business?

    In a Gartner report published in Q1 this year, only 13 percent of businesses are using Google and Microsoft cloud email services, with 8.5 percent adopting Microsoft Office 365 (Outlook) and 4.7 percent using Google Apps for Work (Gmail).

    Gartner research vice president Jeffrey Mann said: “Among public companies using cloud-based email, Microsoft is more popular with larger organisations and has more than an 80 percent share of companies using cloud email with revenue above $10 billion”.

    “Google’s popularity is better among smaller companies, approaching a 50 percent share of companies with revenue less than $50 million,” he added. (Full report here )

    So with Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services all offering good email solutions, deciding between them and other hosted email providers is a big task. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the best email providers on the market, some are web-based and others are traditional client email servers.

    Here are the best email platforms for business

    1. Webmail vs desktop email: What’s best for your business?

    Webmail: Emails are stored on an online server mailbox with access to emails just requiring an internet connection. Some businesses prefer this over on-premise email hosts as it offers flexibility and doesn t take up any physical storage. So if you travel for work, this is an ideal solution. Webmail usually provides larger amounts of storage and in most cased unlimited storage is still pretty cost effective. Sadly, webmail does fail in some pretty important areas. Not exclusive to all, but most webmail services do not work offline making reliability an issue in some cases.

    Desktop email: Emails are stored on-premise meaning you don t have to login online to access your emails. For some businesses this is a big positive as it means multiple email accounts can be open at one time without signing in and out of accounts. As desktop email doesn t require an internet connection it won t fail in times of poor bandwidth, getting a point for reliability. However, if your business does opt for desktop email some problems will arise. Firstly, syncing devices is more time-consuming than webmail, data is stored in one place so is potentially vulnerable and you are linked to an operating system that is restrictive if your business runs both PCs and Macs.

    2. Best email providers for business 2016: Gmail and Google Apps

    Unsurprisingly Gmail has made it onto our list, and rightly so. Gmail is a webmail service with a minimalist design and a user-friendly interface. If you know how to use the settings correctly, you can easily tailor your Gmail to the needs of your business. Gmail users can create multiple calendars and also share calendars with employees. Gmail offers a plethora of apps, from Google Sheets, Google Docs and Google Drive which can also be used on mobile devices. Gmail business customers will receive 30 GB of storage spread across Drive and Gmail, with an unlimited storage plan being available for 6.60 per user per month.

    3. Best email providers for business 2016: Rackspace

    Rackspace has both webmail and desktop email capabilities and with Rackspace mail users being able to access their emails through Outlook (desktop) and the Rackspace webmail application. Rackspace claims three million people use their email platform over mobile, web and Outlook. Its business email server is ad free and their anti-spam and virus capabilities are very good. Rackspace offers 25GB of mailbox storage and 50MB attachments with unlimited mailbox storage for an extra 2 per user/month.

    4. Best email providers for business 2016: Rackspace Hosted Exchange

    While there are a few good hosted exchanges out there, Rackspace’s hosted exchange is one of the most popular. Rackspace provides enterprise-level syncing of Outlook Web Apps and works across mobile and tablet devices. With Rackspace’s Hosted Exchange you benefit from integrated Skype which is a massive plus for most businesses. What’s more, you ll receive 250GB mailboxes, resource mailboxes and public folders.

    Hosted exchanges use the email technology from Microsoft Exchange Servers. Here, Rackspace has bought a licence and are essentially renting out the technology and adding their own services on top.

    5. Best email providers for business 2016: Exchange Online

    Like Microsoft Exchange and other hosted exchanges, Exchange Online is an email, calendar and contacts provider which is located in the cloud by Microsoft but is also available on-premise through Microsoft Outlook. Exchange Online can be bought as a standalone service or as part of Microsoft 365. Its users will receive 50 GB of mailbox storage and can send messages up to 150 MB.

    6. Best email providers for business 2016: Microsoft Office 365

    Office 365 integrates Exchange Online and boasts SharePoint and Lync Online hosted on the cloud, meaning that setting up an ultra-connected business is pretty simple. With SharePoint, users can collaborate on documents, enable workflows and connect via social media platforms. If you opt to go for the full Microsoft Office 365 plan opposed to just the Exchange Online emails, you’ll benefit from integrated Office Web Apps and Skype at the click of a button and a 50 GB mailbox, 1 TB file storage and sharingHD video conferencing.

    Microsoft Office 365 can also integrate with on-premises environments making a transition to the cloud easier.

    7. Best email providers for business 2016: Outlook

    Microsoft Outlook has a traditional interface with straight forward practices meaning creating ‘rules’ is very easy and Outlook does have a few more categories than Gmail for organising the inbox. Plus, Outlook integrates very well with social media channels and provides access to numerous email accounts and has an on-premise option. One downside is Outlook’s lack of video chat or IMAP support.

    8. Best email providers for business 2016: Amazon WorkMail

    Amazon has recently launched WorkMail, a cloud-based webmail service that boasts a managed business email and calendar service while still supporting existing desktop or mobile email platforms. Businesses can gain access to their email via Outlook, iOS or Android email applications or their web browser. WorkMail will provide 50GB of storage per user and security for enterprise-level users.

    9. Best email providers for business 2016: Aabaco (Yahoo)

    In December 2015, Yahoo Small Business rebranded as Aabaco Small Business. Aabaco provides business emails with unlimited email addresses and storage. Aabaco users will also receive a 20MB email attachment size and Norton Antivirus protection and spam filters. What’s different about Aabaco is users will also receive a customisable webpage with a unique domain name. This is ideal for smaller businesses.

    Yahoo released an app in October 2015 that means users can access their Gmail, Outlook and Hotmail accounts.

    10. Best email providers for business 2016: GMX

    GMX is a free email service provider that offers webmail with unlimited storage, antivirus/spam filter, an online calendar, 50MB of attachments and specific domains. Like Gmail, GMX aims to provide an all-in-one email service.





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    LivePlan Review 2016 #business #loans #calculator

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    LivePlan Review

    PROS / LivePlan is intuitive with support tools to help you through writing each part of your business plan.

    CONS / It doesn t have tools to create organizational charts.

    VERDICT / LivePlan is the best choice for writing start-up, investment, growth and marketing plans, because it provides guidance options and research resources for the most accurate industry, market, and financial data.

    The goals you’ve established for your new or growing business will determine what type of business plan you need. LivePlan helps you create business plans ranging from start-up to strategic marketing to funding plans. If you’re not sure what type of plan is best, this program assists you in determining whether you need a funding or an investment plan and then provides templates for each scenario.

    Once you choose a template, LivePlan is simple to use, allowing you to fill in the blanks with your own company information to fit your own business. If you need something more original, LivePlan has guides to ensure the information you supply is complete and in the correct format.

    This software application can also help with determining the feasibility of your proposed business, projecting future success and securing funding. This easily makes LivePlan our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner for online business plan software .

    Plan Types & Tools

    LivePlan is more than just a mere word processor. It includes many of the top document-creation tools we looked for with business plan software so that each part of your plan is seamless and looks professional. To begin with, you can choose from hundreds of small business plan templates and edit them to fit your own business profile. If using a template isn’t your style, this business plan software program has step-by-step guidance included within each section so you can draft it from scratch.

    Financial information is a critical portion of any business plan. LivePlan has financial calculators and automatic projection-analysis tools. You can enter your financial information manually or import it directly from your accounting program, such as QuickBooks, and LivePlan will automatically calculate your financial projections for up to five years. This business plan software can also create charts to visually demonstrate your financials and then input them directly into your business plan.

    LivePlan is one of the only business plan software programs we reviewed that allows for team collaboration. This means multiple users, such as your business partner or entire team, can access the business plan and make changes. If you don’t want to give others permission to change the business plan, LivePlan has a comments section so others can give suggestions without changing content. You can also receive feedback from fellow LivePlan users on the website’s blog. Another nice feature is that your business plan is automatically saved with each change so you don’t have to worry about losing any of your work.

    However, one feature that is lacking in LivePlan is an organizational chart builder. With all the other important tools that are included, it was a bit of a surprise to learn that this application omitted it. While you can’t create an organizational chart within the program itself, LivePlan allows you to upload one created in another program, such as Visio, Excel or PowerPoint

    When you are finished writing your business plan, you have the option to save the final document as a Word document or as a PDF. These are the most universal formats and the easiest to share digitally, including as email attachments.

    Research Resources

    Part of a successful business plan is making sure you’ve included the most current statistics and marketing benchmarks for your industry. LivePlan gives you access to a variety of industry reports that you can then use to determine market trends and competitive niches to implement as part of your business plan, including access to the North American Industry Classification System. Other publications are available for you to search with wide-ranging topics, including common business mistakes to avoid, employee training guides and funding identification for your business idea.

    LivePlan has created in-depth and informative video tutorials that cover each section of your business plan. The video series, presented by Tim Berry, an internationally renowned entrepreneur, outlines the importance and purpose of including specific details in your business plan, why banks and investors look for this information, and how it is used to determine the value of your business for funding purposes.

    LivePlan has several sample plans to help you see what a finished business plan looks like before creating your own. Unlike other solutions that have sample plans available on their websites, LivePlan has them within the program itself. You can use these as a template and copy, paste, and edit certain elements within the program.

    Customer & Technical Support

    LivePlan has some of the best customer service options available. You can connect with a support representative through live chat or by telephone. When we emailed customer support, we received a response within two hours. The FAQs section is thorough, and the video tutorials are just as good as having someone sitting right next to you explaining every detail. You can also contact customer service through LivePlan’s social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.

    Summary

    The future of your company depends on the quality of your business plan. LivePlan gives you access to the most up-to-date market analysis and business trends. In addition, it offers step-by-step help and direction on where to find funding, making it the best business plan-writing software application available.





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    23 Inspiring Quotes for Growing Your Business in 2016

    If there’s one thing we know about small businesses, it’s that they’re focused on growth. When we surveyed entrepreneurs and small-business leaders earlier this year, the majority told us they expected to grow significantly in the coming year. (Click here to see the full results of our research .)

    So, as 2015 draws to a close, we wanted to give small businesses a little inspiration. Here are 23 of our favorite quotes to help you jumpstart business growth in 2016.

    Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.

    — James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney

    “Play by the rules, but be ferocious.

    — Phil Knight, founder, Nike

    “The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

    — Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook

    “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.”

    ― Sigmund Freud, neurologist

    “Motivation is the catalyzing ingredient for every successful innovation.”

    — Clayton Christensen, economist and Harvard professor

    “Every problem is a gift — without problems we would not grow.”

    ― Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker and writer

    “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

    — John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States of America

    Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

    — Napoleon Hill, author

    “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

    ― Andy Rooney, journalist

    “Mistakes are the growing pains of wisdom.”

    ― William George Jordan, writer/editor

    “The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.”

    ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer/statesman

    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

    ― Anaïs Nin, writer

    No company can afford not to move forward. It may be at the top of the heap today but at the bottom of the heap tomorrow, if it doesn’t.

    — James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney

    “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

    — T.S. Eliot, author

    “The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first.

    — Sergey Brin, co-founder, Google

    If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.

    — Dhirubhai Ambani, founder, Reliance Industries

    I do not know the word ‘quit.’ Either I never did, or I have abolished it.

    — Susan Butcher, sled dog racer

    To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.

    — Thomas Watson, Sr. former CEO, IBM

    “It’s very easy to be different but very difficult to be better.”

    — Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer, Apple

    “Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying in space.”

    — Chris Hadfield, astronaut

    “Happy employees lead to happy customers, which leads to more profits.”

    — Vaughn Aust. EVP of Integrated Solutions, MarketStar

    Employees want to feel inspired by their leaders. hire individuals who will lead by example.

    — Jody Kohner. VP of Employee Marketing Engagement, Salesforce

    “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”

    — William Durant, co-founder, General Motors





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    Social Media for Business: 2016 Marketer’s Guide #business #names #available

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    Social Media for Business: 2016 Marketer’s Guide

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    Social media networks are fantastic resources for businesses of all sizes looking to promote their brands online. The platforms themselves are free to use, and they also have paid advertising options specifically for brands that want to reach even more new audiences. But just because your business should be on social media, that doesn t mean your business should be on every network. It s important that you choose and nurture the social platforms that work best for your business so that you don t spread yourself too thin.

    If you want to create a successful social strategy, you need to familiarize yourself with how each network runs, the kinds of audiences you can reach and how your business can best use each platform. We profiled the top social media platforms so you can learn more about them and market your business better.

    Facebook

    Facebook is the biggest social network on the Web, both in terms of name recognition and the total number of users. With more than 1.55 billion active users, Facebook is a great medium for connecting people from all over the world with your business. And Facebook is not only the biggest network, but it s arguably the most versatile one. In the 12 years since it launched, Facebook grew from a simple website where college students could keep in touch into a multifaceted Web and mobile social platform where anyone can connect with not just their friends and family, but also with celebrities, organizations, businesses and more, thanks to the Pages feature.

    Considering that Facebook has a wealth of options for any type of organization, it s a great starting point for your business, regardless of your industry. You can use it to share photos, videos, important company updates and more. Additionally, Facebook can be more low-maintenance than other social networks whether you post several updates a day or only a few a week won t make much of a difference in terms of what your fans will think of you. To find out more about Facebook for business, check out our guide .

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    Twitter

    Twitter is another social network where you can post mostly anything. With Twitter, you can share short (140 or fewer characters) text updates, along with videos, images, links, polls and more. You can also easily interact with other users by mentioning their usernames in your posts, so Twitter is a great way to quickly connect with people all around the world. (The platform has more than 320 million active users worldwide and is one of the top 10 websites in the United States.) Because of its wide reach, Twitter is not only a great way to market your business but also an effective channel for handling customer service. For example, if you maintain an active Twitter presence, customers who are also active on the platform will seek you out to express concerns or share their praise.

    If you have interesting content, Twitter is also a great tool for quickly spreading the word. Retweeting and sharing other users content is incredibly simple, hashtags help boost posts, and if a user with a lot of followers retweets you, your content has the potential to go viral. But with Twitter, it s important to remember to find balance don t simply share your own links or media; make sure you are also sharing a lot of interesting, relevant content from other Twitter users and from around the Web so your audience doesn t think you only care about what your business is doing. Check out our guide to learn more about using Twitter for business .

    Pinterest

    This platform consists of digital bulletin boards where users can save and display content they like in the form of pins. Users create and organize their boards by category. So, for example, as a personal user, one might have a board dedicated to food, where they pin recipes; another board dedicated to photography they find interesting; and so on. Pinterest is very visually oriented (every post has to be an image or video), and like Facebook, it is also fairly low-maintenance in terms of post frequency. However, keeping your boards organized and search-friendly can be time-consuming.

    Pinterest is also more of a niche network than Facebook or Twitter, so it may not work for everyone. Pinterest s users are primarily women, and popular categories on the site are DIY projects, fashion, exercise, beauty, photography and food. That s not to say that businesses outside of these categories can t succeed on the platform, but it does make it a great marketing tool for businesses that do work in those areas. If you can find ways to connect your content to Pinterest s audience, then go for it. The platform also has a series of special types of pins called Rich Pins, which brands can use to add special information to their pins, like product details and even location maps. There are plenty of cool ways to use this platform to your advantage, and you can read more about them in our Pinterest for Business Guide .

    Instagram

    Instagram, like Pinterest, is a visual social media platform based entirely on photo and video posts. The network, which Facebook owns, has more than 400 million active users, many of whom post about food, art, travel, fashion and similar subjects. Instagram is distinguished by its unique filters and photo and video editing options. This platform, unlike the others, is almost entirely mobile (there is a Web version, but you can t take photos or create new posts on it, and other functions are limited as well).

    Instagram is another platform where more artistic niches excel, so again, it may not be the best fit for your business, depending on your industry. If you want to succeed with Instagram, it s important that the person running your account has a good eye for detail and has at least basic photography skills, so that the photos and videos posted to your account are high-quality. And don t be discouraged if your industry is underrepresented on Instagram; if you can find the right hashtags to latch onto and can post intriguing photos, you will most likely make it work. To find out more about using Instagram for business, read our guide.

    Tumblr

    Tumblr is arguably the most difficult social media platform to use as a business, but it s also one of the most interesting networks. Tumblr allows several different post formats including text posts, chat posts, quote posts, audio posts, photo posts and video posts so you re not limited as to what kind of content you can share. As with Twitter, reblogging (reposting other users content) is very quick and easy, so if a user with a lot of followers shares your content, it s possible to go viral fairly quickly. However, what sets Tumblr apart more than anything is its audience, which is less like a pool of users and more like one big tight-knit community full of smaller subcommunities.

    Tumblr currently hosts more than 200 million blogs, and the majority of these blogs are run by young people (half of Tumblr s visitor base is under age 25). But this means that businesses that don t cater to young people s interests or aren t relatable to young people in some way are not poised for success on the network. The good news is, there s a subcommunity or fandom for almost every niche and interest you can think of, so a successful marketing campaign is possible if you use Tumblr correctly. You can learn more about the Tumblr community and how to use Tumblr for business in our guide.

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    Best Drop Shipping Companies (September 2016)

    The world of dropshipping is often considered the easiest way to sell products online. Although dropshipping comes with various difficulties, it is a viable way to start an online business without much upfront capital. The basic idea behind dropshipping companies is that you contact a manufacturer or wholesaler who might be willing to partner with you. After that, you build an ecommerce shop and start selling some items that fall in a niche, like electronics or glow in the dark items. The more niche the categories the better.

    The key with dropshipping is that you don t carry any inventory. The wholesaler makes the products for you, stores them in their warehouses and ships them to the customers when you submit the orders. So, in a sense, you don t even have to see the items in order to make money. Downsides to dropshipping include less product control, less shipping control, trouble with returns, slower deliveries and smaller margins.

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    However, if you re on a tight budget and you generate a quality strategy, dropshipping might just work well for you. One of the toughest parts of dropshipping is to find a company that would provide products. So, we put together a list of killer places to find products to dropship and sell on your store. Enjoy!

    The primary feature you get from Oberlo is the importing from AliExpress. Since so many dropshippers use AliExpress to find and sell products, it’s a wonder as to why a tool like this hasn’t come around sooner. Not only do you gain access to thousands of suppliers on AliExpress, but the product images, details and prices are all situated right there for you.

    Drop Shipping Companies: Doba

    Doba is one of the more comprehensive dropshipping companies, since it not only provides a detailed directory of manufacturers and wholesalers, but offers an interface for simply grabbing the products you want without having to partner with multiple dropshippers.

    Generally, you may have to partner with and communicate with ten or twenty dropshippers. With Doba, you simply find a product you want to sell, list it on your website and process the sale with Doba. The Doba company contacts the dropshipper and sends the product to the customer, cutting out the tedious dropshipper management process.

    Salehoo is similar to Doba, but it has more of a focus on presenting a detailed directory for companies you can partner with for your business. The website has beautiful category tools for you to filter and search based on the products you re trying to sell, along with a market research lab to decide on the most popular products to sell on your store. The best part is that Salehoo manages a consistent blog and forum so you can learn and chat with others who are in the same boat as you.

    Alibaba is one of the largest websites in the world, and one of the best parts of the site is that you can find manufacturers for your products, at relatively low costs. Keep in mind that you shouldn t just type in the product you want to sell and contact the manufacturer. You must go to the search bar, type in dropshipper, then filter down to the desired product.

    The Alibaba platform has thousands of manufacturers, and many of them don t offer dropshipping.

    When you complete a Google search for finding dropshippers, you may notice that many of the directories are filled with spam or non-existent companies. This is a huge problem, since you don t want to waste time and money finding a viable dropshipping partner.

    With World Wide Brands, every dropshipper in the directory is certified, so you can expect a response from each one. The World Wide Brands site sets you up with the manufacturer s contact info after you find a suitable match. After that, you can contact them whenever you want and build a relationship.

    The WholeSale Central company doesn t have the best website, but it s a decent tool for filtering through categories like apparel, electronics and leather. The dropshippers are then listed with details for you to click on and view. When you click through to one of the dropshippers it sends you to the manufacturer s website, meaning there are no middle men to work though.

    Feel free to contact certain dropshippers, and use the WholeSale Central page to find options that are closer to you geographically. Traditionally, this can lead to a more reliable business partnership.

    Dropship Direct lets you create a free account, giving you access to its huge inventory of products. This solution works similar to Doba, in that you choose your product first, then you can request to have that item shipped to your customer. This way, you don t necessarily have to be in contact with the dropshipper. However, that option is available if needed.

    Sunrise Wholesale is a service that dropships products directly to your customers. You gain access to over 15,000 brand name products, and you can search for these products through the Sunrise Wholesale site. Profit from the site by selling through places like Amazon and eBay, or consider setting up your own website for a better online presence. Not to mention, this solution also helps you connect with ecommerce platforms like Shopify and Bigcommerce.

    Wholesale 2b requires you to sign up for a plan, but you don t get charged a dime for simply browsing the product database. Search for certain items and categories, and when you find something to sell, post it on your site for people to buy from you. After that, the Wholesale 2b site takes a commission, but it also sends out the product to your customer.

    Contact Relevant Businesses and Go to Trade Shows

    Quite often the best way to find a long-term partner for you dropshipping business is to start locating businesses in your area, or around the world, with a simple Google search. Cold call the companies and ask for someone who might be able to help you with dropshipping. The goal is to locate manufacturers who may be willing to take orders from you and ship upon request.

    You can also check out trade shows, which puts in some face time with the wholesalers, improving your chances of building a relationship with them.

    Over to You

    Have you ever had the chance to take on dropshipping as a business? Share your story, or let us know if you have any questions about getting a dropshipping company up and running.





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