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MARKETING & SALES The Keys for Success. Interview with personal coach Jay Platt on living an unstoppable life.

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Lost Sales Leads. Discover four common problems & how to correct them.

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Personal coach Jay Platt offers tips for overcoming setbacks in business and in life and achieving success.

FEATURES Millionaires in Your Neighborhood. Thirteen Home-Based Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips For Surviving And Thriving In These Economic Times.

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Interview with Gwyneth Paltrow. On Iron Man 3, Wearing The Iron Man Suit, Turning 40, Raising Her Children, Being Dominant In Business, and Singing.

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50+ Hot Summer Businesses.

Do I Really Need a Lawyer for This? A common sense approach to using attorneys for your home business.

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Eight Sure Fire Ways to Fail. Avoid failure as you aspire to achieve career success of any measure.

Check Out This Table of Home Businesses That Offer Opportunities.

Consulting with an Attorney:

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Gwyneth Paltrow: Interview with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, co-star of Iron Man 3.

The assistance of competent legal counsel will prepare for and prevent problems in your home business.

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Celebrating Fatherhood.

A Modern “David vs. Goliath” Story.

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Co-owners’ start-up takes on Facebook co-founder and the industry.

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Man creates a clothing line for dads and brings awareness to family issues.

Sporty yet Chic. Woman’s creation puts a stylish twist on the classic baseball cap.

Will Your New Website Design Pay Off? How to know if it’s time to upgrade.

Top Biz Marketplace.

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Classified Ads.

New Website, Yes or No?:

Not Just for the Hotel Industry.

Tailored for Women: Carrie Bell

Woman’s business promotes hyper-individualized concierge services across numerous industries.

founded Madcapz — baseball caps for women.

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MONEY CORNER NEWS AND REVIEWS

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Letter from the Publisher.

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Book/Product Reviews.

Letters to the Editor & Notice to Readers. Newsstand. Modern fundraising for schools made easy… Cash-driven peer pressure promotes more weight loss... Technology makes gift card programs easier for small businesses… Common start-up struggles and steps to avoid the traps. Hot items for the home office.

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Accounting and Invoicing.

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Money Corner

Making the “process” less of a “process.”

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Ten reasons to integrate your payments environment... The “5 Cs” lenders look for when considering applicants.

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Be a Home-Based Millionaire in the Neighborhood Survive and Thrive Far Beyond Your Financial Expectations very year for the July/August issue, Home Business® Magazine features millionaire success stories. Our main cover story profiles home-based entrepreneurs in the neighborhood who have built up million-dollar businesses. Throughout each year, we keep a file of stories that have millionaire success potential, which have grossed over one million dollars per year in sales and have started out as home-based businesses and/or continue to be run from home. We then pick out what we think are the ones best for this summertime issue. This cover story theme still continues to be an annual favorite of our readers. This year, our cover story You will be inspired by these profiles thirteen home-based thirteen home-based millionaires millionaires who began modest and the tips they share for ventures from garages, tiny home surviving, thriving, and growing in offices, or kitchens that not only these current economic times. survived, despite setbacks and economic downturns, but remained strong and grew to generate million-dollar sales. Even in today’s economic downturn, home businesses in a variety of categories have the potential for million-dollar success. The ventures of the thirteen home-based millionaires profiled fall under the following categories: Brand Marketing, Inventing, Management, Personal Services, Product Sales, Writing, Direct Sales, Business Coaching, and Social Media. If you don’t yet operate a home-based business, you will be inspired by these thirteen home-based millionaires and the tips they share for surviving, thriving, and growing in these current economic times. They are proof that almost anyone with ingenuity and perseverance can start a home business with a million-dollar profit potential, even in an economic downturn. You, too, can start a home-based business in a similar category or in one with which you have experience or knowledge. You can begin by studying a market or industry. Then evaluate and project how that market or industry will be impacted by an economic downturn. Include in your business plan significant content on reacting to and capitalizing from downward economic trends. If you already own a home-based business, take action to ensure its survival and growth in spite of an economic downturn. In addition, search out new related markets that could arise from economic turmoil. Also seek out ways to diversify your current home-based business, such as finding a “complementary business” that you can “cross-market” at minimal additional cost with your existing home-based business. Whether you have a new start-up or an established home-based business, both will capitalize from a home-based business’s greater flexibility and adaptability. Whichever your situation, look at ways to cut costs and trim expenses. You will be surprised how much can still be cut or trimmed from your home business, even if you think you’ve been running as lean as possible. I’ve reiterated the following point every year and I still believe it to be true: The home-based business sector seems to do better when the larger business economy does worse. In other words, the home-based business sector kind of works as a reverse barometer. That said, there is no better time than now to start up or grow your home-based business. You could be the next home-based millionaire in the neighborhood.

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Creating the Best Odds for Success When you run a business, there are always some certainties as you look into the future. You know your best competitors will work to become better. You know your customers will demand more. You know you’ll have to work smarter and harder every day to improve your bottom line. You should also know that this year brings with it new taxation and new regulations that may add expenses and affect the way you operate your business. And of course, you face the usual headaches and worries that come with the day-to-day business of “running a business.” However, if you take a long hard look at a few critical pieces and put a plan in place right now, you can have a much more prosperous year. A suggestion would be to break down your planning into what you need to do internally—with processes, employees, yourself, etc.—and what you need to do externally—with customers, marketing campaigns, and so on. Bill McBean Author of The Facts of Business Life: What Every Successful Business Owner Knows that You Don’t http://factsofbusinesslife.com

Create the Soundtrack of Your Sales Career Let’s face it. Success in sales is 90% mental. Success in any type of sales environment depends on being motivated, inspired, educated, and pumped up to perform all aspects of the sales cycle—even the parts your readers don’t like. If they can keep their mindset positive and stay motivated to do the things they need to do every day, they’ll not only make more sales, but they’ll also enjoy doing it. So how do top salespeople keep the proper mindset to continually outperform their peers? Often, it all comes down to the messages they feed their brains. To stay motivated and sell more, the three elements to include in a success soundtrack are as follows: ■ Motivation

as the Board of Directors mandating a reduction in staff immediately. Regardless of the exact scenario, the key trait that will enable you to reposition yourself and thrive after a career setback is your ability to embrace adaptation. Tap into your natural ability to adapt and apply it to your professional life. Three tips to avoid becoming immobilized by fear when change is apparent are: ■ Reflect on your past. ■ Choose to associate with like-minded people. ■ Do scenario planning. Dr. Marty Martin Author of Taming Disruptive Behavior Author of Do You Have Career Insurance?

Mastering Life Balance: Achieving Greatness

■ Inspiration ■ Education Victor Arocho Executive coach and speaker Managing partner, Potential Sales & Consulting group

3 Keys for Adapting to Any Career Change Whether you work for yourself or are employed in an organization, one thing is for certain: At some point your career will change. It could be a gradual change, such as a job or industry slowly evolving or phasing out; or it could be a sudden change, such

People are overwhelmed with the complexities of their own lives and are desperately seeking a way to maximize happiness in their homes and work lives. Priorities for professionals have shifted; now, U.S. workers seek family wellbeing above all else. Companies need to recognize that it’s imperative to positively affect their employees’ lives, both inside and outside working quarters. We need to bring humanity back to business. Leading corporations are aware that most professionals today — 70 percent — would trade a pay raise for an increase in personal wellness. Gary Kunath

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Millionaires In Your Neighborhood F E AT U R E

Home-Based Entrepreneurs Share Their Tips For Surviving And Thriving In These Economic Times By Priscilla Y. Huff

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espite a slowly-recovering economy, the number of U. S. millionaires is increasing. Entrepreneurs have begun modest ventures from garages, tiny home offices, or kitchens that have not only survived, but thrived far beyond their financial expectations. They may live beside you or just down the street. Here are some of their inspiring profiles. Their ventures fall under the following categories: Brand Marketing, Inventing, Management, Personal Services, Product Sales, Writing, Direct Sales, Business Coaching, and Social Media. BRAND MARKETING

MILLIONAIRE # 1

Jay Leopardi, Visionary Marketer; Lifestyle and Pop Culture Branding Expert Jay Leopardi, a devoted father and husband, was often labeled the “Bad Boy,” by big names in entertainment businesses in which he had been involved since he was thirteen. So he started “Bad Boy Branding” — branding, developing,

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and producing web designs for companies’ products like Touch Markers, Fuse Science, ChaCha’s new “Social Reactor;” automotive industry moguls; and personalities like “Cedric the Entertainer.” Home-based millionaires began modest ventures from garages, He emphasizes the tiny home offices, or kitchens that not only survived, but thrived importance of relations far beyond their financial expectations. like his tight-knit bond with “The Shark,” Daymond For more information, visit Jayleopardi.com; John, of the television show “Shark Tank,” Badboybranding.com; Whosbig.com. and many of the entrepreneurs launched from that show, like the owner of “Liquid Money INVENTING Cologne,” and others. “Bad Boy Branding” grew rapidly from MILLIONAIRE # 2 clients’ referrals, networking contacts, and Linda Collinson, founder, LaCrista, Inc. Tired of problems caused by her sensitive his own productions. Leopardi still works from home, and from offices in Miami and skin, Linda Collinson researched and literally New York City. He adds, “I’m also often in in her kitchen sink mixed a combination Los Angeles helping celebrities market new of pure ingredients, creating chemically-free lotions, soaps, and moisturizers. Noticing clothing lines, technology, or movies.” Leopardi offers clients parts of, or her beautiful skin, friends asked Collinson combinations of his “In the Tank” consulting for samples, so she bottled her skin care services of video, film and television formulations and began selling them under the commercial productions; Internet marketing company name, LaCrista, (“the best” in Latin). Collinson found a laboratory to bottle her services; and web development. “I tell clients, just one mistake can ‘kill’ their businesses, first product, a natural moisturizer, but no so they often hire us for the entire branding- retailers would carry them without a UPC label. She says. “I had no manufacturing marketing process.” He advises entrepreneurs to find good background, but I just did it!” After repeatedly lawyers and offer them a revenue percentage calling Izzy Cohen, founder of Giant Food in exchange for legal services that he says will stores, he met with her and market-tested her actually save entrepreneurs money, and give products. They sold well enough to be sold in them more time to grow their businesses. both Giant, and then Safeway stores. Wal-Mart Leopardi adds, “If you are going to fail, fail sold them, too, after Collinson made a sales fast! Otherwise, it will take you and your house presentation to 4,000 people and David Glass, down. The more times you are broke, the more head of Sam’s Club at the time, who was there successful you will be financially; that is, IF for a ‘Made in America,’ program. Television appearances, talks, and you have LEARNED from your mistakes.” “Keep the words ‘greed’ and ‘money’ newspaper coverage, including a Washington out of your vocabulary and statements Post feature, were Collinson’s best marketing like, “What’s in it for me?” he says. “Be tactics. “Operating the business from home with passionate about your work, but be willing to share success tips with others, because it two small children was hard work,” she says, Continued on page 16 will always come back to you in the end.”

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“so after a lucrative offer, I sold LaCrista.” With recent trends for natural products, though, Collinson may revive LaCrista. In the meantime, Collinson’s son, Budge, has hired her to help him in his business, selling “Youth Infusion,” a vitamin-mineral drink with no preservatives, sugar, or artificial flavors. “Start your business from even a little cubbyhole in your home. If it succeeds, then you can move elsewhere,” says Collinson. “I started LaCrista out of need. I was educating and helping people because I went through a terrible time, and I was just fortunate it worked out.”

For more information, visit www.lacrista. com/; www.drinkyouthinfusion.com. MILLIONAIRES # 3, #4, and #5

Vincent Porpiglia, Founder, David Lekach, Co-Founder, and Joseph Lekach, Executive VP of Sales – Dream Water One sleepless night while in college, Vincent Porpiglia, a lifetime sufferer of sleeping problems, came up with the concept of a natural, effective liquid that would help him and countless others relax and sleep. “I was not satisfied with the current market place sleep aids, and the associated side effects,

Linda Collinson is the founder of LaCrista, Inc., which produces natural skin care products.

so the idea for Dream Water was ‘born,” said Porgpiglia, one of the company’s founders. “Dream Water is a natural, liquid shot with no-preservatives or calories, helping users relax, fall sleep, and improve their quality of sleep.” Since its inception in 2009, Dream Water has established a nationwide presence in some 35,000 stores, including Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target, and CVS, and also in over 1,000 airports. Joseph Lekach, Executive Vice President of Sales, discovered a unique distribution method into stores to compliment what they were already doing directly with the retailers. “Now we’ve been able to secure great chain-wide deals and programs at many major retailers,” he says. David Lekach, Co-Founder, and CEO, is proud he and his partners created and developed the first mainstream sleep aid that has helped so many get much-needed rest. Sampling to potential customers so they can experience the positive benefits of Dream Water first hand is their best marketing tactic. This method typically results in referrals to the users’ friends and family network, thus creating additional buzz. Joseph says, “With sleep issues being so prevalent now days, everyone like me (in my mid-twenties) to my grandmother can use Dream Water as a natural and healthier alternative to those other products on the market.” At the start, all three worked from home, liking the savings Home Business

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speechless all the time.” For more information, visit www.DrinkDreamWater.com. MANAGEMENT

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Robert D. Smith, “THE [ROBERT] D”

Vincent Porpiglia, David Lekach, and Joseph Lekach are the Founder, Co-founder, and Executive VP of Sales for Dream Water, a mainstream sleep aid.

and the flexibility it gave them. Even with a Miami office, they still do catch-up and concentrated work from their homes. Porpiglia advises to set boundaries when working from home: “Create a designated work space, so everyone, including yourself, knows that when you are sitting in that chair, you mean business.” Having more and more people try Dream Water is the company’s goal. “We know if we are helping more people sleep, our business is growing…,” says Porpiglia, and “to come up with an idea one night and see it grow quickly into a multi-million dollar company leaves me

Thirty years ago, when Robert D. Smith (aka, “The Robert D”) started First Image, an artist management company, his friend, Andy Andrews, an aspiring comedian, asked Smith to be his manager. “I wanted to start a business, so I said I’d help him out until he found someone else to direct his career. Thirty years later, I’m still his manager, and he’s now a New York Times best-selling author.” Until Smith recently released his own book, 20,000 Days and Counting, he says Andrews was the only author or speaker he had ever managed! Smith says their best promotional method is giving away his and Andy’s books. He believes Andrews’ first book, The Traveler’s Gift, made the New York Times’ bestseller list for seventeen straight weeks, because Smith sent out hundreds of personalized books and letters. “Eventually, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts read a copy…and they had just started a book club. Guess what the second book they picked was?”

Robert D. Smith, “THE [ROBERT] D,” is a consultant, artist management, speaker, and author.

Going into a “work” mode without even having to leave his home, is what Smith likes about being home-based. He says his best customers are those who have decided that they no longer want life to just be something that happens to them. “They are ready to step up, take control, and create the lives they want to live.” After being rejected 51 times, Smith is proud Continued on page 18

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he got Andy Andrews’ book, The Traveler’s Gift, published and on the best seller list. He concludes with an excerpt from his article, “7 Things Every New Entrepreneur Must Know.” “Never lose sight of what makes every business successful — people. You are now officially

in the people business. Congratulations!” For more information, visit TheRobertD.com; AndyAndrews.com. PERSONAL SERVICES

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Robin Wilson, CEO, Robin Wilson Home

Robin Wilson is the CEO of Robin Wilson Home, which provides home design consulting.

After realizing a financial windfall, Robin Wilson left her corporate job and fulfilled her dream of getting a Master’s degree in real estate finance. She learned early on growing up in Texas and suffering with allergies and asthma, how interior toxins affected one’s health. Acquiring design concepts from her grandfather who was in the real estate profession, “It became easy to apply those experiences and the desire to express my creativity in a design and construction business.” Begun as a project manager in 2000 for construction projects, Wilson’s firm transitioned into a multi-service company serving residential and commercial clients and with developer projects. “We are a lifestyle brand that handles a few interior design projects annually. We license our brand name to retail products; market our brand to consumers; and educate consumers about the eco-friendly options for their homes and lifestyles.”

Riley Goodman and Jake Director are Co-Founders of Strideline ™, which sells crew sports socks.

Social media and speaking engagements are Wilson’s most effective marketing tactics, and word-of-mouth brings her best customers: “those who are concerned about their homes’ aesthetic beauty and their families’ health.” With a virtual home office setup, she likes balancing motherhood and work. “I’m still able to consult with team members in various locations.” Wilson is understandably proud of her company’s progress: how her company’s rebranding enabled it to break even in five years; mentoring young interns; and starting a webisode series featuring her CEO to CEO/ Mommy transition. With future plans to license to new product lines with her Robin Wilson Home brand, she would also like to speak to more organizations interested in women’s leadership, wellness, and work-life balance issues. Her advice for entrepreneurial success: “Work smarter, not harder,” and “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? For more information, visit www. RobinWilsonHome.com. PRODUCT SALES

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Riley Goodman and Jake Director, Co-Founders, Strideline ™ Riley Goodman and Jake Director really have been lifelong partners. Being born in the same hospital, playing together in sports, and attending the same schools, these University of Washington seniors are co-founders of a growing business, Strideline™. Combining their high school graduation gift monies to fund Strideline ™, they produce and sell crew sports socks with colorful designs of different cities’ skylines to young, “fashion-forward” athletes. Riley says, “We found a manufacturer online and drew our first design on a sock with permanent marker and sent it to an overseas mill.” In 2012, they raised $250,000 in investment capital, and also hired a designer, accountant, and a national sales team. They also won The Arthur W. Buerk Center of Entrepreneurship Milestone Award at the 18

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well-known personalities and sports stars such as “Snoop Dog,” and Marshawn Terrell Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks wear their socks has also helped increase national sales. Strideline socks are available on their website and at small and larger retail outlets like LIDS® stores and Nordstrom stores. These enterprising friends-partners say, “If we accomplish this year’s goal to roll-out our sales program across the U.S in time for the holiday buying season, we should have no problem hitting our sales goal of $2.5 million for 2013.” For more information, visit www.strideline.com. Michael Levin is an author and the CEO of BusinessGhost, Inc., which provides ghostwriting services.

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UW — receiving a $25,000 grant and a team of mentors to lend support. Strideline has always been home-based: from the partners’ childhood bedrooms, to a college fraternity house, to the house they now share with eleven other guys. Their “market manager program,” a grassroots approach of selling from booths at sports tournaments in featured cities, is their most effective marketing method. Having

Michael Levin, Author and CEO, BusinessGhost, Inc. Michael Levin, CEO of BusinessGhost, Inc., was a broke, “starving writer,” even after Simon & Schuster published three of his acclaimed novels. When a mentor suggested he teach writing classes to make money, he says, “People also hired me as a consultant, often asking me to write books for them…and from there, BusinessGhost began and has evolved.” Word-of-mouth referrals bring Levin the Continued on page 56

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Interview with Gwyneth Paltrow On Iron Man 3, Wearing The Iron Man Suit, Turning 40, Raising Her Children, Being Dominant In Business, And Singing

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his woman may be made of iron. Despite the chilly spring weather, Gwyneth Paltrow is wearing a white summer dress with half-open back, tied at the waist with a slightly kinky black strap. She seems unfazed by the breakneck interview and conference schedule that does not leave much time to breathe. Her demeanor is gracious as ever, the glance of her bright blue eyes alert, her posture impeccable. So it is only logical that she gets to wear the suit of the eponymous hero in the third Iron Man movie. Still, in real life, it is other battlegrounds that the 40-yearold is proving herself, first and foremost the education of her children. Question (Q): How was it turning 40 last

year? Gwyneth Paltrow (GP): It was great. It’s

been amazing. I really took stock in my life, and I feel really grateful. I can’t imagine my kids won’t do something in music, they are so inclined that way. It’s a hard job to be successful at and maintain success, but it’s also a worthwhile pursuit. Q: Have you personally changed since the first

Iron Man movie? GP: I lived a lot of days, raised my kids. I don’t feel my life is transformed since I started the movies. But we have all grown up a bit. But playing Pepper has been this amazing thing to keep going back to. I always look forward to when it’s time to do these movies, because

it’s a really good professional experience. What is the major difference between doing a franchise that you keep coming back to or a movie that’s completely fresh and new?

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played the character before, “I really understand my place in the world and what I’m doing.” it does not require a lot of research or thought, because I have done that. The best way to know a character is to play her, and I have played her so many times. It’s a very easy …it’s important to bring process. In every movie, there is some change and growth, and that’s always the interesting a certain levity, to have fun part to explore.

Q: Pepper Potts can be quite dominant. Are you

personally dominant in a relationship?

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professional life —I do a couple of other businesses that I head up. I am dominant in those businesses, like my website (www.goop.com). But in a personal way, I am very equal with the people that I relate to. My children are dominant over me. Q: You do get to wear the Iron Man suit in the movie — do you think it’s time for Iron Woman?

fun for me. We had talked about Pepper doing that for a couple of movies, and so in this movie when I realized that I was going to wear the suit, I was thrilled. It’s such a boy thing to do; it’s such an iconic thing. It was great. I really enjoyed being in the suit and doing all the action. It was a nice departure for Pepper. Q: Do you take yourself always seriously? Can

you laugh about yourself? GP: Yes, of course. I have a real routine with

my kids, I’m a mom. We are always joking

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GP: In this film, I get to do that; it was really

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around. And in my professional life, too. I am very dedicated, and I work very, very hard. But I also think it’s important to bring a certain levity, to have fun and make fun of yourself and make jokes. Q: You come for a family of actors and artists.

Has there ever been a point where you wished for a “regular“ family life that had nothing to do with the arts? GP: I was really lucky, because my education was very traditional and academic. And then my home life, there were a lot of artists. My parents really believed in traditional education, so I think I got the best of both. We are raising the kids in a similar way, a more traditional education. But at home, they get all the free thinking, art, and music. Q: Is there anything that upsets you? Because you seem always so well-balanced... Continued on page 64

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among the top earners in the company, they quickly found out among the “top top earners company, they quickly found out the phrase earner”in is the relative. the“We phrase “top earner” is relative. worked our tails off but weren’t making the kind of “We we worked our” tails offsays. but weren’t makingchecks the kind of money wanted, Aaron “Our monthly were money we wanted, ” Aaron says. “Our monthly checks were just enough to cover the mortgage, and we were among the just to cover the and” we were among the moreenough successful people inmortgage, the company. more successful people in the company. It wasn’t just the money that had” Aaron and Sophia It wasn’tThere just was the something money that and Sophia frustrated. far had moreAaron valuable at stake— frustrated. There was something far more valuable at stake— time with their children. The Rashkins put in countless hours time children. The Rashkins put in countless everywith weektheir building their network-marketing business,hours and every week building their network-marketing business, and it came at a price. They desperately wanted more time with it came at a price. They desperately wanted more time with their eight-year-old son and had another baby boy on the way. their son and another baby boy on the way. Aaroneight-year-old and Sophia knew theyhad needed a change. Aaron and Sophia knew they needed a change. “Our business ate up all of our time and caused a lot of “Our business up weren’t all of our time and caused a lot of stress, ” Aaron says.ate“We able to bond with our boys stress, ” Aaron says. “We weren’t able to bond with our boys because we were always doing business. For the amount of because wemade, were italways For the amount of money we wasn’tdoing worthbusiness. it.” money we made, it wasn’t worth it. ” But today, life is very different—no cold calls, no hitting up But today, life is very cold“It’s calls, no hitting up family and friends, and different—no no home parties. a real business, family and friends, and no home parties. “It’s a real business, and it earns real income,” Aaron says. andAaron it earns income, ” Aaron says. andreal Sophia’s new business has given them the lifestyle Aaron and Sophia’s new business hasdigits givenon them themonthly lifestyle they’ve always wanted. There are five their they’ve always wanted. There are five digits on their monthly paycheck, and with a business that’s growing every day, it’s paycheck, with atobusiness that’s growing day, it’s easy for theand Rashkins take a few weeks off hereevery and there to easy for the Rashkins to take a few weeks off here and there to relax at home or go on vacation. In the past year, they’ve visited relax at home or go on vacation. In the past year, they’ve visited the Dominican Republic, Lake Tahoe, Austin, Las Vegas, San the Dominican Republic, Lake Tahoe, Vegas, Diego, New York, and Florida, and so Austin, far, theyLas have tripsSan to Diego, New York, and Florida, and so far, they have trips to Asia, the Greek Islands, and Hawaii scheduled for 2011. Asia, theimportantly, Greek Islands, andtheir Hawaii scheduled foranext year. More though, family never takes backseat to More importantly, though, their family never takes a backseat to work. The couple has breakfast with their two boys every morning,

work. The couple with theirnanny two boys every morning, and because they has canbreakfast afford a full-time to take care of their and because they can afford a full-time nanny to take care of their youngest son, Aaron and Sophia are able to attend every event at youngest son, Aaron and Sophia are able to attend every event their older son’s school—something few other parents can do. at their olderand son’sSophia school—something few situation other parents do. to Aaron stress that their isn’tcan unique Aaron and Sophia stress that their situation isn’t unique them. “Anyone with a sincere desire to be successful, who to is them. with sincere desire to be successful, who is willing“Anyone to put forth theaeffort, can achieve their dreams through willing to put forth the effort, can achieve their through this business. We have countless members ondreams our team who this business. We have countless members on our team who are experiencing life-changing results in a timeframe that’s are experiencing life-changing results in a timeframe that’s worth getting excited about,” Sophia explains. worth getting ” Sophia explains. “There are excited so manyabout, people making big-time money here “There are so many people making here right out of the gate,” Aaron adds. “Whatbig-time took us money five years to right out of the gate, ” Aaron adds. “What took us five years to make in our previous company we made in less than a year make in our previous company we made in less than a year here. There are team members six and seven months into the here. There areare team members and they seventhought monthspossible. into the business who earning moresixthan business who are earning more than they thought possible. This business is the real deal.” T This business is the real deal.” T Go to www.YourHomeBusinessPros.com or call Go to www.YourHomeBusinessPros.com call 888.879.4441 to learn more about the orhome 888.879.4441 learn moreand about theRashkin home business that to allows Aaron Sophia business that with allows Aaron and Rashkin plenty of time their family andSophia has eliminated plenty of time worries with their their financial forfamily good.and has eliminated their financial worries for good.

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does fear hinder success? Jay Platt (JP): Fear actually holds us back more than any other thing. It’s usually the fear of the unknown, especially for a home-based entrepreneur. Oftentimes, we start making things up that can go wrong. HBM: How can entrepreneurs overcome their

can be broken down into steps and can be accomplished. Once you fully commit, all sorts of things will fall into place. HBM: What are your greatest tips

for success? JP: The number one thing I find as a personal coach is to get people to be really clear about “what” they want and “why” they want it. The “why” is more important than the “what.” Be clear, have courage, and be committed. If you’re not totally clear about why you’re doing something, it’s easy to give up on it.

The number one thing Jay Platt finds as a personal coach is to get people to be really clear about “what” they want and “why” they want it.

HBM: What is the number one motivator? JP: The “why” is probably number one.

There are two types of motivations, external motivation and internal. If you work for a company, it might be money. Intrinsic motivation is truly the “why.” It’s what your purpose is and what you want to be remembered for. When people read your eulogy, it’s what people will talk about. It keeps you going when others would quit. HBM: What can entrepreneurs do when

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fears? JP: There is a lot of power in knowledge,

but we are helped only by the knowledge we apply. Determine you will face up to your fear. Maybe you need to go out and speak at the Rotary or someplace and you’re scared. Do it anyway. It builds the courage muscle and every time you exercise it, it gets stronger. Some fears are legitimate. That’s where a plan comes into play. Any fear or obstacle you can think of, chances are, someone else has done it. That’s where mentorship can help. It has really made me believe any goal you think of

be a bump in the road. You’ve got to prepare to face adversity now so you will be ready. That doesn’t mean it won’t hurt or be hard, but you’ll be able to handle it. The people you associate with, books you read, and things you listen to make a huge difference. When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I realized I was not prepared at all. I learned a hard lesson to be better prepared. Sure enough, I had another brain surgery later when the cancer came back and I was better prepared for it. HBM: How can one prepare for setbacks?

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JP: It’s important to have personal and business contacts you can talk to. Don’t leave things bottled up when you’re going through a hard time. There are all kinds of positive books to read. I like biographies and autobiographies of people who have faced hardships themselves. They may not say, “I did such and such,” but you can see how they overcame it. It also shows your problems are small. If that person overcame that, I can overcome this. That belief can help you overcome what you’re facing. HBM: What about the “spiritual preparedness” you mention in your writings? JP: I’m a Christian. Everyone can believe what he wants, but I don’t know how someone would live their life without spirituality. We need to develop ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Many people don’t do the spiritual part until they’re going through a hard time and then afterwards, they forget. Things like giving back are part of that. Often times when we give to others, we receive more than we have given. That is vital. I know for a fact I couldn’t have overcome the things I have if I were doing it myself. The proceeds from Platt’s adventures and sales of his documentary, available at livingunstoppable.com, benefit non-profits, including the VHL Family Alliance (www.vhl.org). He and his wife, Paz, live in Beaufort, SC. Paz serves as an active-duty Marine. Deborah Jeanne Sergeant writes articles, web copy, and marketing materials from her home office in Clyde, N.Y. Visit her online at www.skilledquill.net.

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The time investment shows you really care. It’s a fairly universal truth that human beings want to be valued and appreciated. Spending time with someone else, whether that’s in person, face-to-face on a computer screen, or, if all else fails, via a phone call, is one of the best ways to convey these things. In essence, an investment of time says, “While there are many Social media and technology do have their place, but they are other things I could be doing, I’m not, and never will be, a substitute for in-person interaction. choosing to spend my time with you. That’s how important I think you are!” Minutes and hours spent with another person you have, the more your relationship with that have the power to create a bond that money individual strengthens. Trust me, people want can’t buy. to do business with people they know. You can When you spend time with others, you find get to know them much better offscreen. out what you truly have in common, and you have an opportunity to share your opinions. You’re more effective in general. Plus, visiting someone repeatedly over a period When you’re talking to someone else in real of time can also provide valuable non-verbal time, you can make progress in real time and clues to his or her values and concerns. solve problems in real time. Thanks to facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice You’re better able to give personalized (read further for more information on each), attention. This is perhaps the biggest key you’ll usually find out more than just the basics to successful sales and the establishment of when you have a verbal conversation. In fact, if any long-term relationship. Think about it: you’re really observant, you may notice things It’s hard to multi-task on something unrelated about the other company or clients that they when someone is physically planted in front themselves aren’t even aware of! of you, demanding your attention. Unless you Always meet in person if you can. When have no problem with blatant rudeness, you’re an important client or critical team member focusing on the other person, responding is on the other side of the globe, a face-to-face not only to what they say, but also to their meeting once or twice a year can often be a mood, movements, and many other non-verbal smart investment. The rest of the time, if your signals. You will read these signs and adjust communication is anything beyond a simple your behavior accordingly. FYI, be sure to Skype or call. Letters on a screen can’t compete with the personal touch. In my experience, when you Facial expressions help get your use someone’s name along with eye contact and message across… Did you know that the an attentive demeanor, they’re more likely to human face has at least 20 muscles that work be agreeable and to give you the benefit of the in concert to create a myriad of telling facial doubt. They know that your time is valuable expressions? This is a powerful argument for and that you chose to give it to them. The next face-to-face meetings, whether they’re in person time they see you, they will be more relaxed and or via Skype. familiar in your company. And the more visits Observing facial expressions during verbal communication can give you instant feedback about how your message is being received. Your physical presence—or at least the sound of your You can quickly adjust your message on the spot to make it more meaningful or agreeable, voice—builds trust you can’t even approach with a and avoid possible misunderstandings. Facial keyboard, screen, or profile image. expressions are also an invaluable way through

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Real-time body language provides tons of nonverbal cues that are impossible to convey in a text or email. For instance, if you know that hands in one’s pockets indicate boredom or disinterest whereas leaning slightly forward indicates interest, you’ll be able to respond more accurately to others and avoid sending messages you don’t mean to.

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…and so does your tonality. It’s happened to everyone: You send an email that’s laced with sarcasm or humor…which the recipient totally fails to pick up on. Oops! Now you’re left frantically doing damage control. That’s one major reason why texting, emailing, and friending can be great ways to communicate, while failing to succeed at relationship building. When spoken, the same words used in a text or email can have a very different meaning based on

the tone, inflection, and the emphasis that the speaker gives. It’s much easier to “get” intentions behind the spoken word. And if the other person sounds reluctant, uncomfortable, or guarded, for instance, you can take advantage of the opportunity to ask why and discuss ideas that might never have been brought forward over email. So the next time you find your mouse hovering over the “compose” button, think about reaching for your phone instead. Your vulnerability shows (and that’s a good thing!). In the virtual world, you can almost totally control the image you show to other people. You choose the pictures you post on your profile. You censor the information you do and don’t want to share in your messages, posts, and updates. And usually, you can think about and edit what you want to say before pressing “send.” But in a real-time, face-to-face relationship, the other person can see you in 3-D and observe your dynamic, spontaneous

video streams allow you to do just about “Liveeverything short of shaking hands. ”

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in the short run, you take precedence over all of their virtual relationships. A relationship can start through text, email, or social media, but in order to be lasting and dependable, a relationship has to grow in person. Yes, developing your face-to-face social skills will make you feel vulnerable at times, but like any skill, becoming personable takes practice. A good way to become personable is to eliminate virtual communication when in-person communication is possible or more effective. So shake hands and come out a winner! Remember, genuine, lasting, and dependable relationships take time and physical presence. High touch beats high tech every time.

Giving personalized attention is perhaps the biggest key to successful sales and the establishment of any long-term relationship.

behavior, including tone of voice, expression, dress, and body language. The other party sees your human imperfections and is aware that you are vulnerable to potential personal rejection.

Imperfections and vulnerability make you appear more believable and sincere. Most people will overlook minor foibles in appearance and speech, because you are literally there for them. This can be a big advantage in the long run. And

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Lost Sales Leads 4 Common Problems and How to Correct Them By Brandon Stuerke

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.S. businesses spend billions of dollars generating sales leads only to lose more than 70 percent of them simply because they don’t make contact quickly enough, according to one study. But that’s not the only way they’re losing out on opportunities. A study of more than 600 companies by Dr. James Oldroyd of MIT found that the odds of a lead entering the sales process were 21 times greater if the business made contact within 5 minutes of generating the lead versus contact in 30 minutes. Another study by the Harvard Business Review found that the average response time by businesses to a generated lead is 42 hours — and that’s just for responses that occurred within 30 days.” Generating sales leads is big business, with more than $23 billion spent on internet leads alone. If you’re a financial advisor or another professional, you may also be spending money on direct mail, invitations to seminars, TV commercials, and/or print ads. How many leads are you generating, and at what cost per lead, only to lose them? There are four ways professionals commonly lose sales leads, and they can all be fixed! ■

Advertising calls to action that are all-or-nothing. Most sales people offer only a face-to-face meeting or a telephone appointment as their call to action in their advertising. But that’s asking a lot of prospects who are simply exploring options and aren’t yet ready for that level of commitment. Those are leads that, three to six months from now, may become sales — but they’re lost early in the process. Instead, offer a less committed option such as “download this free report” in exchange for their information for follow up.

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No lead capture on your website. This is a huge problem! Many sites have no strategy for capturing information about visitors to the site, such as an email address. As a result, Generating sales leads is big business, with more than $23 billion businesses spend spent on internet leads alone. thousands of dollars driving traffic to their website, but capturing none of the prospects’ information. As a result, those prospects come to the site and leave, and the business never knows they were there. A free A lot of these issues report, or series of reports or videos with stem from a common useful information based on your expertise are good lead capture tools. Buyers today problem: businesses turn to the web for information while dofocusing only on the ing research, so that’s what you should give them. Offering free resources in exchange for hottest leads — a small bit of information is a great way to do the people who that.

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Indifference in interactions. No matter what your profession, it’s likely you’ve got a lot of competition. For consumers, shopping includes researching, and they’re comparing services, expertise, and experience before deciding who best deserves their patronage. If your interactions with prospects fail to “wow” them, they will quickly move on. But most professionals don’t have a storyboarded plan for giving prospects that experience, which is what is needed for consistent results. An automated system that delivers carefully planned interactions is a great way to achieve this. Using social media without a plan. Many professionals have discovered that delivering consumer-friendly, useful content through social media is an effective means of attracting followers and cultivating prospects. However, one of the biggest problems with how businesses use social media is that they post a lot of high level, one-way communication with no call to action. Having a call to action in your posts

are ready to buy today.

leading prospects back to a website designed to capture leads is critical for producing tangible results through social media. A lot of these issues stem from a common problem: businesses focusing only on the hottest leads — the people who are ready to buy today. Instead of allowing those “cooler” leads to fall by the wayside, businesses should capture and cultivate them. Eventually, they’ll find that instead of constantly chasing leads, they’re harvesting new clients. Brandon Stuerke is a business coach and cutting-edge marketing strategist, specializing in innovative new tools that save professionals time while building their practices. He is the founder and president of Advisors Edge Marketing, Inc., which produces Automated Advisor, a new program that strategically streamlines prospect cultivation. He’s also the creator and president of the Strategic Alliance Program, Winning With CPAs, which teaches financial advisors how to build their practices by partnering with CPAs. Visit www. advisorsedgemarketing.com for more information.

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Man Creates a Clothing Line for Dads and Brings Awareness to Family Issues By Home Business Magazine

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odada, a California cause-based apparel brand, began with one father’s dream of leaving a legacy for his sons. Bobby Barzi created Fodada to celebrate the importance of fatherhood while bringing awareness to issues that directly affect families. The term “Fodada” stands for: a dad who lives his life around his kids; a dad who pretends to be a jungle animal one minute and a super hero the next; a dad that makes a millennium falcon out of a cardboard box and howls like Chewbacca; a dad who never misses a pitch or goal and doesn’t mind playing doll house tea party for hours. Previously an executive at a global technology firm, Barzi now creates a men’s basic clothing line for fathers who need some comfortable, cozy and hip clothes to relax, play, or do whatever in. The Fodada line recently expanded to include options for women and children. Fodada raises funding and recognition

while creating or supporting programming by partnering with non-profit organizations, schools, and other philanthropic initiatives such as Autism Speaks and the American Heart Association. Barzi considers the Fodada brand’s ability Bobby Barzi (pictured with his two to leverage a tangible product to support children) is the founder of Fodada. multiple causes his best business achievement thus far. Working from home has allowed Barzi to spend more time with his wife and children the success of a home business is not limited (ages 4 and 12 months), but as the company by its humble beginnings. Although he concontinues to expand, so does his travel for tinues to work from home, the expansion of trade shows and promotional events. Barzi has Fodada has demanded that he seek additional learned that working from home can be chal- space to fulfill his growing number of orders. It is lenging — finding the balance between profes- Barzi’s hope that within the next three years, he sional and family life. However, he believes a can expand his partnerships with nationally rechome office fosters an incomparable work- ognized programs while simultaneously increasing environment that has allowed an equally ing his reach to consumers worldwide. For more unique business to thrive. Barzi is proof that information, visit www.fodadawear.com.

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Will Your New Website Design Pay Off? How To Know If It’s Time To Upgrade By Natalie Henley

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o a lot of CEOs, a website is a bit like owning an older car: It’s given you a pretty good run for your money, and it does what you need it to do. Sure, the mileage isn’t great — but is upgrading really a top priority? As you are looking at your marketing strategy for the coming quarters and trying to decide whether it’s time to get a new site, or whether you can get another year or two out of your existing design, here is a website design formula to help you make your decision.

STANDARD NUMBERS For many businesses, it’s strongly recommend to consider having a website built on an open source Content Management System (CMS) — for example Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla!, Dot Net Nuke, etc. These sites work well, are easy to scale, and typically cost a lot less. An average cost of this type of design is around $5,000-$15,000. You can use $10,000 as an “anticipated cost” of a website design project. A word of caution: Many companies “know a guy” that does website design out of his basement, or have a cousin in college taking web design classes who is willing to design your website for a

steal. Many of these projects go south quickly, so follow the golden rule — you get what you pay for.

FORMULA # 1 - GOT CONTENT MANAGEMENT? Is it easy to login and make changes and add pages to your website? If the Out of every 100 people coming to your website, if you are driving answer is no, try to analyze leads, you should be getting at least 1 lead, and if you are selling the last years’ web changes. products, you should be getting 2 sales. Most companies that want to actively gain Search Engine ranking should be making updates to their websites at least 2–4 times/ month. Assuming 3 website changes happen in one month, taking 1 hour per change, and the typical website developer hourly cost is around $125:

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• 3 hours/month = $375 • 1 year of web edits= $4,500 • 3 years of web edits = $13,500 Looking at the numbers, it’s possible that not having your website on a Content Management System can cost you up to $13,500 over a 3-year period.

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This really comes down to a fundamental question — what actions do you want people to take on your website? Your conversion rate is a simple calculation based on how many “hits” you are getting, and how many of those “hits” take action on your website. Simply put, a conversion is when someone takes the next step on your site — whether that’s filling in a form, signing up for your email program, buying something, etc. Industry standard conversion rate for companies generating leads is usually right around 1%; for ecommerce websites, this is closer to 2%–3%. If you have no idea how many hits you are getting, or how many of those hits are taking action, call your web developer and make sure you have Google Analytics installed on your website, and that Google Analytics is

that not having your website on a Content Management System can cost you up to $13,500 over a 3 year period.

tracking “goals” (which equates to conversions). This program is free and will give you all of this information. Out of every 100 people coming to your website, if you are driving leads, you should be getting at least 1 lead, and if you are selling products, you should be getting 2 sales. If you are quite a bit lower than these numbers, considering a good website design will easily take you to your 1% conversion. So, if you have a .5% conversion rate (which is where many older website designs are at), a new website design can easily double your leads (or sales). What’s the value of that? Only your company can assign that value. You will need to sit down and determine whether doubling leads is enough to overcome a $10,000 investment.

FORMULA # 3 – PLANNING ON GETTING TO THE TOP The last big indicator of whether it’s time to overhaul your website would be whether you want your website to rank in Search Engines like Google or Bing, when your prospects are searching for your products and services. This is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO). If you want Continued on page 40

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how many of those hits are taking action, call your web developer and make sure you have Google Analytics installed on your website.

to get that great traffic to your website, you must have a good technical website. As you start to think about the potential of SEO, you should keep in mind that an average website with Search Engine Optimization should see traffic increases by 40% in one year. So, if you are getting 1,000 “hits” to your website each month, a 40% increase means an additional 4,800 hits/year. For lead generation companies, 1% is a good estimate of a conversion rate on a new site design, which equates to 48 leads off of your increase. Over 3 years, this will be 144 leads. Again, your company will have to make its own calculations of whether this makes financial sense. Most importantly, for these kinds of results, just a website design won’t cut it. These results are more likely for companies who do an SEO and Content Marketing program after a new website is built. That being said, if your company wants to take on an SEO campaign, your website must meet technical best practices.

SET GOALS A website design project can be a huge undertaking for your organization, so it makes financial sense to really think through the ROI and potential before putting your team through this kind of project. Also, to ensure you maintain those return on investment (ROI) goals throughout the project, it’s important to be very clear with your web development firm regarding the results you are expecting from your website. Natalie Henley has been in the Internet marketing industry for over 4 years and specializes in the Search Engine Optimization, Paid Search & Social Media Marketing fields. She is the Marketing Manager at Volume 9 Inc. Volume 9 creates custom search marketing campaigns for clients, including a mix of SEO, paid search management, social media, local search marketing, and website development for over 100 clients and 200 managed websites. Natalie and Volume 9’s enterprising team leverage search marketing into real bottom line results for their clients’ businesses. They were recently honored by both the Inc. 5,000 and the Denver Business Journal as one of the fastest growing companies in Denver, and in the US. For more information, please visit www.volume9inc.com.

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Data Security Resolutions By Phillip Alexander To better protect your sensitive data, here are some resolutions to help you be better informed. Phishing Attacks Many scammers will send out e-mails trying to trick people into sending them personal information about themselves — information the bad guys can use to commit identity theft, and financial fraud. A common one is to claim to be from a bank, saying there’s a problem with your online account, and to send them your username/password to resolve it. No bank is going to ask you to email them your username/password. If you get an email from your bank, and you’re not 100% sure it’s legitimate, call the bank, or go into your local branch. Stop Credit Card Fraud Review your credit card statements. If you see any charges that you don’t think you made, question them. If they are legit, the company will have a receipt of the transaction. Consider using a gift card to shop on-line instead of either a credit card or debit card.

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Watch Where You Send Your Personal Data Many on-line retailers will ask you to provide personal information yourself. A certain amount is necessary. For example, they’ll need your address to know where to mail the item you just purchased. That said, most retailers don’t need your Social Security Number. If they ask for it, ask them why it’s needed. If it’s to simply use as a customer number, don’t provide it. Improper use of a Social Security Number can lead to identity theft. Know What Your Kids are Doing On-Line Ignorance is not bliss. Know who your kids are chatting with, who they are emailing, and who they are texting. Know what social networking sites they’re on, and who their on-line “friends” are. For more tips on protecting kids on-line, see 10 Ways to Protect Kids On-Line http://dataprivacynetwork. wordpress.com/2012/11/28/hello-world/ Look at the video games your kids are playing. As parents, we need to decide what is appropriate for our kids and what isn’t. If you have cable or satellite TV, consider using parental blocks to restrict content that you, as the parent, don’t want your kids to watch. A 20-year IT security veteran, Philip Alexander has worked in both the public and private sectors. His experiences include performing data security work for the United States Army, the financial services sector, travel and leisure, healthcare, and telecommunications. Phil is also an accomplished author, having published a numerous articles, several webinars, and three books. Find Phil on the Web: Like “Data Privacy Network” on Facebook; follow Phil on Twitter: @DataPrivacyNtwk; and visit www.dataprivacynetwork.com

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Accounting and Invoicing in Your Business MONEY CORNER

Making the “Process” Less of a “Process” By Lawton Ursrey, Product Marketing Manager, Sage One, Sage North America

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ne of the first reasons many entrepreneurs list for starting their own businesses is to make money (big surprise!), but it is astonishing to see how frequently and easy it is to forget to invoice a client. We must remember that we are all human and can make mistakes, just like customers. Getting clients to pay invoices in a timely manner can be a gruesome task of its own. Surprisingly, 43% of small businesses have customers who are more than 90 days past due on payments. I’ve put together a few tips to help make your accounting and invoicing “process” less of a “process.”

invoice to be paid late. This slight suggestion is the fine line that may help close most of your invoices. Whoops… You might be the problem? Don’t fret. All small business owners struggle with invoicing. Getting paid is nice, but invoicing management would be better if it went away, right? At the end of the day, try doing as little of it as possible. Find a cloud product that makes this “process” less of a “process.” Nobody started Make sure your invoicing will let your customers click a link from to do invoicing, an email and pay the invoice within one minute flat. Getting paid is nice, but aandbusiness I bet it isn’t your invoicing management favorite of tasks. All of us would be better if it went business owners struggle with this. It is time to get over it. Track down a solution that enables away, right? your business — one that takes the edge off … there are plenty of things like accounting and invoicing; one of solutions out there. that helps you manage more by managing less. 1. Numero Uno: It may be your fault! How do you find the right one? Easy — look Be prepared to elevate Timely follow-up is the best way to stop an around and test them out. Find the one that incident before it happens. It suggests to the to collections when makes all of the headaches less of a headache, invoicee that you’re “on top of the ball” and and then choose that one. necessary. a professional that may or may not allow an Make sure that your invoicing is receiving billable time automatically. Make sure your accounting is also categorizing Again, there are plenty of solutions out there. and tracking this business activity Be prepared to elevate to collections when automatically for year end. Make necessary. Remember to do less of collections sure that it will notify you as soon as well. Have a quick way to deploy late as an invoice is late. Make sure your invoices to a collection provider if needed. invoicing will let your customers Remember, be a professional when you elevate click a link from an email and pay anything. Don’t let your invoices age, but don’t the invoice within one minute flat. be rude about it, either. Maintain etiquette You dreamed of running a with your client. Give them the benefit of the business, not a business running doubt. If you need to turn your bill over to you! There are an infinite amount collections, then do so, but that should be a of solutions out there. Get out of last resort. the sandbox and rejoice in the great Don’t forget that time is money. Run the entrepreneurial playground we’re in. numbers and make sure you’re spending your 2. It’s always the little things… time on the right tasks. You may very well have On the subject of invoicing via always disliked invoicing, so get better at doing email, when I say email, I mean that less of it. If you send invoices by email, make your invoice email is being generated sure your subject line is straight to the point! for you at just the right time. Your Use starters like “Invoice: ‘Account name.’” cloud solution should also let you 3. Let your customer pay in any know when it’s late. It should let you way possible and as quickly as know via email and even via text. possible, too! Go through all of the steps of your Automate the invoice to go out for you, and let Online, offline, mobile, local, national, invoicing process. Put yourself in the the customer click one link to pay you online via customers’ shoes, and go in reverse. Continued on page 44 credit card.

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5 Resolutions for Your Business By Chris Hurn Business owners and entrepreneurs should consider these resolutions to make 2013 the most positively transformative year: 1. Consider buying: After a business has survived three to six years and is stable, commercial property ownership is a natural next step with benefits that new entrepreneurs often overlook. The government program administered by the Small Business Administration — SBA 504 — offers long-term financing at below-market fixed rates. 2. Self-investment: Invest in yourself! Identify business books that focus on areas you need to develop or lessons shared by successful business people you admire. 3. Company culture: Come up with three ideas that will improve your company’s culture, and take action on them. 4. Refresh/jumpstart marketing: Identify three new marketing initiatives that you can implement on a regular and ongoing basis. 5. Become an authority in your field: Research publications in your industry and pitch yourself as a media source. This can net you some free PR later in the year. The key is to focus on media outlets — become a familiar name so they can turn to you as a reliable source... Chris Hurn is CEO and co-founder of Mercantile Capital Corp. based in Orlando, Fla. He is the author of “The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Creating Wealth: How the Smartest Business Owners Build Their Fortunes” (www.TheEntrepreneursSecretBook.com). He is also the CEO, chairman, and co-founder of an upscale men’s barbershop franchise called Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club.

At the end of the day, “ you need to provide your customer with a quick and easy way to pay you, in a method they prefer.

global, in space, underwater, and through the woods. You have to be emailing your invoices along with other invoice request methods. At the end of the day, you need to provide your customer with a quick and easy way to pay you, in a method they prefer. That’s the holy grail of billing. 4. Make sure the primary info is never ever lost. Bold your payment terms, etc. Flash the invoice up to your partner or employee for three seconds. Ask him/her what they remembered. If they can’t tell you when your invoice is due, then it’s not good. Walk through the thought process of what you do when you receive a bill. Think of the bills that you pay on time, and what’s the reason why? Is it consistency from the invoicer? Whoops… I made you think about the number one above again…that it may be you! 5. If it doesn’t look professional, you’re not a professional. Make the invoice look nice and branded, but don’t forget the primary purpose. 6. Everybody could use a reminder. Make sure all invoices are on a slow drip of healthy 15-day, 3-day, and 1-day alerts. 7. Paying Hard = Paid Less…Paying Easy = Paid More. For your customer to pay your e-invoice, don’t require them to set-up an account. Respect their time! Requiring your customer to have an account to pay your invoice is just inconvenient. Make it SIMPLE. Automate the invoice to go out for you, and let the customer click one link to pay you online via credit card. Easy. 8. Make sure the cloud solution is reputable. If you’re going to build a business in the cloud, you should know the company you’re relying on. 9. Watch your tone, sonny! Be human. We all need to practice the virtual handshake. Don’t get all “OFFICIAL” just because this is an invoice and we’re talking about money. Remember that you have formed a business relationship that’s supposed to be mutually beneficial. Show gratitude on this invoice as

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well. If you don’t feel that way when you invoice, then you might have made some bad decisions beforehand. Look at all of the steps you take as a business owner. 10. Automate. Automate. Automate. Manage more by managing less. That’s doable and possible with billing and invoicing. When invoices are late, make sure your invoicing solution handles it the right way at the right time. Have a scenario for every scenario, and automate the real pain points. Don’t over think it, though. Sometimes you may be the problem. 11. We can all use help with billing. (Again, we’re all human). Align with a cloud solution with a leadership team who you can easily reach out to with questions. Reward the small business solutions that remember what’s important about being a small business. As a business owner, you have to really evaluate what’s out there. It won’t be the solution that saves you; rather, it will be you for realizing that it’s not the solution. It’s you and the people behind the product that know your business and you best. Reward the companies that make business life easier. Billing, invoicing, etc…it may always be painful. Make a novel use of spending your time by getting better at doing less of it. Make sure the team can easily be reached, and watch them. If they are iterating fast and listening to you, GREAT! Be clear of your business challenge and why it’s a priority. Tell them and see what they have to say. Anything’s possible. For more information, visit na.sage.com. Reference 1 Rocket Lawyer Blog. New survey reveals that collecting late payments is a challenge for small businesses. Accessed online on March 14, 2013. http://blog.rocketlawyer.com/new-survey-reveals-that-collecting-late-payments-is-a-challenge-for-small-businesses-95248.

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10 Reasons to Integrate Your Payments Environment 1. Improve cash flow. When you integrate all your points-of-payment directly to your bank for settlement — and to your accounting system for reconciliation — you maximize your cash flow. Sitting on checks and receipts minimizes your cash position, which impacts your business’ liquidity. 2. Optimize sales channels. Any payment method — whether a credit card terminal, e-commerce web site, or a mobile phone equipped to take payments — that’s not integrating directly to your accounting system isn’t optimized for sales execution and back-office efficiencies; therefore, increasing cost-of-sales. 3. Eliminate manual data entry. Manually entering data in both a pointof-sale (POS) solution and an accounting solution doubles the time it takes to complete the payments process. By integrating your payments environment, you can reduce time spent on accounts receivable (A/R) processing so you can spend more time on revenue-generating opportunities. 4. Automate the reconciliation process. Duplicate data entry also results in more manual errors, which someone has to untangle and reconcile. When payments automatically “postback” to the accounting system, errors are reduced and posting and reconciliation are streamlined, saving time and money. your payments 5. Organize environment. The payments industry

is highly fragmented and confusing. An advanced, integrated payments portal can offer web and mobile access to a reporting dashboard, merchant statement, billing support, a single toll-free customer support line, and administration of all your connected payment Business owners will benefit by knowing the “five Cs” devices, applications, and lenders look at when considering loans. services. efficiencies across a spectrum of payment 6. Improve your PCI compliance services, while reducing the cost and situation. Payment Card Industry (PCI) certified payment platforms can improve complexities of managing multiple your PCI compliancy as a merchant. vendors. These platforms remove your connected 9. Take advantage of what’s next. An extensible, integrated payments platform payment solutions from the scope of is more capable of adding advanced PCI (PA-DSS) by ensuring all connected features and solutions, such as mobile payment solutions never store or transmit payment apps, automated invoicing, or unencrypted credit card data. In return, integrated loyalty systems. your PCI audit is more streamlined. More importantly, your business is secure and 10. Integrate because you can. Business software providers are now bringing preyour customers’ data is safe. integrated payment solutions to market, 7. Improve your audit position. Manual processes increase auditor so small and midsized businesses (SMBs) scrutiny and require additional sampling can easily and cost effectively “turn on” an of data and processes, driving up your integrated payments environment from costs and use of resources. Automating inside select accounting or ERP solutions. those manual payment processes can cut costs on financial and regulatory audits. 8. Gain the value of consolidation. Greg Hammermaster has 25 years of experience in banking, payment An automated and integrated payments solutions, and business software applications. As president of Sage Payment Solutions, Sage North America’s payment processing division, environment is often offered by a single he is responsible for the company’s credit card operations based in vendor or consortium, creating price Virginia and check operations based in Florida.

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Character: Numerous late payments, for example, suggest that owners do not manage debts responsibly, which will likely be indicated in a credit score. Factors that determine character judgment are largely subjective. An applicant can supply evidence in his or her favor.

Conditions: What are the conditions in the industry and the economy? The better those conditions, the more likely lenders are to give applicants a plus in this bracket. Conditions are often out of a borrower’s control, which makes a positive showing of the other four factors that much more important.

Chris Hurn is CEO and co-founder of Mercantile Capital Corp. based in Orlando, Fla. MCC has earned numerous accolades and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine, Forbes and SmartMoney, among others. Hurn has been a frequent guest on Fox Business News and PBS. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with two magna cum laude bachelor’s degrees and earned his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute (formerly at the Wharton School of Business). He is also the CEO, chairman and co-founder of an upscale men’s barbershop franchise called Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club.

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A Real “David vs. Goliath” Story Co-Owners’ Start-Up Takes on Facebook Co-Founder & Industry Leader Asana By Home Business Magazine

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evin Withnall had previously worked with MSN in Australia, and is the founder and CEO of a 12-person development firm. Jason Weaver was formerly a Project Manager at ING. Together, they did not found a typical Silicon Valley start-up — they are not 22 years old, they have been hardened by the business world, and they started off building a product for themselves 2 years ago for internal purposes for Kevin’s 12-person development firm. Kevin’s and Jason’s start-up, TiimFocus, is a B2B product that provides team members with one central location where they can see what peers are working on, and can receive updates on how a project is progressing. Rather than trying to stay organized through emails and meetings, organizations can use TiimFocus to move faster and to better manage tasks in an increasingly mobile workforce.

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Jason Weaver (left) and Kevin Withnall (right) are co-founders of TiimFocus.

TiimFocus is angel-investor backed and has raised $500,000 in funding. “Our mission is to create a product that can best manage workflow between teams,” says Kevin. “We created TiimFocus because we didn’t see a product fulfilling the need in the market. The largest player in the market is Asana, which was started by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz. However, it’s greatest strength (an easy-to-use product), is also its largest weakness (minimal functionality). We outgrew Asana within a month. TiimFocus was built to be the world’s most complete collaborative task system. Companies will not be able to outgrow TiimFocus.” Examples of features in the product include Workflow, which allows individuals to determine and push tasks that have been sitting idle and are causing bottlenecks, and Metrics,

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which helps workers focus on completing the right tasks at hand. Despite the well-funded competition, with Asana having raised $38.2M in Venture Capital funding, TiimFocus believes it will compete in the marketplace. Says Jason, “We believe the beauty of this marketplace, particularly as more attention is focused on B2B companies, is that the best product can win. Despite the pedigree of Asana and other competitors, we spent 2 years building and validating TiimFocus, and we, and our clients, believe this is the best product in the market.” Kevin and Jason are offering to set up free 3 month accounts for the first 25 Home Business Magazine readers. Monthly subscriptions are charged for subsequent users. Visit www.tiimfocus.com/about-us/.

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Sporty yet Chic Woman’s Creation Puts a Stylish Twist on the Classic Baseball Cap By Home Business Magazine

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arrie Bell founded Madcapz seven years ago when she became sick with Graves’s Disease — and began losing her hair. She wanted a cap to cover her head when she went for walks but was tired of wearing her husband’s sports/corporate logo’d baseball caps. Carrie craved a fun colorful cap to wear that was stylish, comfortable, didn’t scream “sick,” and made her look good. She always liked the style of ball caps but could not find one that was sporty yet chic. So after searching in vain, she decided to create one — and Madcapz was born! Today, Madcapz successfully sells online at www.madcapz.net and wholesale across the country to golf retailers, golf pro shops, hospital gift shops, oncology boutiques, wig salons, gift shops, and small retail boutiques. Madcapz promotion takes several forms. One very effective approach is to partner with nonprofit organizations. Madcapz is a Partner in Action with the HERA Women’s Cancer

Foundation and manufactures the HERA Madcapz in their signature color, teal. A portion of each sale is donated to the HERA Foundation. Also, throughout the Carrie Bell founded Madcapz — baseball caps designed year, Madcapz just for women. donates hats to various Madcapz is also currently involved with organizations for their charity walks, several sponsored contests on radio stations tournaments, and events. and online sites that offer terrific promotional Madcapz also uses social media to attract opportunities. new customers. Their Facebook page The typical Madcapz customer is a woman (www.facebook.com/madcapzfans) and Twitter 40+ who is fun, spirited, and loves fashion account (www.twitter.com/madcapz) provide accessories with color. She may be a golfer, ongoing opportunities for Madcapz to publicize walker, tennis player, or gardener. She is an special offers, sales, and promotions that are outdoor enthusiast who knows how to enjoy popularized on these social media platforms. life.

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A Common Sense Approach to Using Attorneys for Your Home Business By Gary M. Heller, Hodgson Russ LLP

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aving represented clients in commercial disputes for more than fifteen years, I am still struck by the frequency in which the following scenario occurs — a small business owner claims that she has been wronged in a transaction, that considerable monies are owed and, most important, that proof of wrongdoing is embodied in a single document. Although the client is angry about the situation, her excitement about having the proverbial “smoking gun” is palpable. When asked who prepared the document and whether a lawyer was consulted, the client responds, “That wasn’t necessary, this was a simple transaction so we prepared the agreement ourselves and, look, it proves that he owes me money.” I am then faced with the unenviable task of deflating the client’s confidence, informing her that the document does not quite say what she thinks it says, or mean what she thinks it means. On some occasions, a lawyer must also be the bearer of bad news, informing the client that, even though her claim may be legitimate and compensable, the document she believed would prove her case does nothing of the sort and may, in fact, expose her to potential exposure. The foregoing problem is one that likely would have been avoided had the agreement been prepared by an attorney. It begs questions that should be asked by any prospective or established home business owner — “When should I seek legal advice?” and “What kind of lawyer should I consult?” Speaking with an attorney can be intimidating, and hiring one can become expensive. It is understandable, therefore, that seeking counsel typically is not on the list of important priorities, as creating revenue and meeting expenses is always your primary concern. Many of the problems you face appear to be simple, the kinds that you reasonably believe you can handle yourself. In a world where information is widely available Home Business

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online and without cost, this is understandable. However, even with the ease of access to information, much is unreliable or incomplete. Moreover, there are many questions that nonlawyers simply do not consider when seeking answers on their own. Although many legal issues are unanticipated, one can prepare for potential problems before they occur. The balance of this article offers a snapshot into the circumstances where it is advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney. 1. Corporate Formation Forming your corporation, partnership, or LLC may appear to be a matter of completing online forms provided by your state’s Division of Corporations. Similarly, if you are interested in reserving a particular name for your business, many states provide web-based resources that identify entity names that are currently in use. However, even though finding and completing the correct forms may appear to be uncomplicated, you should seek advice from an attorney before jumping in. Most important at the outset is determining the

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there are many “…questions that non-lawyers simply do not consider when seeking answers on their own.

type of entity you should form. The manner in which you proceed will be based on, among other things, the complexity of the anticipated business, the number of individuals involved, and the financial contribution of each. There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing one type of entity over another. Often, the decision involves a consideration of tax benefits and consequences as well as potential personal liability or exposure. The assistance of competent legal counsel (as well as a good accountant) will go a long way toward ensuring that all filings reflect the business goals of each participant in the venture. When a home business involves multiple owners and/or contributions of capital, the parties should seek advice geared toward fostering the resolution of potential problems before they occur. An attorney can assist in the formulation of exit strategies at the start of the venture via the memorialization of business “prenuptial” agreements, including buy-sell, buy-back, or buy-out agreements. In planning ahead, the goal is to prevent future legal entanglements or financial issues, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the departure of a partner or shareholder. 2. Contracts Home businesses are often engaged in the buying and/or selling of products or services, each of which creates a contractual relationship. For many transactions, particularly if you provide specialized services, it is of utmost importance that you properly document all elements of the agreement to ensure that the parties involved have a complete understanding of their respective rights, obligations, and responsibilities. Seemingly straight-forward transactions carry a degree of risk, even when the parties believe that they have accounted for potential contingencies. Written agreements prepared under an attorney’s guidance serve to clearly express each party’s intent, while also Continued on page 52

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accounting for matters that the lay business person might not consider. The goal is always to minimize the unexpected and create protections in the event that the relationship breaks down. 3. Employment Procedures, Policies and Agreements Your home business has become successful and you realize that you need help, so you put out the word that you are hiring. However, what seems like a simple undertaking must be done in accordance with applicable law. You can undertake the actual interviewing and hiring of employees on your own, but you must be keenly aware of the questions you are permitted to ask as well as the kinds of inquiries that can subject your company to liability. An attorney’s advice on these matters can provide you with an understanding of all of the “dos and don’ts” in hiring, including relevant anti-discrimination statutes. Any business that takes on employees is also subject to state and federal labor, employment, and tax laws. Issues can arise regarding whether a worker should be categorized as an employee or as an independent contractor, and whether you are required to provide that person with overtime compensation or benefits. At some point, you may also

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agreements and nonsolicitation agreements. Needless to say, you must retain counsel in the event you are forced to prosecute or defend any legal action involving a current or former employee.

informing the client that … the document she believed would prove her case does nothing of the sort and may, in fact, expose her to potential exposure..

4. Intellectual Property Intellectual property is original work created by or for you or your business. These assets include ideas, inventions, writings, artwork, and software as well as brand names, logos, designs, and new products or processes intended for sale into the marketplace. Copyright, trademark, and patent laws offer protection to the creators or owners of intellectual property. Where this is important to your business, you should retain a specialist to secure all available rights (or to ensure that you are not violating the intellectual property rights of another). Even the look and content of your web site should be scrutinized to ensure that it does not violate a copyright or trademark held by another.

be faced with internal claims of improper treatment, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment or discrimination. And, if your business has processes, procedures, intellectual property, or a roster of clients that you want to protect, it might make sense to have an attorney prepare an employment contract that contains, among other things, confidentiality

5. Selecting a Lawyer Lawyers do not come in one size. Personalities and areas of concentration differ, as do the capabilities of law firms of all sizes. When starting out, the people whom you know and trust are the best sources for a recommendation. Also helpful are local bar associations and lawyer referral services. It is

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advisable to meet with multiple attorneys and to review their web sites and written materials to ascertain whether their capabilities fit your needs. Be clear about your financial situation, and make sure that you understand any lawyer’s fee structure (e.g., hourly rate, contingency, etc.). An attorney and client must always be on the same page, and this should be reflected in the letter of engagement. Also, it is advisable to choose a professional who possesses the humility to refer you to another lawyer when your problem falls outside her practice area. Finally, and perhaps most important, select someone with whom you feel comfortable, but who is also willing to provide honest and candid counsel. 6. Conclusion It is not always clear when one should seek advice of an attorney. Although you are capable of handling many important functions on your own, when thinking about the continued success of your home business, it is always important to pay heed to Benjamin Franklin’s adage that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Owners Face Risks without Insurance “Most home-based businesspeople don’t know they need insurance like other businesses,” says Janet Scott-Buckley, an agent with Harrington Insurance Agency in North Andover, Mass. A homeowners (or renters or condo) policy gives little or no protection for the business, she says. Someone getting hurt is also a risk, she adds. “If a customer, or even a deliveryman, slips on your doorstep and gets hurt, you could get hit with a big lawsuit,” Buckley says. “Your homeowners policy won’t cover you, so you’d have to hire a lawyer and pay the settlement out of your own pocket.” It’s usually best to buy a separate policy for the home-based business, Buckley says. It covers business equipment, inventory and supplies at home and offsite — for instance, your laptop. And the policy also covers your business general liability, for slips and falls — at home and possibly elsewhere. If you have employees, you’ll also need workers’ compensation insurance. Harrington Insurance Agency (www. HarringtonSaves.com) is an insurance agency with locations throughout Massachusetts. A member of the Arbella Insurance Group, Harrington Insurance represents many national and regional insurance companies.

Gary M. Heller, senior counsel at the law firm Hodgson Russ, represents clients in a broad range of commercial matters, with an emphasis on contract and business disputes, employment disputes, and litigation. He can be reached at gheller@hodgsonruss.com or gary_heller@hotmail.com.

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2. Inaction: Have a vision or a goal? The first step is to write it down along with objectives and action steps related thereto. Now you’ve taken initiative, which is the critical first step to achieving success. Post your vision statement in your bedroom, bathroom, and office. Share it with others. And, be sure to follow your action steps. Or, find contentment with the status-quo and, well, remain there. 3. Contentment: Passion for what you seek to accomplish should be almost palpable to the extent that others can see and feel your drive. The key is to match your vision with something you can be truly passionate about. Something that will keep you engaged every moment of every work day to bring you one step closer 54

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6. Going it Alone: No one is an island, and there’s strength in numbers. A mastermind group, coach, or mentor can help you get motivated and propel your vision to new heights and facilitate invaluable networking opportunities. Meeting regularly can be a great boost to your morale

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If you have a vision and passion, take action, are determined and disciplined; if you get a coach or mentor; get in the right environment; and if you are honest and humble, you be well positioned to achieve your dream...whatever that may be. Pacific Realty Partners Founder and Principal Paul LeJoy is a revered real estate investor and top business building expert who has earned the reputation as a motivational leader in helping others duplicate his success and create wealth. LeJoy believes it is impossible to be poor in America, and he speaks on topics such as being successful with real estate and how anyone with the passion and desire can create wealth in America, regardless of his situation. Among other distinctions, LeJoy is currently one of the top 20 REO Brokers in the San Francisco Bay Area and considered a top expert in the real estate industry at large. LeJoy’s success in real estate is empowered by his business skills and no-excuses approach to success. LeJoy may be reached online at www.LejoySolutions.com. *Source: http://www.forbes.com/billionaires

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back on their work for their kids? recommend to mothers is to support other mothers and not judge them for the choices they make. We are all trying to do so much. I feel irate when I see people judging mothers for the choices they make or don’t make. I feel like we are all in it together and we should support each other.

GP: I just had this incident where we were going to see Justin Bieber, and my son put together that Justin Bieber or someone else might know who I am — like someone that he thinks is great, that might know who I am from Iron Man. It’s recent for him where he goes, “Oh, you are in movies.” They didn’t make that connection for a while.

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