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A lot goes into running a business, and to be successful it seems like you need it all. Knowledge specific to your industry, the right people by your side. Passion to keep at it when times are difficult, a hefty pile of capital or some type of small business financing, and some luck. What's missing from this list? Experts say [this] one thing is key; that success without it is a longshot. [This] is confidence. Truly confident people are more likely to earn higher wages and get promoted more quickly in a work environment. Starting and running your own business without solid confidence adds exponential challenge to an already difficult goal.
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The title of this post was originally "Women-owned small business growing while financing continues to fall short." That headline is not unique, something no writer wants to admit. But in this case, headlines across the web read similar sentiments. "Number of female-owned businesses grow, but revenue lags way behind," and "What a surprise: Access to capital is still a hurdle for women-owned business," and "Women-owned businesses are trailing in size and revenue." The reason, according to that last Fortune headline? Lack of investors. Lack of financing.
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The start of September marks the end of the third quarter. For lenders, September is a busy month. Lending activity is at a high. Why? Because it's generally an active time for small businesses who are coming off of summer, seeking cash flow to keep the push going. Overall for 2015, small business owners have been optimistic about hiring trends and growth in sales and revenue. How are they doing? According to the Intuit Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes, numbers are still positive for revenue growth, despite one industry, in June and employment growth in July. They report the following.
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As we approach the corner of a new season--both back-to-school and autumn--people's minds automatically turn to a new buying season. New clothes, school supplies, new decorations for the home, pumpkins, seasonal foods, Halloween costumes. There's a lot to buy, and many opportunities for a seasonal business to boom. Operating a seasonal business holds its own set of obstacles. There's the gearing-up time before the season begins, the long hours during peak season, wrapping up the business at the close of season. Operators have to consider marketing timeframes, finding employees willing to work the condensed season and long hours and a facility willing to rent seasonally. A marketable idea and the ability to capture the shifting desires of consumers from one season into another make a seasonal business potentially lucrative. With the right planning and budgeting, you can make your seasonal business a boom that sustains you for the year.
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Do we ever get caught up in a tidal wave of technology and believe we need (need! Need!) more sophisticated software, better data management, faster response times, smarter optimization...etc? Yes, there's a tidal wave of technology, but the question of need is unanswered. As fast as business moves, as platforms change, as trends come in and out, the need for management of time and data is as strong as ever. Of course we are pressured into thinking we need more than we do. Today let's focus on marketing automation.


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