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Why Pay? Free Small Business Grants

When American citizens commence establishing or a expanding a new business there are a few options to consider as far as financing is concerned. Government small business grants, high interest bank loans, and private loans from investors, family members, or credit unions are generally the most common sources. A majority of new or potential small business owners overlook the magnificent option of acquiring small business grants as a means of financing, however, this is not advised. In fact, it would seem quite ridiculous to discount the advantage of receiving free government money, yet thousands of qualified candidates do just that each year.

It is quite puzzling that so many intelligent and savvy business people simply surpass the opportunities to obtain free business grants, made available by the very same government who they curse for taxing them, and misusing their contributed funds. These individuals are smart enough, resourceful enough, driven and enterprising enough to envision and build new and thriving businesses and corporations, then why on earth did they pass on free money to make the initial investments and expansions? Because they didn’t know, that’s why.

The government sets aside hundreds of billions of dollars each year to award to new and enterprising entrepreneurs who prove to have a solid business plan and show significant promise of becoming successful. A well thought out and formally outlined business proposal of nearly any sort is quite often likely to be approved for small business grant program funding by most American granting committees. One of the main reasons for this is because the government is required by law to distribute these funds to the American taxpayers each year. However, they are not required, and in fact prohibited, from advertising this funding, so far too many potential candidates remain unaware of these amazing opportunities each year.

There are few requirements to qualify to receive free government grant money to start your own business, providing you are searching in a category, or several categories, that you, individually, fall into. For instance, if you are proposing a business plan to an American minority grant agency, but you are not a considered a minority citizen, you would not qualify. But you still may qualify for a standard government small business grant to fund your start up or expansion. If you are a businesswoman, there are a number of opportunities in women’s business grants that men obviously wouldn’t qualify for. But the same men may be able to acquire minority, business grants, single parents grants, or more. Sometimes, even if you have been denied numerous business types of grants for whatever reasons, you may still be able to achieve free government money through personal grant programs and apply that funding towards your business endeavors.

Free money is free money no matter what you call it. Anyone who is embarking upon a new and progressive business venture, or hoping to enlarge or expand an already existing outfit should definitely investigate their options of obtaining free government money in small business grants before committing to the years of increasing interest and monthly payments that go hand in hand with bank loans. Why pay for what you don’t have to?

Objectifying Your Small Business’s Logo

A common thing to hear at the start of a logo design project is, “I just want a picture of a [insert object here] to be my logo.” The object could be a hammer, a car, a golf club, a spine, a pile of books, a map … you name it. This object may or may not have a direct relationship with the business that the logo will be representing. For example, I’ve been asked to draw a sea horse logo for a financial planner, and recently, a client requested that I work a cat into the logo for her exercise company.

There are two major issues inherent with designing a logo with a picture of an object in it. The first is that your logo instantly becomes a “representational logo,” and you’ll want to evaluate whether this form of logo serves your business best. The second issue is that before committing to using that object as the face of your business, you’ll have to carefully consider the type of object that you’re including in the logo and all of its’ possible meanings to the viewer.

So, let’s tackle the issues with the first one first: The fact that your logo will be a representational logo.

What is a representational logo? And is it the right choice for my business?

“Representational logo” simply means that the icon of the logo has a picture in it that looks like a recognizable object. A representational logo is often most appropriate for a company that’s on the smaller side, or one that provides business-to-consumer, or personal services (think dog walking, house painting, carpentry).

You rarely see representational logos for successful professional services companies (think accountants, lawyers, engineers), unless those companies are very small. So make sure that having a representational logo matches to the level of sophistication that you’d like your company to reach. You can evaluate the level of sophistication in terms of the object you choose to use as your logo and how the object is drawn. For example, a cartoon of a pile of money may not convey the right visual message for an investment specialist.

It is true that some big companies do have representational logos–the apple for Apple Computers, for example. But they’ve already made their business name a little abstract by combining words that don’t go together conceptually, so having a representational logo in this case can help to make their incongruous name more memorable.

Choose your object wisely

If you commit to a representational logo, you should choose an item that makes sense in some way with your business–either based on your business name, what you sell, or if there’s a more complicated story that you’ll wind up having to explain to prospects. Also remember that you’re signing up for your company to always have some sort of link to the item in the logo–so you may not want to start out with a picture of a product that you sell.

For example, say you operate a foods company making chips out of carrots, and you decide to go with a carrot in the logo. Then your company decides a short while later to change directions and start manufacturing chips made of corn instead. Suddenly, the carrot logo is less appropriate for your business; and unless you find some way that it does integrate into your new business direction, you might run into trouble.

You’ll also want to think about the meaning of the item that you choose as your logo. Some items already have a traditional symbolic meaning–for example, a butterfly is often used to symbolize change or transition because it goes through a metamorphosis. Research your item so that you can become sure that you’re not missing any of its’ potential meanings. And in this way, you can make sure that your item doesn’t have any unintended negative connotations as well.

A representational logo isn’t right for every business. But if you decide that a representational logo is the right choice for your business, then making sure that you choose your object wisely can help you to ensure that your logo will be a good fit for your business and that it will support the growth of your brand.

“Top Home Based Business Opportunity” – Tips For Retiree’s & Baby Boomers

Economy is down – jobs are being lost, investments value has hit rock bottom, property value has slumped. It has forced retired people and baby boomers, who were relying on their savings, to look for alternative sources of income. The internet represents a vast market which throws up great ways to make money online. There are several web sites that offer home based business opportunities, which if used correctly can yield very high returns. Understanding that this is a new arena for those in retirement and baby boomers, follow this as a guide to help you choose the top home based business opportunity for you.

To choose a top home based business opportunity that is suitable, it becomes necessary to review them. Many of these opportunities are genuine enough but there are quite a few scams. Ventures that promise quick money with no efforts are almost always scams because that is certainly not the way the world goes round! It is best to steer clear of them. There are certain basic points to look for and ponder over before deciding on a risk free or minimum risk venture.

Network marketing opportunities are among the most rewarding ventures available on the net. The first point of validating an opportunity would be that it makes sense. By reading about the business on their web site, many details can be obtained. The business model should be well defined, open and clear to every one – what the business is about, what it stands for, how it works and where the associate stands with respect to the business.

Next it will be a good idea to read reviews that have been written about the opportunity. Getting to know who has started the business and who are the names who are partnering with them helps to know if the company is serious about its business. When well-known persons, known for their genuine business practices participate in a business venture, it is a clear indicator of their straight intentions. The period of time the business has been around and what it has achieved during that time is another point to be included in a review.

A Network marketing business can be successful only if there is a working plan or marketing system for customer acquisition and customer retention. There should be a tried and tested way in which they reach out to customer networks. A good business should include business partners – people who share in the work as well as profits.

One of the key things that will make a network marketing or multi level marketing business a success story is the product quality. The products and services being offered should be interesting and be in great demand. The business should provide great support and training. Free websites, live conference calls with experts, video based training, email training etc are different ways in which businesses support their associates.

The marketing and sales system should be robust enough to identify and qualify leads (potential customers), make a sale to them and close the transaction, all done on behalf of the associate. Ultimately, the business should allow the associate to focus fully on building his network of clients and nothing else. To find an opportunity that satisfies all these criteria and can answer more of your questions, go to here.