Finding the best credit card processor for a small business can be difficult. On a dark, clear night, look up into the sky and imagine trying to count all the stars. You could spend the rest of your life doing so, and never finish the job. It’s said that there are over one hundred billion
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Choosing the best domain name is an important part of setting up your business, so take some time to research it and select wisely. A catchy domain name will be easier to remember than your telephone number and will result in fewer lost sales. Like a good business name, your domain name should tell people
There are only 3 steps in any online marketing campaign: Keywords, Strategy, and Execution. It doesn’t matter if you have a website, a blog, a social network, mobile marketing, or whatever the next big thing is; it all comes down to these three things. If you are going to effectively promote your business, you must
These days, finding an adequate niche market for your business is essential. There is no way that a small business can compete on a large scale with the multi-million dollar advertising budgets and massive distribution of large corporations. In real-world economies, David does not beat Goliath; Goliath crushes David before he even gets his
photo courtesy of http://yourschoolmarketing.com/ In 1993, Encyclopedia Britannica had the most profitable year in the company’s history. Two years later, the company was nearly bankrupt and was sold for below book value. What happened in those two years? Most folks would say that Britannica was done in by Microsoft Encarta. In 1993, Microsoft purchased rights
For those who do not follow the antique trade, let me bring you up to speed: the antique business is in the toilet. Prices are at their lowest level in a decade, following the boom of the 1990s. Antique furniture is selling for 70-80% less than it sold for in 1998. Inventories are piling up.
Today, the antique business has a new problem: old customers. Boomers and their parents, who have been collecting antiques for decades, no longer have the room or the inclination to buy more antiques. Their Gen-X successors do not seem to care for antiques. “The trend is away from antiques”, says Red Whaley, owner of an
I continue to read horror stories from consumers about their bad experiences with moving companies. The refrain is always the same: the big, bad, moving company overcharged me, damaged my goods and will not pay up. Well, I have appraised moving damage claims for over 25 years, and I can tell you that the problem
I have spent the last six months as a Fine Art Auctioneer aboard cruise ships sailing in Northern Europe, the Caribbean, and Alaska. The crowds at my auctions were a mix of veteran art collectors, newbie art collectors, the curious,the bored,and the lost. Some of them bought art, but most did not. Those that did
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that only about a third of all internet moving brokers meet federal registration requirements. That means that two out of three moving companies are operating outside the rules. Yet, most people start their search for a mover online. Yes, there are many reputable companies to be found online.
Moving companies are often wrong when it comes to estimating the weight and value of your household goods shipment. Some estimators do a pretty good job, but there is such high turnover in the industry that you never know how experienced your estimator really is. If you make your contract decision based on price, you
About five years ago, I was asked to inspect a moving damage claim on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The movers’ truck had flipped over on an exit ramp and rolled down a hill. When I arrived at the customer’s home to inspect the damage, I found the worst mess I’ve ever seen on a moving claim.
As an appraiser, the question I hear most often is: what’s it worth? I don’t just hear the question at work; I expect to get the question there. I mean I hear it at the mall, in line at the grocery store, at parties, and sitting in the doctors office. What is my antique furniture
On my last Alaska cruise as an art auctioneer, my friend Tamara, the ships’ Port Shopping Ambassador, related the following story: a passenger purchased an item of jewelery from a store in Skagway for around $10,000. The following day, the passenger got a serious case of buyers remorse, and sought to return the jewelery on
O.K.; you’ve been appointed Executor of the Estate. You don’t know if this is a blessing or a curse. There is a stack of bills to pay: utilities, mortgage, funeral expenses. Heirs and relatives are clamoring for “their share”. Before the bills can be paid, you have to collect all the money that is due
There’s an old saying that goes “What’s the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” Personal property is the “elephant” of an estate. It’s the responsibility that can take up most of your time, and it provides the estate with the least amount of money for the effort involved. But, dealing
I just got off the phone with Nancy. She is feeling a bit overwhelmed. Her mother has just died, and Nancy has been appointed executor of her mothers’ estate. Nancy has a full time job and a family of her own. Her mom lives in a different state. Nancy doesn’t see how she will have
Your teenage grandkids probably don’t want to inherit the collectibles you now cherish. but don’t despair; the value one places on family heirlooms changes as one matures. To a 15 year old, grandpa’s journal is just a dust collector. When that 15 year old reaches 45, the same journal becomes a treasure of family history.
I told my wife that the url for my new blog was going to be “downsizing-mom.com”. She grimaced and I got “the look”. “Downsizing Mom”? she said; “sounds like a weight loss blog”. She’s right, in a sense. Throughout our lives, we tend to accumulate “stuff”. Clothes, furniture, appliances, vehicles. We surround ourselves with the
March, 2010 GALAX, Va. – Progress comes slowly to the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia. It was not until after World War II that highways, electricity and telephone service became available to many of the rural areas between the mountain metropolises of Roanoke and Bristol, Va. The cultural stewpot of Scots-Irish and German immigrants