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  • Transitioning From Employee To Business Owner
    take some effort Most experts recommend that you have at least six months worth of living expenses saved up before you leave your job It is probably time to make some changes in your financial habits as well Bank as much of your paycheck as you can so that you have money for living expenses and cash flow to start your business Cut personal expenses in half if possible and save the rest Write out a budget to help you save and stick with it If you change your habits before you leave your full time job you will be able to save more and be prepared for tighter times that might lie ahead NASE Member Warren Croce of Warren Croce Design in Belmont Mass spent 18 years in the corporate world before starting out on his own He started saving while still working and was able to bank 12 months of living expenses before leaving He strongly recommends that anyone wanting to go out on his own should meet with a financial planner to help prepare for this transition Once finances are set it is time to transition your mindset from employee to boss and what your new work life routine will entail This can be a source of much stress for many entrepreneurs who were used to a defined workday Being able to work any time from anywhere sounds nice but for many start ups it means working all the time from everywhere as you begin to grow Finding the Balance You need to set daily goals and boundaries to help keep you on task and try to find that balance that probably set you about starting your own business in the first place First and foremost keep a schedule Define times throughout the day that are set aside for certain tasks It is also very important to keep organized so that you know when and where meetings are taking place as well as where information for your business and projects are Technology offers a plethora of applications to help Microsoft Outlook will keep you on schedule Remember the Milk a smartphone app helps you remember what you need to be doing when Evernote allows you to write down your thoughts like that next brilliant business idea wherever you are You Are Not Alone Being your own boss often also means that you now work alone And that can mean gaps in business knowledge Sometimes it may be necessary to find a partner who can complement your knowledge Elizabeth Sichinga of Africa Global Super Center LLC in Wyomissing Pa an import export business knew that she needed help and found it in her partner Now her business has expanded to include five partners NASE Member Al Rickard of Association Vision in Chantilly Va recalls his transition working as an association professional to partnering with a colleague to form a new company I never considered myself an entrepreneur That s why partnering with my colleague who has the entrepreneurial

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  • Look Before You Leap: Researching the Market Before You Start a Business
    use these forums and communities like a free online focus group Ask questions about what consumers liked or didn t like a about a particular product or service Knowing who spends time in these forums and what they are saying will help you know who will want your product service Search to see who potential competitors are both locally if you are a brick and mortar business as well as in cyberspace Sites such as Google Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn are a good place to start Once you find out who your competition is you can find out more about them Most businesses have a website Check it out Does it look professional Does it explain their product or services How many employees do they have Review sites such as Yelp and Angie s List to see what actual customers are saying about these businesses NASE Member Theresa Cassiday owner of Catena Creations LLC in Bellevue Neb used the Internet to find out what to charge for her services Said Cassiday I actually did my first market research a couple of years before I started my business I had been offered a couple of very big freelancing projects and needed to figure out what I should charge At that time nearly 7 years ago I did a lot of research online looking for freelancers websites to see what they charged and what their skills were David Hollender online communication strategist at Mind Sky in Reston Va says to look at your competitors websites from a different perspective as well Just because a company has a beautiful website doesn t mean they are a great business Find out their relevance and credibility by doing a little research First impression are usually right if a website looks unpolished it is probably telling of the business as a whole Google s page rank of a website is based on how relevant and credible they are Credibility is partly based on how many other websites link to a given webpage This implies that other web entities believe the site to be legitimate This will let you know if they are a legitimate business competitor The Internet can provide you with a lot more information about a business than just its website You can search any number of review sites such as Yelp and Angie s List to see what actual customers are saying about these businesses Visit It We sometimes get caught up in all that we can find searching on our computers but if your competition has a brick and mortar store within a reasonable distance go visit in person Be a customer See who is shopping there and what their demographics are This will help you determine if this is the same market demographic you intended to serve or if you were seeking a different group And talk to other customers as you shop Not only will you get to experience what the competition has to offer as far as products and

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  • Ask The Experts: Home Office Transition
    please provide us with any ideas or issues we need to be paying attention to in this endeavor A Your question breaks down into three areas technical considerations effect on your family and practice identity image As for the technical side you need to look into local ordinance and or registration effect on your home owner s insurance construction operating costs tax considerations etc The second the effect on your family is yet to be revealed While operating a business from the home has some sound basis and sounds good on the surface some people do not do well being so close to the home It depends on personal relationships kids neighbors and other factors Having been in an outside office atmosphere for 21 years and making a considerable financial investment into the project it will be very important that you do everything you can to be sure that operating your practice out of your home is a workable situation Locating the business in an area of the home that is only used for that purpose and setting rules about work hours and family interactions during work hours are also important The third component is actually the most important your clientele Particularly in a professional position such as yours some clients may place an image value on you by operating out of your home If it is a common practice in your area it probably is not an issue However if the professional population operating out of their homes is small in your area you could see reluctance of clients to accept it A lot depends on the neighborhood you will live in your existing clientele where you get new clients from and numerous other issues Gene Fairbrother Business Strategy Expert Get More Answers The NASE s small business experts

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  • Starting Over
    be reality based and get a clearer picture of their terrain People have a tendency to not do their homework and make emotional decisions which lead to unfortunate mistakes Rooney realized the market was different in his new home and that he would have to be more innovative and define his niche differently He started by using technology to his advantage In San Antonio I didn t have or need a website Here I d be lost without one Most of my initial referrals came from my website As he was located so close to the land of internet start ups and the population was very tech savvy he decided to incorporate Skype into his business model This allowed him to visually assess and work with his clients anywhere in the world Not to say that the transition was without its hiccups What I ve learned this past year is that there is so much uncertainty out there that can be transformed into fear and the more fearful I became the more my creativity went out the window explains Rooney Fear is a constricting thing and when it s chronic it s debilitating and very toxic My wife and I began to look at this move as a big adventure and remembered how fortunate we are to be living in one of the prettiest places on Earth says Rooney They also learned to enjoy a simpler lifestyle closer to nature and focused on building up Rooney s clientele It helped us focus on what s really important personally and professionally Redefining Success In her early 20s NASE Member Aly B Snider decided overnight that she would become an independent licensed contractor She d been turned down for a raise by the contractor she worked for Knowing she was a good worker and what the contractor was billing her out for she realized she was worth more than she was being paid and thought she had nothing to lose She started a painting business and went from working alone to having 20 full time workers I had no life managing that many employees but I was successful she says In July 2008 her jobs started to slow down and by November she realized she d hit a wall I had way too much overhead work was not coming in and I was competing with people who were charging nothing People were also not paying us Snider recalls it was a really frightening time for her She borrowed all of the money she could through an equity line of credit on the business and put payroll on personal credit cards She went without a paycheck for a year When that proved to not be enough she ultimately turned to her father for advice and financial help After working my way through college and tasting the sweets of success it was a huge blow to my ego to have to go running to Daddy she admits But he made me realize that I

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  • NASE Learning Center - Business Topics - Management News
    your own business Look Before You Leap Researching the Market Before You Start a Business Mar 07 2013 Somewhere between that ah ha moment of a great business idea and cashing your first paycheck should be a lot of research to determine what the market is like for your idea Many entrepreneurs are very good at coming up with services or products that sound like they fill a need but fall short in how to enter the market Often they will blindly jump into the business arena only to find that they either failed to do any market research or grossly misunderstood the market Ask The Experts Home Office Transition Mar 07 2013 Q I ve been a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist for 21 years and I ve been in solo private practice since 1999 and have always rented office space My wife and I are in the beginning stages of looking into arranging for me to work out of our home Could you please provide us with any ideas or issues we need to be paying attention to in this endeavor Starting Over Feb 04 2013 Career setbacks and restarts can be particularly challenging for the self employed Rather than just focusing on updating one s resume and strategizing on whom to send it to the self employed often have to reinvent their brand find a new way of doing business and uncover a fresh customer base This can be a gut wrenching process requiring a lot of introspection faith courage and above all confidence Learn from the stories of three NASE Members who weren t afraid to reboot their businesses Lawyer Up Nov 05 2012 In the age of big box home improvement stores many people have started handling fix it projects themselves The worst that can usually happen is a plumbing repair springs a leak Do it yourself lawyering however is another story Want to Win The Competition For Customers Aug 03 2012 For all micro businesses customer service and marketing no longer need to exist in separate silos Given the high costs of finding new customers and consumers widespread use of digital media to both communicate with companies and spread tales of glee and woe it s time to make customer service a successful marketing strategy Ask The Experts Business Legal Structure Aug 03 2012 Q Can you recommend a partnership agreement that we should use and advise us about any other steps we should take in starting our new business Business Plans Made Easy Jun 29 2012 Crafting an informal business plan is a simple straightforward way to monitor the health of your business It s a vital tool that will help you diagnose problems cut costs and implement new strategies It also helps you capitalize on the things you re doing right and correct the things you re doing wrong Ask The Experts New Contract Employee Forms Jun 29 2012 Q Can you tell me which employment forms a contract

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  • Finding And Keeping Good Employees
    A Glance Optional Benefits Business Resources Experts Education Personal Home Member Badges Your Business Grants and Scholarships Growth Grant Recipients Dependents Scholarship Recipients Partners And Sponsors Affiliate Application Refer A Friend NASE in Action NASE Advocacy Efforts Legislative Priorities NASE In The News Washington Watch NASE Research Current NASE Survey NASE Member Survey NASE Issue Reports Self Employed Statistics Get Involved Tell your story Become a Media Contact Legislative Action Center Business Help Ask the Experts Taxes Business Strategy Business Law Marketing 101 Finance Accounting Health Care Reform Marketing Advertising Real Estate Information Technology NASE Minute Get Help Tax Healthcare Reform Health Marketing 101 Business Management Marketing Advertising Real Estate Calculators Business Breakeven Analysis Calculator Cash Flow Calculator Equipment Buy vs Lease Investment Annual Rate of Return Calculator Mortgage Mortgage Loan Calculator Retirement Savings and Planning 401 k Calculator How long will my retirement savings last Tax 1040 Tax Calculator Payroll Deductions Calculator Self Employment Tax Calculator Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Business Management Videos You know your industry let us help you manage your small business View all NASE news Finding And

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  • Business Plans That Work, Part 2
    A Glance Optional Benefits Business Resources Experts Education Personal Home Member Badges Your Business Grants and Scholarships Growth Grant Recipients Dependents Scholarship Recipients Partners And Sponsors Affiliate Application Refer A Friend NASE in Action NASE Advocacy Efforts Legislative Priorities NASE In The News Washington Watch NASE Research Current NASE Survey NASE Member Survey NASE Issue Reports Self Employed Statistics Get Involved Tell your story Become a Media Contact Legislative Action Center Business Help Ask the Experts Taxes Business Strategy Business Law Marketing 101 Finance Accounting Health Care Reform Marketing Advertising Real Estate Information Technology NASE Minute Get Help Tax Healthcare Reform Health Marketing 101 Business Management Marketing Advertising Real Estate Calculators Business Breakeven Analysis Calculator Cash Flow Calculator Equipment Buy vs Lease Investment Annual Rate of Return Calculator Mortgage Mortgage Loan Calculator Retirement Savings and Planning 401 k Calculator How long will my retirement savings last Tax 1040 Tax Calculator Payroll Deductions Calculator Self Employment Tax Calculator Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Business Management Videos You know your industry let us help you manage your small business View all NASE news Business Plans

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  • Choose The Best Location For Your Business Office
    Glance Optional Benefits Business Resources Experts Education Personal Home Member Badges Your Business Grants and Scholarships Growth Grant Recipients Dependents Scholarship Recipients Partners And Sponsors Affiliate Application Refer A Friend NASE in Action NASE Advocacy Efforts Legislative Priorities NASE In The News Washington Watch NASE Research Current NASE Survey NASE Member Survey NASE Issue Reports Self Employed Statistics Get Involved Tell your story Become a Media Contact Legislative Action Center Business Help Ask the Experts Taxes Business Strategy Business Law Marketing 101 Finance Accounting Health Care Reform Marketing Advertising Real Estate Information Technology NASE Minute Get Help Tax Healthcare Reform Health Marketing 101 Business Management Marketing Advertising Real Estate Calculators Business Breakeven Analysis Calculator Cash Flow Calculator Equipment Buy vs Lease Investment Annual Rate of Return Calculator Mortgage Mortgage Loan Calculator Retirement Savings and Planning 401 k Calculator How long will my retirement savings last Tax 1040 Tax Calculator Payroll Deductions Calculator Self Employment Tax Calculator Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Business Management Videos You know your industry let us help you manage your small business View all NASE news Choose The Best

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