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  • WaPo Outlines Small Business Guide to the Presidential Election
    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 Self Made NASE s Blog WaPo Outlines Small Business Guide to the Presidential Election Wednesday October 17 2012 The Washington Post has an article outlining the candidates positions on issues important to the self employed community including taxes health care regulation immigration government contracting SBA and exporting You can read the article here Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and modules Toolbar s wrapper Content area wrapper RadEditor hidden textarea RadEditor s bottom area Design Html and Preview modes Statistics module and resize handle It contains RadEditor s Modes views HTML Design and Preview Statistics and Resizer Editor Mode buttons Statistics module Editor resizer RadEditor please enable JavaScript to use the rich text editor RadEditor s Modules special tools used to provide extra information such as Tag Inspector Real Time HTML Viewer Tag Properties and other The code you entered is not valid Type the code from the image

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/10/17/WaPo_Outlines_Small_Business_Guide_to_the_Presidential_Election (2016-02-14)
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  • VP Biden Throws His Boss a Lifeline
    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 Self Made NASE s Blog VP Biden Throws His Boss a Lifeline Friday October 12 2012 Posted by Katie Vlietstra Last night s Vice Presidential debate was predictable both VP candidates taking a much more aggressive attack towards the other campaign however for VP Biden this incredibly important to help swing momentum back towards the Obama Biden ticket Pundits agree that both Biden and Paul did exactly what they needed to do while most calling the debate an even draw What did you think Washington Post Vice Presidential Debate Analysis Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and modules Toolbar s wrapper Content area wrapper RadEditor hidden textarea RadEditor s bottom area Design Html and Preview modes Statistics module and resize handle It contains RadEditor s Modes views HTML Design and Preview Statistics and Resizer Editor Mode buttons Statistics module Editor resizer RadEditor please enable JavaScript to use the rich text editor RadEditor s Modules special tools used to provide extra information such as Tag Inspector Real Time HTML

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/10/12/VP_Biden_Throws_His_Boss_a_Lifeline (2016-02-14)
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  • Image Is Everything! [NASE Experts]
    customer with a bad impression from poorly handled telephone calls an unkempt appearance or the lax attitude of an employee One of the most important marketing tools a business has is the image generated in the minds of customers Images like whether you promptly got to speak with a live person or had to whack your way through a voice mail jungle What about the appearance of a business Was is clean neat and organized or was everything in disarray What about personal appearance or the appearance of business vehicles Would you feel comfortable listing your 300 000 house with a real estate agent that drives a 15 year old vehicle that you re not sure could get prospects to your house without breaking down Overall does your business present a professional an image of confidence and trust Creating a positive impression often comes down to taking care of the little things Sure you have to have a good product and service but you also have to impress your customers to keep them coming back Here are a few suggestions to help make a pristine impression on your customers Have a unique business name John Smith and Associates won t excite clients Have business cards and letterhead professionally designed and printed Have a good phone system and procedure Establish high energy procedures for handling all customers Make sure that a day never passes that customer messages go unreturned Never promise just to get business Always under promise and over perform Image also means keeping customers coming back by having a strong customer satisfaction program Develop a customer satisfaction program A pleasant voice on the telephone which never rings more than twice before someone answers immediate recognition of customers when they walk into your business letting customers know you appreciate their business by sending thank you letters Track customer satisfaction Most customers don t have a problem when something doesn t go exactly right or when they get a product that does not meet all their expectations The real problems come when the situation is not properly handled Anytime a customer shows a concern don t wait for it to become a major problem The more quickly you respond to a customer s need the easier it will be to resolve Communicate your customer satisfaction commitment Meet with employees and talk customer satisfaction Get employees involved After all they will be the ones on the front line and their commitment is important Track customer satisfaction Ask customers how you are doing Do customers like products and services Did they have any negative experiences Let customers know you appreciate them Send thank you notes have an appreciation house warming at your business or just pick up the phone and call to say thank you A good customer satisfaction program doesn t take a lot of planning or administration Common sense should guide you to set up a program in which you treat customers the same way you would like to be treated

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/10/11/Image_Is_Everything_NASE_Experts (2016-02-14)
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  • Small Biz News Roundup
    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 Self Made NASE s Blog Small Biz News Roundup Tuesday October 09 2012 Posted by Kristin Oberlander I m making a departure from my usual end of the week roundup and trying something new This time we ll focus on the news that happens at the beginning of the week The Small Business Issue the Candidates Are Not Talking About You re The Boss NY Times Fewer Start Ups Depends Whom You Ask Small Business Small Talk WSJ What An Online Sales Tax Could Mean For Small Business On Small Business Washington Post Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and modules Toolbar s wrapper Content area wrapper RadEditor hidden textarea RadEditor s bottom area Design Html and Preview modes Statistics module and resize handle It contains RadEditor s Modes views HTML Design and Preview Statistics and Resizer Editor Mode buttons Statistics module Editor resizer RadEditor please enable JavaScript to use the rich text editor RadEditor s Modules special tools used to provide extra information such as Tag Inspector Real

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/10/09/Small_Biz_News_Roundup (2016-02-14)
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  • Do Your Due Diligence This Election
    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 Self Made NASE s Blog Do Your Due Diligence This Election Thursday October 04 2012 Posted by Kristin Oberlander As in many presidential elections both sides are touting the importance of small business and offering plans to help them grow The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is used to hearing lip service from politicians who say they want to help but rarely follow through with policies for the self employed This year we decided to send a questionnaire to both President Obama s and Governor Romney s camps about what specific policies they would put in place to help the nation s most plentiful and smallest companies Click here to read the questionnaire for Pres Obama and click here to view Gov Romney s Read about the most important election news of the day view bios and watch convention speeches by visiting NASE s Election Watch website Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and modules Toolbar s wrapper Content area wrapper RadEditor hidden textarea RadEditor s bottom area Design Html and Preview modes Statistics module and resize handle It contains RadEditor s Modes views HTML Design and Preview Statistics and Resizer Editor Mode buttons Statistics

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/10/04/Do_Your_Due_Diligence_This_Election (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Remains Hopeful, Firm About Tonight's Debate
    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 Self Made NASE s Blog NASE Remains Hopeful Firm About Tonight s Debate Wednesday October 03 2012 In preparation for tonight s first debate NASE President Kristie L Arslan had the following to say Tonight will be an important night for both candidates to articulate their vision for the 22 million self employed Americans 78 of the total small business community Over and over polling has emphasized that the economy is the 1 issue for voters and yet both candidates continue to be vague in their answers as to how they will recalibrate our economy and government to ensure brighter days are ahead Tonight we expect answers The self employed need to hear from the candidates the specifics how will they address tax reform ensure health insurance is affordable and reduce government regulations Tell us how you will lead Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area modes and modules Toolbar s wrapper Content area wrapper RadEditor hidden textarea RadEditor s bottom area Design Html and Preview modes Statistics module and resize handle It contains RadEditor s Modes views HTML Design and Preview Statistics and Resizer Editor Mode buttons Statistics module Editor resizer RadEditor please

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/10/03/NASE_Remains_Hopeful_Firm_About_Tonight_s_Debate (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Celebrates National Women’s Small Business Month
    Kristie L Arslan We are proud to honor their yearlong contributions to the nation s rebounding economy This October the NASE joins the Small Business Administration SBA to celebrate the role of women in small business Be sure to watch our blog Self Made and our Facebook page for bios on outstanding females in business Among those that will be featured include the following Ellen Bruseau of Handy Human LLC in Manassas Va I love clients that want to do creative things in their homes whether it s a cool paint and molding job on a ceiling custom built in solutions for storage or a fancy tile job I also live for happy clients who can t wait to tell their friends about me because I ve kept them informed about their home completed the job down to the last details helped them find solutions to problems and left their home cleaner than I found it Nicole Pulley of Interior Affairs in San Antonio Tx It s easy to enhance something that is already nice but to create something out of nothing is truly a labor of love for me Working with affordable housing properties and being involved in the community is important to me I like to work with organizations that share my vision of providing quality housing to everyday working folks while giving back to the communities which we serve Pat Bennett of Wicked Coursing in La Mesa Calif Although lure coursing is a simple sport dogs chase a plastic bag lure attached to a string the machines require intricate design and assembly Dissatisfied with the design issues of an existing manufacturer s product Bennett realized she could design and build a better machine herself So in 2008 she launched her business with a version of the current

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/10/02/NASE_Celebrates_National_Women_s_Small_Business_Month (2016-02-14)
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  • A Dangerous Client You Might Not Know You Have [Ask The Experts]
    scenario all too often I just lost my biggest client and don t know if I can keep the business going unless I find someone to replace them To keep any business solvent you have to have a diverse customer base If your business is too dependent on one or two clients and you ve decided make your future more secure here are some tips to help you diversify Don t Be a Lone Ranger It s common for people locked into one or two clients to be the primary service provider Changing that dependence by alliancing with other people in your profession or delegating administrative work will make you more efficient and able to handle more clients and make more time for marketing Prospect for New Clients As a general rule commit a minimum of six to eight hours a week marketing and prospecting Establish a weekly marketing routine like every Tuesday between 2 p m and 6 p m and block it in your calendar just as you would any commitment Don t allow yourself to get side tracked Clear everything off your desk except what you need to prospect including letting your voice mail take messages Even consider turning your phone ringer off so you can concentrate without distractions Have a written list of what you want to accomplish 1 Call Jan Flynn and ask for a referral 2 Write a standard letter with a strong marketing message about my business 3 Attend Chamber of Commerce mixer at 5 p m Have a filler plan for any unexpected hole in your schedule This is good time call personal contacts or follow up on past contacts Only in an emergency breaking a leg is acceptable vary from your plan The most important part of the plan is your commitment to follow through Network Network and Then Network Some More Join trade groups that have similar business contacts Example a graphics designer might join a freelance writers group The Chamber of Commerce is an old standby but none the less a place to meet people who might need your services Professional Network Groups are for the purpose of members providing specific referrals of potential business to other members Get More Out Of Your Existing Clients Don t be shy about asking clients for referrals Ask for letters of recommendation A proven track record of satisfied clients is important to sell new clients and a recommendation could be a deciding factor Join professional or social groups that your clients belong to so that you can meet people with similar needs Tap Into Personal Resources People you associate with know people who need your products and services Pull out your contact file and ask them for a referral of someone who might need your expertise or better yet ask them to make a call for you Make Yourself Visible Make a list of five groups that might be interested in your knowledge or expertise Contact them and offer to speak to

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/self-made-nase%27s-blog/self-made/2012/09/28/A_Dangerous_Client_You_Might_Not_Know_You_Have_Ask_The_Experts (2016-02-14)
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