Does Your Business Need a Website?

By Joyce | Sep 19, 2020

I’ve heard many business owners say they think they “should” get a website.  They’re not quite sure how to get one or what they will do with it, but they’ve been told that they should have one. Only you can determine if your company needs a website.  While making that decision, you need to consider … Read more

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Why Are You in Business

By Joyce Reid | Jul 12, 2020

Why Are YOU in Business? If you’re in business, you’re in it to sell. This is absolutely the first tenet. The whole purpose of being in business is to sell services or products to people who need them, allowing you to make profits in the process. You’re in business to make money. To earn a … Read more

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Don’t Quit Too Soon

By Joyce | Jul 6, 2020

Don’t Quit Too Soon Some people fold after making one timid request. They quit too soon. Keep asking until you find the answers. In sales there are usually four or five “no’s” before you get a “yes.” Jack Canfield There are a number of reasons why a business folds and closes its doors. But many … Read more

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Beginning Business Mistakes

By Joyce Reid | Jul 4, 2020

19 Gift Basket Entrepreneurs Confess Their Biggest Mistakes When Starting Their Business Are you a gift basket company owner  that is struggling to earn more money with your gift basket business but you just don’t know how to do it? Do you ever get that hopeless feeling every time when you read how easy it … Read more

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What Is Marketing

By Joyce | Jul 4, 2020

What is Marketing and Why You Need It! When I was a little girl during WWII, my mother, sister, and I lived with my grandparents on their farm in Perdido, Alabama. The main part of town was tiny with a couple general stores, a masonic lodge, a Methodist and a Baptist church, and the post … Read more

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Financial Steps for Starting Your Business

By Joyce | Jul 3, 2020

Once you make the decision to start your business,  one of the most important next steps is getting your financial strategies in place. There are several things you should do — in no particular order.  Open a Bank Account You never want to mingle your personal money and your business money.  You need to keep … Read more

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A Story about Charles Schultz I Haven’t Forgotten

By Joyce | Jun 25, 2020

In our Facebook group, I told you that I would include a personal story since I received such positive responses from the one that I included in the last newsletter. So here it is: Many of you know that I am a professional writer and have been for years as I’ve been published in numerous magazines … Read more

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Today and Tomorrow — Are You Ready To Profit?

By Joyce | Jun 25, 2020

We are all adding some new words to our vocabulary during this pandemic. Phrases like “shelter in place,” “social distancing” and “herd immunity.” Another word that all of us need to learn and remember is pivot. “Pivot” simply means to “turn.” Many people in our industry need to learn to pivot or turn. To pivot to … Read more

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Gift Basket Business – What I Wish I Had Known

By Joyce | Jan 19, 2020

In some ways, it seems like yesterday.  In others, it seems like an eternity. For me, the fall of 1992 was the beginning of a new business, a new lifestyle, and a whole new perception of operating a home-based business.  I thought I knew everything.  After all, as a SCORE small business counselor, I had … Read more

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