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  • News | CORP | sole proprietor – established 1982 | Page 3
    keeping costs down That s what we ve heard time and again from the 300 women business owners who have so far submitted their stories on our website as part of our 1 000 Stories campaign One of the stories is that of Laura Zander who started Jimmy Beans Wool a retailer of yarn and fabric with her personal savings and has grown it into a company with 7 million in sales annually She is debt free and has never taken a loan for her business After receiving her story we flew to her facility in Reno Nevada and made the video profile of her below We are looking to film more women entrepreneurs so share your startup story here Repurpose For Zander repurposing has meant picking up used office furniture and other equipment We needed a couple of new desks and one of our employees saw some on the side of the road and we picked them up Zander told The Story Exchange She acknowledges that repurposing furniture would not work for an interior design company or marketing agency where image is important but for her business it works She says always keeping an eye on ways to cut costs is the way to go Use Sweat Equity In the beginning Zander cleaned the toilets in her company and did bookkeeping and payroll herself to save money She invested the savings to buy more inventory which increased sales As her company grew Zander was able to hire others to do this job Today her operations manager is responsible for human resources but at some point a professional HR person will be hired she says Budget Zander says define your main expenses and monitor them In her case it s inventory which she monitors using open to buy planning a system to help stock the right amount of the right products at the right time If we think we re going to do 100 000 in sales and our cost of goods in our industry is 50 percent then we can only spend 50 000 to replace the inventory she says By closely monitoring her products Zander ensures that she doesn t slow cash flow by purchasing inventory she doesn t need and has enough on hand to keep customers happy Take Advantage of Cash Flow Zander says by keeping a healthy cash flow she has the cash on hand to take advantage of discounts August in our industry is when most of the yarn manufactuersrs come out with new products But we don t buy everything all at once which means we have cash left over she says So in October if a manafacutrer wants to unload their product at a discount Zander has the money to purchase it and pass along the savings to her customers Get Creative When Zander was on one of her cost cutting missions two years ago she took a hard look at one of her daily costs shipping products to customers She came

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  • Advertising | CORP
    them Don t let yourself get discouraged by the fact that you will have to compete with big names in the industry but focus on making your website work locally With proper online promotion your customer base will grow by the day 2 Start a dog walking service If you re an animal lover and have experience looking after dogs you can become a professional dog walker It may not seem like the most profitable business there is but if you build a loyal customer base you can turn actually make a nice living from doing something you enjoy and spend all day outdoors via 7 Small Business Ideas For 2013 Related articles Social Media Marketing Tips For Small Businesses nismonline org Feisty Enterprise Tip 7 Look For Multiple Income Streams to Survive the First Eighteen Months sme blog com Branded Clothing Get Your Business Noticed jitendravaswani wordpress com 4 Way Step to Gain Loyal Customers business2community com How Startups Can Triple Their Customer Base in a Year or Less tech co Posted in business ideas Tagged Advertising Business Customer Customer base Marketing Small business Social media Social media marketing Leave a reply Search Recent Posts Sole proprietorship background Government continues to disrupt business Sole Proprietor Quick reference Start a business today 7 Small Business Ideas For 2013 Recent Comments CORP Admin on Company Registration Shelf Company Business Registration Office on Trading as Archives September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 Categories Accounting Angel investors Apartheid Racism Astrid Ludin audit firms banking BCEA Big Business Black Business

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  • Customer | CORP
    film more women entrepreneurs so share your startup story here Repurpose For Zander repurposing has meant picking up used office furniture and other equipment We needed a couple of new desks and one of our employees saw some on the side of the road and we picked them up Zander told The Story Exchange She acknowledges that repurposing furniture would not work for an interior design company or marketing agency where image is important but for her business it works She says always keeping an eye on ways to cut costs is the way to go Use Sweat Equity In the beginning Zander cleaned the toilets in her company and did bookkeeping and payroll herself to save money She invested the savings to buy more inventory which increased sales As her company grew Zander was able to hire others to do this job Today her operations manager is responsible for human resources but at some point a professional HR person will be hired she says Budget Zander says define your main expenses and monitor them In her case it s inventory which she monitors using open to buy planning a system to help stock the right amount of the right products at the right time If we think we re going to do 100 000 in sales and our cost of goods in our industry is 50 percent then we can only spend 50 000 to replace the inventory she says By closely monitoring her products Zander ensures that she doesn t slow cash flow by purchasing inventory she doesn t need and has enough on hand to keep customers happy Take Advantage of Cash Flow Zander says by keeping a healthy cash flow she has the cash on hand to take advantage of discounts August in our industry is when most of the yarn manufactuersrs come out with new products But we don t buy everything all at once which means we have cash left over she says So in October if a manafacutrer wants to unload their product at a discount Zander has the money to purchase it and pass along the savings to her customers Get Creative When Zander was on one of her cost cutting missions two years ago she took a hard look at one of her daily costs shipping products to customers She came up with the idea of printing knitting patterns on her envelopes in conjunction with yarn manufacturers They got their logo on the envelope in exchange for contributing to the costs of the envelopes Our customers love the patterns Zander says And she loves that costs are down while improving customers experience via Karin Kamp Tips for Running a Lean Business Related articles Cash FLow Calculator creditloan com Signature Greetings Expert Recently Announces Top Tips On What To Look For When Trying To Decide On A New Business Tip Sheet by SignatureGreetings net prweb com 5 penny pinching tips for your business xlntelecom co uk 9 Steps For Creating The Best

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  • Customer base | CORP
    them Don t let yourself get discouraged by the fact that you will have to compete with big names in the industry but focus on making your website work locally With proper online promotion your customer base will grow by the day 2 Start a dog walking service If you re an animal lover and have experience looking after dogs you can become a professional dog walker It may not seem like the most profitable business there is but if you build a loyal customer base you can turn actually make a nice living from doing something you enjoy and spend all day outdoors via 7 Small Business Ideas For 2013 Related articles Social Media Marketing Tips For Small Businesses nismonline org Feisty Enterprise Tip 7 Look For Multiple Income Streams to Survive the First Eighteen Months sme blog com Branded Clothing Get Your Business Noticed jitendravaswani wordpress com 4 Way Step to Gain Loyal Customers business2community com How Startups Can Triple Their Customer Base in a Year or Less tech co Posted in business ideas Tagged Advertising Business Customer Customer base Marketing Small business Social media Social media marketing Leave a reply Search Recent Posts Sole proprietorship background Government continues to disrupt business Sole Proprietor Quick reference Start a business today 7 Small Business Ideas For 2013 Recent Comments CORP Admin on Company Registration Shelf Company Business Registration Office on Trading as Archives September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 Categories Accounting Angel investors Apartheid Racism Astrid Ludin audit firms banking BCEA Big Business Black Business

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  • Marketing | CORP
    Months sme blog com Branded Clothing Get Your Business Noticed jitendravaswani wordpress com 4 Way Step to Gain Loyal Customers business2community com How Startups Can Triple Their Customer Base in a Year or Less tech co Posted in business ideas Tagged Advertising Business Customer Customer base Marketing Small business Social media Social media marketing Leave a reply 5 Lead Management Tips for Small Business Posted on 23 July 2013 by admin Reply Most small business owners understand how important it is to invest in online lead generation and they use a range of tactics including search advertising email marketing retargeting and more But according to research commissioned by InsideSales 55 percent of companies don t respond to new sales leads at all Why don t small businesses invest in lead management tools to organize and respond to leads Take a minute to think about how your business handles new sales leads What does it cost you each time you lose a viable prospect Whether it s because you didn t call back quickly enough or because you didn t have a way to stay in touch after your first interaction you can no longer afford to make excuses for not following up with your leads It s time to implement a system to help you organize leads and follow up on them that will make getting more customers online and keeping them a significantly less daunting task Not convinced Read on via 5 Lead Management Tips for Small Business Related articles Online Lead Generation Challenges Faced by Small Businesses business2community com Lead Generation vs Lead Management balmconsultinggroup wordpress com Things to Know Before Hiring a Local Search Marketer for Online Lead Generation virtual strategy com Brand Awareness and Lead Management Consulting balmconsultinggroup wordpress com Tips for Using a Blog for

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  • Social media | CORP
    blog com Branded Clothing Get Your Business Noticed jitendravaswani wordpress com 4 Way Step to Gain Loyal Customers business2community com How Startups Can Triple Their Customer Base in a Year or Less tech co Posted in business ideas Tagged Advertising Business Customer Customer base Marketing Small business Social media Social media marketing Leave a reply How to create a powerful brand Posted on 14 January 2013 by admin Reply Brand guru Stephen King famously once said A product can be quickly outdated but a successful brand is timeless For a business to be recognised grow and succeed it needs a defined identity a brand This is a promise of what customers can expect from your business and what your enterprise stands for Who are you While the branding process is not complex in itself it calls for strategic thinking about what you want to achieve from your business In many ways defining your brand values as early as possible in your business journey can actually help to define your business plan and long term goals For example to create a brand that resonates with your target customers you ll first need to define who you are targeting and why This will require thorough market research and competitor analysis According to Stephen Cheliotis chief executive of The Centre for Brand Analysis This research should also help you to identify any gaps in the market It s not always who you are targeting or even what you are producing that is the most important thing when it comes to successful branding It s about standing for something recognisably different via Brand new thinking how to create a powerful brand Small business network partner zone Lloyds TSB Guardian Professional Related articles Brand Building a Brand Design Brand without Brand eCC PtyInstant can assist

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  • Social media marketing | CORP
    loves them Don t let yourself get discouraged by the fact that you will have to compete with big names in the industry but focus on making your website work locally With proper online promotion your customer base will grow by the day 2 Start a dog walking service If you re an animal lover and have experience looking after dogs you can become a professional dog walker It may not seem like the most profitable business there is but if you build a loyal customer base you can turn actually make a nice living from doing something you enjoy and spend all day outdoors via 7 Small Business Ideas For 2013 Related articles Social Media Marketing Tips For Small Businesses nismonline org Feisty Enterprise Tip 7 Look For Multiple Income Streams to Survive the First Eighteen Months sme blog com Branded Clothing Get Your Business Noticed jitendravaswani wordpress com 4 Way Step to Gain Loyal Customers business2community com How Startups Can Triple Their Customer Base in a Year or Less tech co Posted in business ideas Tagged Advertising Business Customer Customer base Marketing Small business Social media Social media marketing Leave a reply Search Recent Posts Sole proprietorship background Government continues to disrupt business Sole Proprietor Quick reference Start a business today 7 Small Business Ideas For 2013 Recent Comments CORP Admin on Company Registration Shelf Company Business Registration Office on Trading as Archives September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 Categories Accounting Angel investors Apartheid Racism Astrid Ludin audit firms banking BCEA Big Business Black

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  • register a company | CORP
    Registering a new Pty Ltd company with no auditor is easy Fill this short form and submit it through to us We do the rest Posted in company registration Tagged register a company 1 Reply Search Recent Posts Sole proprietorship background Government continues to disrupt business Sole Proprietor Quick reference Start a business today 7 Small Business Ideas For 2013 Recent Comments CORP Admin on Company Registration Shelf Company Business Registration Office on Trading as Archives September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 Categories Accounting Angel investors Apartheid Racism Astrid Ludin audit firms banking BCEA Big Business Black Business Branding Business business ideas business tips Cape Town cc Cell C CIPC cipc co za CIPRO Cloud Company Law company registration contract conversion copyright copyright infringement CORP CPA credit Customers Clients design theft Directors Discretion diversify Economy Entrepreneur Funding Gov Office government insurance Intellectual Property IP theft Jobs Labour Law leads New year non profit pricing Professional Provisional

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