What is the best way to obtain business partners and customers?
I am a consultant for a nationally know cosmetics company. Its the “party plan” kind of business. I am looking for ways to grow my business with new, loyal customers and business partners. Any suggestions? P.S. Please don’t regard this as spam since I have not included the company name or any further contact information. Thanks!
I won’t repeat the excellent answer you’ve already been given above, but I’ve been a speaker at large meetings for consultants of several major party plan companies who offer cosmetics – so I totally understand the challenges you face.
The reason why IMHO many women keep looking for new, new, new ways to grow their business and get customers and partners is because they’re uncomfortable with what they’ve been told by their upline they need to do. Why are they uncomfortable? Because “getting out there” and approaching people feels totally foreign and uncomfortable to many women who were raised to wait for people to come to them. The result is that we wait for customers to call us the same way we waited for the cute boy in high school History class to call us for a date. So, if the thought of marketing and selling in your business practically drives you to chocolate – read on.
The truth is in your business there are many ways you can meet new customers in your day to day life – but none of them will work if you just feel too uncomfortable. Or you love meeting and talking with people about your products and your opportunity – but you hate asking them for anything – a sale, to have a party at their home, etc.
Marketing and selling is never about us – it’s about doing something that will appeal to our customers so that they will take the next step and buy from us. So if you keep looking for ways to market and sell that are comfortable to you – you are making it about you. It’s not. It’s about the customer. The minute we try to make it about us – it fails.
I’m the author of a popular myth-shattering book that’s all about the Mars-Venus reasons why women have so many challenges when it comes to marketing and selling now that we are starting businesses at double the rate of men. It all boils down to making different conscious choices and coming out of your comfort zone – because your business growth won’t happen any faster than your personal growth.
What does this mean? It means that every time you say, “Ooh, I couldn’t do THAT,” you are slowing down the potential growth of your business. My experience after mentoring over 1,200 women and men in marketing is that women keep looking for new ways to get customers – not because the way they were told didn’t work but because it made them uncomfortable. (I’m not suggesting anything out of integrity here – for many women just walking up and initiating a conversation is mortifying to them.)
When I get a new client for my marketing mentoring practise I ask my prospective clients about their business and what they want to achieve. I also answer all their questions about what the process of marketing mentoring is like, my fees, etc. Towards the end of the conversation I ask them five questions. They are always the same five questions. And those five questions result in a “yes” and a new client about 80 percent of the time. That’s an 80% closing rate – which anyone experienced in sales will tell you is amazingly good. Especially for an expensive service.
Because those five questions are so effective – I’ve never changed them. Do I like those questions? The first three I like – I love hearing people’s answers. I’ve grown a little bored with the questions – but it’s not about me. My client hasn’t heard those questions before – and that’s all that matters.
The last two questions I have to take a deep breath and pull up my courage a bit before I ask – because I’m asking for a yes. I know I have about an 80% probability of a “yes” but still a 20% possibility of a “no.” And nobody wants to hear a “no.” So does it make me a little uncomfortable? Sure. Would my business practise go down in the number of clients and hence revenues if I didn’t ask those last two questions? You bet.
So, increasing your confidence level, especially as a woman, is one of the very best ways to increase your number of customers because all the things you’ve been told to do will work, become effortless and you start saying, “Wow – this really works! It was just me who wasn’t working it.”
All the best,
Author, “Testosterone-Free Marketing”
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How business supervisors can help us?
I’ve heard that business supervisors can help us in buying a business, is that true? So how can they help us?
By Business Supervisor, I think you mean Business Consultant.
Yes, They play a major role in the new/existing business acquisitions, since they possess great ability to analyse the business & to predict its future growth.
They help you pick such potential business, these picks are purely based on their judgement, analysis, previous balance sheets & other financial facts/figures.
Hope this helps!
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where can i find the best theater jobs in texas?
It all depends on your definition of a “best theater job.”
If you’re looking for top-paying acting, support, administration, or backstage positions, you’ll probably want to be in one of the larger cities, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, etc.
If you want something that can fulfill your inner expression of the Art, that can be done almost anywhere, but a mid-size to larger city will offer you more options and the possibility of theatre-related work to help support yourself.
The links below have some listings.
How long does it usually take to find an entry level job?
Hi. I’m a recent college graduate who has been out of work for months without even one interview for even the lowest-paying entry level jobs.
I was wondering what the average time it takes to find an entry level job in this economy? I’m in Austin, Texas, which is supposedly the best job market for new graduates in the country but there’s still nothing here so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.
How many entry level applicants (with bachelors degrees) are usually competing for the same entry-level job ad in this economy? Does anyone have tips for a new graduate to be noticed without being annoying? I’ve already exhausted my personal network so I’m not sure where to look any more.
What with the state of the economy, a degree does not matter much, especially for an entry level opening…………….there are too many millions of people unemployed, so instead of the “usual” 10 applicants for a position, it’s more like 100 or more. I can suggest – from personal experience – to look at your State, Counties, and local Cities websites for their employment listings; www.indeed.com is another good source…………….avoid craigslist as there is one genuine job listed for every 1000 that are false listings
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How to start and promote a consulting firm for restaurant industry.?
I have been a successful restaurant owner for 26 years. I have seen many people start and fail in this business the entire time. I know exactly what they have done wrong and could have saved them tons of money. I believe a consulting firm for the independent operator would be a good business, but do not know how to get clients, or what to charge. Advice would be appreciated.
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am currently a business consultant for a large consulting firm, and have devekoped a billing strategy for just what you ask.
how to build a sustainability strategy for my company?
I am working for a strategic consulting firm with about 50 employees and offices in 3 countries. I am looking to develop and lead a strategy for a more sustainable business. where can I find the tools and data to get started?
This company has a email link they may be able to help you
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What kind of part time jobs can 14 year old students get?
I need a job, and don’t say well your number one priority should be school, it already is….
I know this is a lot to read and I apologize but it was voted “Best Answer” a few times so obviously the content is worthy of your time to read.
One of the most popular questions on this forum is how young people (12-17) can make money. If you want an easy or fast way to make millions of dollars, this reply is not for you. If your inquiry is genuine and you are looking for genuine ideas … read on. This may just be voted “Best Answer.”
My first suggestion is for those of you who are over 15 (or whatever legal age in your state allows you to work for companies with a work permit). It’s how I earned money through high school. My school had an educational program called Distributive Education in which the students in the program were assigned to jobs working for pay for companies that hire teens. In some cases we worked at retail stores or fast food stores or offices. We were taught to stock shelves, operate cash registers, perform inventory, etc. Not only did we get paid for the work but we also received school credits and had a nice start on our entry-level resumes after high school. Might I suggest that you consult your guidance counselor’s office to see if they have job referrals that you might qualify for? If not, ask how you could start such a program for the school. There are a lot of teens out there with goals for college, cars, and just spending money. Let it be known that you are one of them.
If that type of thing doesn’t appeal to you or you are under that age for legal employment in your state, you are not out of luck. There are plenty of ways that you can make money. What ways? Continue reading…
Everyone knows that when a business hires you, they are only paying you a percentage of their profits. That’s common sense. Every business has income but also has expenses like the owner’s personal expenses and the costs of conducting business, which includes salaries, benefits paid to employees, advertising costs, rents, utilities, and more. If you are going to work, why work to make someone else rich when you can work for yourself and take 100% of the profits from your sale of products or performance of service? Most people (young or old) don’t go further with the ideas because of the fears and risk. Those who do go further are the Bill Gates and Donald Trumps of the world.
There are a lot of things to learn about your own business and it’s not advised to just print out business cards and start to get customers. There are a number of steps that you must follow, which I will present if I still have your attention.
Have you ever heard the expression, “self made millionaire?” Well, there’s no such thing. Everyone needs other people to build wealth. It starts with the government. The government will help you build wealth but there’s a few involved and that fee is in taxes and legal licensing of your business. Other people you need will be customers and yet other people you need include your parents. If you have your parent’s support of your endeavors your whole family can benefit from the profits from the business as well as some pretty sweet tax credits that will reduce their taxes (and yours) to provide even more income to the family. An accountant (another person who can help you) will be well worth his or her fees in helping you build your business from a financial standpoint. Don’t be afraid to pay for professional services and/or knowledge.
Now, to continue about the things that I feel you should learn about business before you start, the most important lesson is that whatever product or service you decide upon requires a serious look at the need for those products or services. It’s not a good idea to pick a product and then run around to find people who want or need your offerings. You should find the customers and then the products or service to fill or create those needs.
I have a list of a few library books that you should look at to help you determine what type(s) of business you would be well suited for. Ask your Librarian for other books about kids and money. You are not limited to any of the ideas and you can always put your own twist on the ideas you get. We are talking about YOUR business here.
Fast Cash for Kids … Bonnie & Noel Drew
Better than a Lemonade Stand … Daryl Bernstein
50 Money Making Ideas for Kids … Lauree & L Allen Burkett
Jobs for Kids … Carol Barkin & Elizabeth James
The Kids’ Business Book … Arlene Erlbach
Making Cents … Elizabeth Wilkinson
One of the ways to do this effectively is with a business plan. Besides checking out the books above, your local library also has books on how to write a business plan. It is not an overnight process but one of the more important things you can do to make sure your business starts and stays on track. Do something TODAY to start a business plan. You’ll put a few hours into writing it but it’ll show you if your ideas are really profitable. If you cannot put the time into writing a business plan, you most certainly cannot put the time in to conduct business.
Make sure you are legal before you charge your first dime and make sure you get your parents on board with your intentions. Who says that parents have to create family owned businesses? The books that I have recommended provide plenty of case studies on how young people can make more money working for themselves than they can working for others.
Don’t wait for your ship to come in … Swim out to meet it.
Why would anyone want to become a college professor?
or teacher for that matter? I mean, with your masters degree or phd you can get way better jobs with better salaries. But instead, if you become a professor, you need to work long hours, do research, and write up articles and papers. Why would anyone want to do that?
Largely, personal satisfaction. One should take a career path that they at least like. Some happen to like teaching. Being able to teach at a highly academic level is one people dream of.
Other perks as well, for instance profs only work a 9 month schedule. That gives a lot of vacation time and/or time to do their own things on the side. Many business prof’s for example, run their own business or do professional consulting on the side. Tenured professors also get paid time off for sabaticals which is really unheard of in other professions. Overall pay is not horrible either. Considering a 9 month schedule, even your community college professor is making a FTE of over 70k. At a major state university, that amount easily hits 100k, and prestigious colleges go well beyond that. We’re talking entry level, mind you; seasoned faculty go for 2-3x that.
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How much is a one way flight from San Antonio to Austin Texas?
How much is a one way flight from San Antonio to Austin Texas?
Leaving on July 19 or 20.
For a 16 year old.
a- use flexible dates
b- use alternative airports
How long would it take to ship a package from Austin,Texas to Bangkok,Thailand through air cargo/freight?
Hello I’m outside of the US right now and gonna settle in Bangkok, Thailand in 3 days. My old laptop sucks so I got a new one and it was ship to my Dad in Austin, Texas since I am traveling. I feel safer sending the laptop through Air Cargo or Air Freight. Idk what’s it called. It’s like this. My Dad sends the package through an airline to where I am, asically like a luggage bag but a little different. Then I go pick it up in the airport. I assume its faster than FedEx and maybe cheaper I have no clue. So my question is how much would like say a 15lb parcel cost and how long would it take to ship from Austin, Texas to Bangkok, Thailand. I don’t know much so any info would be great he probably will use American Airlines.
*need more info?? I can edit this question and add the info. Thanks!
@:Rat@Ratchaburi: I have already asked my Dad. He says around next week he will talk to them, but I am kinda impatient and wonder the time it will take. I am guessing it will take 2 days since its like hopping in an airplane. I don’t think price matters to me, but the time it will take to arrive bothers me. Yes I have common sense and use it just saying
@: trailblazer: I have asked my Dad and he will contact them, but not now. Next week he said so i just came here to ask so I can find out sooner
I guess my question lacked info oops.
Damn, the simple solution to this question is to ask your Dad. He’s the one who shipping it so he will know the cost and when it should arrive in Thailand. I mean that is just common sense. Try using it sometime.
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What’s the best bank to work for in US?
I’m considering switching career paths into banking. I currently have a retail management position that I have worked really hard to get to, but am looking for something with weekends off and great benefits. I want to make sure I’m making the right decision before I even start applying. In your opinion, which bank is the best to work for? I would like to know what they have to offer (benefits)…average starting pay for an entry level position etc. If you currently or have ever worked in banking please let me know your opinion. I currently live in Austin, TX. Any responses will help…thanks so much!
Chase bank aka J. T morgan Bank
where do I go to get help after my ortho has pushed me off to a pain management clinic?
After being with my orthopedic for a year and a half he decided that he couldn’t do anything else for me. There is no diagnosis but I have severe nerve pain in my left leg, pelvic and buttocks area. No MRI’s, Cat Scans, or any other nerve tests provide a direct answers as to why I am in so much pain. I feel like no one cares and I cannot seem to find a pain management specialist that even cares to show compassionate about my situation. Why would I make up something that costs me a fortune to research with all the tests, medications, and doctor visits. I am trying to find a place in Austin, TX that cares and wants to find a diagnosis for my problem. Believe me when I say, I do NOT enjoy having this pain and I am so depressed at this point because no one wants to help. I am not a doctor, and I cannot believe that my or-tho basically threw his hands up and told me there was nothing else he could do.
You have pinched muscles in your back causing you those pains. Been there, done that. There isn’t a machine that the medical world has that can tell them something so simple. Nor do they have a way of treating it yet either except by painkillers. As I said you have pinched muscles causing the pain and to get rid of it you have to release the muscles that are causing it. The leg pain can be caused by the tight muscles pressed against the nerves for your legs, that’s common to happen. The pelvic and buttock areas can also be from those nerves being pressed on. Here is how to release your back muscles to remove the pressure so you can get rid of the pains:
(do from a sitting position)
Place your left hand on your left leg next to your body. Place your right hand over your left shoulder, fingers over the back and the palm in the front and firmly press on them and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your body forward and to the outside of your left leg, keeping your left arm fairly straight as you do. When you reach your lap remain there for another 10 seconds, release the pressure but rest there for another 30 seconds. Then reverse your hand positions and do your right side.
For the buttocks area if painful do this:
Lower Back, Lumbar:
While sitting place your hands behind your body just above the buttocks and press in on the muscles next to the spine and hold. After 30 seconds slowly lower your self forward as far as you can. Then release the pressure but hold your body there for another 30 seconds. Move a few inches down and do it again and keep repeating until you reach the end of your tailbone.
For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.
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What are some good public universities in Seattle?
I want to be a game designer and it has come to my attention that being in a city where there is a lot of game companies when in college and applying for a job as a game designer is very beneficial to get a job. So what are some good public universities in Seattle surrounded by game companies?
P.S. I’m not Ivy league material. But I plan to do advanced classes next year.
University of Washington. Seattle University is also good, but it’s a private school.
You can check out these schools using the links on my web site
Best game design schools
I think Los Angeles (or Silicon Valley–San Francisco to San Jose) is as good or better than Seattle for game design jobs. Austin, TX has an up and coming game design industry.
Student reviews of U of Wash
What are those things called that micheael angelo batio uses on his guitar to mute the strings?
what are those things that he has installed on the neck of his guitar that u can flick down to mute the strings or flip up to pla open strings?
It’s called a string damper. Batio has his own version that he sells on his web site.
Jazz guitarist George Van Eps is generally credited for coming up with the idea and first design. However, it was GIT grad Jennifer Batten (who played with Michael Jackson in his heydey, as well as Jeff Beck) who used the device with her two-handed tapping technique and made it the “must-have” accessory for all the tapers back in the 80′s.
Greetings from Austin, TX
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Where would I find a recruitment consultant that would help find me a job in the UK or France?
I am a US citizen looking to relocate…. beginning to think that a recruiter would be the best way to go. I have a MSM in International Management and Marketing as well as a BA in political science, English and sociology. I have studied French for 6 years, German, 1 year, and Latin, 1 year. My thesis was in corporate economics. Currently, I am at the Manager/Director level in the companies I have worked for in the education, corporate, government and non-profit sectors. Could someone provide me leads to good recruiters for these countries?
Have you considered speaking with a large consulting firm? You could perhaps be hired here and get placed on a long-term project there.
My fiancé (a consultant) worked on a project in the UK for several months and could have relocated there while being employed by the same US company. These companies also don’t always have the easiest time getting and maintaining people who want to continue to endure the travel back and forth when they live here in the US. (It IS grueling.)
You could research companies to find out who is doing work in the area you’d best like to relocate. It could be a long shot, but it’s one avenue you might want to consider.
Is Macquarie a good choice to study my MBA in Australia?
Hi! I´m from Mexico and recently I was accepted in MGSM.
Is it a University with good reputation?
After finishing the program is it considered as a good background by job recruiters while applying for a job?
This may help you: Consult the Official MBA Guide. It’s a comprehensive free public service with more than 2,000 MBA programs listed worldwide. It allows you to search for programs by location (US, Europe, Far East, etc.), by concentration (finance, marketing, aviation management, health management, accounting, etc.), by type of program (full-time, distance learning, part-time, etc), and by listing your own criteria and preferences to get a list of universities that satisfy your needs. Schools report their accreditation status, tuition cost, number of students, class sizes, program length, and a lot of other data. Schools provide data on entrance requirements, program costs, program characteristics, and much more. You can use the Guide to contact schools of your choice, examine their data, visit their web site, and send them pre applications. You can see lists of top 40 schools ranked by starting salaries of graduates, GMAT scores, and other criteria. It’s the best service available at http://officialmbaguide.org.
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Can an online college student get in to cheap student housing?
I live in Austin, Texas. In my town there are a lot of apartment complexes that offer cheap rooms and apartments for college students only. Does anyone know if I can qualify to get in to any of those rooms or apartments?
You need to contact these places and ask them specifically. My guess would be that certain apartment complexes offer housing to students of certain schools (usually schools that are nearby and have an established relationship with the owners).
Schools will often subsidize housing at off-campus locations. This means that, for example, UT Austin will pay the owners of an apartment complex a certain amount of money to rent a certain amount of apartments to their students (effectively making housing more affordable for members of the university community). In cases like this, you wouldn’t qualify.
Relocating to Austin Texas apartment cost?
I am currently living in South Jersey and thinking about relocating to Austin Texas for jobs. What much do apartments go for in the Austin Texas area? What areas in Austin Texas should I stay away from when looking at apartments?
The price varies greatly on what apartments go for. Here is a map of all apartments in Austin and you can search by price
As far as areas…its tough to be specific without knowing more. Where would you be working (traffic can be bad), what you like to do and how much you can spend? Crime isn’t especially bad anywhere in town. You can check out specific addresses here
This map can help you even if you dont have a specific address
Also, this might help with getting a job here http://everythingaustinapartments.com/blog/2009/09/everything-about-searching-for-austin-jobs/
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How can I expand my business to Australia and UK?
I am an Independent Consultant for a skin care company and would like to expand my client base to Australia and the UK. I am wondering if there are any websites out there to help reach a larger client base than the U.S. where I currently have clients.
You are in to FMCG sector, and this sector offers tough competition to all the player thus making a new entry in to the new market calls for a huge budget for the marketing campain.
You can proceed with first developing strong distrubution channel for your products, also you can take the help of local players by the way of JV.
If your existing co. Is having some clients in UK and Australia then it will help you as your brand ambesiter.
To start with you can try to get client thru the personnel contact and taking the referance from them in the market you are looking for.
For UK you can advertise on Google or local popular website for the same.
How should I clean the leather interior of my 1996 cadillac deville?
I just got this car, and am getting ready to clean it. I’m not sure how often the previous owners cleaned it, or if they cleaned it correctly. It also has some pen marks. So how should I clean the leather?
Using household products and ‘old wives’ remedies are very short sighted when it comes to cleaning and caring for leather and can become very costly in the long run as problems they generally cause will be costly to put right. (although it does keep people like ourselves busy as we rush round fixing problems caused by using the wrong things!!!)
You need to use a good quality water based foam leather cleaner. (LTT Ultra Foam) With light coloured leather dye transfer from clothing can be a problem although using a good quality leather protector (LTT Ultra Protect) will help inhibit this.
DO NOT use anything containing oils, waxes or silicones. (Most ‘conditioners’ contain waxes or oils) and furniture polish (pledge) contains silicones which will eventually destroy the finish on the leather. Most car cleaners also contain oils or waxes so should not be used as they leave residues on the surface of the leather which attract more dirt which eventually leads to cracking.
BABY WIPES are the worst thing you can use as they will destroy the finish on your leather. This has been verified and proved to be the case. They are actually a very strong product and this is why they break down the finish. Leather is not like skin and should not be treated as such.
Saddle soap should never be usd on upholstery leather or garments it is meant for saddles which are very different from todays finished leathers.
A lot of leather wipes contain chemicals which will also destroy the finish or leave residues on the leather which will damage it. They are not cheap in the long run as you would need a lot to clean. A bottle of foam cleaner should do your car about 3-4 times.
Fairy liquid contains more salt these days to get dishes clean and this will break the finish down on your leather. This has been verified by the manufacturers (as with the baby wipes).
Magic Erasers should not be used unless you are going to renew the finish on you r leather. We have tested these recently and they sand away the top finish on the leather.
You should also follow cleaning with a good water based leather protector which will act like a ‘scotchgard’ and inhibit dirt and stains from being absorbed and make cleaning easier the next time. Conditioners are totally unnecessary and only a product push by manufacturers.
Dry leather needs rehydrating with water and oils and waxes should not be used as the natural oils do not dry out of leather. Wiping over with a damp cloth regularly will help to do this.
It is important to maintain a regular cleaning regime cleaning dirt off the surface regularly and inhibiting the absorption of body oils into the leather with a protector is the best way of doing this. The only ‘moisturizer’ a leather needs is from water.
For general leather maintenance there is a brand new product on the market called Ultra Maintian specifically formulated for leather car interiors. This is the latest technology in cleaning and combines an effective cleaner with a protector. It is quick and easy to use and should be used as a maintenance product once your leather has been cleaned or from new if you have just bought it.
Using incorrect care products is usually the cause of deterioration in the leather as unfortunately most car care products contain waxes and oils or silicones which do not do the leather any good.
Ink is not a cleaning problem once the ink has been on there a while and many of the tips you will be given on here will also damage the finish on the leather whilst removing the ink (if they do)
See this link for correct removal of ink
Leather care consultants to the furniture and cleaning industries
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