For most people, and perhaps you are among this group, business or social networking can be quite a struggle.  However, once you understand the networking process, you’ll appreciate how powerful a marketing tool it can become for you and your business. Networking is a huge revenue generator because through it you are able to access additional information, leads, ideas, and referrals---all of which are so vital to the growth of your business.

If  you have already embraced the idea that networking may have merit and have taken steps to implement  it---but have recognized that business networking isn't working for you right now--- read on and discover why and how having a pool of key contacts can give your business a tremendous boost, catapulting it to the next level.

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In the past, the way to hold a meeting with a remote staff was through teleconferencing.  The current rave is web conferencing, a far more advanced yet extremely economical tool for meetings, training seminars as well as collaborative projects.  Web conferencing saves you time and money because it avoids the need to travel, find a suitable venue, and book an accommodation.

Being a feature-rich tool that is able to match face-to-face conversation, web conferencing is an excellent alternative to traditional meetings and seminars.

If you want to increase your work productivity while cutting down on hotel and travel expenses at the same time, then web conferencing is the way to go.

Since the advent of the Internet, working professionals have been able to work from home and become less and less dependent on the 8-to-5 workday.  Many companies have realized that remote workers actually help reduce operating costs simply because they don’t require desk space or use company resources such as electricity and Internet bandwidth.

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Facebook-Icon.pngHow would you like to boost your sales substantially without increasing your marketing budget?  By the time you finish reading this article, you will have learned how to identify your target market, understand their needs, and build a strong relationship with them—all of these will help you achieve a dramatic improvement in sales and business growth.

Thanks to Facebook, all these have become so easy to do with just a few mouse clicks.  Maximizing your Facebook presence is key to finding what every business, large or small, is looking for—success!

If you are one of the skeptics of Facebook, or if you believe that Facebook isn’t doing anything for your small business, all that will change when you discover the secret to effectively integrating Facebook into your marketing communications plan.

Businesses don’t plan to fail, they just fail to plan

Did you know that nine out of ten (88.7%), business failures are caused by a lack of planning?  Well, it’s the same with Facebook.  In order to take advantage of everything Facebook has to offer, you need to have a solid plan.  To make your Facebook presence felt by friends, customers and competitors alike, you need to be focused on strategizing, plotting, and forecasting.

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Are you having problems with locating the funding for your small business?

With the economic downturn, banks and other financial institutions have tightened their grip, making it extremely difficult for small businesses to obtain loans. What most people do not know is that there is an alternative source of capital that entrepreneurs can tap into to get their startup off the ground. It is called crowdfunding!

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is an innovative source of financing that can help strapped small businesses make it through hard times. It is the result of collective effort, attention, cooperation, and trust by people who pool their money together in order to fund a cause, project, or business -- usually via the Internet. The basic idea is to raise money through relatively small contributions from a large number of people. In a sense, crowdfunding is a cross between crowdsourcing and microfinance.

In effect, crowdfunding democratizes the investment process, benefiting small businesses and allowing people with low incomes to invest. With crowdfunding, you now have a tool with which to counteract financial and investment crises that affect businesses, particularly startups.

Normally, you would obtain financing by seeking funding from venture capital firms, angel investors, and other traditional lending institutions. However, the process can often be long and tedious, and with very little chance of success.

Crowdfunding has changed all that. Now, entrepreneurs can by-pass traditional lending institutions by interacting directly with numerous, potential investors, and asking them to invest in their ventures.

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evernote logo.pngHave you ever wished you had some kind of tool for your small business that allows you to easily store and keep track of your notes?  Well, Evernote has some of the handiest features that easily incorporate into your workflow, helping you keep things organized, have the information you need whenever you want, save time and be productive wherever you are.

Evernote is a cloud application service that you can use to store, organize, retrieve, and share documents, notes, tweets, photos from any computer with Internet access.

Note taking

With Evernote, creating as well as organizing your notes is a breeze.  You can send e-mails to Evernote, tag your notes, and indicate which notebook they’d be sent to.

Designating the notebook is a simple matter of typing the character “@” in the e-mail subject line followed by the name of the notebook you want to send your notes in.

To know your Evernote e-mail address, all you have to do is click on "Settings," then go to "Tools," and then "Account Info," that is, if you’re using the desktop version.  For the web version, you need to go to "Settings," and then, "Account Summary."

To create a tag, simply add a “#” symbol in front of your tag’s name.

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