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One of the most significant, but unacknowledged problems of running a business is that you, as the owner, get isolated. So stop by CyberSchmooz where you can let down your hair and talk candidly with other owners.

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Join the Buzz on the Perks (and Jerks) of Running a Small Biz.
Working alone at home? Looking for new ideas or ways to juggle work & family demands? Come on over to the Working at Home forum and see how others are dealing with the same issues. Go

Now run the business!
You've assembled the ingredients: biz identity, sales, money, people, sources and equipment, now you just have to manage it for success. Not easy, but you relish a challenge, and here's help.

40 Quick biz forms, worksheets, tax tips, calculator: GO

Just a big "to-do" list

(Chaos aside)

1. Plan and break-down the actions needed.

2. Find and line up materials and people.

3. Organize contractors, employeees, vendors, space and equipment to get the job done.

4. Track the costs and time that go into what you sell.

5. Determine how much profit to add to your costs, then invoice your client or customer.

6. Collect $ you're owed prompto.

7. Record all $ in and out, and pay taxes on time.

8. Keep moving ahead despite the problems chasing your heels.

9. Lead and stay sane... That's all

If "fun" has dropped out of your vocabulary, put it back in. Even if you can't leave your desk, take a minute to do something zany like fly a biz plane. (You can say Idea Cafe made you do it!)

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Q & A with Idea Cafe Experts

Friend or Foe
Get some tips on how to be a boss and a friend, and to motivate your staff with Terri Levine, author of Work Yourself Happy.

Attitude Adjustment Strategies
Can't seem to smile these days? Everything's going wrong? Then check out Terri Levine's advice on how to get a new view!

Peter Hupalo forks over what being bonded means and what type of businesses need to get bonded.

Bookkeeping Tip on Personal Expenditures
Not sure how to enter your personal draws and contributions from your biz? Peter Soh, our guest CPA expert, forks over 3 options to make your books balance.

Laura WiegertBiz Contracts
Avoid getting too much (or not enough) of a busy work load with smart scheduling tips from Laura Wiegert, CEO of Creative Consultants.

Feast and famine! How can you level it out? Biz Expert Kent Capener offers advice

Mark BowerCreating a new image for a lemon of a business Ideas from expert Mark Bower

Staying motivated in the face of excuses Tips from Allison Gaea Jucha

What's the point? Why be the boss anyway? How can you relight that startup zest? Ideas from Terri Andrews

There are so many aspects of running a business, skim the master list of link categories, to make quick connection with whatever resources you need.


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