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Look no further – UCM Cleaning Services is your reliable office and house cleaning services provider. We can offer you our professional service packages, which include the cleanliness of carpets, upholstery, rugs and furniture. At the same time, our experts can provide additional service packages, which include the treatment of air ducts, wood floors, vehicle’s interior, tiles and much more. Our non obligatory estimate is the key to a clean and neat property in the Houston area.

Our basic services include:

  • Carpet Cleaning in Houston – have all your carpeted surfaces professionally cleaned in no time.
  • Upholstery Fabric Treatment – prolong the lifespan of your upholstery and control allergies asthma.
  • Furniture Care – give your furnishings a total make over.
  • Delicate Rug Assistance – save yourself the hassle when dealing with delicate rugs.

Here are some constructive tips from our staff:

* Check the efficiency of your vacuuming easily by holding up a corner of your rug and then kicking it from behind. A few flying dust particles are acceptable, but if you see a cloud of dust, you are holding a health hazard in your hands. Riding your carpets of dust and dirt will help control allergies asthma problems in Houston Texas area.

* The next time you come home – take off your shoes. The residue that accumulates on your soles is deposited in your rug and carpets with every step you take.

Our technicians supply additional services, like fire water damage restoration; auto interior care; wood floors refinishing; air ducts treatment; grout tile work; pet stain and odor removal. We are your one stop shop solution when it comes to vacuuming, shampooing, disinfecting, deodorizing, drying and cleaning your residential and commercial sites.

All of our services are backed up by state of the art innovative carpet cleaning equipment (truck mounts) and natural cleaning products. We utilize our famous green clean method when we come to sanitize your household or place of businesses. Our truck mounted carpet cleaning units are capable of carrying proficient steam dry cleaning appliance, which will leave your Houston premises spotless, sterilized and free of harmful pollutants. Our Eco-Friendly products not only play very important role in this scenario, but also help to avoid possible health damages.

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Our Carpet Cleaning technicians will be happy to assist you with any carpet and upholstery cleaning related concern. We offer top notch carpet cleaning equipment not always available for rent, biodegradable cleaning agents and competitive carpet cleaning prices. All Houston metro is covered.

At Carpet Cleaning Houston we grant our services throughout the entire Harris County be it Spring Valley, Hunters Creek Village, Bunker Hill Village, Piney Point Village, Bellaire, West University Place, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Cloverleaf, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, South Houston, Channelview, Baytown, Deer Park, La Porte, League City, Alvin, Pearland, Friendswood, and Texas City.

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You served your country. Now let your country return the favor with special financing just for veterans. VA loans reward veterans for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our country in a number of ways.

What Is a VA Loan?
VA loans are a special type of home mortgage reserved for active military members and veterans. These home loans are guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and offered by participating approved lenders. VA loans allow eligible veterans and active military personnel to realize their home buying dreams and help existing VA homeowners with money-saving refinance options.

VA Loan Benefits
VA loans are designed to provide long-term home financing to qualified veterans and, in some cases, their surviving unmarried spouses. In many instances, their interest rates can be better than other conventional loans.

VA loans offer a number of advantages over other types of mortgages, including:

  • No private mortgage insurance requirements
  • Less than perfect credit can apply
  • VA may be able to provide some assistance if mortgage payment problems arise

Who is Eligible For A VA Loan?

  • Active-duty military
  • Veterans
  • Reservists and members of the National Guard
  • Some surviving spouses of veterans

These eligibility requirements are unique to VA loans. In addition to past or present military service, standard home loan criteria like your credit score and income will also play a role in your eligibility.

Certificate of Eligibility
In order to apply for a VA-sponsored loan, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Your COE verifies to lenders that you meet the requirements necessary to obtain a VA-sponsored loan. Applying for a COE is straightforward and can be done online, through the mail or through a lender.

Active duty military personnel and current National Guard members or Reservists who have never been Federal active service will need to present a current statement of service in order to obtain a COE.

Veterans and current or former National Guard members and Reservists that have been activated for Federal active service will need to present a DD Form 214 confirming their past service.

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If ever there were a creative company with lots of fun and useful digital toys and accessories it would Kinivo. Today we re going to review the new BTM440 Bluetooth headset. This mono headset uses a micro USB connector for charging and comes with the appropriate cable. Charging time is 2-3 hours for a full charge. Talk time can be up to 5 hours so that s pretty good return on the investment. Standby time is up to 150 hours, which is an excellent shelf life. Usually I get a sore ear when I wear a head set for very long.

Nude Audio offers a new line of portable Bluetooth speakers called Move with three size variations, S,M,L, which stands for small, medium, and large. I received the M model to review. It is about 3 inches square. This portable speaker delivers a crisp sound so much better than a tinny phone speaker that it is a nice asset to have in your home, garden, at a barbecue or on a boat. It has a cord attached so you have hang it or wear it around your wrist. With an eight hour battery life, there is plenty of oomph to last through most listening sessions.

One of the problems with IOS devices is that they do not have replaceable batteries so you can’t slip in a spare when you run out of hunk. There is an easy solution, however, when you don’t have a handy wall plug. Enter the new Anker Astro2. It is a powerful external battery, and it will solve your power problem. The Anker unit is sleek and slim. It measures 4 1/8 x 2 ½ x 5/8 inches and weighs 7 ½ ounces. So it’s about the size of the average mobile phone with about the same weigh and it won’t bog you down. It features a powerful 1200mAh batter with ultra-high energy efficiency (80%).

Running out of hunk on your phone or tablet is about as stupid and frustrating and running out of gas in your car. Few of us carry a spare gas can in our car but you can easily carry the new 2800 mAh MagicStick by Powerocks. The MagicStick is a brush aluminum cylinder that measures 21.7 mm in diameter and 86 mm long. It weighs only 80g so it will fit nicely in your pocket or bag or purse. To charge the unit fully takes about five hours. To charge a phone or tablet takes about two hours. There is enough power to charge your phone at least two times.

Every string instrument needs tuning, which can be a pesky task. But with the Korg chromatic PitchClip, tuning has never been more simple and efficient.

The PitchClip is a small electronic device powered by a coin type battery that clips onto your instrument. While most people buy them for tuning guitars and base guitars it works on both electric and acoustic instruments. In fact, it will work on any string instrument. The battery lasts about 17 hours.

I get such a kick out of flying remote control helicopters I’ve been thinking that when I grow up I might join the Air force and become a drone helicopter pilot. But I don’t really want a real job, and Swann has come to the rescue with some really great new helicopters. The Black Swann will record flights with video and still photos. Just add a Micro SD card to record the data and push a button. With this baby I can spy on my neighbors.

Griffin is a never ending flow of new cases. This time it s for the Galaxy S4 with the Reveal Case, a rugged Survivor case, and Midtown Wallet. Well take a look at each one.

I don t know about you, but I haven t carried a wallet in many years. I found I had too much stuff I needed to carry around related to my digital enthusiasm, so I stuff it all in a bag and sling it over my shoulder. But maybe the Griffin Midtown Wallet will signal some kind of wallet resurgence.

When I received the package containing the headphones for review, I opened it, and it contained a can of beets. Huh? I didn’t order any beets. I don’t even really like them very much. I remember planting some in my garden one time and couldn’t get rid of them. They kept coming back year after year whether I wanted them or not. I dug a little deeper in the package. Lo and behold there was a black circular case. I opened it and it contained a nice looking pair of over the hear headphones. Guess what. There were beets on the side panels of each phone.

It doesn’t take long for new cases to arrive when a new phone appears on the market. X-Doria is a signature case maker par excellence with a new case in the circle for the S4. The Dash series consists of three models, the Dash Pro, the Dash Icon, and the Engage Form VR. The one I received to review belongs to the Dash Icon line.

If you are looking for something new and innovative in a mouse, you may wish to check out the Penclick. You hold it like a tradition pen so that it feels natural in your hand, and there s virtually no learning curve.



Cash is also known as money. in physical form. Cash usually includes bank accounts and marketable securities. such as government bonds and banker’s acceptances. Although cash typically refers to money in hand, the term can also be used to indicate money in banking accounts, checks or any other form of currency that is easily accessible and can be quickly turned into physical cash.

Cash in its physical form is the simplest, most broadly accepted and reliable form of payment, which is why many businesses only accept cash. Checks can bounce and credit cards can be declined, but cash in hand requires no extra processing. However, it’s become less common for people to carry cash with them, due to the increasing reliance on electronic banking and payment systems.

In finance and banking, cash indicates the company’s current assets. or any assets that can be turned into cash within one year. A business’s cash flow shows the net amount of cash a company has, after factoring in both incoming and outgoing cash and assets, and can be a good resource for potential investors. A company’s cash flow statement shows all incoming cash, such as revenue. and all outgoing cash, used to pay expenses such as equipment and investments. To learn more about cash flow, what it means for businesses and how companies utilize cash, see Analyze Cash Flow the Easy Way .

Historical forms of Cash

Cash has been used as long as goods and services have been traded, and its form depends on the culture in which it operates. Many civilizations over the last four thousand years used coins struck from precious metals including copper, bronze (an alloy of copper and tin) silver and gold as cash, though other civilizations used sea shells or commodities of weight, including salt and sugar.

In modern times cash has consisted of coins, whose metallic value is negligible, or paper. This modern form of cash is fiat currency .

Paper money is a more recent form of cash, dating back to around the eighteenth century, and its value is set by its users’ faith in the government backing the currency. This ability to determine price has extensive effects on an economy. It can affect inflation. or the rate at which prices rise for goods and services. The more prices are inflated, the less purchasing power each paper note or coin holds. Inflation can cause all kinds of problems for an economy that doesn’t yet understand the concept; in general, it’s good practice to keep inflation to a minimum and avoid deflation entirely. Deflation is the opposite of inflation, the lowering of prices, and often leads to economic depressions .

The advent of checks, debit cards. credit cards. and (most recently) online banking has decreased the need for people to carry cash in any form.


US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden was to fly out of Russia today on flight SU 150 to Havana from Moscow s Sheremetyevo airport.

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More Than 15 Small Business Funding Resources for You

Most small business owners can identify with the challenges of getting financing for their business or funding for a new product. There’s no short, easy road to funding, most of the time, but these small business funding resources can help.


Kabbage has to be the most unique small business funding source found recently. They have created a powerful platform that, in my understanding, is creating a real-life look at how your business is doing to help you grow it.

They don’t only look at credit scores, as so many traditional lenders do. They look at things like your Paypal, Ebay, Amazon, or Intuit QuickBooks account to figure out if you qualify and how much of a credit line you can receive. It is impressive.

Kiva Zip

Another innovative program and approach is found with Kiva, the microfinance platform. Etsy wrote about it. There is official information about zero interest (0%) with the Kiva Zip program (in Alpha, not even in Beta), and success stories on the main page.

The Lending Club

The Lending Club is a name that many consumers and business owners have heard before, but it is a site worth checking. Their peer-to-peer approach has taken the banking world by storm and it looks likely to continue in the business loan sector.

SmartBiz SBA Loans

SmartBiz SBA Loans ($5,000 $150,000) is a small business lender, but one that promises a much better process than traditional banks, on SBA type loans. If you’ve ever gone through the SBA formal process, you know that it is rather comprehensive.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle has a large UK presence as well as a US site. It is an online marketplace for small business loans. The site explains you can find out in approximately one week if you qualify for a loan.


Ami Kassar CEO of MultiFunding has a useful website on how the different funding options work and his consulting brokerage serves as a matchmaker for businesses that need more than just the “best rate” and need help with more complicated loan options.

OnDeck and BoeFly

Here are a couple of other small business loan providers that are promising an easier process, lower rates, and other options that might make their loans more appealing to you. OnDeck and BoeFly .

QuickBooks Financing

QuickBooks Financing has a site dedicated to helping you find the right financing. It is a matching engine that allows their selected lenders to provide you with the right loan. I’m presuming it also uses some of your QuickBooks data, but I’m not certain of that as I did not submit data on the form.

Wells Fargo and SBA Bank of America

There is no shortage of traditional lenders where you can walk into a branch and talk to someone about an SBA loan, so I would be remiss for not including at least a couple that I believe in. The Wells Fargo small business loan page offers a range of good information. And the SBA Loan page at Bank of America may help you sort different SBA options.


If you have ever considered factoring, where you get financing based on your receivables, then I recommend this guide from RTS Financial, Your Complete Guide To Factoring.

PayPal Working Capital

PayPal Working Capital lets you pay your loan back as you get paid. A factoring method, of sorts.

Chase Mission Main Street Grants

One of my favorite places to look for less traditional financing options is the Small Business Events here on Small Business Trends. I used it to help compile this list, so I know there are some great funding options, often awards or contests, worth considering. This Chase Mission Main Street Grants is a terrific example. There is new information on the 2014 program.

Government Grants

You may need help to understand if a Government grant is worth pursuing. There are some large scale federal programs that pass funds through to universities and other nonprofit type institutions where you can sometimes find just the right help for your company.

City and State Level Resources

As I mentioned above, there are many city and state level resources, but too many to explain. If you search for your city or state combined with economic development, small business funding, and other related terms, you may find a niche program that serves your needs.

Here is a page from the Nevada Small Business Development Center where you’ll get an idea of what you find at the state level. There are community-focused programs, as an example of a city program, for the Philadelphia area, Loan Programs City of Philadelphia Business Services Center. Scroll down through the long list to find the smaller loan amounts.

Opportunity Finance Network

Opportunity Finance Network (part of Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses initiative) is a big initiative sponsored by Goldman Sachs. The goal is to help educate business owners on a wide range of topics, to give you the best chance for success, in addition to access to capital. You must have an established business, with revenues.

There are plenty of sites that offer business loans too many to try and list. There are resources at the State and City level, depending on where you live, that can help you financially. There are also lists of USA State websites that offer resources or details around funding and details available on what it takes to qualify for a small business loan as well as sources of start-up funding .

We welcome you to list resources in the comments. We want to see the path to funding get easier, more transparent, and understandable for small business as a whole and we hope these resources do that for you.

If you have discovered a great resource that can help a small business owner find financing or a grant, please share it below.

TJ McCue served as Technology/Product Review Editor for Small Business Trends for many years and now contributes on 3D technologies. He is currently traveling the USA on the 3DRV roadtrip and writes at the Refine Digital blog.

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So you’ve had an entrepreneurial breakthrough. Your research shows your idea is sound, and you’ve detailed all its nuances in a comprehensive business plan. You know how to spread the word about your new venture and how you’ll plan for future growth.

Now, how are you going to fund it?

Traditional small-business funding took a hit during the financial crisis, with banks opting for bigger, more secure investments over small-business ventures. Data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. show small-business lending hasn t returned to pre-recession levels; loans of $100,000 to $250,000 have fallen 22% since 2007.

But it s still possible to get the capital you need to launch, maintain or grow your business. And once you identify small-business funding that s right for you, there are steps you can take to increase your chances of getting a business loan .

5 ways to fund your small business

1. If you have an established business, collateral, strong credit and finances:

Banks. Traditional banks are still a great starting point and can help you figure out where you stand in terms of funding. Even if your business doesn t have a strong enough track record and enough assets as collateral to qualify for a loan, talking to someone at a traditional bank can help you figure out what documents you need and what your best options may be.

2. If your business falls just outside of a traditional bank’s strict lending criteria:

SBA. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers lenders, almost exclusively banks, a federal guarantee on your loan, making it less risky for them to lend you the funds you need to be successful. In doing so, the SBA also connects you with favorable rates offered by traditional lenders. And unlike most bank loans, you can use an SBA loan to start a business. However, the application process isn t easy, and you can find yourself trapped under a heap of documents while you work through the appropriate forms. Online lender SmartBiz provides a more streamlined application process, originating SBA loans faster than traditional banks.

3. If you have bad personal credit, need cash fast or don’t want to wait for a bank loan:

Online alternative lenders. With traditional banks limiting access to capital, alternative lenders have seen an increase in popularity. A report by Morgan Stanley predicts they’ll provide 16% of small-business loans by 2020. They are particularly useful for owners struggling with bad credit or those in need of fast cash. with several online lenders able to turn around funding within 24 hours. Peer-to-peer lenders are among the alternatives; these lenders cut out the traditional middleman — such as a bank — to connect borrowers with individual and institutional investors. The cost of borrowing, however, is much higher; some charge annual percentage rates over 100%. Still, alternative lenders are a good option when the bank says no.

4. If you think your product can capture the interest of the public:

Crowdfunding. Crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter rely on investors to help get an idea or business off the ground, often rewarding them with perks or equity in exchange for cash. Although the popularity of these services has increased in recent years (the SBA even offers an online course in crowdfunding), there are caveats. For one, your product or company has to be intriguing enough catch the eye of multiple investors. With equity crowdfunding, there are strict securities laws and rules to follow for investors and entrepreneurs alike.

5. If you have an existing membership and like a personal touch:

Credit unions. Like banks, credit unions offer favorable rates and loans backed by the SBA. But unlike banks, credit unions have increased their small-business lending 60% since 2008, according to the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. Though you’ll likely have to be a member, the co-op nature of credit unions often ties them to the community, so you may also reap the benefits of more personal relationships and name recognition.

Find and compare small-business loans

NerdWallet has come up with a comparison tool for the best small-business loans to meet your needs and goals. We gauged lender trustworthiness, market scope and user experience, among other factors, and filtered them by categories that include your revenue and how long you’ve been in business.

To get more information about funding options and compare them for your small business, visit NerdWallet ssmall-business loanspage. For free, personalized answers to questions about financing your business, visit theSmall Businesssection of NerdWallet’s Ask an Advisor page.

This post has been updated. It was originally published Oct. 29, 2014.

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Investors Will Love Your Business Plan

I probably see five to ten business plans a week. Frankly, most aren’t ready for the big leagues. Cayenne’s work, on the other hand, is consistently excellent. They figured out the formula. They make it easier for investors to quickly see the value in a company. Now that startup activity is picking up, investors have more to choose from. It’s more important than ever for a business plan to make the right first impression. Harry George, Solstice Capital

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You only have one chance at nailing that crucial first impression with investors and lenders.

A persuasive and attractive business plan, financial projection, pitch deck, and executive summary can make your path to funding much, much shorter.

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Since 2001, Cayenne Consulting has helped thousands of entrepreneurs take important steps toward achieving their goals. Most of our consultants many with advanced degrees from Ivy League universities have hands-on experience starting, funding, and growing their own businesses, so we understand exactly what you’re going through.

Our craftsmanship speaks for itself. Have a look inside a few business plan samples and judge for yourself:

What do you REALLY need.
a mere business plan WRITER, or
a true business plan STRATEGIST?

You found us because you need help with your business plan. And you’re probably wondering what sets business plan consultants like us apart from many other “business plan writers.” Here’s the difference:

  • Business Plan Writer: A business plan writer expects you to have all the answers. They will ask you a series of questions and type your answers into some off-the-shelf business plan software. Hey, if you know how to type and you already have the answers, you might as well buy a copy of Business Plan Pro and write it yourself.
  • Business Plan Strategic Consultant: A business plan consultant is somebody who will help you refine your ideas and strategies, and mold them into a viable business. We challenge your assumptions, fill gaps in your thinking, do lots of independent research and analysis, and help formulate business models. tactics, and strategies. We help crystalize your long-term competitive differentiation, identify target markets, and plan for business scalability. And then we help you express it in a compelling package – whether it’s a business plan, pitch deck, PPM, financial forecast, elevator pitch, or executive summary – that is most appropriate for your specific situation and target audience.

Why Choose Cayenne Consulting? Eleven Great Reasons!

No Salespeople

We don’t have a slick commissioned salesperson sell you and then hand you off to a junior business plan writer as soon as they get your credit card number. From Day One, you will deal directly with the senior business plan consultant who will actually work with you. Personal relationships matter, and you need to know exactly who you’re dealing with.

Fully Customized

Some business plan consulting firms are able to charge extremely low fees because they have a cookie-cutter, assembly-line approach to business plan writing. You’re smart enough to know that you get what you pay for. We build all of our business plans from scratch to represent your unique vision, not somebody else’s.

Work with True Experts

Our business plan consultants are the best in the business. We’ve walked in your shoes and we understand what you’re going through. We have deep and broad experience in creating and executing upon business models of all kinds. We have a keen sense of what works in the marketplace and what doesn’t. Many of us have MBAs or PhDs from schools like Harvard. Wharton. CalTech. Cornell. Columbia. Stanford. MIT. and Chicago. We also have experts in finance, financial modeling, market research, competitor research, FDA regulatory issues, and much more.

One Business Plan Consultant

Some of our competitors assign a team of consultants to work with you. As a result, you’re paying to get multiple consultants up to speed. This approach is not only costly, it makes it difficult to ensure consistency. Cayenne’s one consultant approach avoids these problems. (Of course, if your situation really does call for it, we can also take a team approach.)

Ongoing Support

We don’t stop when the business plan is complete. We have a talented team ready to help you implement it as well, either on a retained basis as interim members of your founding team or on a project basis, as needed.

What Clients Say

I turned to Cayenne for help developing a business plan for a new online business concept. During my initial call, I got into the details of the business model with our consultant. He persuaded me that the economics simply don’t work, and that I should spend more time adapting my concept before hiring a consultant. It’s refreshing to come across a consultant who is more interested in helping me make the right decision than they are in taking my money. That’s what I call integrity.

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4 Good Reasons to Use a Small Business Consultant

Posted by Robert Half Management Resources on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – 12:00 | Follow me

Most small business owners are highly skilled multitaskers — and proud of it.

However, because they are so accustomed to doing everything (or almost) themselves, many don’t think about enlisting the help of a small business consultant. That means they might be missing out on some important benefits for their business.

Here are just a few ways that engaging a small business consultant can create value for your small business:

1. Save time and money

Are you still doing the taxes for your business? If so, does it make sense for you to spend your valuable time on such a complex task that also may be outside your area of expertise? Nearly half (45 percent) of financial executives polled for a recent Robert Half Management Resources survey don’t seem to think so: They said they look to financial consultants and project professionals to assist with business taxes.

What about other financial issues that small businesses typically grapple with, like controlling costs or increasing efficiency. A small business consultant can help you to develop strategies for making improvements on both fronts. And if your venture is on the fast track for growth, a skilled consultant can provide insight that can enable you to seize new opportunities while avoiding common pitfalls that could derail your success.

2. Tap expertise at the right time

Even if you would prefer to tackle all business matters personally, engaging an outside expert when especially complex or sensitive issues arise can be an extra measure to ensure problems receive proper attention and are thoroughly resolved. It also can be useful to have a third-party’s perspective on matters that require objectivity, or an “extra set of eyes” to verify that no mistakes have been made in a critical process.

You can also look to a small business consultant for help assessing and evaluating your business processes, operations management, supply chain logistics, exposure to risk and more. Additionally, because you may only need to access this specialized expertise for a short period, engaging a consultant can be an efficient way to tap the expert knowledge you need at just the right time and only for as long as it’s required.

3. Navigate changing workloads

Here’s an important question to consider: If you would need to ramp up your small business suddenly and significantly, could you deliver?

If you don’t have ample support to meet an increase in demand for your products or services, you could be at risk of disappointing your customers — and potentially damaging your business’s reputation. However, you also want to avoid hiring more staff until you are certain that workloads will be sustained.

Bringing in a small business consultant is one staffing management approach for navigating the ebb and flow of supply and demand, as well as for meeting other unexpected changes that present both opportunity and risk for your company.

4. Grow for the future

You want your business to succeed and thrive for the long term, of course. But do you know where your future growth will come from? Engaging an interim management consultant for your small business not only can help you determine the answer, but also get you pointed in the right direction.

Highly skilled senior-level professionals who work as consultants can serve in a number of critical roles, from accounting manager to chief financial officer. And, if and when you decide to take such a step, they can even help your business to prepare for an IPO .

There are many ways for you to work with consultants as your small business evolves. Most important, perhaps, is that these resources can give you the valuable time needed to focus on what you do best: being an expert at whatever it is that led you to launch your own business in the first place.

Additional resources

How Project Consultants Can Turn Your Business Problems Into Wins – 3 Case Studies. This post provides an overview of three ways that interim management and project consultants from Robert Half Management Resources have helped employers handle specific business initiatives and improve their bottom line.

2016 Robert Half Salary Guide Foretells of Consultant Opportunities. Research for Robert Half’s latest Salary Guide for accounting and finance suggests that many employers will need to engage skilled consultants next year. Read this post to learn which specializations are expected to be in high demand.

This post was originally published in March 2014 and has been updated to reflect more current information.

#business tips


9 Tips For Growing A Successful Business

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To succeed in business today, you need to be flexible and have good planning and organizational skills. Many people start a business thinking that they’ll turn on their computers or open their doors and start making money – only to find that making money in a business is much more difficult than they thought. You can avoid this in your business ventures by taking your time and planning out all the necessary steps you need to reach to achieve success. Read on to find out how.

1. GetOrganized
To be successful in business you need to be organized. Organization will help you complete tasks and stay on top of things to be done. A good way to do this is to create a to-do list each day – as you complete each item, check it off your list. This will ensure that you’re not forgetting anything and you’re completing all the tasks that are essential to the survival of your business.

2. Keep Detailed Records
All successful businesses keep detailed records. By keeping detailed records, you’ll know where the business stands financially and what potential challenges you could be facing. Just knowing this gives you time to create strategies to overcome the obstacles that can prevent you from being successful and growing your business.

3. Analyze Your Competition
Competition breeds the best results. To be successful, you can’t be afraid to study and learn from your competitors. After all, they may be doing something right that you can implement in your business to make more money.

4. Understand the Risks and Rewards
The key to being successful is taking calculated risks to help your business grow. A good question to ask is “What’s the downside?” If you can answer this question, then you know what the worst-case scenario is. This knowledge will allow you to take the kinds of calculated risks that can generate tremendous rewards for your business.

5. Be Creative
Always be looking for ways to improve your business and to make it stand out from the competition. Recognize that you don’t know everything and be open to new ideas and new approaches to your business.

6. Stay Focused
The old saying that “Rome was not built in a day” applies here. Just because you open a business doesn’t mean that you’re going to immediately start making money. It takes time to let people know who you are, so stay focused on achieving your short-term goals and give the rest time to come together on its own.

7. Prepare to Make Sacrifices
The lead-up to starting a business is hard work, but after you open your doors, your work has just begun. In many cases, you have to put in more time than you would if you were working for someone else. In turn, you have to make sacrifices, such as spending less time with family and friends in order to be successful.

8. Provide Great Service
There are many successful businesses that forget that providing great customer service is important. If you provide better service for your customers, they’ll be more inclined to come to you the next time they need something instead of going to your competition.

9. Be Consistent
Consistency is key component to making money in business. You have to consistently keep doing the things necessary to be successful day in and day out. This will create long-term positive habits that will help you make money over the long term.

Starting and running a successful business can be rewarding and challenging. Success requires focus, discipline and perseverance. However, success will not come over night – it requires a long-term focus and that you remain consistent in challenging environments.