My new book on Amazon:

How to Start A Successful Business The First Time!

the Definitive Business Startup Guide from Concept Through Financing and Operating Your Business The Right Way

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Gary Bizzo wrote "How to Start a Successful Business - The First Time" to address the issues and problems his clients faced in setting up a business through to the day to day operations of their businesses. Helping small businesses is his passion. Why This Book? He wanted to write a book that would allow new entrepreneurs ease of entry into the business world.  Read more!

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The obvious person who should read my book (you noticed I used should) is the youthful entrepreneur wanna-be who knows they have an idea bubbling in their youthful brain, can’t find a job in any field or maybe they are unemployable, but that usually happens later in life.

As I ponder, I realize my book wasn’t geared to a certain age bracket. I wrote it for those of us, at any age, who feel that they have something they want to do differently from the milieu, who want to be their own boss and determine their own future and yes, those who can’t find a ‘job’ in a chosen field.

As I went deeper I realized there are mainly two distinct age groups; the 25-39 age group (hey at 40 it all changes anyway) and the over 55 age group. Read the rest of this entry

Repurposing Your Blog Content

all_about_contentFor those of you who enjoy writing but don’t write often enough or those of you who hate writing there’s hope to fill your blog’s content void.

 

We all know the web is content-based and marketing is content-driven so how can the average person keep up with providing consistent and quality content to the masses? Most people will post their blog on their specialty intermittently and write another post in a couple of weeks. If you are an expert in your field, there may be gold in those posts. So why post it once? Of course, Google likes original work and messes with your algorithm if you use non- original work. I prefer to repackage my work and I do it often. Here’s how it works. Read the rest of this entry

Workforce Reduction Should Not Be Your Only Option

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When your business comes to a point where your profitability and sales are not anymore in line with your goals and projections, there are many steps that you may need to take to prevent this downward spiral. You may try streamlining work processes, getting your people to get involved in making business development plans, or implementing a company-wide cost cutting project. The problem is that none of these strategies can guarantee that your business will be salvaged. In this case, you may need to look at perhaps your largest expense – your employees.

Is Workforce Reduction Always Possible?

For sure, you’ve got employees who are under a contract with your company. These are the people whom you cannot easily lay off. What you can do, instead, is Read the rest of this entry

Start-up and FEAR

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You have just begun a start-up; what scares the hell out of you when you wake up in the morning?   This is an open post to those of you wanting to start-up a new business. I’ve often said that the three things new entrepreneurs need are a plan, i.e. business plan, resources to accomplish the task of opening a business and a way to bring in customers.

It occurred to me that there is a more basic underlying issue at play when a person contemplates opening their new start-up – Fear.   Overcoming fear is the hardest thing to overcome and the place where all entrepreneurs go often. The fear of putting all their money in one basket – win or lose it all – for an unproven business idea. You fear losing face with Read the rest of this entry

new bizzo logoPassion – We all start our businesses with passion and excitement. After a while with the fledgling start-up growing we sometimes forget why we started the business because we get weighed down with ‘stuff’. Have fun!

 

Cash Flow – One of the biggest issues with entrepreneurs is how to deal with money – most manage money poorly. Be sensible, get a bookkeeper rather than doing it yourself and have a look at your books often so you will know how your business is doing at any moment. A hasty purchase can be deadly to a start-up. Read the rest of this entry

Choosing an Effective Start-Up Name

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You might think that choosing your startup business name is just one of the minor things you should do for your small business venture, but it can definitely end up being one of the biggest decisions you are going to make in the early stages of building your company. It is your business name that will help you determine what domain name you may have, what your trademark will be, and how you are going to be identified by people. Needless to say, your startup name can play an important role in how your business will be remembered by your clients or customers. Thus, it is vital that you spend time thinking of the most appropriate name for your startup business. Below are some things to remember:

1. Beware of words that sound alike. According to experts, it is not a good idea to choose a business name Read the rest of this entry

Keeping the Startup Feeling Going

So your once little startup is beginning to grow but it’s starting to show some cracks. It’s getting to the point where you need someone besides you to manage the books. It’s getting to the point where you need to find more people because you are bursting at the seams. What do you do to keep that once small operation exciting, your staff enthusiastic and your work environment fun?

1. Collaboration- Gather your team together and collaborate on the ‘next step’. Let them in on the big picture so as change begins they will embrace it rather than feel left out of the loop.

2. Hiring- I was in a warehouse the other day and was shocked and amazed to see the buzz. Read the rest of this entry

Salary Compensation Paid to Startups

accountant-salaryI’ve been working with start-ups for a long time. I often get asked about investors and how to put a financial plan together so an investor will pump needed capital into the business. Salaries is a huge issue.

A budget is not tough to put together covering ‘all’ your expenses but people fail to have a realistic ‘burn rate’ (that’s the amount of money they go through every month.) Most people put in their own money to start then take some of it out when they are earning revenues. The determination of salaries of the startup execs is a very tricky issue and is a major concern for the investor.

In my experience investors want financial control over expenditures, salaries need to be lean (meaning low) and quite often the investor will put a trusted employee in the role of Chief Financial Officer to watch funs especially if the investment is large. It all makes sense. Read the rest of this entry

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