Top 7 Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Website

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Top 7 Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Website

By: Richard Wassell

A website provides invaluable advantages for businesses who have one.

7 reasons why your business needs a website are:

1.) Convenience for customers

Using the Internet to search for businesses and products is much easier and faster than scouring through the Yellow Pages.

2.) Provides greater exposure

Your website will be visible EVERYWHERE. You will no longer be tied to the limited geographic exposure of phone book entries. Also, more and more consumers are using the Internet to find businesses and the products/services they need - people can't purchase your product or service from you if they don't know you exist.

3.) Say so much more

You can say so much more on a website than you could in any print advertisement, Yellow Pages entry, or TV/radio advertisement. There are no space restrictions or time restrictions on a website, so you can say as much as you want.

4.) Inexpensive, effective advertising

Your customers will have a better knowledge of your products or services, as they are able to research your products or services in their own time, instead of having to rely on a furiously paced TV or radio ad to gather the information they need.

5.) Saves money

You can save money on printing and postage costs for brochures, coupons, flyers, specials, newsletters, and other mailings.

6.) Always available

Your website is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you are unable to answer the phone, you can be sure that your website is available to answer your customers' questions for you.

7.) Saves time

The time that you would have spent on the phone answering customers' questions can now be used to invest in growing your business.

About The Author

Richard Wassell


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Verizon Small Business Center 11.05.2009. 21:17

How can I grow and improve my small business? Running a small business can be a challenging task, especially in today's economic environment. What are some ways you have grown or improved your business?

Verizon Small Business Center

Admin 11.05.2009. 21:17

There are many things to do, based on your type of business, location, and buyer behaviours, but here are some basics that apply to all.

1. Never stop learning. There are lots of free and low cost educational programs across the nation to help small business owners to learn how to keep up with the changes in buyer behavior, trends, computers, networking, advertising, sales techniques, and more. Take advantage of them. Check out www.sba.org or www.asbdc.org

2. Use "Guerilla Marketing" techniques. There are several books out there that talk about low cost and free ways to advertise and get customers in and buying. Cross promotion with other similar but non competing businesses is just one, but it cuts your costs in half, and reaches more than double the paying customer base.

3. If you have a younger buyer, you simply cannot neglect social media networking and things like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and the like. You should have a website, and reach out to these customers often. Warning though...be sure to track the amount of time spent on these things, and measure effectiveness. It can be an addiction, and not a profitable way to spend a day. Instead, have a couple of distinct goals....five new friends a day, two Twitters, etc. Then get back to the main business at hand.

4. Always remember your existing customers as your best source of new business. Treat them awesome, offer specials just to them, and give extra special service. We had a ladies clothing store for over 25 years, and it was the little things, like extra nice wrapping paper and bows for free, exclusive sales and offers, fashion shows, etc, and we reached out to them with direct mail at least once a month. When something I knew they would like came in, I would give them a call. Now, with digital cameras and email, I would go one further, do a little display of the outfit, photograph it, and send in an email with a total price including free shipping if they didn't have to stop in the store.

5. Keep your customers happy. Do surveys after a large purchase, and ask if there is anything that could have improved the transaction. Send Thank You notes, handwritten, from the salesperson. Make sure every employee has the ability to make a customer's transaction as smooth and troublefree as possible.

6. Never stop teaching employees. Motivate. REWARD. Have regular meetings that are positive, upbeat, and listen to employees ideas. Cross train the staff to do just about any job in the store or business if needed. Give performance based rewards to top performers, and to all employees in the form of profit sharing if you reach your goals. Treat your people right, and they will be loyal, and stay with you. This eliminates turnover, a very expensive cost, and creates better customer service.

7. Give all employees the tools they need to do their job well. Business cards, cellphones if they are on the road, reimburse auto expenses quickly, and put together a binder for each person to track their own sales, goals, professional development, customer notes,etc.

8. Keep your store clean, your merchandise fresh, and everything neat and tidy. Change displays and signage regularly. Keep the windows washed, the floors clean, and show a sense of pride and positivity to all who enter.

9. Smile, and hire people who smile. Say "Thank You". Hire people who really love the product you sell, more than someone who just has a good education. The former will have more passion, and be a cheerleader for you every day.

10. Make sure you are supplying what customers want or need. You may have to change your product mix to go with the current trends, the economic climate, or add different price points. That being said, a small store does not have to have as low a price as a WalMart, because people are coming to you for service, reliablity, and all the reasons listed above. If possible, do not carry things that are available at mass merchandisers in your area. Be unique, fill a need or want, and treat everyone with gratitude and respect.

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Simondo 19.05.2008. 21:45

Hi, what are the best ways of marketing a website without spending money? I basically need a dummies guide to free advertising both on the web and the real world!

Simondo

Admin 19.05.2008. 21:45

The best free advertising online.

A while back I wrote an article titled, The Top 10 Free Websites to Advertise. This laid out the 10 best websites where it was completely free to advertise on them. They included:

1. Craigslist.com
2. Blogger.com
3. MySpace.com
4. Reference.com
5. EzineArticles.com
6. GoArticles.com
7. Backpage.com
8. Dmoz.org
9. Yahoo Answers
10. FAQfarm.com

Each of these sites are unique in their own way but effective in providing an outlet to advertise your business free. This is perfect for those who need to advertise on a budget, their products and services. Small business for the most part doesn't lend itself to have big advertising budgets, so finding a place to "get your name out there" without paying for it is important.

To advertise on a budget effectively you must have a web presence, and preferably a website. If you don't your small business is only treading water before it goes under. A website is the door that can open your small business to a phenomenal growth track because of the power of search engine optimization (SEO). There is a reason why Google® and Yahoo® have been some of the fastest growing companies of all time, its because search engines work. I personally use Google so much a day I lose track of how many times, and this goes for a majority of its users. For more information about SEO and how powerful a high ranking can be in Google read, How Important is a High Google Ranking to Your Small Business

Now that we have the understanding that SEO is the number one way to get free advertising by a very wide margin lets focus on one of the other ways to work at making free advertising more effective for your small business.

Social networking as a whole are becoming as popular as search engines such as Google and Yahoo. In fact Google bought Youtube® and started their own Myspace® type website called Orkut® and Yahoo attempted to buy Facebook®. Social networking is such a bonanza that doesn't even know their own limits of how large they will grow. Where does your small business fit in? Since they are free there is no money investment to make, but you will have to invest your time, especially in the beginning. You will need to take time to learn the site, set up your profile, and make friends. Remember, you are looking for ways to make the time you spend using this website as an advertising tool as fruitful as possible. Of course set up your profile with the focus of your business objectives and reaching your goals, and always abide within the rules set by the websites. Your investment of time is your efforts to build your network, because it will take trial and error to learn what is best for your business in social networking. Taking the time to build your network is the number one emphasis when it comes to social networking for your small business.

There are other emphasis which I will list below in no particular order:

* Try an individual profile as a representative of your business before you try a group profile for your business to give an idea of the time it will require to build a network
* Don't sign up for too many social networks, you risk diluting your message and emphasis.
* Share the networking responsibility with other employees or business owners once you have a business profile
* Don't be distracted easily, remained focus on what your business objective and building your network to reach your goals. If needed, set goals for building your network.
* Don't be afraid to get a little personable, people do enjoy talking to other people when networking, not just a profile on a website.
* Don't be random when searching for friends for your network. Its a waste of time, choose your friends carefully, and then extend invitations to their friends and their friends and so on.
* Alter your preferences on your profile to reduce spam and unsolicited offers. This will save you time as well.

Remember social networks can be people who are very passionate in one way or another about their cause so you need to be the same way concerning your small business on social networks. If you are its a very easy way to advertise and grow your small business on a budget.

Admin

cyfer1979 23.05.2008. 20:14

How do i start a marketing web site and get it running fast for low cost? I have a web site that people can place there business advertisement on there. It dont matter the type of add it is it can be a regular add, video file or flash add. Dont matter all types are the same price a month. How do i advertise better to get the word out there about my site.

cyfer1979

Admin 23.05.2008. 20:14

The best free advertising online.

A while back I wrote an article titled, The Top 10 Free Websites to Advertise. This laid out the 10 best websites where it was completely free to advertise on them. They included:

1. Craigslist.com
2. Blogger.com
3. MySpace.com
4. Reference.com
5. EzineArticles.com
6. GoArticles.com
7. Backpage.com
8. Dmoz.org
9. Yahoo Answers
10. FAQfarm.com

Each of these sites are unique in their own way but effective in providing an outlet to advertise your business free. This is perfect for those who need to advertise on a budget, their products and services. Small business for the most part doesn't lend itself to have big advertising budgets, so finding a place to "get your name out there" without paying for it is important.

To advertise on a budget effectively you must have a web presence, and preferably a website. If you don't your small business is only treading water before it goes under. A website is the door that can open your small business to a phenomenal growth track because of the power of search engine optimization (SEO). There is a reason why Google® and Yahoo® have been some of the fastest growing companies of all time, its because search engines work. I personally use Google so much a day I lose track of how many times, and this goes for a majority of its users. For more information about SEO and how powerful a high ranking can be in Google read, How Important is a High Google Ranking to Your Small Business

Now that we have the understanding that SEO is the number one way to get free advertising by a very wide margin lets focus on one of the other ways to work at making free advertising more effective for your small business.

Social networking as a whole are becoming as popular as search engines such as Google and Yahoo. In fact Google bought Youtube® and started their own Myspace® type website called Orkut® and Yahoo attempted to buy Facebook®. Social networking is such a bonanza that doesn't even know their own limits of how large they will grow. Where does your small business fit in? Since they are free there is no money investment to make, but you will have to invest your time, especially in the beginning. You will need to take time to learn the site, set up your profile, and make friends. Remember, you are looking for ways to make the time you spend using this website as an advertising tool as fruitful as possible. Of course set up your profile with the focus of your business objectives and reaching your goals, and always abide within the rules set by the websites. Your investment of time is your efforts to build your network, because it will take trial and error to learn what is best for your business in social networking. Taking the time to build your network is the number one emphasis when it comes to social networking for your small business.

There are other emphasis which I will list below in no particular order:

* Try an individual profile as a representative of your business before you try a group profile for your business to give an idea of the time it will require to build a network
* Don't sign up for too many social networks, you risk diluting your message and emphasis.
* Share the networking responsibility with other employees or business owners once you have a business profile
* Don't be distracted easily, remained focus on what your business objective and building your network to reach your goals. If needed, set goals for building your network.
* Don't be afraid to get a little personable, people do enjoy talking to other people when networking, not just a profile on a website.
* Don't be random when searching for friends for your network. Its a waste of time, choose your friends carefully, and then extend invitations to their friends and their friends and so on.
* Alter your preferences on your profile to reduce spam and unsolicited offers. This will save you time as well.

Remember social networks can be people who are very passionate in one way or another about their cause so you need to be the same way concerning your small business on social networks. If you are its a very easy way to advertise and grow your small business on a budget.

Admin

Alex 21.03.2008. 18:25

can someone find me a GOOD website about carbon dioxide relating to global warming? i need a good website saying what harmful effects carbon dioxide is doing to earth. also some solutions to CO2. and pleez not wikipedia.

Alex

Admin 21.03.2008. 18:25

Top 10 'Global-Warming' Myths
Posted: 02/20/2007

Compiled by Christopher Horner, author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism" (Regnery -- a HUMAN EVENTS sister company).

10. The U.S. is going it alone on Kyoto and global warming.

Nonsense. The U.S. rejects the Kyoto Protocol?s energy-rationing scheme, along with 155 other countries, representing most of the world?s population, economic activity and projected future growth. Kyoto is a European treaty with one dozen others, none of whom is in fact presently reducing its emissions. Similarly, claims that Bush refused to sign Kyoto, and/or he withdrew, not only are mutually exclusive but also false. We signed it, Nov. 11, 1998. The Senate won?t vote on it. Ergo, the (Democratic) Senate is blocking Kyoto. Gosh.
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Don?t demand they behave otherwise, however. Since Kyoto was agreed, Europe?s CO2 emissions are rising twice as fast as those of the climate-criminal United States, a gap that is widening in more recent years. So we should jump on a sinking ship?

Given Al Gore?s proclivity for invoking Winston Churchill in this drama, it is only appropriate to summarize his claims as such: Never in the field of political conflict has so much been asked by so few of so many ... for so little.

9. Global-warming proposals are about the environment.

Only if this means that they would make things worse, given that ?wealthier is healthier and cleaner.? Even accepting every underlying economic and alarmist environmentalist assumption, no one dares say that the expensive Kyoto Protocol would detectably affect climate. Imagine how expensive a pact must be -- in both financial and human costs -- to so severely ration energy use as the greens demand. Instead, proponents candidly admit desires to control others? lifestyles, and supportive industries all hope to make millions off the deal. Europe?s former environment commissioner admitted that Kyoto is ?about leveling the playing field for big businesses worldwide? (in other words, bailing them out).

8. Climate change is the greatest threat to the world's poor.

Climate -- or more accurately, weather -- remains one of the greatest challenges facing the poor. Climate change adds nothing to that calculus, however. Climate and weather patterns have always changed, as they always will. Man has always best dealt with this through wealth creation and technological advance -- a.k.a. adaptation -- and most poorly through superstitious casting of blame, such as burning ?witches.? The wealthiest societies have always adapted best. One would prefer to face a similar storm in Florida than Bangladesh. Institutions, infrastructure and affordable energy are key to dealing with an ever-changing climate, not rationing energy.

7. Global warming means more frequent, more severe storms.

Here again the alarmists cannot even turn to the wildly distorted and politicized ?Summary for Policy Makers? of the UN?s IPCC to support this favorite chestnut of the press.

6. Global warming has doomed the polar bears!

For some reason, Al Gore?s computerized polar bear can?t swim, unlike the real kind, as one might expect of an animal named Ursa Maritimus. On the whole, these bears are thriving, if a little less well in those areas of the Arctic that are cooling (yes, cooling). Their biggest threat seems to be computer models that air-brush them from the future, the same models that tell us it is much warmer now than it is. As usual in this context, you must answer the question: Who are you going to believe -- me or your lying eyes?

5. Climate change is raising the sea levels.

Sea levels rise during interglacial periods such as that in which we (happily) find ourselves. Even the distorted United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports refute the hysteria, finding no statistically significant change in the rate of increase over the past century of man?s greatest influence, despite green claims of massive melting already occurring. Small island nations seeking welfare and asylum for their citizens such as in socially generous New Zealand and Australia have no sea-level rise at all and in some cases see instead a drop. These societies? real problem is typically that they have made a mess of their own situation. One archipelago nation is even spending lavishly to lobby the European Union for development money to build beachfront hotel resorts, at the same time it shrieks about a watery and imminent grave. So, which time are they lying?

4. The glaciers are melting!

As good fortune has it, frozen things do in fact melt or at least recede after cooling periods mercifully end. The glacial retreat we read about is selective, however. Glaciers are also advancing all over, including lonely glaciers nearby their more popular retreating neighbors. If retreating glaciers were proof of global warming, then advancing glaciers are evidence of global cooling. They cannot both be true, and in fact, neither is. Also, retreat often seems to be unrelated to warming. For example, the snow cap on Mount Kilimanjaro is receding -- despite decades of cooling in Kenya -- due to regional land use and atmospheric moisture.

3. Climate was stable until man came along.

Swallowing this whopper requires burning every basic history and science text, just as ?witches? were burned in retaliation for changing climates in ages (we had thought) long past. The ?hockey stick? chart -- poster child for this concept -- has been disgraced and airbrushed from the UN?s alarmist repertoire.

2. The science is settled -- CO2 causes global warming.

Al Gore shows his audience a slide of CO2 concentrations, and a slide of historical temperatures. But for very good reason he does not combine them in one overlaid slide: Historically, atmospheric CO2, as often as not, increases after warming. This is typical in the campaign of claiming ?consensus? to avoid debate (consensus about what being left unspoken or distorted).

What scientists do agree on is little and says nothing about man-made global warming, to wit: (1) that global average temperature is probably about 0.6 degree Celsius -- or 1 degree Fahrenheit -- higher than a century ago; (2) that atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have risen by about 30% over the past 200 years; and (3) that CO2 is one greenhouse gas, some level of an increase of which presumably would warm the Earth?s atmosphere were all else equal, which it demonstrably is not.

Until scientists are willing to save the U.S. taxpayer more than $5 billion per year thrown at researching climate, it is fair to presume the science is not settled.

1. It?s hot in here!

In fact, ?It?s the baseline, stupid.? Claiming that present temperatures are warm requires a starting point at, say, the 1970s, or around the Little Ice Age (approximately 1200 A.D to the end of the 19th Century), or thousands of years ago. Select many other baselines, for example, compared o the 1930s, or 1000 A.D. -- or 1998 -- and it is presently cool. Cooling does paint a far more frightening picture, given that another ice age would be truly catastrophic, while throughout history, warming periods have always ushered in prosperity. Maybe that?s why the greens tried ?global cooling? first.

The claim that the 1990s were the hottest decade on record specifically targets the intellectually lazy and easily frightened, ignoring numerous obvious factors. ?On record? obviously means a very short period, typically the past 100+ years, or since the end of the Little Ice Age. The National Academies of Science debunked this claim in 2006. Previously rural measuring stations register warmer temps after decades of ?sprawl? (growth), cement being warmer than a pasture.

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Smilez ? 21.07.2009. 02:52

Good ways for 12 year olds to make money? I need some good ways for me & my friend to make money. We've already thoguht about a lemonade stand but that seems old fashioned.
Thanks!

Smilez ?

Admin 21.07.2009. 02:52

You can make some good money by creating a Squidoo lens.Squidoo lenses are ridiculously simple to set up, requiring absolutely no technical knowledge or programming experience. And best of all, Squidoo offers easy add ins for bringing the Web 2.0 world together on your lens. With a few click you can easily add youtube videos, Flicker photos, polling surveys, google blog searches, RSS and much more to your lens.

In addition to providing a virtual soapbox, Squidoo can also serve as a highly effective and risk-free marketing tool for your online. Below, I have compiled the top 9 reasons you should create a lens to help give your online business a boost:

1. To increase traffic to your site. Squidoo lenses can include inbound links to your website, boosting your site?s credibility in the eyes of search engines and increasing your overall link popularity. Plus, the lenses themselves are indexed by search engines, so your personal page can achieve a high ranking with strategic keyword placement. Get a few links to your Squidoo lens and you can easily get your lens to rank in the organic search results for moderately competitive keywords.

2. To save money on advertising. Unlike costly print ads and direct mail campaigns, creating a personal Squidoo page won?t cost you a dime, ensuring your ROI will never dip below zero. It takes about 10 minutes to build a Squidoo lens and you can really boost your credibility and brand yourself as an expert in your industry.

3. To highlight multiple aspects of your business. You can create as few or as many lenses as you want. It?s possible to have hundreds of different lenses focusing on different components of your business, all driving traffic back to your website. For instance, if you sell various models of barbecue, you can create a lens highlighting each model or model line.

4. To piggyback on other Squidoo pages. When your lens is nestled among hundreds of thousands of other interesting lenses, it?s more likely to benefit from the traffic generated by those neighboring pages. It?s the same concept as two houses for sale on the same street?there?s bound to be some overflow from prospective buyers who visited the other property first.

5. To generate royalties. It?s up to you whether you receive them as cash or roll them over into your favorite charity but you can get paid for your lens. Squidoo is widely renowned as a quickly growing fundraising mechanism.

6. To sell stuff. A great way to get your feet wet in the e-commerce arena, Squidoo lets you sell items from Ebay and Amazon and earn royalties from each sale. It also lets you have direct affiliate links to any of the affiliate programs you endorse.

7. To conduct surveys for your business. Squidoo pages are a great way to gauge consumer attitudes and reactions to new products and services. The Squidoo polling feature is really easy to set up and put you on the fast track to surveying your customers.

8. To test new branding strategies. If you?re considering a website redesign or company logo change, a Squidoo page lets you first gauge reactions to it before pulling the trigger.

9. To interact with potential consumers. Visitors to your lens can add their comments, links, and reactions. Every time an update is made, it makes your lens that much more appealing and relevant to search engines.

Admin

milwaukee.brewers14 18.05.2008. 03:15

What is the best way to advertise my website? thanks for helping how can i have my website www.freewebs.com/thekoolweb1 advertise and found when people search theings for free/ give me links to free places that i can go to thanks

milwaukee.brewers14

Admin 18.05.2008. 03:15

The best free advertising online.

A while back I wrote an article titled, The Top 10 Free Websites to Advertise. This laid out the 10 best websites where it was completely free to advertise on them. They included:

1. Craigslist.com
2. Blogger.com
3. MySpace.com
4. Reference.com
5. EzineArticles.com
6. GoArticles.com
7. Backpage.com
8. Dmoz.org
9. Yahoo Answers
10. FAQfarm.com

Each of these sites are unique in their own way but effective in providing an outlet to advertise your business free. This is perfect for those who need to advertise on a budget, their products and services. Small business for the most part doesnt lend itself to have big advertising budgets, so finding a place to "get your name out there" without paying for it is important.

To advertise on a budget effectively you must have a web presence, and preferably a website. If you don't your small business is only treading water before it goes under. A website is the door that can open your small business to a phenomenal growth track because of the power of search engine optimization (SEO). There is a reason why Google® and Yahoo® have been some of the fastest growing companies of all time, its because search engines work. I personally use Google so much a day I lose track of how many times, and this goes for a majority of its users. For more information about SEO and how powerful a high ranking can be in Google read, How Important is a High Google Ranking to Your Small Business

Now that we have the understanding that SEO is the number one way to get free advertising by a very wide margin lets focus on one of the other ways to work at making free advertising more effective for your small business.

Social networking as a whole are becoming as popular as search engines such as Google and Yahoo. In fact Google bought Youtube® and started their own Myspace® type website called Orkut® and Yahoo attempted to buy Facebook®. Social networking is such a bonanza that doesnt even know their own limits of how large they will grow. Where does your small business fit in? Since they are free there is no money investment to make, but you will have to invest your time, especially in the beginning. You will need to take time to learn the site, set up your profile, and make friends. Remember, you are looking for ways to make the time you spend using this website as an advertising tool as fruitful as possible. Of course set up your profile with the focus of your business objectives and reaching your goals, and always abide within the rules set by the websites. Your investment of time is your efforts to build your network, because it will take trial and error to learn what is best for your business in social networking. Taking the time to build your network is the number one emphasis when it comes to social networking for your small business.

There are other emphasis which I will list below in no particular order:

* Try an individual profile as a representative of your business before you try a group profile for your business to give an idea of the time it will require to build a network
* Dont sign up for too many social networks, you risk diluting your message and emphasis.
* Share the networking responsibility with other employees or business owners once you have a business profile
* Dont be distracted easily, remained focus on what your business objective and building your network to reach your goals. If needed, set goals for building your network.
* Dont be afraid to get a little personable, people do enjoy talking to other people when networking, not just a profile on a website.
* Dont be random when searching for friends for your network. Its a waste of time, choose your friends carefully, and then extend invitations to their friends and their friends and so on.
* Alter your preferences on your profile to reduce spam and unsolicited offers. This will save you time as well.

Remember social networks can be people who are very passionate in one way or another about their cause so you need to be the same way concerning your small business on social networks. If you are its a very easy way to advertise and grow your small business on a budget.

Admin

Trigga13 21.04.2008. 17:49

Do you need business credit builder to build your company credit with Dunn and Bradstreet.? Can you just apply for credit and it get reported to the business credit agencies.

Trigga13

Admin 21.04.2008. 17:49

You do not need the business credit builder ($329) to build company credit with Dun & Bradstreet.

(note: everything I am referring to here related to building your business credit in just your corporation or LLC's name with no personal guarantee)

You CAN get a free DUNS number from DNB. Using this free DUNS number, you CAN build a perfect PAYDEX score of 80. A PAYDEX score is kind of like a FICO score, but for your company. A great many businesses will grant you thousands of dollars of credit if you have a positive PAYDEX score.

So you want to get a free DUNS number, and then you can apply for credit and it can get reported to the business credit agencies. An important issue is WHO you are applying with and whether they report. Another important challenge is getting approved your first set of companies that grant credit. Almost all companies that grant credit want to see that you already have some credit and have handled it well in order to approve you, but that leaves you with the problem of: Who is going to be the first to grant you credit so you get to prove yourself? More on that later.

I would not recommend telling Dun & Bradstreet that you are applying for government grants or contracts unless you really are, because you will then be required to register in the government database (a lengthy process) and if you don't complete it, your DUNS number will turn inactive.

What you want to do is:
1. Go to Dun & Bradstreet at http://www.dnb.com
2. Locate the navigation at the top of the website - there are four tabs for navigation - they are: Products ; Small Business ; D&B DUNS Number ; About D&B
3. Click on the navigation tab that says: "D&B DUNS Number"
4. Locate the blue box in the center of the next screen that is titled: "Get Started, Get a D-U-N-S Number
5. In that blue box, enter your business name, city and state and click the next button
6. On the next page, locate the box in the bottom, right hand side of the page, that says "Get a D-U-N-S Number Price: NO CHARGE"
7. Within that box, click the yellow "Get Started" button
8. On the next screen, begin creating your D&B D-U-N-S number by filling in your First Name, Last Name, Title, Email Address, and Company Telephone Number - then click "Submit"
9. Continue filling in the rest of your company information, screen by screen until you are done.

It will take approximately 45 days for you to receive your number, but do not wait for it. You should sign up for a good outside (non D&B) credit building program, such as http://www.access-business-credit.com This is valuable because D&B's products don't direct you and walk you through step by step GETTING credit.

You will need to get several accounts that report to D&B. You do not need to wait to receive your D&B number before you start applying - the information will still flow through to your D&B record by way of matching up your company name, or company telephone number and/or company address.

I work with people every day who get new free profiles just as listed above. I receive reports often of D&B reps calling up people who have applied for the free DUNS number and hard selling them on paying D&B for the DNB credit builder. Many of the people I have spoken with have mistakenly gotten the idea (after being given the D&B rep's sales pitch) that they cannot build credit unless they pay D&B. This is simply not true. Again, this is another good reason to get into a outside (non D&B) credit building program that can coach you as to what you need and don't need to save you money.

Then, as a matter of getting your first set of accounts - keep this mind. After you "get over the hump" and you've gotten four or five accounts that report and you've paid them on time, you'll have a PAYDEX score built. Life will get much easier because as you continue to apply for more business credit, your D&B report will be run, and they'll see that you have several other accounts and a PAYDEX score, and getting approved will be easier and easier.

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Erinn 15.03.2010. 22:17

How much schooling is need to be a Lawyer? I have to do a thing for school where i pick my top 5 jobs i want to do and see how much schooling is required

Erinn

Admin 15.03.2010. 22:17

In the USA, to become a Lawyer, IF you go to school full-time:
1) Bachelor's degree - four years from a traditional college/university.
2) Study for LSAT. Take LSAT.
3) Law school - three MORE years.
4) Study for Bar Exam. Take Bar Exam in the state where you want to practice.
5) Pass the Character and Fitness Evaluation. Then you can practice Law.
BUT........
6) You still have to take additional classes/seminars/legal training etc. each year to obtain CEUs to keep your license to practice Law. (You aren't done with school!!)
7) In many states there are even laws requiring a certain percentage of your legal work to be "pro bono" (free of charge) for some charitable purpose.

There are more attorneys than there are legal employment positions. We simply already have way too many Legal Professionals. AND the legal profession is dramatically changing: it is in absolute CRISIS! Job searching in this vocational field has changed >>DRAMATICALLY<< in the last five years. And, every year, more and more people graduate from law school, but there are fewer and fewer jobs. Even the largest and most reputable law firms are experiencing unprecedented cutbacks. I don't expect the situation to improve in the coming years.....

Be aware of what you are proposing on getting yourself into. Please do more research first. Reminder: We are STILL in a World-wide Recession. Obviously, economic conditions affect the number of jobs available. Consider career paths that have available JOBS.<< Even in a Recovery, there are some jobs that just won't return - the field of Law won't make a comeback. Too many things have changed in this vocational field.

Warning> Jobs in the field of Law are drying up fast!! This no longer is a good field to invest time and/or money into. This is a SHRINKING, crumbling, and dying vocational field. Many, many reasons: We now have computers. So, many people today (mistakenly) think they can do their own legal work, thanks to the Internet and legal books. Also, there are a lot of companies out there making very efficient legal software for the field of Law. Today's graduating lawyers tend to be very computer savvy, so they just do the work themselves to save themselves the cost of overhead - they aren't hiring legal staff. Also, the "Public" buys this legal software/law books in order to get legal work done without the expense of an Attorney. Also, we simply already have way too many Legal Professionals - we just have an absolute glut!! ("Legal Professionals" includes, but is not limited to: Attorneys/Lawyers, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Legal Secretaries, Bailiffs, Court Reporters, etc, etc) For example: Sites like legalzoom.com have taken away work that many small-time attorneys/lawyers would do/used to do.

Now... the law schools know this, but they won't tell you the truth >that the job market/economy is just SATURATED with way too many Legal Professionals. Instead the schools will feed you a fairytale and will LIE to you. The root of the problem is we already have too many law schools. We are STILL in a Recession, and the schools are fighting for their own survival - they will tell students anything to get to the students' money. (Which is why they won't tell you the truth about the job market for the field of Law.) And these schools continue to recruit and churn out even more graduates.............Remember>>> law schools are BUSINESSES - their TOP concern is making money for themselves.

>>>>>THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT THING (and I can't stress this enough>>>): You ESPECIALLY have to beware of the BOGUS, INFLATED law school salary/job stats given out by >law schools< (AND by the U.S. Bureau of Labor)!!***<<<<<

If you don't believe me, then:
**Check out these websites: http://informeddecisionmaking.blogspot.com
http://calicocat.com/2004/08/law-school-big-lie.html
http://abajournal.com/news/triplt_bad_news_for_law_students_three_firms_aX_summer_associate_programs/
http://abajournal.com/news/as_rio_tinto_saves_millions_other_corps_will_outsource_too_counsel_says/
http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2009/02/03/dont-try-to-dodge-the-recession-with-grad-school/
http://lawschoolscam.blogspot.com
http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/02/another-view-lock-the-law-school-doors/?ref=business
http://media.www.dailyorange.com/media/storage/paper522/news/2009/09/15/News/Law-Students.Face.Tough.Job.Market-3771810.shtml
http://thirdtierreality.blogspot.com/
(A link to a website does not constitute endorsement.)
**do a SEARCH here on Yahoo Answers to see what other posters are saying about the current status of the field of Law. Call some local law firms - ask to speak to the Manager of Human Resources - ask them if they are hiring; ask them what they think about future job availability in the field of Law..................
**Do "informational interviews" with several attorneys from at least two or three different firms. (You can find how to do "informational interviews" from your local Public Library - ask the Librarian.) Interviewing attorneys is a time-efficient and extremely beneficial way of discovering if law is the right vocational field for you. Talk to a few Human Resource Managers who work at employers in the field of Law. Ask them what their opinion is on future job availability for the field of Law. Ask them if they have any current open positions. Ask them how many resumes they receive when they advertise ONE open position. (It is ususally approximately 300 resumes are received for each open position advertised.) If you personally know a practicing lawyer, set up a time with them to do an "informational interview" to ask them about their career. Talk to many attorneys. Better yet, spend an entire day with one of them.
**Talk to recent law graduates. Ask them what success they are having finding employment opportunities. <<<<<

If you want a JOB when you are done with your studies, consider and look into the fields of: >>>Healthcare, Information Technology, Law ENFORCEMENT, environmentalism, emergency planning, accounting, education, entertainment, utilities, home-car-commercial-industrial repairs, vice industries, clergy, and/or debt collection. I spoke to a career counselor from Jobs and Family Services, and HE told me that these areas are where the jobs are, and future job opportunities/availability....and scholarships.

There are MANY issues of working in the vocational field of Law. My answer is an attempt to give you a realistic way of looking at this career, and I have told you things that most will not tell you about the profession - at first. Be careful, do your research, and have your eyes open wide.

Good luck.


(This is based on my current knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Please be careful and do your research.<<< You DID ask the question here on Y/A. I am just trying to help you.)

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Sports Dude 22.04.2008. 18:14

I am a kid and i want to know how i can make some money. My parents say i'm too young to get a job? I've been online looking at different camps for the summer and all of them are expensive. My parents said if I can pay for it they might let me go. My mom won't let me cut lawns or stuff like that and i don't get allowance. I need a way to make some money before the summer vacation. Please help. Thanks.

Sports Dude

Admin 22.04.2008. 18:14

try this!=)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1:The first thing to do

COPY, PASTE and SAVE this entire post in word

or notepad on your computer so you can come back to it later.

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the PayPal website at https://www.paypal.com/ and SIGN UP.

To receive credit card payments from other people you must sign up

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Here is the current e-mail list:

**************************************...

The email list:


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2) azorianpride@yahoo.com

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5) ravewillow@hotmail.com

6) bellat_x7@yahoo.com

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** Make sure to use the email address you registered with PayPal **

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or

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--------------------------------------...

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2) 15(15) = 225 people ($1) = $225

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Remember that most news servers will leave the posted messages on

there servers for about 2 weeks. If you will post your message again,

it WILL again start from the beginning. So you can repeat this over

and over again.

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joining the internet and newsgroups everyday and are willing to give

it a try. Estimates are at 20,000 to 50,000 new users of the

Internet,

every day.

!!!!! REMEMBER!!!!! Follow every step, and IT WILL WORK!!!



Make Today A Great Day!

Admin

barbaracdf 27.09.2011. 19:49

How much more time do I need study to become an attorney in law school if I have A.A. in Paralegal? Once I am finish with my A.A. degree in Paralegal, I might be interested in proceeding forward to become an attorney.

How much time will I need to attend school if I have a A.A. in Paralegal.

Thank you for your answer.

barbaracdf

Admin 27.09.2011. 19:49

In the USA, to become a Lawyer, IF you go to school full-time:
1) Bachelor's degree - four years from a traditional college/university.
2) Study for LSAT. Take LSAT.
3) Law school - three MORE years.
4) Study for Bar Exam. Take Bar Exam in the state where you want to practice.
5) Pass the Character and Fitness Evaluation. Then you can practice Law.
BUT........
6) You still have to take additional classes/seminars/legal training etc. each year to obtain CEUs to keep your license to practice Law. (You aren't done with school!!)
7) In many states there are even laws requiring a certain percentage of your legal work to be "pro bono" (free of charge) for some charitable purpose.
http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Lawyer-i?

Absolute "best" law schools are Yale and Harvard.
Best undergraduate majors: Business Admininstration and/or Accounting.
Best personality qualities? Ability to BS and look for work.
Tips? Change your idea of a career path ASAP!!! You WON'T be making $110,000 a year. Unless you have a mommy or a daddy who are already a partner at a law firm. As an attorney, according to one of the latest polls, you'll be making more like $40,000/yr - remember: lawyers have to pay for: office overhead, cost of living (the bigger the city, the higher your cost of living), and the crushing law school debt.

Warning> Jobs in the field of Law are drying up fast!! This no longer is a good field to invest time and/or money into. This is a SHRINKING, crumbling, and dying vocational field. Many, many reasons. Also, we simply already have way too many Legal Professionals - we just have an absolute glut!! And, every year, more and more people graduate from law school, but there are fewer and fewer jobs. Even the largest and most reputable law firms are experiencing unprecedented cutbacks. I don't expect the situation to improve in the coming years....
http://abovethelaw.com/2010/01/this-week?

The field of Law has a mystique that actually exceeds reality. The field of Law is a vastly overrated career - especially by television.<< There are many myths regarding the field of Law. Law is a more demanding profession than most people realize. It is not like what you see on TV.

Cost of law school to be lawyer, approx $150,000+. Be prepared to take on a LOT of debt, if becoming an attorney is your "true", ultimate goal!!!<<<< School loans are "non-dischargeable debts" - which means you cannot just write them off in bankruptcies (except in extremely rare cases).

Now... the law schools know this, but they won't tell you the truth >that the job market/economy is just SATURATED with way too many Legal Professionals. Instead the schools will feed you a fairytale and will LIE to you. The root of the problem is we already have too many law schools. We are STILL in a Recession, and the schools are fighting for their own survival - they will tell students anything to get to the students' money. (Which is why they won't tell you the truth about the job market for the field of Law.) And these schools continue to recruit and churn out even more graduates.............Remember>>> law schools are BUSINESSES - their TOP concern is making money for themselves. Law schools are cash cows.

>>>>>THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT THING (and I can't stress this enough>>>): You ESPECIALLY have to beware of the BOGUS, INFLATED law school salary/job stats given out by >law schools< (AND by the U.S. Bureau of Labor)!!***<<<<<

If you don't believe me, then:
**Check out these websites:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/busine?
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/busine?
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/05/scienc?
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/22/nyregi?
http://shillingmesoftly.blogspot.com/201?
http://subprimejd.blogspot.com
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/care?
http://www.abanet.org/lsd/legaled/value.?
(A link to a website does not constitute endorsement.)
**do a SEARCH here on Yahoo Answers to see what other posters are saying about the current status of the field of Law.

If you want a JOB when you are done with your studies, consider and look into the fields of: >>>Healthcare<<<, Information Technology, Law ENFORCEMENT, environmentalism, emergency planning, accounting, education, entertainment, utilities, home-car-commercial-industrial repairs, vice industries, clergy, and/or debt collection. I spoke to a career counselor from Jobs and Family Services, and HE told me that these areas are where the jobs are, and future job opportunities/availability....and scholarships.

Good luck.

(This is based on my current knowledge, information, belief, and life experiences. This was intended as personal opinion, and not intended to be used as legal advice. Please be careful and do your research.<<< You DID ask the question here on Y/A. I am just trying to help you.)

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