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Just Dance Until It Hurts

Per the instructions of my Philadelphia chiropractor, I sat in bed for a week to heal my aching back. How my back became so injured that I was bedridden for a week is quite a funny story. My family decided to have a family reunion this year, and we went hiking up a mountain. Of all the things to cause me injury that weekend, I thought it would be the mountain, but it actually wasn’t. I was able to hike up and down the mountain without any problems. The problem came at the picnic after we hiked back down the mountain.

During the picnic, we had music playing from a speaker attached to a media player. Whenever I hear music, I can’t resist the urge to get up and dance, no matter how much of a fool I look like while doing it. I did my signature dance where I lean backwards, and something unexpected happened. Continue reading

Enterprise Systems as a Strategic Growth Initiative

Over the past decade Enterprise Systems or commonly known as ERP have become ubiquitous in most large companies. Such as been the rapid growth of ERP since the late nineties that some of the companies which develop and sell these Enterprise Application packages also happen to be among the largest software companies based on annual revenue and they seem to be continually growing. Today Enterprise Systems not only include software which enables your organization to perform business operations but the packages also incorporate a large amount of industry specific business functionalities which will ensure that you do not have to do too many customizations to make the package suitable to your business operations. This verticalisation helps organizations adopt the system faster and too a large extent help provide growing organizations by provide a framework of processes for their business.

One of the distinct advantage of using an Enterprise System is that provides an integrated solution for the entire business. Typically organizations which adopted to Information technology early in the cycle would have taken the best of breed solutions for specific business needs like accounting or inventory management which although addresses the needs of the particular processes cannot communicate with systems working on some other process in the same organization. Thus the organization is saddled with multiple and disparate systems. Larger organizations who adopted to information technology initially had complex blocks of software built for their own specific needs, this was with an understanding that the process would not change so build a software to suit the process. Not only have these custom-built applications become difficult to manage but they also pose unique challenges in terms of upgrade or adaptation to the latest technology standards. A ERP on the other hand not only provides a full integrated solution for all aspects of business it also comes with its framework of upgrades to changing technology. These upgrade paths are usually defined by the Enterprise Systems vendor.

The other distinct advantage of an ERP package is that most of the standard business functionalities and operating processes are built into the software code, thus reducing the time required to understand process related issues of software implementation and also providing the organization with a standard framework of processes to use which enable the organization to adopt industry best practices faster. But this advantage of ERP is where some of the problems of the ERP initiatives also begin.

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Your Perfect Business Plan

Everything here is is to help you write your perfect busines plan.

Free small business plan information to help you get started…

If you plan on receiving third party financing for you home business then creating a small business plan is something that you absolutely must do. Most people starting small businesses do not write out a business plan and from a academic standpoint this is large mistake.

Your business plan is in essence the backbone of your business.

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4 Fundamental Truths About Starting Your Own E-Commerce Business

If you’re thinking about starting your own e-commerce business there’s no shortage of information and “how-to” advice out there about how to go about it. The last thing the blogosphere needs is yet another “How to Start Your Own E-Commerce Business” article (1. Select Your Product, 2. Pick an E-Commerce Platform, etc.).

So we’re not going to do that to you. Instead, we’re going to tell you four true things about starting your own e-commerce business from scratch–with your own money–that we learned the “old fashioned way” by doing it ourselves.

#1: It’s Scary

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Is Starting Your Own Business the Answer?

Scott Stropkay decided to start his own business soon after leaving a good position for what seemed to be an even better one. After rumors that the division he was hired into would be sold, Stropkay was laid off, and his career path was left at a crossroads.

Having always been interested in pursuing his own business, Stropkay took the entrepreneurial plunge and started Essential Creativity, a Boston product design and consulting company. “The way I see it, the best chance at job security I can have is to work for myself,” he says.

Whether starting your own business is something you’ve always dreamed of or it’s one option after an unexpected layoff, there are several points to consider before striking out on your own. Jan Norman, small-business newspaper columnist and author of What No One Ever Tells You About Starting Your Own Business, offers wisdom gathered from the 101 successful entrepreneurs she’s interviewed.

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7 Steps to Starting Your Own Business

This article is part of our “Business Startup Guide” – a curated list of our articles that will get you up and running in no time!

People are always asking for a list of fundamentals they can use to start their own businesses. From your business type to your business model to your physical location, there are so many variables it’s not easy to come up with a list that will work “exactly so” for everybody.

With that being said, here are our seven steps to starting your own business. The key, regardless of what type of business you’re starting, is to be flexible!

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