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Planning is a general term that refers to a roadmap, a clear path that should be followed in order to complete a project successfully. In construction management, planning is about breaking down a project into definable, identifiable, and measurable activities. The next step is to establish the logical interdependencies among these activities. The planning stage usually deals with the following three questions:

  • What is going to be done?
  • How are things going to be done?
  • Who will be completing various activities?
  • What will be the expected cost?

Construction projects involve many technical factors that should be given due attention. Only specialized project managers can carry out a project efficiently. A construction task may involve a number of stakeholders with varying priorities and interests. For instance, plans can exist at different levels: short-term construction plans, long-term construction plans, pre-tender plans, corporate strategic plans, etc. All these plans deal with the following four major steps:

  • Dividing the work into various activities
  • Defining the sequence by which all the activities should be carried out
  • Activities representation
  • Making rational estimates of resources, time, cost, etc.

Every project is different in nature. It is possible that a single person can handle a simple project which

bookmark_borderPractical Money Saving

Internet Access – Every online business owner must have access to the Web. But consider this. The market is so flooded with ISPs that you have a lot of room to dicker. Start by searching the Internet under keywords like “cheap internet access” or “discount isp” to bring up lists of possibilities. Then, do one of two things.

  • Try some of these independent ISPs. Smaller companies can have high quality service and support just like the “big boys”. One business owner I know recently switched from Prodigy ($21.95/mth) to a smaller ISP that only charges $12.50/mth with no contracts. She actually liked the new provider better and it costs her about half as much. [Savings of $113.40 per year.]
  • Renegotiate with your existing ISP. Most larger ISPs know you have a choice of a thousand other companies. Because of this, they are normally more than willing to renegotiate your costs. Be honest. Tell them you are a small business owner and you need to cut expenses. Explain that you’ve been pleased with their service but will be forced to go with someone else if some sort of arrangement isn’t worked out. Another friend of mine did

bookmark_borderBusiness Building Tools

Well, the problem isn’t a shortage of dreams. Most entrepreneurs have more of them than they can count. The problem is the challenge of turning those dreams into reality. Oh sure, every entrepreneur starts their business with the best of intentions, but somewhere along the way they loose sight of their dreams as they become more and more consumed with the daily grind of running their business.

After years of helping people build their companies, I’ve come to realize that growing a business comes down to two main things… people and time. If you can learn to properly manage both, you’ll eventually be a success.

To do this properly, you must design your business to function independently from you. It’s the necessary goal of any organization that wants to achieve success. Without this, you are stuck. You are doomed to forever bump your head against what we call the “glass ceiling” You’ll recognize the symptoms if you ever find yourself running out of time to get your work done, complaining about your employees work ethic, or feeling frustrated with your customers’ seemingly unreasonable demands.

There are four basic tools you can use to confidently give

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The Importance of a Business Plan:

  • Mapping the Future: One of the biggest reasons you need a plan is that it helps you in preparing for the future. You can set goals, develop techniques to achieve and set a mission statement for your business. This helps you to set your business on the right track.
  • Building the Foundation: A business plan helps in building the foundation of a company. You have a detailed summary of what you need to follow and how you are going to run your business. Once you know the way you want to run a business, the rest becomes quite easy.
  • Regular Performance Check: Creating a plan can help you in keeping the regular performance of your business in check and changing your operational methods accordingly.
  • Secure Funding: One of the main reasons why idealistic businesses build a plan is because it is a secure way to protect your funding. You can calculate the previous spending, diving your funds on different tasks and take out an estimate of what you will earn in the future.

What Kind of Business Plan Do You Need?

There are mainly two

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Businesses Fail

The main reason we start at the customer and solve his or her problem is because we need the foundation of a product that will sell for a profit. One that will continue on for years to come. Without that, there is no business. If you go all out and start a business without this kind of product, the business is likely to fail. In fact, even if you come up with a great product, you still have a high risk of business failure. But without a great product, it is almost a certainty.

The Customer’s Problem

Finding a problem to solve is finding an opportunity. You add value when you uniquely solve a customer’s problem with a product they can buy.

What is a product?

A product can be a physical product such as a shovel, a digital product such as an eBook, or a service such as business consulting. It could also be a method of distributing that adds value, or a way of organizing or combining existing product lines. Really the product is up to whatever you can imagine.

Trial Sales

Initially you can sell under

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Monitor your staffing costs:

Optimized efficiency is the key to any company, be it a start-up or any larger organization. An automation software can enhance the productivity of one employee to compete with a 50-person marketing and sales department by optimising the criteria for any given campaign. It saves time and efficiency both by creating personalised automated content for emails every day.

Return on marketing investments:

With the help of these software, you can automate your cross-sells, up-sells, and customer follow-ups. It also helps in evaluating marketing programs and their performance, based on their investments, demographics and behaviour (among other criteria). This helps in increasing the customer lifetime value too. You can also make an informed decision on where to invest, by changing the course of a program.

Alignment with marketing & sales teams for better accountability:

With this process, it is very easy to find the bottlenecks in your company and provide qualified leads at the right time. Its birds-eye view reporting helps to effectively capture leads and improve accountability of staff and departments. It also provides instant and impartial feedback to improve their nurturing campaigns.

A Personal Communication:

Everyone

bookmark_borderMotorizing for Profit

  1. Powered nail guns for roof shingles.
  2. Powered brooms on Bobcat loaders for sweeping.
  3. Powered wheelbarrows and concrete pumping trucks.
  4. Powered sander/vacuums for drywall finishing.
  5. Powered post hole diggers.

Other trades have put motors to work in their businesses, too.

The lawn spray applicators use powered sprayers for operators who stand up and ride to apply chemicals.

Lawn mowing services have moved away from those large walk (or run) behind mowers and have upgraded to stand or sit behind and ride mowers.

People power wash, power rake and power grind their work. “Hand work” is considered a punishment by some employees.

In retailing, we see touch screens on cash register terminals adding speed to retail transactions. In our vehicles, motors change our stack of CD’s, open the car windows and lock the doors.

I don’t care to comment if the motorization trend is good or bad. My observation is that to keep employees, employers are putting motors on everything. Gone are the days of most hand labor in construction. Similarly, office staff demands the “motor” of a computer to sort and print, manufacturing industries use both motors and computers

bookmark_borderBiblical Entrepreneur

They labor in vain that build it – literally, “In vain toil its builders in it.” The idea is, that they are entirely dependent on God. No matter what their skill, their strength, their industry may be – all will be in vain unless God shall assist them. They are dependent on Him for life, for health, for strength, for practical wisdom, for a disposition to continue their work, and for success in it.
Notes on the Bible by Albert Barnes [1834].Whether you are an inspiring entrepreneur or a CEO of a major corporation, the Bible
is the ultimate source for valuable, pertinent advice and guidance; it provides you with the keys to your future successes. Jesus used scriptures by quoting passages as He taught. He used Isaiah’s prophecies to bring to disruption the Pharisees’ false piety (Mark 7:6-13). In Luke 24:25-27 he explained that the things concerning Himself had been written by Moses and the prophets. Most notability, when being tempted by the devil, Jesus used scriptures, (Matthew 4:4 – KJV), “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of

bookmark_borderImprove Business Skills With NLP

  1. Communication with fellow workers. NLP helps in improving communication skills and hence assists in getting your message through exactly the way you want it to be projected. Improved communication skills amongst employees will boost the performance of everyone. NLP also teaches you how to tune your senses fine and be more sensitive to the feeling of your workmates.
  2. Self-confidence and presence. NLP, when implemented with the right technique, can boost confidence immensely. A person with high confidence can be clear as to what he or she wants and what matters.
  3. Leadership. A good communicator can take command of things. With good communication skills, a person can make people around them feel more at ease and happy. Good communication can make people feel valued hence motivating them and boosting their productivity.
  4. Sales and negotiations. A person who has mastered the technique, has the ability to convince and win the trust of a particular client he/she is doing business with. This is because good communication skills can help in putting your vision, objectives, demands and plan of action to your business partner.
  5. Presentations and Public Speaking. The practitioners have high levels of confidence and great communication

bookmark_borderReasons Why Business Plans Will Never Disappear

Is the Business Opportunity Valid?

Too many times I’ve had the unfortunate privilege of talking about entrepreneurial opportunities with aspiring business owners with the only goal being the desire to make money. Don’t get me wrong, making money is great provided the motivation is right. Making money for the sake of having it only is a dead-end plan.

The business plan motivates one to give critical thought and time to a viable market opportunity that truly provides a solution to either a pain or need in the market. What judges whether a market opportunity is valid or not depends on the ability of the business owner to prove market demand. The best method of proving market demand is to disclose actual sales. The only way to prove a business’s ability to maintain for the long-term is to disclose a sustainable sales track record.

Where is the Business Going?

In addition to being able to prove the business idea viability by having sustainable actual sales, the business owner needs to have an objective for operating the business. No one just starts and operates a business for the kicks and giggles of it. Either as a way to build