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6 Tips for Dealing with International Clients

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When you’re trying to expand your customer base, there’s no reason to stop at geographic boundaries. These days, with the prevalence of high-speed Internet service and low-cost communication services, it’s as easy to connect with a client in Lyons as in Louisiana. There can be strong financial motives for working with international clients, too: If they have a stronger currency, they won’t bat an eyelid at paying your top rates.

However, there can be considerable challenges involved in dealing with foreign clients — here are some tips for getting through the culture clash.


Shared Versus Dedicated Web Hosting

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By Larisa Thomason, NetMechanic, Inc.

Monday, March 08, 2004; 5:00pm EST

Your Web hosting company can be your site's best friend or worst enemy - depending on the level of service and responsiveness. A successful Web site depends on a good Web host, but it's just as important to select the right kind of hosting account.

Are you willing to share space on a server with other sites or do you need a server of your own? Know the answer before you start shopping.

Unique And Shared Addresses

Every server connected to the Web has its own IP address. The IP address uniquely identifies that server much like a membership number or driver's license number identifies a particular individual. IP addresses are also tied to domain names. This relationship means that Web users can either enter a domain name or an IP address in a Web browser to access the information on a Web server.

The basic difference between Web hosting accounts is whether a site has its own server or shares one with other Web sites. That arrangement determines whether the site has its own IP address or shares one with other sites.

Most small to medium-sized sites use a type of hosting called "virtual hosting" where a number of Web sites reside on the same server. Because the sites share a server, they also share an IP address.

Large and/or busy sites usually can't share server space because the volume of Web traffic from many sites would quickly overwhelm the server. Those sites either operate their own servers or select a "dedicated hosting" option from their Web host. Dedicated hosting means that your site is the only site residing on the server and so you aren't sharing an IP address with any other site.

Which type is best for you? Let's look at the good and bad points of both.

Share The Risk With Virtual Hosting

The best thing about virtual hosting is price: it's usually really low. Depending on your site's technology, storage, and bandwidth requirements, virtual hosting can cost anywhere from $3 to $20 per month. It's even possible to get free hosting in return for displaying ads from the hosting company or one of its partners on your site.

If price is your main concern, then virtual hosting may be right for you. But make sure you're aware of potential problems:

    Know your neighborhood. Sharing an IP address with known spam sites or adult sites raises a warning flag with search engines. Spam sites try to trick search engines into giving them an underserved high rank, so some search engines like AltaVista respond by banning the entire IP address from their index.

    Check your Web host's terms of service page to see what sites are allowed on their servers. Also ask if they offer an individual IP address for different sites on the same server. Some hosts do, but make sure the IP address and domain name resolve correctly before you start promoting the site.

    Slower server response. A server receives requests for files and serves up those files in the order the requests are received. It's like a line at the bank: if you're second in line you get served pretty quickly but it you're twelfth in line you'll wait much longer.

    Ask your host how many sites reside on each server and how much traffic those sites get. The sheer number of sites isn't the only issue. Response time may be slower if you share space with 100 busy sites than if you share a server with 250 sites that only get a few hits per day.

    Slow server response can hurt site promotion by frustrating visitors. In extreme cases, pages may timeout and never load: not a good idea if that happens when search engine spiders crawl by! Find out the IP address of the server you'll share and use NetMechanic's Server Check tool to monitor the server and verify its response time.

    More server crashes. Most Web hosts strictly limit the type of CGI scripts allowed on their servers, and with good reason! A poorly-written CGI script can quickly run wild and consume most of the server's resources, even crashing it.

    Your site could be slowed or brought down entirely due to the action of a neighboring site.

Don't get scared by these concerns. The overwhelming number of Web sites use virtual hosting and never experience any problems. You just don't want to be the exception! Evaluate the host carefully before you sign up for an account.

Own Your Home With A Dedicated Server

Dedicated hosting costs more, but offers more features and benefits. With dedicated hosting, you're the only site on the server and have your own IP address. A dedicated IP address used to be a requirement for SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption, but some hosting companies now offer it as part of virtual hosting packages.

Because you have the server to yourself, dedicating hosting is more expensive. It's like owning a home instead of renting an apartment. Like any homeowner, your costs will be higher, but there are benefits to the arrangement:

    More control: You don't have to worry about someone's bad script slowing or crashing the server. You have only yourself to blame if that happens!

    Faster response with high traffic loads. Because the server only responds to request for information from your site, visitors won't have to wait in line to view your Web pages and images.

    Easier setups. It's easier to set up the server to handle anonymous FTP and SSL encryption if the server has a dedicated IP address. This isn't impossible with virtual hosting, it is more difficult.

    Many virtual hosts don't offer it or charge a premium if they do. If the host offers SSL encryption with a virtual hosting account, make sure they set it up for you!

    No bandwidth penalty. Virtual hosting accounts usually offer a certain amount of bandwidth per month to each site on the server. Sites that go over their allotment get charged extra. But dedicated hosting generally has no such restrictions because it's assumed you need a lot of bandwidth if you require your own server.

Those are great benefits, but they usually don't justify the extra cost for smaller sites. Evaluate your needs and your financial resources before you sign up for hosting and choose your host carefully.

Our checklist of Seven Questions To Ask Your Web Host" is a good place to start.

About Source of Article The author of this article is Larisa Thomason, Senior Web Analyst with NetMechanic, Inc. NetMechanic is an online service specializing in html code checking, search engine optimization and web site maintenance and promotion. For more information visit http://www. netmechanic. com/.



Coffee Kiosk Business Idea

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If you really know your java, let your inner barista out by starting your own business with a coffee kiosk franchise. This type of venture allows the entrepreneur to start off small or large.

Depending on the type of franchise you’re interested in, the new business owner can operate from a small cart or from a larger store-front. As any latte expert knows, there is an endless demand for designer coffee, and many people are prepared to pay for their favorite cup of Joe. Satisfy this demand, and your profits are virtually guaranteed!


Write For Publicity

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By Shelley Lowery

Friday, November 14, 2003; 4:00pm EST

If you're looking for a powerful way to get free publicity and build your credibility at the same time, then writing articles may be your answer.

If you've been on the Internet for a while, you've probably subscribed to a few ezines. Many ezine publishers will include an article written by a guest author. At the end of the article are a few lines of text about the author referred to as bylines or resource box. These lines of text are basically just an advertisement for the writer. They usually contain a couple of lines about the author and a web address.

The writer gives the publisher permission to publish their article, free of charge, in exchange for the publisher including the author's bylines.

By writing articles and allowing them to be freely published, your articles will have the potential to be viewed by millions of Internet users. They may be published by several ezines with subscriber bases of a few hundred to several thousand. In addition, they may be displayed in ezine archives or on high traffic websites.

Most ezine publishers prefer short articles between 500 and 750 words. Short "tip" articles of just a couple of paragraphs are also very popular. Articles should be formatted to 65 characters per line or less, including spaces, and written in short paragraph sections.

When you begin writing your article, avoid using your standard word processing programs, as they do not allow for proper formatting. Instead, use a text editor such as NotePad. It should already be installed on your desktop.

When you begin typing your article, use a hard carriage return (hit enter) when your text reaches 65 characters, including spaces, and leave a space between your paragraphs. This will enable publishers to easily copy and paste your article into their publication. By taking the time to properly format your article, you will increase your chance of being published significantly.

Most publishers receive many article submissions each week and only select a few to be published. Here are some basic guidelines to assist you in getting published:

1. Make sure you follow the publishers' submission guidelines. Articles submitted to publishers that don't follow the submission guidelines will most likely be deleted.

2. Make sure your article is properly formatted. Publishers won't take the time to format your article. They'll simply delete it and move on to the next article


3. Keep your bylines down to 6 lines or less. Publishers will not publish articles that contain excessively long bylines.

4. Select a descriptive title to intrigue your readers. Use a powerful headline that demands attention and try to keep it all on one line.

5. Use proper grammar and spelling. Publishers will not take the time to edit your article. Make sure you read your article several times and use spell check.

6. Avoid articles that are nothing more than a sales letter. Publishers want quality content and will simply delete an article that is written like a sales letter.

7. Avoid referring readers to an affiliate URL. Articles containing affiliate links may make your article appear to be biased and untrustworthy.

8. Write your articles with a sincere desire to teach and inform. Talk to your readers and share your expertise.

Once you've written your article, you'll need to develop a list of publishers that may be interested in publishing it. The best way to accomplish this is to display your articles on your website. Place a subscription box on each of your article pages to enable your visitors to subscribe. This list should be used to send your new articles to your list of publishers.

In addition, you can visit some ezine sites to locate publishers who may be interested in your articles. A good place to start is eZINESearch.

http://www. ezinesearch. com/.

Search through the database for publications that may be interested in the type of article you've written.

Another great way to promote your articles is to submit them to article announcement groups. These groups enable writers to submit their articles to an entire group of publishers, completely free.

Article Announcement Lists:

Article Announce

Subscribe: article_announce-subscribe@yahoogroups. com


Subscribe: aabusiness-subscribe@yahoogroups. com


Subscribe: aainet-subscribe@yahoogroups. com


Subscribe: PublishInYours-subscribe@egroups. com

Articles Archive

Subscribe: articles_archives-subscribe@egroups. com

Free Content

Subscribe: Free-Content-subscribe@egroups. com

Make sure you review the submission guidelines prior to posting your article to an announcement group. Here are some additional promotional resources to help you get published:

http://www. web-source. net/articlesub. htm

http://www. web-source. net/syndicator_submit. htm

http://www. authorconnection. com/

http://www. ideamarketers. com/

http://www. ezinearticles. com/

http://www. marketing-seek. com/

http://www. netterweb. com/articles/

Writing and distributing free articles on the Internet will be one of the best promotional decisions you'll ever make. Not only will it provide you with free publicity, but if your articles are good, you'll become a trusted professional in your area of expertise.

Source of Article Shelley Lowery is the author of Ebook Starter - A complete ebook design kit. Subscribe to Etips, for a wealth of quality information to assist you in Web Design, Internet Marketing & Ecommerce. All new subscribers receive a free copy of the highly acclaimed ebook, "Killer Internet Marketing Strategies." http://www. web-source. net/cgi-bin/t. cgi? l=bl1.



Canon PowerShot A80 Digital Camera. Point and click mid-range class, compact flash digital camera

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By Jon Deragon, Visca Consulting

Tuesday, November 17, 2003; 3:00pm EST

When we originally reviewed the Canon PowerShot A20 camera a number of years ago, we were generally impressed with the features and quality of the budget point-and shoot entry from Canon. Now Canon brings the latest addition to its PowerShot line into the decidedly competitive market of 2003 and we take a look at what the latest innovations at Canon have brought to this highly successful product line.

The A80 is positioned on the top of the PowerShot line, with the lesser powered A60 and A70 also available as less costly alternatives. For the most part all there are somewhat similar with exception to the mega pixel count and "nicety" features. The distinguishing features of the A80 include a respectable 4 mega pixel CCD sensor; 3X optical zoom; multi-angle LCD screen; metal body; a new imaging processor coined "DIGIC"; 9 point focusing; orientation sensor; manual override of photo settings; vice memo capability; PTP support and movie mode with full audio and streaming video. In all regards, this feature set justifies its price, and let me tell you, it certainly is a price sensitive market to be in.

Popping in the four AA batteries, 32MB included compact flash card and firing the unit up are a snap. We like the universal compatibility of the AA batteries, but we HIGHLY recommend that you invest in some rechargeable NiHM batteries, and only use regular batteries as a last resort. The camera has a quality finish feel to it, if not heavy body (250g excluding batteries), it is quite a pudgy design, similar in size to the original A10 and A20 models. Buttons and switches are generally of good quality with solid feedback. Exceptions to this are the zoom lever which almost feels like it has friction with the body of the camera, and the rather annoying switch that lets you toggle between, record and playback mode. It's one of those difficult slider selectors that feels like its never quite in one mode or the other. Those faults aside, I still believe that the rest of the inputs are above the "typical quality level" of others in its class.

When turned on the, the zoom mechanism takes an "average" amount of time to deploy and the 1.5 LCD screen blips to life. Its contrast and image quality for the most part is acceptable, but not mind boggling, and to be honest a bit small. The increasing trend to have larger, brighter screens is leaving this little guy behind. However, its refresh rate is acceptable and it does its job. Also against the trend is a lack of EVF (electronic view finder). The standard "straight through" viewfinder is very lacking. All three of these points are most likely cost cutting to keep it in the price range it is in. On a positive note, we are very pleased with being able to tilt and adjust the angle of the screen, similarly to a camcorder. This is immensely useful when, for example, on timer mode. You can then see the screen and be able to properly center yourself and others in the picture. It is also great in movie mode if you don't have someone available to operate the camera. The mechanism that allows you to move the screen is well build and has solid clicks that lock the screen into various positions.

Menus and settings take a little bit to get used to, and things like the volume are unfortunately buried in menus rather than being easily during playback of movies and pictures. A nice feature for families is that you can assign different configurations of the camera to different users. After acquainting yourself with its buttons and usage, it ends up being somewhat easy to use, although at times confusing with some of its processes for doing things. Reviewing pictures you have taken on the camera is easy. The zoom control lets you zoom into pictures, and also lets you see multiple pictures in a "picture wall" format. Deletion of pictures is performed by hitting a multifunction button and confirming to delete.

When taking pictures, the camera generally feels comfortable and ergonomic, the battery compartment which protrudes from the left side of the unit makes it easy to hold. Viewing through the screen rather than the viewfinder is highly recommended as the viewfinder disappointingly does not display the entire picture and hacks off a fairly significant amount around all sides of the picture. When pointing a clicking, a strong point of this camera compared to others in its price range is the users ability to manually control settings. Auto picture settings and pre-set settings for pictures like action shots, night time shots and portrait shots are available for amateurs. While camera enthusiasts can tinker away at the more advanced settings to get their pictures just right.

The time to fully extend or retract the zoom lens is relatively quick within a couple of seconds, the location of the zoom lever is excellent. When taking pictures, focusing time is average, sometimes delaying pictures by a couple of seconds. We noticed that the LCD flickers a number of times between depressing the trigger and the actual picture being taken. Under darker, typical in-door lighting, the flash was quite strong, disabling the flash usually resulting in more realistic color and picture quality but was much more prone to blurring. Under well lit, more ideal conditions, the camera performs well and produces quality pictures of good color, brightness and focus. Pictures are stored in JPEG format. Macro mode (close up shots) also works works well in good lighting conditions, and rather poorly in low lighting conditions.

Movie mode is a nice feature to have included in the camera, but capping each clip to 3 minutes puts it behind some of its competitors that are starting to allow sizes that are only limited by the size of the memory card. It also does not allow zoom functionality and seems to not transition at all between dark and light environments. In our test we made a recording of a typical bedroom, and when we pointed it to the window, it never adjusted, causing a completely white screen. It is also very easy to inadvertently make the video appear to jump around a lot if you do not work hard to make very fluent motions with the camera. Videos are recorded in the commonly supported AVI format, and is recorded at either 320x240 or 160x120 resolution. We were quite impressed with the quality of the audio it captures, it was much less tinny than expected, and captured voice extremely well. Since this is only a secondary "add-in" feature of the camera, it does a decent job of capturing quick moments when brining a camcorder is less than convenient. The playback and limited editing controls of the movie mode are enough to get you by.

It has all the usual video out, USB and power connection ports. Direct connection to Canon printers and photo printers makes for easy computer-less printing. Camera also includes all the relevant software to get it working on your Windows or Mac based computer. The package includes the camera, wrist strap, disposable batteries, 32MB compact flash card, video cable, USB cable, software CD-ROMs, quick start guide and comprehensive manual. The PowerShot A80 has a recommended retail price of $599CAD, and is available immediately at most popular camera and electronics stores.

PROS - Durable metal body and solid feel; comfortable to hold; 4 mega pixels; generally decent picture quality; variable angle LCD screen; inclusion of a movie mode; universally compatible AA batteries; sound quality of audio; full auto mode for armatures or more control for enthusiasts; competitive pricing.

CONS - Small LCD screen; movie mode disables zoom, deficient in auto exposure and jitters easily; annoying record / playback toggle; a bit on the heavy side; viewfinder does not match LCD output; low light blurring of images.

About The Author

Jon Deragon is president and founder of Visca Consulting, a firm specializing in web site design, development and usability for businesses of all sizes. His many years in the technology industry has enabled him to write quality, in-depth product reviews to assist businesses make more informed technology purchases. He welcomes any questions or comments you may have regarding his company's services, this review or interest in having your company's products reviewed.

info@viscaconsulting. com

http://www. viscaconsulting. com/



Buy Websites - Selling your Website

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By Home Business Journal

Monday, November 29, 2004; 1:00pm EST

If you have a website for sale we are looking to buy your website.  If you are interested in selling your website here are the requirements:
    Your site must have a minimum PR (PageRank) of 4. Your site must not contain adult material.

The process for selling your website is simple...

1. Email us back at  HomeBizJour@starband. net with the exact website urls you are interested in selling. Include your name and phone number in your email.

2. We will email you back a quote.

3. If the price is acceptable, we will phone you and email you to confirm our interest. Then we will send you half the money upfront along with a request for domain transfer. Once the domain is transferred we will pay the remaining balance that same day. We can pay you via Paypal or overnight you a check.

Please note: Our payouts for purchasing your website range from $300.00 to $2,500.00. If your website is not in this range please do not email us back at this time.


Benefits Of Online Selling

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Many people earn a living from home by taking advantage of the benefits of online selling. The Internet has made it possible for anyone to be a retail giant without the need for a brick and mortar store-front.

By identifying an item that is in demand and can be sold at a profit, you can begin to make a substantial income within a fairly short timeframe.


Community Wireless Networks Combine Wi-Fi &amp; WiMax

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By Rob Greenlee, Host / Founder WebTalkGuys Radio

Wednesday, September 1, 2004; 5:00pm EST

Recently I met with the economic development director for a smaller city in south Seattle who expressed a strong interest in building a huge city wide Wi-Fi network. The reason stated to build this free public wireless network is to enhance the image of the city to new potential businesses and high-income citizens.

This city is reinventing itself by doing a massive model of its downtown business and retail core so it can become more attractive as a retail and employment core, thus attracting more retail dollars and jobs to the local community.

Studies are showing that residents of small cities would prefer to live, work and shop in their local home community.

Smaller cities typically haven?t really had strong employment bases or retail sectors. Most smaller cities don't have larger shopping malls, but larger cities that are snarled with congested traffic have them. The thing that is starting to hurt these giant malls is that they are often congested with traffic and require driving a distance from the smaller city residential communities.

People want to stay closer to home and don't want to fight the congestion of people and traffic to get to the large major malls. This is driving up the demand for smaller city or community shopping malls.

The other major impact will be the continued growth of online commerce as we are seeing the retail promise of the dot-com e-tailer boom times starting to come true.

High-speed cable and wireless Internet has the ultimate ability to make the world smaller and more globally connected while at the same time resulting in less of a real need to travel much from our local home communities for work or family life.

This growing traffic congestion problem in and around our major cities is starting to put pressure on small residential cities to become more self-sufficient with all needed shopping and lifestyle amenities within walking distance. This is because people are getting very tired of delays and congestion.

I believe high-speed Internet cable and broadband wireless access is a big part of filling this need.

Another driving factor is a general growing feeling that the world outside of our close communities is dangerous to us because of the risk of terrorism, deadly viruses and random violence.

I believe that all of these factors are playing a large part in the growing importance of the Internet and general community data networks.

The next major area of impact is the combination of wireless Internet and wireless access to locally based services and information that will cause these community-based wireless networks to really have a positive impact on our lives in our local home communities.

The other major area of interest by smaller cities is the instant data connectivity to field services like police, fire and city maintenance crews.

In a few years we will also see more Wi-Fi and WiMax networks as these types of networks grow in size and enable high-speed city wide wireless connectivity to city-related content on what is being called Community Wireless Networks (CWN) or Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN). One of the largest Community Wireless Networks is Seattle Wireless. These networks are similar to the growing number of underground municipal or city owned fiber optic networks that cities are now building all across the U. S.

The big difference between a fiber optic network and a wireless network is speed of deployment and cost. Low relative cost and economic development are the key drivers for city-owned wireless networks. Wi-Fi or the more expensive WiMax networks can cover up to 30 miles for very low cost compared to very expensive fiber networks. The community Wi-Fi networks could be free, but the higher speed WiMax community network would need to be a paid network. WiMax subscribers within this 30 mile range would possibly pay somewhere around $ 20 to $30 per month to the originating community network for getting wireless broadband to mobile devices and fixed receivers mounted on the tops of building and homes. These fixed receivers would then redistribute the broadband service via in home Wi-Fi access points.

It is not a land grab anymore, but a grab for wireless air space that will count the most in just a few short years. Those cities that are just starting to build fiber networks may be too late to the game to compete.

About Source of Article Rob Greenlee is Founder and co-host of the WebTalkGuys Radio Show.  WebTalkGuys, a Seattle-based talk show featuring technology news and interviews. It is broadcast on WebTalkGuys Radio, Sonic Box, via Pocket PC at Mazingo Networks and the telephone via the Mobile Broadcast Network.  It's on the radio in Seattle at KLAY 1180 AM and KVTI 90.9 FM. Past show and interviews are also webcast via the Internet at http://www. webtalkguys. com/. Greenlee is also a member of the The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.



The Accidental Contractor

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Greg Rocha never meant to become a general contractor. Rocha started as a carpenter, but now, for the last eight years, he has owned and managed Rocha and Son Construction in Montera, California.


Definition Of Franchise

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According to the US Small Business Administration (SBA), the definition of franchise is, “a legal and commercial relationship between the owner of a trademark, service mark, trade name, or advertising symbol and an individual or group wishing to use that identification in a business.”

In this business model, the franchise agreement defines how the two parties work together. In most cases, the franchise owner sells goods or services that are either supplied by the franchisor or meets the franchisor’s specifications and standards.


5 Tips on Growing Your Business Through Word-of-Mouth Marketing

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Like most small business owners, you probably spend considerable time and money on marketing to attract new customers. But it may be worth spending more of your efforts focusing on building referrals instead: According to a global Nielsen survey, word-of-mouth marketing is the most trusted form of advertising, and customers were far more likely to buy a product that had been recommended by a friend than one they’d seen an advertisement for. Here are some tips for getting your business’ name on the street organically and bringing in new customers… via your old ones.


Social Entrepreneurship: Building a Business for Social Good

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You want to do work that makes a meaningful difference to society — but at the same time, you need to make sure you can pay your mortgage and student loan bills. While you’ve got the idealistic heart of a non-profit director, you know that you won’t get by without a bit of business sense. Still, why not follow a business model that’s focused around both social change and profit? Social entrepreneurship is the best of both worlds. Here’s what to do to get started.


How Do I Figure Sales Tax?

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If you’re a new small business owner, you’ve probably had a moment where you scratched your head and wondered, “How do I figure sales tax?” Maybe, you’re even doing that right now. Before you learn the correct method, it might be helpful to know a few more things about this special tax that varies so much from one location to the next.

Although more people grumble about their income taxes than the sales taxes, the latter has been around for much longer than the former. Throughout history, various types of excise taxes have been imposed on the sale of goods. To illustrate the historical relevance of sales taxes, paintings in Ancient Egyptian tombs represent tax collectors receiving funds on the sale of cooking oil and other individual commodities.


Champion Kayaker -EJ- Jackson on Personal And Professional Success

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Jackson Kayak is an internationally-known manufacturer of whitewater kayaks that was started in 2003 in Rock Island, Tenn. by co-founders Tony Lunt and Eric -EJ- Jackson, a world champion freestyle kayaker and Olympian. Recently, Jackson shared some insight with the Intuit Small Business Blog on building a priority list for personal and professional happiness, dealing with rapid growth, and how the biggest rewards of success come from having a positive impact on others.


Applying For A Business License

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Applying for a business license is required in order to operate virtually any kind of business. The type and specific licenses required are governed by the local, state, and federal jurisdictions in which the business resides and operates. Certain types of businesses, such as those in the food, health, and building industries, will generally require state certifications in addition to a regular business license.

Understanding the different types of business licenses required can be a bit confusing for the new small business owner. The intent of this article is to describe the various licenses that you may need in order to legally operate your business.


AVC Soul MP3 / WMA Player. Portable CD based MP3 / WMA player and inline remote

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By Jon Deragon, Visca Consulting

Tuesday, November 6, 2003; 3:00pm EST

It has been a long time dream of music heads around the world to place their entire collection of favorite songs onto a single CD for on the go listening. That is now a reality thanks to the new Soul MP3 / WMA player. What looks to be a regular CD player, in fact has awesome MP3 and WMA music file format decoding underneath its sleek design. Meaning, those music files you have been collecting on your computer from "ripping" (copying tracks from regular CD's and saving them as music files); music sharing services such as Morpheus, Napster and Limewire; and files from MP3 sites you can now play on the road with the Soul portable player.

The process is as simple as gathering all your favorite music files on your computer (approximately 20 hours worth depending on the sampling rate of the music files), "burning" (copying) them onto a blank CD-R, or CD-RW disc, and popping that newly created disc into your Soul Player and your ready for 15 hours of music on just 2 AA batteries! The great part about its compatibility with CD-RW (re-writable CD's) is that you can simply re-record (like cassettes) your mix of music to accommodate all the newest music without having to buy a new blank disc!

Once your new disc is in the player and your ready to listen, navigating your way through all the music is easy. The player is well laid out, buttons are easy to use and understand. A hold button prevents accidental button pressing. A large backlit 3 line dot-matrix display conveyed all the necessary information. The generously included in-line remote control that is part of your headphone cable is an excellent way to use the player, as it has all the major functions you need.

Once you're into the music, the sound quality is surprisingly good. Mid and high range are accurately reproduced and have a somewhat decent sound stage. It excels as you get higher in the frequency band, as bass is not its specialty. The bass in dance and pop tracks was somewhat flat and lifeless in comparison to the vibrant and energetic sounds of rock and jazz it produced. However, sound distortion was excellent, as there wasn't any. Even at full volume there was not even a hint of distortion which was a definite ear blasting treat! And yes, it plays regular CD's too!

Where this player really starts to shine, is its shear wealth of features and included accessories for its substantially lower price than competitors. Not only do you get the player, but AC adaptor, car adaptor kit, the remote control, headphones, CD burning software and a nicely made case with room for player and a few CD's. The player its self packs all the latest features you need for a pleasurable experience. Anti-skip memory (120 seconds for MP3 CD's and 40 seconds for regular CD's). Compatibility with not only the popular MP3 format, but the newly emerging Windows Media format which actually compresses files even smaller for more music space. Equalizer allowing you to select presets optimized for different music styles such as "Normal", "Rock", "Classic" or "Jazz". Bass boost equalization is also an option. Upgradeable internal firmware to keep the player functionality up to date. Output line for connection to amplified speakers.

All of this with a very easy to handle $149.75US price tag. Overall, the unit offered exceptional functionality, solid sound, standard build quality and an array of tantalizing accessories that makes it easy to recommend. It is also easy to recommend it over the more costly but less music capacity Flash RAM based MP3 players that hold no where near the amount of music the Soul can on a single CD. Great product, great price and Easy Buy 2000 (its reseller) offers excellent customer service to individuals interested in purchasing the product online.

About The Author

Jon Deragon is president and founder of Visca Consulting, a firm specializing in web site design, development and usability for businesses of all sizes. His many years in the technology industry has enabled him to write quality, in-depth product reviews to assist businesses make more informed technology purchases. He welcomes any questions or comments you may have regarding his company's services, this review or interest in having your company's products reviewed.

info@viscaconsulting. com

http://www. viscaconsulting. com/



Warning Signs It-s Time to Part Ways with a Client

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When you were a fledgling business, you took whatever clients were willing to hire you. But now that you’re busier and more successful, you can afford to be a little more choosy — so that may mean it’s time to let go of some of your most difficult clients.


Insurance For A Small Business

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Getting insurance for a small business is often one of the last items on a small business owner’s to-do list. Preparing for the unexpected is a necessity, however, whether you run a home-based business or an entire corporation.

Small business insurance that covers your business protects you from lawsuits, natural disasters, accidents, injuries, property damage, and illness. It can be the difference between surviving a crisis and financial ruin.


Falling Home Prices Continue to Impact Small Business Owners

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Despite what many perceive to be a recovery in the current housing market, more than 28 percent of U. S. homeowners remain underwater on their mortgages. Clearly, the catastrophic financial effects of this reality have negatively impacted millions of homeowners… but the still free-falling housing prices from coast to coast are also taking an unprecedented toll on small businesses.

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