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19 Advertising Ideas for Your Small Business

Word of mouth is excellent small business advertising – but it’s slow, and may be practically non-existent for new businesses. If you want to grow your customer base more quickly, you have to advertise. This collection of small business advertising ideas presents both the tried and true and some you may not have tried yet – advertising ideas for your small business to effectively reach your target market and attract new customers. Tried and True Small Business Advertising Ideas1. The Yellow Pages. Although use of the printed yellow pages is on the decline, there’s still a lot of people who use the yellow pages to find the businesses they’re looking for – and they won’t find you if your small business isn’t listed there.

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15 Great Small Business Ideas

Credit: Brian A Jackson/Shutterstock So you want to start a small business? Having that entrepreneurial drive is only half the battle: To begin your journey, you'll need a great business idea that's practical and in-demand, but also unique enough to stand out among the millions of others. Here are 15 great business ideas to get the wheels moving, along with real-life successful businesses to inspire you. Credit: FuzzBones/Shutterstock Want to help and inspire people for a living? Starting a career coaching practice could be the key to doing what you love and making a difference.

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19 Great New Business Ideas

Credit: wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock Ready to take on the world of entrepreneurship? Now's the time to do it. Thanks to social media, crowdfunding and alternative lending options, and the constant evolution of technology, this year is a great time to start a business. Not sure where to begin? There's good news — with new trends popping up constantly, there are plenty of ways for aspiring entrepreneurs to capitalize on them. Here's a list of 19 business ideas to inspire your entrepreneurial spirit in 2016. Credit: rvlsoft/Shutterstock In its annual trends report, The Future 100 — which highlights the big and small trends to watch this coming year — JWT Intelligence reported that more and more companies are using Instagram as a marketing tool.

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43 Best Passive Income Streams & Opportunities

I’ve spent 100s of hours thinking about all sorts of crazy ideas for making passive income online… From the smart ideas like an online course to the dress-me-in-the-white-jacket ideas like writing articles for adsense, I’ve thought about pretty much every passive income stream there is. During this time the one thing I wanted more than anything else, was a big fat epic list of ALL the possible passive income streams there were.   Everything in one place so I could compare them and work out what was best for me. Unfortunately no one has – even till this day – made a complete list.

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65 Home Based Business Ideas That Are Easy to Start

T here’s something alluring about chilling in your comfy pants while in the confines of your own home and getting paid at the same time. No annoying co-worker to interrupt your day with the company gossip that you could give a rip about. No mandatory meetings that leave you “zombified” that even a cup of the strongest black coffee can remedy. Just you, your computer, and the freedom to get stuff done. If you feel you have to much debt to quit the 9-5 grind and work for yourself, check out our post on How to get out of Debt, to get you rolling in the right direction! Before you get excited about starting your home based business idea, you first have to make sure you have the right tools in place.

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Recognizing Great Ideas From the Developing World

We imagine innovation as a trickle-down process. Companies in places such as the United States, Europe, and Japan deploy sophisticated technology to produce premium products for developed markets. Then they strip out some features, maybe substitute cheaper materials and eliminate most options, and ship their diminished creations to presumably less-demanding customers in Africa, Asia, and South America. But the days of rich countries' hegemony over innovation may be numbered. In their new book,Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere(Harvard Business Review Press), Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble describe the developing world as a fertile research and development lab for companies in any market.

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7 Green Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Help the Planet

A “green” business strives to have a positive impact on the environment and community. It develops and practices business strategies that go beyond regulation and demonstrate commitment to a healthy and sustainable future (earthshare. org). German-based Roland Berger Strategy Consultants estimates that the global market volume for "environmental technologies" will reach a projected $2,740 billion by 2020. As someone thinking of starting a small business, a green business has two advantages over other kinds of businesses. First, environmentalism is growing rapidly so you will be targeting a growing market.

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50 Small Businesses You Can Start on Your Own

In the past, I’ve discussed how it’s a good idea to spend your spare time dabbling in entrepreneurship: It fills your time with something that you choose (and thus you enjoy) and sets up a potential long-term revenue stream. I also discussed how I got a side business going myself. Learn More Learn More Learn More But that was 2007, and quite a bit has changed since then. Where a side business was once a novel idea, it has since become much more mainstream. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, freelancers now make up around 15% of the workforce, compared to only 7% in 1995.

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Crazy Companies: Bizarre But Successful Business Ideas

Got a crazy business idea but afraid to give it a try? It might not be as crazy as you think. BusinessNewsDaily tracked down a few small business owners who are making a living doing things you'd never expect. Alex Andon majored in marine biology at Duke University.   Now, he owns San Francisco-basedJellyfish Art , which sells live pet jellyfish and jellyfish tanks. “The idea of a personal jellyfish tank came to me after I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium and realized how wildly popular the jellyfish exhibit was,” said Andon. After doing a bit of research, he realized that he would be the first to create a jellyfish tank on a consumer-based scale.

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