Business Do’s and Don’ts for a Prosperous Startup

Everyone has a dream — it’s the one thing they would rather be doing more than anything else (and are sure they could succeed at). Yet, it’s something entirely different from what it is they do to pay the bills.

What many fail to understand, however, is that enthusiasm for a product or service may not be enough to guarantee success when starting a business.

Make the Right Moves With Your Start-Up Business

Maybe it’s something you’ve been dying to do for years. Or maybe – like so many others these days – the idea of starting your own business only suddenly became attractive after you’d either lost your job or felt about as secure as a politician caught sexting in the one you now have.

Whatever the reason, know that while your passion for your product or service may be your best secret weapon – “The Wall Street Journal Complete Small Business Guidebook” says it’s “often the difference that hooks customers, lands deals and attracts investors” – that alone won’t guarantee success.

Can’t Get The Web Address You Really Want?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Got a great idea for a Web site, but can’t find a decent .com Web address that suits you? Over the past 25 years, more than 95 million .com addresses have been registered by corporations, organizations and individuals. As a result, the pool of meaningful .com names is nearly exhausted. Fortunately there are a few solutions:
If the Web address you want is owned by someone else, you can offer to buy it — but sometimes sales can range from several hundred to several hundred thousand dollars.
Using an alternate domain extension, such as .net, .org, .info and .biz, might help you find the name that you want, but Internet users can easily overlook these target niche audiences.
Perhaps the best way for you to get the Web address you want is with the new .CO domain extension, which launched in July and generated nearly half a million registrations in the first few weeks alone!
Here are just a few reasons why the .CO domain extension has been such an immediate success:
* It’s Familiar -; .CO is very similar to .com, so it’s easy for people to remember. People around the world already associate “co” with “company,” so it’s easier for them to make the leap from .com to .CO. Also, it’s already used in 20 country-specific domains like England (.co.uk), Canada, (.co.ca), Japan (.co.jp), and others.
* It’s Available -; Since there are so many .CO names to choose from, people all over the world are jumping on the .CO bandwagon. You can search for available .CO domains through registrars such as GoDaddy.com, Register.com, Network Solutions and others.
* It’s Safer -; .CO takes a tough stand on all forms of domain name abuse. They’ve taken steps to protect the rights of brands and trademark holders and have made it harder for cyber-squatters and fraudsters to hide from authorities.
Thousands of major corporations, such as Apple, Coca-Cola, Disney, McDonalds and Sony, have already secured their .CO domain names. Many companies like Overstock.com (o.co) are using .CO to create new content, reach new audiences or offer new services.
It may take a while for .CO to catch up to .com, but at least you can get in on the ground floor and secure the .CO domain that best fits your online business, blog or personal Web site. For more information, visit www.cointernet.co.

Talking Through Teens’ Growing Pains

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Pop culture tells us that teenagers inevitably transform into hungry, rebellious, secretive monsters. But while it is true that teenagers seek autonomy, it’s not impossible for parents to keep the lines of communication open.

It might seem that you and your teenager have nothing in common — you cringe at their music and wince at their choice of clothes. And yet, with a little effort, you can find activities that will allow you to bond with your teenager. The first step? Accepting that your teen doesn’t want to listen to classical music or putter about in the garden.

“Find out what they want to do,” says Karen Deerwester, the author of “The Entitlement-Free Child,” in an interview with SUCCESS Magazine. “It’s not about what you want to do. With teenagers, it’s about getting into their world.”

Find out what your teen likes, then propose activities centered around that interest. A budding actress might want to see a play, while a sports enthusiast would prefer tickets to a game. If your teen likes your idea, let him or her plan out the details, like what play you will see. Teens need to feel that they have a voice in planning activities.

Actually bonding during that activity might be a little more challenging. Turn off the parenting voice, but don’t try too hard to be their friend — teens want to “hang” with their peers, not mom or dad. In fact, it might be a good idea to allow them to bring a friend. That way, teenagers enjoy their friends’ company while also spending time with their parents.

If activities spark discussion, let your teen talk first. Listen to what they say before you respond, and try not to fix their problems for them. Teenagers need to explore their own interests and face the consequences of their decisions, whether they be good or bad. If teens believe that they can’t talk to their parents, they will lie or manipulate to get what they want.

And do accept that teenagers will need time away from you. “We want to spend more time with them than they do with us, and we have to be respectful of that.” says Ann Corwin, a parenting consultant, child-development educator and the creator of “The Child Connection” DVD. “Try not to take it personally.”

To hear from more experts and get ideas for teenager-parent bonding activities, visit www.SUCCESS.com.

Make Your Next Million-Dollar Idea a Reality

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – How often do you have a great idea, only to leave it sitting on the back burner? Worse, how often do you see someone take an idea similar to yours, start a business and create their fortune? Well, the time has come for you to stop kicking yourself and to turn that million-dollar idea into a reality.

Most entrepreneurs follow similar paths to success. Sara Blakely, entrepreneur and founder of the multi-million dollar company Spanx, shared her keys to success in an interview with SUCCESS, a top magazine for budding entrepreneurs and established professionals. How can you turn your next idea into a million-dollar business? Follow Blakely’s advice:

Differentiate yourself from the crowd. “Whether it’s in the marketplace or in those first few seconds you meet somebody — whatever it is — if you don’t know how it has been done before, you’re almost guaranteed to do it differently,” says Blakely.

First impressions mean everything. “If you make someone laugh or smile in the first five to 10 seconds, you might get another 10 seconds,” she says.

Be persistent. Work hard to win over manufacturers and prospective buyers who may be unsure about your idea or product. If you display enthusiasm and desire for your idea, they will begin to believe, too.

Visualize your goals. “Take a mental snapshot of what success looks like for you,” she says. Keeping that vision of success in mind will help you through the tough times.

Pay attention to opportunities. “There are a million ways to improve everything around us,” says Blakely. Making just one improvement could result in your million-dollar idea.

Hire your weakness. Focus on your strengths, and hire well-qualified people to handle the rest.

For more on Blakely’s interview with SUCCESS magazine, pick up a copy at newsstands, or subscribe by visiting their Web site at www.SUCCESS.com.

Sell Yourself to Success In Career and Life

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – No matter your occupation, you’re going to find yourself making sales. At home, you sell healthy meals to your kids. When you participate in conference calls or talk to clients, you sell strategies and services. In fact, every time you give your opinion, you attempt to sell an idea.

In short, every conversation is a sales pitch — you want to sell yourself as a confident person. The hope is that people will place their faith in your opinions and ideas, but this can result in added pressure and stress. SUCCESS Magazine, a publication that gives it readers the information they need to achieve success in all areas of their lives, including the personal and the professional, offers these tips to Americans hoping to improve their sales pitch:

– Sell yourself first. If you have an idea, defend it to yourself before bringing it up before your intended audience. If you have no faith in your ideas, you cannot hope to inspire faith in others.

– Challenge yourself. If you’re making a proposal, you might be suggesting a tactic, developing a product or performing a task in which you have no experience. Yes, you should look before you leap, but if you never make the jump, you’ll never progress. Promise that you can do things before you know that you can, then strive to meet the challenges you set for yourself.

– Stop making excuses. Yes, the economy is poor at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that all business transactions have ground to a halt. People still need to buy goods and services, and that means that you can still sell them. Indulging in anxiety over the economy, the state of your business or your job position will only interfere with your ability to sell.

“In this economy, what people want most from you is confidence,” says CNBC contributer and radio host Mel Robbins. “So ditch the economy as your excuse. And pick up the phone. You may feel awkward at first, but trust me. The person on the other end of the line wants exactly what you’ve got: a huge jolt of confidence.”

For more tips and successful ideas, subscribe to SUCCESS Magaizine by visiting www.SUCCESS.com.