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Hive on beBee to learn how to start your own business. Here is where internal and external consultants, and also enterpreneurs are together sharing advices related with business starting from the experience.
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  1. ProducerKatrina Chua 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Making B2B Lead Generation Work for Consulting Firms in APAC
    Making B2B Lead Generation Work for Consulting Firms in APACWhether you’re into financial or IT consulting or a company offering any business consulting services, having consistent and loyal clients are important to keep up with the demands to grow their business.Cost reduction and risk management financial...
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  2. Katrina Chua 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Which lead should I prioritize first? Who’s the best prospect for today? Who has a better opportunity than others?”
    Katrina Chua 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Which consulting leads are not worth your time? - Singapore B2B Lead Generation Company
    www.callbox.com.sg Which consulting leads are not worth your time? - Singapore B2B Lead Generation...
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  3. Andrew Ledford

    Andrew Ledford

    14/07/2017
    Scarecrow Business Marketing SEO Episode 1
    Welcome to the scarecrow business marketing and sales show
    I’m your host the scarecrow.

    I’m a thinking about calling these here SEO shows Cornfield Friday. We don’t have any corn yet, but you know I like corn, and it kind of reminds me that mmM OZ SEO show.

    Well, lets get on with the talking
    You know me and the wizard, we like learning about SEO. SEO Stands for Search Engine Optimization and focuses on growing visibility in organic search engine results. That organic SEO is a little like organic farming. Instead of paying for high priced advertising to fertilize our growth, organic SEO is all about getting non-paid search engine results.
    You can read along at the website
    http://newmediamingle.com/scarecrow-business-marketing-seo-1/
    Scarecrow Business Marketing SEO Episode1
    Scarecrow Business Marketing SEO Episode1 Welcome to the scarecrow business marketing and sales show I’m your host the scarecrow. I’m a thinking about calling these here SEO shows Cornfield Friday....
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  4. Andrew Ledford

    Andrew Ledford

    13/07/2017
    Google Messaging Feature Live For All US Based Google My Business Users
    Andrew Ledford
    Google Messaging Feature Live For All US Based Google My Business Users
    www.seroundtable.com Google has officially launched the messaging feature for Google My Business users based in the US. This allows Google My Business businesses to go to their dashboard and turn on messaging. Once...
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  5. Andrew Ledford

    Andrew Ledford

    13/07/2017
    Pet shop Sign Osaka Japan
    This one is a real attention getter.

    To get more information about business signs and hear what the scarecrow has to say about why you should have a good store sing - hop on over to http://newmediamingle.com/business-signs-local-marketing-sales/
    Andrew Ledford
    Pet shop Sign Osaka Japan This one is a real attention getter. To get more i...
    plus.google.com Pet shop Sign Osaka Japan This one is a real attention getter. To get more information about business signs and hear what the scarecrow has to say abou... - Andrew Ledford -...
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  6. ProducerKatrina Chua 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Which consulting leads are not worth your time?
    Which consulting leads are not worth your time?I start my day with a cup of coffee while looking at a list of potential customers. I usually start from the top down to the last prospect. But today, I’ve decided to make use of my time and effort wisely.It got me thinking, “Which lead should I...
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  7. ProducerMichael Eisman

    Michael Eisman

    08/07/2017
    So, how do YOU evaluate an apparel factory from 10 000 kilometers away?? PART 3.
    So, how do YOU evaluate an apparel factory from 10 000 kilometers away?? PART 3.In part 3 of this series, I will talk about a simple tactic, that I am sometimes critisided for. Part 1, Part 2, as well as deadlines, and simple use of English.GIVE A SIMPLE SERIES OF INSTRUCTIONS.This is also an important tool when evaluating a...
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  8. ProducerMichael Eisman

    Michael Eisman

    07/07/2017
    Forget the weighted average margin at YOUR peril!!!
    Forget the weighted average margin at YOUR peril!!!A lot of people get hung up on irrelevant issues when negotiating.When discussing order sizes and prices, weighting is the key. Individual order sizes and prices, are totally irrelevant, but you would be surprised how many people look at items...
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  9. ProducerMichael Eisman

    Michael Eisman

    06/07/2017
    Negotiation and doing business in China. Part 3.
    Negotiation and doing business in China. Part 3.Time pressure.Always interesting.Always ensure you have more than sufficient time to deal with your manufacturer. Many a factory owner will know that you are on a business trip and have limited time, and use this to their advantage.They will often...
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  10. ProducerMichael Eisman

    Michael Eisman

    06/07/2017
    So, how do YOU evaluate an apparel factory from 10 000 kilometers away?? PART 2.
    So, how do YOU evaluate an apparel factory from 10 000 kilometers away?? PART 2.In my previous article, I covered communication, defining, and a company introduction document. This article can be found here: Part 1In this article, I will discuss the factory evaluations form.THE FACTORY EVALUATION FORMWhen I send the previously...
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  11. Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Welcome to beBee @Andrew Garofalo, look forward to future interaction!
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Andrew Garofalo
    www.bebee.com I enjoy reading, writing, thinking, starting businesses, and entrepreneurship. My passion is to create connectedness between people and...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    05/07/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #2 That's awesome to hear @Andrew Garofalo- we do too!! :))
    Andrew Garofalo
    05/07/2017 #2 Andrew Garofalo
    Thanks I love this place!
    Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    05/07/2017 #1 Jan 🐝 Barbosa
    Welcome to bebee !!!!
  12. ProducerMichael Eisman

    Michael Eisman

    05/07/2017
    Negotiation and doing business in China. Part 2.
    Negotiation and doing business in China. Part 2.Wondering through any decent bookshop, in a decent airport, will uncover a dozen books (at least), of Chinese business protocol. They all have one common theme. foreign business people NEED to follow the correct protocol when dealing with the...
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  13. ProducerMichael Eisman

    Michael Eisman

    05/07/2017
    So, how do YOU evaluate an apparel factory from 10 000 kilometers away?? PART 1.
    So, how do YOU evaluate an apparel factory from 10 000 kilometers away?? PART 1.Anyone producing offshore faces the same problem. How do you fully evaluate a potential factory in China, or anywhere else, from your office in LA, or anywhere else.Well, you cannot fully evaluate a factory without a visit, but this raises another...
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  14. ProducerDimitris Polychronopoulos, MBA
    The Johari Window as a Tool for Virtual Teams
    The Johari Window as a Tool for Virtual TeamsAt the Society of Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR) Europa’s recent congress, there were several presentations on virtual teamwork. I was honoured to have the opportunity to present on the topic as well. Building trust is...
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  15. ProducerNatalia Hernández
    Leadership and Change Manangement
    Leadership and Change ManangementLeadership and Change ManagementI think Leadership is the engine of organizations.  I see it every day when it fails.  What happens in my country, Venezuela, is a sad and painful example -for me- of an absolute lack of leadership with integrity,...
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    Numo Quest
    04/07/2017 #1 Numo Quest
    It's a fair and nice approach of the topic. Having said that, I think I missed a most crucial aspect, 'leaders' so often are lacking. Knowledge of organization/product/field they are in. Since a 'leader' by default is a natural leader, those posing to have graduate and certified, most times are not. Good article! Thanks :O)
  16. ProducerMichael Eisman

    Michael Eisman

    03/07/2017
    Negotiating and doing business in China. Part 1.
    Negotiating and doing business in China. Part 1.I have decided to publish a post. It will have no real structure, in fact it may seem really unstructured. I am not an author, so I do not really care if there are any grammatical or spelling mistakes.This post and further ones will reflect my...
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    ☘️Don Philpott
    03/07/2017 #2 ☘️Don Philpott
    Makes sense.Ready for part 2
    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    03/07/2017 #1 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Buzzing from the fields, we all should do that, here from China. Cc @Lance 🐝 Scoular
  17. ProducerAbhishek Tripathi
    Why the color of your suit matters   May 27, 2017 Author: abhi tripathi
    Why the color of your suit matters May 27, 2017 Author: abhi tripathiWhether you’re meeting with one of your employees or one of your top customers, you should always consider that what you wear and the colors you choose convey an unspoken message. In these rough economic times, business people need to be mindful...
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  18. Judy Caroll

    Judy Caroll

    23/06/2017
    Understand how Callbox can generate research and consulting leads and help you beat your competition and bring in large numbers of potential customers.
    Judy Caroll
    Consulting Services Lead Generation - Consulting Leads - Callbox
    www.callboxinc.com Understand how Callbox can generate research and consulting leads. We help you beat your competition and bring in large numbers of potential...
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  19. Andrew Ledford

    Andrew Ledford

    21/06/2017
    I have been thinking of starting an antique section on my YouTube channel. Do you think there would be a market for this?
    Philippine Knife from the 19th or 20th century with 7 kill Notches
    Philippine Knife from the 19th or 20th century with 7 kill Notches Today we have a Philippine Knife from the late 19th or early 20th century with kill 7 Notches. I was told that this knife was used to kill 7 Japanese...
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  20. ProducerSteven Marshall

    Steven Marshall

    17/06/2017
    Who is the Greatest Leader in America?
    Who is the Greatest Leader in America?Editor's Note: Last week, at the end of this blog, I postulated, "Now What?" The answer is simple, back to helping organizations be the best they can be while helping to reach their goals. Read on and enjoy. As always, you can find all my blog posts...
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  21. ProducerSteven Marshall

    Steven Marshall

    09/06/2017
    Moving On
    Moving OnEditor's Note: At this point, you must think I am either dumb or have appalling luck to have almost the same thing happen to me, twice! Read on and enjoy. As always, you can find all my blog posts from 2013 to the present on my website at...
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    Steven Marshall
    02/07/2017 #2 Steven Marshall
    #1 X 2, Joyce.
  22. ProducerPhil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    06/06/2017
    Learning From Mistakes
    Learning From MistakesEXPERIENCE MAY BE THE BEST TEACHER, BUT IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE YOUR EXPERIENCE   In my consulting practice, I often explain to prospective clients that I can help them not because I am so brilliant, but because I've likely already made just...
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    Phil Friedman
    08/06/2017 #48 Phil Friedman
    #47 Harvey > "Should you hire a consultant you have to be ready to admit they have the knowledge and you don't."

    I agree, Harvey. But I don't know of any other reason to hire a "consultant". If you are hiring someone simply to get work done under your direction that, perhaps, you don't have the time to perform, that is not hiring a "consultant"; that is hiring a limited-term contract employee. Cheers!
    Harvey Lloyd
    08/06/2017 #47 Harvey Lloyd
    #46 Your 2nd paragraph is what i was refering too. I now understand the value of a consultant and have used some in my recent past. Should you hire a consultant you have to be ready to admit they have the knowledge and you don't.

    Thanks for your feedback and keep me posted on the Sawbucks results.
    Phil Friedman
    08/06/2017 #46 Phil Friedman
    #45 Thank you, Harvey, for reading and commenting. As a long-time business consultant, however, I have to take issue with your claim that people can only learn from experiencing things themselves. The core rational for employing a consultant or serially employing different consultants is to learn from their accumulated experience, without having to endure the pain involved in experiencing everything, including damaging mistakes, oneself.

    I do agree that some people are not set up to benefit from the experience of others. Speaking candidly, over the course of my consulting career, there have been a number of times when someone hired and paid me, then thanked me for my recommendations and opinions, yet proceeded to do exactly what they would have done anyway and, as a result, crashed and burned.

    Which is why I counsel would-be consultants to get their personal ego out of the equation. You give your honest, considered opinion. You get paid. And your done. It's up to the client to use your advice or not.

    As to my Sawbuck Consult, it is a promotion I've created and am running in my business in the course of expanding my field of potential future clients. Anyone interested in creating a similar promotion for their own business is welcome to take advantage of one of my Sawbuck Consults to discuss the issue. Cheers!
    Harvey Lloyd
    08/06/2017 #45 Harvey Lloyd
    Experience is a challenging aspect of developing wisdom. Advice during an experience is more valuable than random advice that the reader or person is not experiencing at the moment. In my youth i received advice from many wise people but it wasn't until i experienced the situation did the advice become meaningful and more often than not, advice i should have heeded a few weeks before.

    I am finding in my older years that words can't replace experience. Most people need to experience the challenge, suffrage and eventual victory/defeat to gain wisdom i might give them by sharing my experience.

    You offer sound and meaningful advice within the small business sector. I really like your sawbucks idea. I too would be interested if it gains traction as a method of using social media to expand your customer base.
    Charlene Norman
    07/06/2017 #44 Charlene Norman
    #43 please do keep me posted. I am interested.
    Phil Friedman
    07/06/2017 #43 Phil Friedman
    #42 It's somewhat too early to say, as I first introduced the Sawbuck Consult just two days ago. Certainly, it has not yet generated a tsunami of contacts, although about a half-dozen have come in -- of which one, interestingly enough, was from a current client who saw the sister notice on LinkedIn and wanted to claim a retroactive $65 credit on the May 31 billing I just sent to him. (He has quite a sense of humor and is sharp as a tack, so I gave him the credit and rated it as a good client-relations moment.) I'll keep you updated on how it's going, if you like. Cheers!
    Charlene Norman
    07/06/2017 #42 Charlene Norman
    Serious question @Phil Friedman How has the Sawbuck Consult worked out for you? I like the objective and the fact you are trying to get leads to at least show/put a bit of skin in the game. Has it worked? Cuz I too am looking for some ways 'that are proven' (extraordinarily practical advice too btw.)
    Phil Friedman
    07/06/2017 #41 Phil Friedman
    #40 Thank you reading and taking the time to say so, Chris. Cheers!
    Chris Mitchell
    07/06/2017 #40 Chris Mitchell
    Great words. Thank you.
    Phil Friedman
    07/06/2017 #39 Phil Friedman
    #38 Good points, Graham.Of course, in such cases, you're not really "giving it away". You're only accepting in-kind value as consideration -- which is fair enough. It's why I'm now doing "The Sawbuck Consult" -- see

    http://tinyurl.com/y7nxel9l

    I don't really make anything on it, but the idea is that if someone we help is successful, he or she may become a future potential client. The sawbuck charge is simply to discourage a lot of traffic from the idly curious. Cheers!
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    07/06/2017 #38 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Great words @Phil Friedman... and if there are times you may want to give it away "for free" at least make sure you are receiving something in kind such as a new opportunity to develop a skill, expand your networking opportunity to people you could never meet other wise, etc. Those are my only two cents (in Canadian dollars). Btw... that bridge looks like a dock we built a very long time ago... two separate teams doing two separate things... it barley met in the middle.
    Phil Friedman
    07/06/2017 #37 Phil Friedman
    #36 Thanks, Aaron, for reading and for the kind words. I understand what you're saying about components of a product line, but keep in mind that some products are kept in a line not for the profit they generate, but for the customers they bring to the brand or firm. Especially when it comes to "obsolete" or "legacy" products. Good to talk again. Cheers!
    Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    07/06/2017 #36 Aaron 🐝 Skogen
    #3 I just saw this @Phil Friedman, thanks for the tag! Hoping the beBee team gets the notifications fix implemented soon!

    I'd have to agree, cash flow and profit are in a large sense mutually exclusive. Some sage advice in this piece. It has relevance even to larger organizations.

    I know of products that are subsidized by others. For instance, you have 50 SKU's in the product family and 8 are responsible for 85% of sales. Do you cut bait on the other 42, or keep them around because they meet some specific demand? Production costs are often based on a standard versus being based on activity. I see companies do this all the time (even mine). Sometimes it makes ones head spin, imaging what would be possible if the core was the focus.

    Anyway, enjoyed the post and I appreciate the heads-up.
    Phil Friedman
    07/06/2017 #34 Phil Friedman
    #31 Please to be of service, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, thank you for reading and commenting. See what you can do about plugging my eBook going forward. 😁😁
    Milos Djukic
    06/06/2017 #33 Anonymous
    #31 Hey @Donna-Luisa Eversley, Just looking at the mirror, it is hardly possible. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" :) However, only the inner beauty remains. Fractals are reciprocal.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    06/06/2017 #32 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador
    Good and sound advice, @Phil Friedman. There needs to be a clear understanding of the basics of owning a small business in order to achieve success. it's not easy peasy as some may think.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    06/06/2017 #30 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #25 Good, glad we cleared up the semantics.
    Phil Friedman
    06/06/2017 #29 Phil Friedman
    #20 Thank you, MIchelle, for reading and commenting. Yes, underpricing is a problem, but so is believing all the BS you read on social media about hanging tough and charging what "you feel you're worth". It is the market that determines "worth" and if you are more than about 15% above average market pricing, you're going to find it a very hard sell. Except, perhaps, in the area of ultra-high-end luxury goods, where the factor of conspicuous consumption plays a big role. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    06/06/2017 #28 Phil Friedman
    #21 Thank you, Vincent, for reading and commenting. Yes, the tatoo image gives you the shivers, doesn't it? Cheers!
  23. ProducerSteven Marshall

    Steven Marshall

    04/06/2017
    Shame on Me!
    Shame on Me!Editor's Note: In last week's episode, we left off with our hero(?) wondering where he was going to come up with $18 million to avoid all sorts of legal actions that would forever impact him and the organization he represented. Read on and enjoy. As...
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    Harvey Lloyd
    05/06/2017 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    Great story line developing within this post if you are considering purchasing or selling a business.
    Harvey Lloyd
    05/06/2017 #1 Harvey Lloyd
    Wow. Due Diligence in business buying is so important. Certainly cash flow and other statements are critical to success, but the boogie man always hids off the balance sheet. Having sold a company and bought one i was schooled by attorneys and business valuation experts. Your story is the horror story they reminded me of during these transactions. Looking forward to moving on.
  24. ProducerHilton Barbour

    Hilton Barbour

    03/06/2017
    You Can't Copy Your Way To Greatness
    You Can't Copy Your Way To GreatnessQuick show of hands if you’ve ever heard this in an off-site, Planning or Strategy meeting.“We want to be the Apple of X”“Can you give me a NIKE-style version of Y?”The reference point is always the latest envogue organization, talked-about creative...
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  25. Lenzy Ruffin

    Lenzy Ruffin

    01/06/2017
    Lenzy Ruffin
    Thoughts on Business 6-1-17
    www.lenzyruffin.com You start a business with a business plan, right? Maybe there's a better...
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