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Time for Telecommuting?

Time for Telecommuting?
Article Compliments of Steve Brown – Bank Investment Daily

Summary: Workplace changes are making telecommuting more prevalent. Would telecommuting work for your business?

Data by Funders and Founders finds people live an average 78 years and like dogs and cats, we spend most of our time sleeping (36%). Rounding out the other major ways we spend time: working (13%), social networking, TV, video (12%), doing chores (8%), eating and drinking (5%), education (4%), grooming (3%), shopping (3%), child care (2%), & commuting (2%). Now you know, so spend your time wisely!

While commuting doesn't take much out of your life, it is still important to think about, as the workplace changes and telecommuting becomes more prevalent. Consider this: …

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Operating a Franchise (Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information)

Operating a Franchise (Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information)

When you buy a franchise, you get to operate a business and sell goods or services with name recognition. You buy a format or system developed by the franchisor, and training and support. But investing in a franchise, like all investments, involves financial risk. Franchisees must commit money and time, and must operate by the franchisor's playbook.

The Franchisor's Responsibilities  -- Franchisors also have legal responsibilities, which are spelled out in the Franchise Rule. For example, franchisors must give potential franchisees important information in a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) at least 14 days before a contract is signed or any payment is made. In addition, some states require a franchisor to submit its FDD to state examiners for review before it can lawfully sell …

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Mastering Cash Inflows and Outflows

Mastering Cash Inflows and Outflows

In a recent business seminar hosted by Mission Valley Bank, bank consultant Robert Dyck cited a statistic that 70% of businesses – large, mid, and small – fail due to cash flow problems. With three main sources of cash flow activity – operating, investing, and financing – he stressed how vital it is to understand and monitor cash flow in your business.

Michael Dell, founder of Dell Technologies, summed up his company’s lack of attention to cash inflows and outflows with an analogy. “We were always focused on our profit and loss statement. But, cash flow was not a regularly discussed topic. It was as if we were driving along, watching only the speedometer, when in fact we were running out of gas.”

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IT’S ALL ABOUT BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

IT’S ALL ABOUT BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

It’s all about building relationships. Recently, Mission Valley Bank’s Vice President and Business Banking Officer Paula Bahamon participated in a Women’s Collaborative Colloquium at CSU, Northridge with the purpose of elevating women business owners. Here is what the hosting organization, Women’s Collaborative Mentoring Program (WCMP), said about Paula --

“Paula Bahamon is an exceptional banker who understands how to support Women in Business. Last October, the WCMP held a Women’s Collaborative Colloquium at CSU, Northridge with the purpose to elevate women business owners. The Colloquium began with a leadership/mentoring award followed by industry expert panels and concluded with a speed mentoring (matchmaking).    Paula, was paired with three mentees for the speed mentoring event. Her consultative, thoughtful approach towards working with people illustrates her care to …

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Managing the Financial Health of Business

Managing the Financial Health of Business

Most independent business owners are challenged by having to play multiple roles with limited time. They put on – and take off – many management hats, often wearing them simultaneously. But the one that can never be shed is that of Financial Manager and Planner. With the responsibility of managing your company’s finances comes the requirement to understand them.

When viewed together, the balance sheet and income statement represent a complete and, hopefully, accurate financial picture of the company. Unfortunately, some businesses produce two or three sets of financial statements – one for the IRS, one for the banker, and one for themselves. Whatever the reasoning, it is important to remember that the worst possible person to kid is yourself. Every business owner needs clear, …

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7 Ways to BOOST Business Cash Flow

7 Ways to BOOST Business Cash Flow

What's the key to having a successful and long-standing business? Does it involve having a revolutionary product or idea? Possessing specialized expertise to offer a needed service? While those things are important, the most critical factor that contributes to business success is how well you manage your cash flow.

Yes, cash flow really is king. You can have the most innovative product on the market or be the most experienced service provider in your area, but if you can't manage the money that flows in and out of your business, your business won't be successful — or be around for long.

Here are seven ways you can boost your cash flow — and your chances of business success.                                                                              …

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8 Ways to Improve the Customer Experience —

8 Ways to Improve the Customer Experience —

It's the new buzzword in business. The trend that has companies of all sizes looking at how they serve their customers — at every stage. It's called the customer experience or CX for short, and it provides a unique opportunity for companies to

differentiate themselves and build ROI. The customer experience isn't about a single interaction a customer has when they first purchase a product or service; it's about all the interactions or touch points they have with a company. It could be an experience at the point-of-sale, online, or even when they receive your invoice. Building relationships, loyalty, and revenue. The theory behind CX is simple: If companies can better understand what customers want, they can deliver it to them, thereby increasing customer satisfaction,

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Trusted Advisors

Trusted Advisors

Trust can be an overused word in the business world but a necessary concept. Through what seems like an endless stream of advertising messages, we are asked to trust products and brands. Politicians ask for our vote of confidence at the polling place. It can be both emotional and logical. Emotionally, vulnerabilities are exposed with the belief people will not take advantage of that openness. Logically, we assess the probabilities of gain and loss, calculate expected utility based on hard performance data, and conclude that the person or entity in question will behave in a predictable manner. In practice, trust is often what matters most. It is the fabric that binds employees to employers, customers to companies, and companies to their suppliers and partners.

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Financial Projections — Key to Business Financing

Financial Projections — Key to Business Financing

A business seeking capital must recognize the importance of financial projections. A business financial projection is simply forecasting your sales and revenue to the lender. This information is important because it is a key indicator to your ability to repay a loan.

If you are unsure about financial forecasting for your business it might be best to hire a consultant. Most lenders will want to see a three- or five-year projection and there are as many as 14 items to include and fully support in your financial projection. You may also be asked to give a month-by-month breakdown for the first year, a quarterly breakdown for the next two years, and an annual breakdown for the final two years in your forecast.  …

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Boost Morale — and Your Bottom Line

Boost Morale — and Your Bottom Line

It may sound cliché, but a happy workplace is a productive workplace. It comes as no surprise that employees who enjoy their jobs will work harder, ultimately impacting a business where it matters most — the bottom line.

Of course, one of the best ways to boost morale is to provide financial compensation. However, for many companies operating in today's competitive business climate, that's not possible. Rest assured, however, there are some easy ways to give your employees a lift without significantly lifting your expenses:

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The Importance of a Job Description

The Importance of a Job Description

Employees deserve to know what is expected of them and how they will be evaluated. A clear and up-to-date job description addresses this expectation while providing a basis for employee performance reviews, salary increases and career development. A job description also forces management to define goals and expectations that are companywide, and determine how to implement them through the employee channel. Using job descriptions is part of good management. Read on to learn about writing or updating a job description. …

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Merchant Bankcard Conversions Less Costly Than the Alternative

Merchant Bankcard Conversions Less Costly Than the Alternative
by Cameron Brown
Vice President, Merchant Services and Sales Manager

As financial institutions scrambled to issue EMV cards – short for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa chip technology -- to replace the standard magnetic technology, merchants prepared for the conversion. Merchants without an EMV-ready terminal in place now take on the full financial responsibility and risk in the event a chargeback occurs.

A chargeback can transpire in multiple ways: a dissatisfied customer calls their bank to refute either a product or service received from a merchant, a lost or stolen credit/debit card resulting in a fraudulent purchase, or perhaps a reversal of an unauthorized purchase due to identity theft.…

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It’s All ABOUT the CASH

It’s All ABOUT the CASH

The phrase “Cash is King” rules in today’s business environment as much as ever. Access to cash for capital expansion, equipment purchases or necessary day-to-day operations is one of those ever-present challenges most businesses face on a regular basis.

Traditional commercial financing is readily available to qualified businesses from a vast array of lenders. The challenge for any borrower is determining which loan and which lender best suits their unique needs. For large capital expenditures such as financing (or refinancing) the purchase of a building or the modernization of facilities, a traditional commercial real estate or term loan may be the best solution. If seasonal or temporary fluctuations in cash flow are impeding business operations, the solution may be as simple as a line of …

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