Idea Businesses – Becoming a Consultant

Opinions wanted. Huge sums of money paid. Very little work required. If that was a job description, would you apply? Chances are, you answered yes.

Literally, your job is to discuss. You heard me right. Do you have an artistic talent? Become a media consultant. Besides your base contract, which is usually a heft amount, you’ll earn a rebate, usually 15% of their money that you spend on advertising. So if you get hired for a month’s project and charge $2000, and you end up spending $50,000 on television and radio advertisements, your rebate alone is $7500.

There are two keys to setting up a consulting business – credibility and knowledge. The credibility is more important of the two. If you have a friend with their own business, get them to hire you on for a modest amount, and use it as a learning opportunity – and a reference. This gives you a chance to “break in” to the field, and show a track record of performance worthy of being hired.

When I started consulting about 4 years ago, I cut my teeth in political consulting. I had volunteered on a few political campaigns (credibility), and had legitimately acquired the contact information for several vendors. With a stack of business cards and a little bit of know-how, I have literally been able to charge thousands of dollars to people for short term work – but valuable work nonetheless!

Once you’ve started, make sure everyone you know is aware of your services. People like to have “I know a guy” conversations. Make sure that you’re the guy whose name is going to be dropped, and watch the referrals roll in!

Business Casual Outfits – 5 Business Casual Ideas That Work

Are finding business casual outfits causing you to tear your hair out in the morning? Do you stand in your closet, looking for business casual ideas?

Business casual is the merging of two types of attire – business dress and casual clothing. The challenge is that when people try to combine these styles, the clothing choices are almost limitless.

So how can you put together business casual outfits that make you look good? Here are 5 tips for success.

1. Don’t think that anything goes. The biggest mistake in creating a business casual wardrobe is to think that you can just throw on anything you like. That may work for a few days. But you’ll soon find that you are running out of things to wear.

2. Plan your wardrobe. You have to plan your business casual wardrobe in the same way you plan a business formal wardrobe. You have to think about your needs, your body shape and personality, and your work environment. Then you have to shop carefully to put together a wardrobe that won’t cause you grief every morning as you wonder what to wear.

3. Capsule Wardrobe: The best way to do this is to create a capsule wardrobe based on a neutral pallet of navy, grey or black. Put together a few basic such as a jacket and pants or skirt that fit you well. Now you are all set to add color and accessories to suit your work style. This way you always have something to wear, and you’ll know that all the parts of your outfits work well together.

4. Keep a separate wardrobe. Don’t mix your weekend wear with your business casual wear. You’ll end up wearing clothes that you wore to walk your dog or buy groceries on the weekend. Then if you don’t have time to clean and press them, you’ll look less than polished and professional at work.

5. Keep your outfits simple. Pair a crisp shirt or blouse, or a nice sweater, with pants or a skirt that fit you well, in a neutral color. Add some accessories, such as a good watch, classic necklace or earring for women, a good leather briefcase or handbag, and you’re set for the workplace.

Innovative Ideas? Business Loans Are Your Answer

New businesses come and go every day and innovation is part of each of those new businesses. Starting a new business takes conviction and guts but it also takes money. So if you have got an innovative idea that you want to see turn into a prosperous business but you don’t have the financing you need then it’s time to explore small business loans to see your idea come to life.

If you are hoping to get your venture off the ground but not only don’t have the cash you need, you also don’t want to put your assets up as collateral, and in these situations, business loans are a great idea. They require you to put up only a small amount of assets as collateral, and for you as the borrower this is a close as it gets to a no risk loan. You can’t ask for much more than that!

When you obtain one of these business loans there generally isn’t any restrictions on how you must use the money within your business. You might use it to buy stock, assets you’ll need like computers, for raw materials, machinery, or put it away to pay for wages at a later date. Whatever you’ll use the money for, the key is that the lender doesn’t restrict you.

When considering business loans it’s important that you take some time to research the various lenders because not only do they offer different business loan packages they have different interest rates, and different qualifications. You also want to determine the reputation of the lender to ensure there’s no problems down the road. It never pays to deal with a lender that may not appear to be on the up-and-up, no matter how good their terms seem to be. And there’s always the old stand by “if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.”

If your credit isn’t so hot due to an unavoidable situation in the past, not to worry because there are business loans that can be easily obtained. The interest rates might be a little higher but definitely worth that cost, just to be able to obtain such a loan. It’s also a great way to get your credit back on track and start to rebuild it. With a little research, you can also find the best interest rates for this type of business loan too.

Small business loans let you get money to take your innovative idea from a dream to a reality. No collateral, no restrictions, and good credit or bad credit there is a business loan for you out there.