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Managing your own business can be a risky venture.  You sacrifice your time and sometimes your life savings when you are the business owner.  One way that you can limit your risk is to prepare yourself by taking online business management courses.

Business management courses equip you with tools to help you manage your business more efficiently.  You will learn time management skills, basic accounting, employee management, sales techniques and more.  All of these skills are key when managing your own business.

Technology has made it easier for business owners to access online courses.  In addition, some top schools, including UC Berkley, offer free courses online. Though you will not get college credit towards an online degree, they provide you with valuable skills to help you manage your business. 

One of the main benefits of taking business management courses online is that you can take the class on your schedule.  There is no need to find time to go to a campus or change your work schedule.  You can take classes at your convenience.  This saves you both time and money

Have you taken any courses online to enhance your career or help you manage your business.

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Having a business...EASY.  Getting your name out there ... NOT SO EASY

Marketing is not as easy and is certainly not cheap. Especially if your business has limited time or money. So here are a few options for you to capitalize on your marketing dollars.

Take advantage of free and low cost marketing opportunities
You don't have to have millions of dollars to begin marketing your business.  Start with the free or low cast marketing plans that include  creating a Facebook fan page, Tweeting about your business services, or listing your businesses in free directories like the Black Owned Business Directory found here. 

Email Subscription Services
Allow visitors to your website to subscribe to a mailing list. Then send them regular updates on your services.

Take advantage of business card promotions
Companies like www.vistaprint.com free or low cost corporate identity packages including business cards, brochures, and postcards and all you pay is shipping.  Sign up to their mailing list to receive these offers.

Take advantage of Web Design Deals
Having a website is critical in today's marketing world.  Companies like Dee's Solutions offer promotions like free Facebook fan page designs when you purchase a new website.  They go even further by offering payment plans to help with your expenses.

Tell us how your business has saved on marketing?

 

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