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Are You Hearing Hard Drive Clicking Sounds Within Your System?

hdcsAll hope is not lost when and if you begin to hear hard drive clicking sounds within your system. Too often times, consumers think that their system is ruined or on the brink of no return. There are actually several different free programs that you can try out. Trying a free program to solve a potential issue is much better than automatically turning to an expert who may very well charge you money that is not needed.

First of all, scour your search engines for the highest rated ones. Suggesting highly to narrow your searches to a good disk cleanup tool. These are often times included on systems for free when they are purchased. Do …

To Succeed In Business, You Must Evolve

tsibYour market has become saturated. Your clients’ needs have shifted. Your industry has been wiped out by technology. Is it time to pack it in? No — it’s just time to change. In fact, small-business experts point to change as the foremost ingredient of a flourishing company. Whether it’s a spin-off, a new product, an original twist on an old product, or a service completely separate from its parent, change in business should be ever-present, says Arnold Brown, chairman of New York City-based Weiner, Edrich, Brown Inc., a consulting group that specializes in the management of change and trend analysis. The key is the timing. “Everybody has to become a trendspotter,” Brown says. The French …

Good Financing Is Just Good Business

gfgbRichard Zoppo was already running a successful New Jersey pest control company when he discovered a tempting second route for sale. By jumping on die opportunity, he could double his business, expand to new territories, and garner more clients — all for an asking price of $35,000. Zoppo told that fine story to the bank where his business account had been growing for more than five years. He spent about $500 and weeks of preparation to have his accountant complete a loan request that included tax returns from both businesses, profit-and-loss histories, and a plan for integrating the two routes. He submitted the request, and waited. And waited, and… about two weeks later, the loan …

Is Online Education Right For You?

ioerOk, class, here’s today’s pop quiz. Imagine you are interviewing yourself for the position of head of a business. Would you hire you? This is an essay question. You may begin.

I think I’d have aced the first part of the interview. I knew my trade when I quit my day job and went into business for myself as a writer and Web site developer. I had almost a decade of experience in the business, a Rolodex full of contacts, and a lot of regular work lined up. But the tough-cop questions that interviewers use to sort out the sheep from the goats would have consigned me to the goat pile in minutes. How much …

Don’t Complicate E-Commerce; Embrace It

dceeDespite all the sweet talk about Net commerce, when candy store owner Kevin Benz launched his Web site a year ago he knew getting sales wouldn’t be a cakewalk. So the 40-year-old entrepreneur signed up with CyberCash–an Internet company that accepts credit card transactions. Within one day of posting Sweet Thoughts’s home page, orders for his one-pound boxes of chocolates came pouring in. As a result, projected revenues for the Bellevue, Washington, Web-based company are $65,000.

Like Benz, many business owners realize that the best way to beef up online orders is to accept credit cards. And now companies such as CyberCash allow you to accept plastic and let you deal in digital dollars as …

Charity Begins On The Web!

cbotwThe end of another year brings the rush to reduce your tax bill. Although December 31 looms, you’re probably too busy to weed through the tax-deductible organization pleas cluttering your mailbox. But focus your energy online and you’ll see that finding a worthy charity isn’t as hard as you might think. Follow my crash course on online charitable giving and in an evening you’ll find a group for your donation.

The first site I hit is Money magazine online’s Charity Selector. These pages list such big-name nonprofits as the American Red Cross and March of Dimes as well as lesser-known groups. I could easily and confidently choose any one of these organizations and give a …