Chris Rugh

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How to Negotiate with Contractors

When times are tough and money is tight, many savvy business owners look to outsource work to contractors. Using a reliable contractor can help you control costs and give you time to focus on marketing and business growth. But outsourcing is effective only if you can get the results you want at the price you...
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Life Planning: What Should You Do With Your Life?

Once upon a time, people grew up, got married, had 2.3 kids, and worked at a somewhat fulfilling job with the same company for 40+ years, then retired comfortably with a gold watch and pension from the company they dedicated their working years to. Those days are long gone. The last number I heard, before...
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Business Financing and Structure

One of the most important, and yet the least understood part of your business financing is how your business will be structured. You can choose one of six options: Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Company, C Corporation or S Corporation. You will find that each of these differ to the degree of...
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Life Planning – Starting a Business after Retirement

Life Planning permeates every aspect of human existence – while you were young and building your dreams, up to the moment you achieve them and retire from work. For a lot of people, retirement is supposed to be that time in their lives when they can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the golden years....
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Business Models—Choosing a Business Model

When choosing a business model I always recommend that it be something that you are passionate about. It seems that when passion is lacking, it is harder to get up in the morning and to do the things that you need to do in order to work your business. So, that would be the first...
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Life Planning – Inspiration to Start Up

Do you remember when you were young and someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? You always had an answer. Doctor, lawyer, architect, pilot, famous actor, the list goes on... While such dreams may change over time, what’s important is that you have a plan. Success in any activity requires...
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Business Technology—Mobile Communications

Gone are the days of being tied to a desk in order to get business done. The advent of mobile communications enabled me to be able to do business from anywhere I took a fancy to. Some people perform best when in a traditional office environment, but I know that there is a big group...
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Business Planning—Market Research and Analysis

One of the biggest mistakes made by someone that wants to go into business is not taking the time to do the market research and analysis. Here’s the most common scenario: 1) a business idea, usually something the entrepreneur is crazy or passionate about occurs. 2) He or she develops a business plan, though the...
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Leave Your Business and Make More

When I was an employee, I hated it when my boss was in the office. The boss always managed to muck things up and did more damage than good by running around being self-important and annoying. As soon as we could get him out of the office, systems started moving smoothly again. We got more...
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Speaking your Message with Passion

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” - Thomas Alva Edison A quote so famous that many people greatly ponder about. Like all others, I tend to read motivational speaking articles that seem to be so engaging and inspiring that I am moved. But without action and movement, there is just a dead...