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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    Terminating Employees

    Sometimes as a manager you have to let people go. It's an ugly truth and ideally it won't be a big part of your job, but sooner or later you will encounter a situation where a team member is not working out. Knowing how to handle that situation gracefully can...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Firing Employees - Some Suggestions

    It's a difficult time for most owners and managers when it becomes apparent an employee must be fired or laid off. Few people enjoy this process. Maybe Donald Trump does, but most owners or managers do not enjoy firing employees. The layoff should not come as a surprise to the...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Why Collecting On Your Accounts Receivables Is More Than Just About Money

    In times of economic uncertainty, you might feel as if you have little choice as to how to handle your accounts receivables. Cash is tight and there might not be enough to go around. There is however, an important balancing act to maintain when it comes to collecting from your...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Corporate Budgeting Process Pros And Cons

    Each department gets a say in the corporate budgeting process. This might make the company more responsive to individual departments' needs, and it might make department managers feel better about their role in the organization. At the end of the year, you can compare actual hard financial numbers to the...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Tips For Firing A Personal Assistant

    A personal assistant performs important duties for a wide scope of people. Executives rely on their PA's to run errands and handle aspects of their personal life. The disabled often hire personal assistants to carry out tasks like paying bills and picking up the dry cleaning. Sometimes it is necessary...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Types Of Financial Statement Analysis

    A document which sets out the assets, income, expenses and debts of a person or company to allow a third person to assess that person or corporation's financial health (i.e. when considering lending money to that person or corporation). There are many types of financial statement analysis and accountants use...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Futures Contracts

    Many of us who are getting into finance a little later in life may be confused at some of the terms we come across, and need a little more information about specific transactions before we go ahead and take advice on a "Sure thing". Futures contracts come up from time...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Budgeting Is Very Significant In Business Operations

    Budgeting is the method of planning as to how resources will be acquired and used over a certain period of time. Budgeting also applies to handling personal finances similar to that of most businesses. Personally, if income is coming from employment and earnings are relatively fixed on a monthly basis,...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Many Parts Of An Income Statement: Part 1 Is Definitions And Comparisons Against Budget

    In identifying the parts of an Income Statement, part 1, the initial concern is definition of an Income Statement. An income statement is the measure of economic results of the business for a given period of time whether it is an income or a loss. The parts of an Income...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Part 2 Of An Income Statement: Two Types Of Forms Used In Presentation

    The parts of an Income Statement, Part2 is about the forms in the fair presentation of the operations of the business. The proper presentation of parts of an Income Statement, Part2, requires proper matching from one another of revenues and expenses. In this case, the financial statements will be clearly...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Part 3 Of Income Statement : Understanding The Composition Of Income Statement

    Parts of Income Statement, Part 3 deal with the identification of the details that comprise an income statement. In Parts of Income Statement, Part 3, the detailed components of the income statement of a manufacturing trade will be itemized for better understanding. The general parts of Income Statement, Part 3...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    What Makes A Balance Sheet?

    In as much as this paper will focus on balance sheet, the starting point will be its definition. The balance sheet is a listing of the business assets, its liabilities and the owner's equity or capital normally presented and summarized at the end of every month or year. A careful...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    What Are The Ways To Differentiate Revenue From Receivables

    Receivables are goods and/or services sold to customers on account or credit. When a sale is made on account, customers are given a certain time to pay the supplier on the purchases made. This is usually granted to repeat customers who were able to develop good business dealings with the...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Understanding A Cash Flow Statement

    The main source of information needed to estimate the future cash flows of a firm is the financial statements, namely balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Financial statements assist stakeholders in estimating the value of a firm's assets and the required rate of return and in understanding the...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    How To Create A Sales Forecast

    Sales forecasting is a key management tool for businesses. The more effective the sales forecasts are the more accurate the firm's budgets will be, giving managers an accurate picture of future profitability and viability of the firm in the competitive marketplace. Forecasting is broadly used by managers as a primary...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    How To Use Benchmarking To Beat Your Competition

    Are you someone who sells products or services? If so, do you have any influence over how your products or services are made or sold? There is a possibility you can bring in more sales by using the benchmarking process. You will learn what it means to benchmark and you...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Financial Statements As Decision-Making Tools

    Financial statements of a company or individual are the documents that reflect the historic financial information of the entity. This includes a detailed and accurate record of the assets and liabilities as well as the income and expenses and also the cash flow of the entity. These documents are written...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Business Analysis Through SWOT: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

    The SWOT analysis is a methodology for strategic planning, which can apply to a variety of business types and vocational fields. The theory and structure itself is not terribly complex, but application and interpretation can be difficult for particular organizations in certain situations. Self-analysis can sometimes be problematic from an...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Web Based Training

    People who are already struggling to meet the demands of work and family life must now find a way to keep their knowledge of business and of the world current. Traditional methods of training, such as classroom courses and training manuals, are no longer adequate to meet the new set...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    What Are The Four General Financial Statements: Learning Accounting Practices

    In the accounting world, there are four general financial statements that companies use during their accounting process. These are the income statement, balance sheet, statement of stockholder's equity, and the statement of cash flows. Each of these statements serves a very important purpose in keeping track of the finances for...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    How To Set And Stick To Business Budgets

    Budgets are essential in businesses just as they are in everyday life. Producing and compiling a budget will allow you to see just where your business is and of course where it could be. So, it's best to look at a business budget more as a developmental or forecasting tool...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Business Analysis Through SWOT

    SWOT analysis is a framework to examine a firm's competitive position and strategy. By examining a firm's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, SWOT evaluates a firm's strategies to exploit its competitive advantages or defend against its weaknesses. Strengths and Weaknesses involve identifying the firm's internal abilities or disadvantages, while Opportunities...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Developing The Best Business Plans And Projects

    One of the challenges every organization faces is creating the proper research and making decisions. Business decisions do need a great deal of research to be progressive and productive; however, you do not need to begin with the research. Evaluate the situation by writing a few of the objectives, develop...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Why Change Management Needs Design Thinking

    Unfortunately, traditional change management tactics fall short of realizing successful change. Tactical plans to manage change are only as useful as the strategy that drives them. You cannot put your change process into boxes and check everything off and call it "Leading change." Traditional change management techniques such as assessments...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Forecasting Sales In Your Business Plan For Your New Business

    You'll find many business plans with a well thought out sales forecast for the first month but then each following month has a fixed percentage of growth. No business has ever grown like this, ever. Some months are going to be down, some are going to be up but never...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    A Small Business Owner's Guide To Budget Basics

    Is your flow of money pretty tight? Have you made the decision to test the waters of becoming an entrepreneur while wondering how to operate your own small business on a budget? To become successful, anyone who starts a business must invest his or her money and time wisely. In...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Computer Leasing: Why This Could Be The Advantage Your Company Needs To Succeed

    When it comes to locating a reputable computer leasing company, the first thing that needs to be completed before you move ahead any further is your research. Know exactly what kind of lease it is that you are looking for. Different leasing companies specialize in different markets, so knowing exactly...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Practical Change Management: The Top 10 Countdown

    The rate of change is exponentially increasing and professionals are looking for real world practical help to survive and thrive as their organizations create and respond to changes. Leading change, understanding how individuals and organizations transition through change is a key leadership competency and directly related to business results. Companies...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Leasing Office Space? Do's And Don'ts To Finding The Perfect Location

    Growth is part of a successful business. Inevitably, your business will need to expand and venture out into a different location. Eventually, you will need to find better office space for your growing company. If you are looking for new office space, then you are definitely in luck. The current...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Conducting Break Even Analysis For Improved Success In Evaluating New Business Ideas

    Creating a break-even analysis may sound difficult and complicated however it is the responsibility of every businessperson to prepare it as one of the first steps in evaluating a new business idea. It is necessary for any businessperson to get to terms with using cost estimates and profit margins as...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Profit And Loss Statements As Planning Tools

    It is very important for any business owner or investors in companies to have a working knowledge of how a profit and loss statement is structured and generated. In this paper these issues are clarified and explained. The new businessman and investor normally do not have a lot of in...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    How To Write A Termination Letter That Shows You Care

    Being in a Manager or higher position has its perks, but it also has a major down fall. Terminating employees! That is something that no one likes to do. It's awkward for both parties evolved. The best thing to do when put in this situation is think of how you...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    How And Where To Find Failed Banks For New Foreclosure Cleanup Business Contracts!

    Often the FDIC and these acquiring institutions use larger property preservation companies to handle maintenance of the failed bank's real estate assets. But these big property preservation companies are, in many cases, simply taking too long to handle all the requests for foreclosure cleanup work because they are overwhelmed with...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    How Ineffective And Poorly Planned Employee Training Programs Can Do Great Harm To Your Business

    Knowing what type of training program for your business is a process of trial and error. Let's face it, Rome wasn't built in a day and you shouldn't expect instantaneous results after the completion of a training program. If you do, then you are definitely living in a pipe dream...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Starting A Small Business Budget

    A small business is a big step for any individual. There are a lot of expenses, and it can be very stressful at times. Your budget is a very large part of your success. The budget helps you calculate how much your business is profiting over time. Many small businesses...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    ERP Implementation And Change Management

    Enterprise resource planning software requires full support from top management at the time of implementation, selection, customization etc. During implementation, organization may require to change some business processes to meet the software standards, which are industry specific standards. Business process can not be change without top management support. It is...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Importance Of Strategic Planning And Management In The Business Environment

    Strategic planning is the most important key for solving strategic tasks; it is the process of developing, controlling and maintaining a strategic balance between organizational goals and resources in the market environment. A strategic plan is a set of activities that are geared towards an organizations growth and success. Strategic...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2009

    Questions To Ask When Leasing Office Space

    If you've started your own business, and are starting to see promising returns on your investment, it may seem like your spare bedroom or basement office space is no longer meeting your needs. If you've found yourself wishing for a conference room in which to meet with clients, or a...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Business Leadership Styles

    Leadership is defined as a social influence process in which the leader seeks the voluntary participation of subordinates in an effort to reach organizational goals. A leader trait is a physical or personality characteristic that can be used to differentiate leaders from followers. A leadership prototype is a mental representation...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Challenges Of An ERP Implementation In SME Segment

    ERP implementation is always a tough job for the organizations. To get successful implementation organizations need to be very careful. When SMEs think about ERP implementation, they identify the need of an ERP system. They prepare pre-implementation strategy for enterprise software. This strategy involves identification of business needs, budgeting for...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2007

    The Evil Of Performance Reviews

    This paper looks at how America's Corporate Culture is destroying the soul of America's people. This is not to insinuate there is a conspiracy. It just means that the people responsible for the current and unhealthy trends of corporate life either are oblivious to the harm they do or worse,...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2007

    Senior Tips For Public Speaking: When It's Your Turn To Speak Up

    Senior citizens have lots of wonderful ideas. After all, they have a lifetime of experience and the time to ponder over the meaning of just about everything. Unfortunately, too many senior citizens keep their good ideas to themselves. To stand before a group of other seniors and share their thoughts...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2007

    How To Be A Successful Sales Representative

    Sales can be an exciting yet stressful career. Especially "Outside" sales, in which you are an Independent Contractor, making your own hours, setting your own appointments with potential clients (also known as Cold Calling), and attending these appointments yourself, as well as team meetings, conferences, and seminars. It can be...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2007

    Has The Music Industry Lowered Their Standards?

    Mainstream music has become less talented over time, without a doubt. The music that MTV and radio stations play constantly are becoming degrading to the name that music once had not too long ago. Bands such as Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and even rap groups like Run DMC had talent.

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  • White Papers // May 2007

    Your Handshake Speech

    We live in a fast paced world. Few people have the time to listen to a stranger more than ten seconds after they are introduced to peak their interest to continue the conversation. You must develop a ten second "Pitch" that tells a person your message; what you do and...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2008

    More Efficient Crop For Biofuel Production Proven

    To date, ethanol-based alternative fuels have relied on corn for production, with massive inputs of fertilizers and pesticides, and time and energy spent in annual planting. That, and corn is used in a vast array of food products, and as livestock feed, making the diversion of corn an economically tough...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2008

    How The Movie Industry Affects U.S. Economics

    The movie industry in the United States has affected economics since the early 20th century. By the time a movie makes it to the theater or to the shelf of the local video store, people only see the big-name stars and the famous producers and directors. There is so much...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2008

    How To Write A Strategic Plan: A Simple Outline

    This paper gives an outline for writing a strategic plan. So, if you read it as an outline and work through the answers in each area, you will have a strategic plan that can also double as a grant proposal. Mission statements should be one sentence long and include; service,...

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  • White Papers // May 2008

    Dressing For Success In An Informal Job Interview: Casual Dress Does Not Mean Jeans

    Funny how deciding what to wear is often the last thing people consider when preparing for an informal job interview. Rather, candidates fill their head with the correct answers to probable questions, contact references and research the company instead of contemplating the most important detail of them all - attire....

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  • White Papers // Nov 2007

    3 "Harmless" Job Interview Questions You Shouldn't Have To Answer

    Job interviews can be a nerve wracking experience. There you are, trying to make the best impression possible with a complete stranger. A stranger who will probably have a big say in whether you will get the job you want or not. Answering job interview questions can make you feel...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2007

    Questions You Should Ask During A Job Interview

    The job interview. Most people will have to eventually go through this tortuous process at least once in their lives. Invariably, you sit there and answer questions designed to probe your abilities and intuit your character. You feel powerless and impotent and even like a prized pig on display. But...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2007

    Preparing For A Job Interview: Do Your Homework

    A job interview is not the first step of your employment journey. Long before the interview ever occurs, there are some crucial things you need to know and do. You'll only have one chance to make a good impression. This paper offers tips to help you prepare for your job...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2008

    Top Ten Reasons Why You're Going To Blow That Job Interview

    This paper gives top ten reasons why you're going to blow that job interview! Being late for a job interview can easily give your prospective employer the impression this is your habit. You need to know how to properly address for the job interview. Besides wearing the right kinds of...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2008

    Things That You Should Not Do On A Job Interview

    So you've been on several job interviews and you still have not received a job offer. You may not know it but you may be doing some things during your job interview that are preventing you from landing that job. This paper explains some things that you should not do...

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  • White Papers // May 2008

    Top 10 Job Interview Questions And Answers

    Are you nervous about the job interview questions and answers that you might have to face during your job interview? During a job interview the questions and answers that you give might make all the difference between you getting the job and never receiving a phone call from that company....

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  • White Papers // May 2008

    Job Interview: What Should You Wear?

    The right job has finally come around and now you are preparing for that job interview that you have been anticipating. What to wear for a job interview is very important. The first impression is something that they will likely remember you by and so you want to make the...

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  • White Papers // May 2008

    What You Should And Shouldn't Wear To An Informal Job Interview

    If you are wandering what an informal job interview is, it is an interview for a company that will not require you to wear business attire such as a job with a tire shop. This type of interview will require you to dress informal. Dressing to formal may backfire on...

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  • White Papers // May 2008

    Job Interview Questions And Answers - 10 Basic Inquiries

    Job interview questions and answers is a topic that enters the mind of every wannabe executive, summer job hopeful, and nervous recent college graduate. If you learn how to avoid breaking under pressure and can muster up enough savvy to mask your worry - you'll find the process of answering...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2007

    The Changing Face Of Music

    A younger generation eager to find a sound and a style of music that they could call their own led to an era of rock music that for the first time had several different names punk, grunge, and alternative to name a few. Once again the drug scene seemed to...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2007

    TurnItUp Media Enters Free Legal Music Downloads Business

    Music downloading on the Internet is big business and a concern to record labels and music artists. Many companies are looking for ways to provide music downloaders with cheap and legal ways to get the music they want, while keeping artists and record companies happy. TurnItUp Media has just launched...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2007

    Are Subscription Music Services Worth The Price?

    Before you get excited and start dreaming of subscribing for a month, downloading thousands of songs, and then cancelling your music subscription, realize that there is a catch: you must maintain your subscription or the music goes away. In addition, you can listen to all the music that you want...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2006

    Free Tunes From The Net: Five Great Music Podcasts!

    Commercial radio is boring and illegal music download sites are being shut down - so where can a music lover find some free tunes these days? Podcasting has become a great way to discover new (and not-so-new) music, and for artists and record companies to share their music legally. This...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2007

    Finding Free (And Legal) Music Downloads

    Finding free (and legal) music downloads is like searching for a guitar pick in a haystack, but there are a few ways in which you can find free music downloads without breaking the law. Piracy is growing all across the world and there are multiple federal task forces on the...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2008

    Why Are Bands Giving Away Free Music On The Internet?

    Sales of CD's are no longer the primary source of income for musicians, for whom free music on the Internet is a sort of advertising, drawing people into concerts, where they will, it is hoped, buy related merchandise (if they have any money left after buying the tickets). Besides, the...

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  • White Papers // May 2006

    File Sharing AmongTrends In Technology In The Music Industry

    Technology has stepped into the forefront of how music is now created, delivered, and listened to. The emergence of music as a computer file has created a brand new realm of possibilities and potential for problems. In an effort to combat the increasing file-sharing issues Sony began to slip an...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2006

    Free And Legal Music Downloads?

    SpiralFrog seems to be positioned to compete less with iTunes and more with file-sharing programs like Limewire because it is offering the songs for free. The company hopes to cash in on some of that part segment of the market - the segment that includes people who look for free...

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  • White Papers // May 2006

    Are You Neglecting Your Music Collection?

    In the age of the music download, the art of buy CD's is becoming an endangered species. You are almost considered a second class citizen if you don't have an I-POD. Even if you do not have an I-POD or another type of MP3 player, there is a good chance...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2008

    Why The Digital Music Subscription Idea Won't Work

    "These [music subscription] services that are out there now are going to fail. Music Net's gonna fail, Press Play's gonna fail. Because people don't want to buy their music as a subscription. They bought 45's; then they bought LP's; then they bought cassettes; then they bought 8-tracks; then they bought...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2006

    A Guide To Digital Music Services

    Every year, more and more people decide to start buying their music from digital music stores. Napster's definitely not advisable until they get their software updated, and it taught me that you shouldn't be drawn in by gimmicks but rather the benefits of a given service. With digital files quickly...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2006

    Guide On How To Start A Music Store CD Business

    You can specialize when you start a music store CD business. You have the option to decide to what type of music that you want to sell in your music business. If you want to sell just jazz or rock then it is choice. This paper will help you on...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2008

    Creating And Monetizing Music Lyric Web Sites: Online Wealth Via Music Websites

    Music lyric sites are nothing new, however, they are still profitable; and there is plenty of room to dive into this room of trying to establish an online presence and create online wealth. You must know how to gather the lyrics, find the great templates that will make your web...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2007

    Classic Used Music Store: Is It Relevant Anymore?

    Even though most college students now have extensive MP3 collections, CDs still come in very handy. It is nice to touch and feel the final product, as well as view the cover art. There is nothing quite like shuffling a collection of used CDs by your favorite artist, looking for...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2006

    Three Ways To Sell Your Music Online

    At one point in time, in order to sell your CD in a professional manner, you had to talk to a lot of people - music store owners, distributors, etc. - and nothing was guaranteed. Great strides have been made in the availability of music in the digital age, and...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2007

    How The Dog Food Industry Has You Brainwashed

    Very few people read dog food ingredients, because the list is gigantic. But take some time to read it. In fact, hold a dog food morsel between your fingers and study it. Just what is in that thing? Think of all the processing and heating it's been through. The closer-to-nature...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Performance Reviews: The Big Corporate Deception

    Like most people if you are an honest, hard working individual then you would subscribe to the notion that good work is rewarded. The performance review process was designed in part to provide us with this hope that our good deeds will be recognized and praised by way of promotion...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Performance Reviews That Work

    Performance reviews must be consistently administered. It's not good enough to have non-structured reviews. They have to be on set timetables - quarterly, every 6 months, yearly. You have to be able to draw equal comparisons to the employee's work and progress, or lack of it. Performance reviews given 'Whenever'...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Performance Review and Organizational Management

    The annual performance review is a continuation of the day-to-day reviews and a closing of the loop in the managerial process. When regular progress reviews are held, the annual performance review will be much smoother and less traumatic and will probably require much less time. It is desirable for both...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Peer Evaluation Of Job Performance

    Group reviews will often encourage disgruntled peers to be specific as to their expectations from another peer. Since they are on the job and know what they expect, you will have a deeper insight into what you may not have realized were your strengths and you may be surprised at...

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  • White Papers // May 2009

    How To Implement Change Management With These Six Steps

    Change management deals with how changes to the system are managed so they do not degrade system performance and availability. Change management is especially critical in today's highly decentralized, network-based environment, where users themselves may be applying many changes. A key cause of high cost of ownership is the application...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    The Value Of Employee Engagement Surveys As Part Of A Change Management Strategy

    One of the things that continue to surprise is that when times are bad organizations still spend money on employee engagement surveys. A general look around the office or factory and tea room discussions would make it obvious to all that wanted to see it that employees are not so...

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