How to Start a Business Information As a Unique Christmas Gift

Starting a business in no “walk in the park” for most of us. There are expenses to consider, the likely hood of success verses failure. A person has to take their time to research their idea, find out every scrap of information they possibly can about this business. In truth starting a business from scratch is a whole lot of hard work. Just when you think you have asked every possible question there is a dozen more pop up. Would it not be a unique Christmas gift to find a way to help your friend or loved one with some of that much needed information?

When searching for a business to start many of us do not have thousands and thousands of dollars in liquid assets to invest in a franchise. Today’s new business owners have had to get creative and find “real” businesses that can be operated from home. This is where the word “real” applies, there are many scammers out there trying to get your money. You will see overwhelming amounts of sites that offer to make you rich while you are lazy, asleep, in your pajamas – you name it! And get this – it will only cost you 29.00 to start your business. Get real; it is not going to happen so easily.

Creative people need to think outside the box to find a business that they can work from home. Look at service businesses especially. Mobile gyms, mobile pet care, mobile car wash, mobile windshield, mobile oil change and mobile lawnmower repair. People are starting cleaning businesses, delivery service and daycare centers in and from their own home. These businesses allow you to start and run them from your own home at a much lower cost than your typical “sticks and bricks” businesses.

Back to the unique Christmas gift, that is easy. If you know someone who is looking to start their own business but needs guidance, support and most of all information why not do a little research yourself and print it out, put it in a binder and present that as a gift? Or better yet, if you can find a “How to Start” manual that applies to the subject your friend or loved one is interested in buy it as a gift. It not only shows that you are a crafty shopper but a person who cares about their dream. It shows your support for their idea.

Just a thought…

How to Use Google’s Local Business Center to Get Found on the Web

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is very important component to help your site rank well. It is a process that helps your website get found when their potential customers enter specific search terms. Put simply, SEO involves a blend of your site’s Meta Tags, Titles, and internal copy working together to boost your rankings in Google and other search engines.

There is also a supplemental way that your customers can find you. It’s via a valuable tool provided by Google. It is easy to implement… and it’s free. Yet, it’s underutilized. Google Local Business Center will allow you to list your company when it is combined with a city name.

Now, don’t depend on Google Local for search traffic. I want to stress that there is no replacement for a search-engine friendly website with well-written content, meta description tags, keywords, h1 tags, etc. But if you are marketing your business to a local audience, Google Local is an easy-to-set-up potential source of website traffic that complements your other SEO and SEM efforts.

The power of Google Local is that it lists its Local Map-based searches above the rest of the data. This means if you are using this service, your site can get seen before the number one listed site in the Google organic search results. Pretty powerful, eh?

Here are the steps to get your company set up in the Google Local Business Center:

1. Go to Google Local Business Center – you can find this by doing a search in Google.

2. Sign in to Google (or Create a Google Account if you don’t have one).

4. Click “Add New Business.”

5. Enter your business information including name, address, website URL, company description, and the categories that best describe your business.

6. Click “Next.”

7. If it shows your business is already on there, click “claim listing.”

8. If it’s not there, click “add listing.”

9. Then you can enter additional details such as hours or operation, photos, payment options, and videos.

10. Click submit.

11. At this point, you will need to verify you business by phone (don’t bother with the postcard option since it takes weeks to receive it!). Make sure you use a phone number that you can answer because as soon as you click “Finish,” a Google computer will call you to give you a PIN number.

12. Then, enter the Google PIN number in your account to verify your listing.

After you are verified, your info will appear on Google Maps. You can go back to the Local Business Center to edit your information or see how many people went to your listing (there are fantastic tracking graphs). You can even ask customers to go to your Local listing to add reviews – this is a powerful tool to show searchers that people like your company.

So, click over to the Google Local Business Center and list your business. It’s not much work for a lot of exposure. And by doing this, you’ll immediately put your company in front of 95% of your competitors.

Not Every Vendor Can Be a Government Services Call Center

The Government Services Administration is responsible for providing product and service suppliers and manufacturers to federal agencies. Only certain call center vendors have been assessed and accepted by the Government Services Administration to join their state-of-the-art, high quality list of accepted vendors and service providers.

Services Customized to Your Agency A GSA call center understands each that each federal agency has different regulations to follow. All live operators meet these regulations: approved vendors strictly evaluate each live operator based on how well they follow the federal agency’s script and how professional and polite they are to the consumer. Only the best live operators make it through 40 hours of specialized training. Trained agents take the lead in business telephone support by answering calls in 3 rings or less, with only 3% of calls lost or missed. Working on behalf of a government agency means that operators are often called upon to do more than answer and forward calls.

General Information Center. Many citizens call government agencies for answers to routine information. Your vendor can help answer common federal agency questions on office hours, government applications, website information, visiting instructions, and more. GSA call center live operators can answer virtually any citizen questions you require and can also transfer callers to different departments or federal agencies.

Tip/Crisis Hotline Support. GSA-approved vendor employees often are called to serve as a federal agency telephone tip and crisis hotline. GSA live operators receive leads on criminal investigation, antitrust violations, emergency and accident reporting, identity theft, disease control, and more. GSA live operators protect caller privacy; all caller information remains as anonymous as your agency requests.

Citizen Poll and Survey Center. Government Service Administration call center live operators conduct citizen satisfaction surveys, assessment surveys, questionnaires, and more. Your call center then sends the collected data directly to your agency or the third party analyst of your choice.

Multi-lingual Support for the Public. GSA approved vendors go above and beyond the call of duty to provide fluent, multi-lingual support for your agency. Live operators have a comprehensive grasp of English and Spanish languages, writing and speaking both with exceptional speed and skill. Well-spoken live operators seamlessly switch from language to language, speaking in friendly tones and voices. Most GSA call center employees are bilingual in English and Spanish, but additional language options are available by request.

Most federal agencies receive more calls from the public than government employees can handle. This is often slows customer service and is overwhelming for government employees. With the help of GSA approved call center services provider, government employees can focus on their workload while still providing great customer service to the public.