Blessings Of Modern Telecommunication Industry To Businesses

Telecom industry has come a long way since its humble inception and now it is able to serve users all across the world with some great communication services. Individuals and businesses are greatly facilitated in carrying daily activities as well as running businesses with the help of these varied internet services including Metro Ethernet, DSL Satellite.Major metropolises of the world mostly rely on Fast Ethernet and upgrade to Gigabit Ethernet. Ethernet Internet is fast and efficient. It can connect to offices and also provide internal online services. These internet services are provided by Ethernet over Fiber, using optic fiber lines and Ethernet over Copper, using twisted copper wire technologies.DSL and Satellite Internet services can help businesses looking for cheaper online options. They can also connect regional offices and provide VOIP (voice over IP phone) services. This will save a company lot of money by putting their phone service on the Internet, because it is easier to maintain a service like this.Businesses looking for exclusive services like to choose from options like T1 Line, T3 Line and Point to Point Lines. These lines are used for transporting phone and regular data. There is increased security and speed because the lines are not shared.VPN and VPLS private networks can be provided to cities having handsome populations in adjacent remote areas. These private networks can connect businesses with offices in remote areas. Businesses can save money on bandwidth fees by having their own networks. Security is also increased as they do not have to share connections. More data can be transferred at a faster speed. This service is ideal for larger companies like banks that need more security and transfer a great deal of data.There are businesses that prefer Metro Ethernet. This service is ideal for cities as it can connect a substantial number of offices to the Internet and also connect companies to their nearby locations. Larger companies can upgrade to MPLS, as they will get faster and more reliable service.All these services are appropriate for various industries and businesses. The ones that are chosen by customers will be dictated by their needs. Ethernet is available for those needing high-speed Internet access and cheaper forms of online services are available to those who are on a tight budget.Whether they are a start-up businesses on a small budget or giant companies needing multiple telecommunication services; there are plenty of business options, thanks to rapidly evolving telecom industry.

5 Keys To Unlocking The Secret To A Successful Online Business

The Way Most People Look At Online BusinessMany people start an online business, or any small business that doesn’t require a huge amount of start-up capital, and then just… give up! What’s worse, they blame the business model saying, “Oh, that thing doesn’t work”.What’s really funny to me is that a lot of people lump an online business into the likes of network marketing, or multi-level marketing models, which is distinctly not true at all!It’s just their ignorance of the subject showing!My mentor and online marketing expert says there are primarily 5 keys needed to create a sustainable online business.So What Are the 5 Keys To Unlocking the Secret To A Successful Online Business?Key #1: It’s A Business Not A HobbyYou must differentiate between earning a living online and making money online. Earning a sustainable income involves learning the business of how to provide more value to people online, whereas making money online involves chasing the “new thing” to hit town, or that get rich quick scheme your neighbor is doing. You know, that deal that says, “You can become a millionaire for $99.95!” Generally, opportunity seekers.It’s important to learn the skills required to build and operate a successful business. It’s like the difference between flying a simulated plane program and flying a real plane. You wouldn’t expect to jump into a real plane and just.. fly… would you? Of course not! You need to learn how to fly a plane successfully, from an expert!Why would you expect to just “know” how to build a profitable online business? You need to learn from someone, preferably an expert! Always choose to learn from someone who is experiencing the success you want. Never from someone who just teaches theory.Key #2: Be Prepared To Take Action And Get StartedNo experience is necessary to start learning how to build an online business. You really just need to be teachable!There is no age requirement. In fact, the average age of students in one cutting edge online business training platform is 48. There are students ranging from 16 through 75.The only thing really required is that you have a strong work ethic and a big dream.A great business training program should consist of plug and play style training modules, including a personal success blueprint.You should be able to work in these modules at your own pace and have access to live and recorded training workshops.The best advice is to use the 80/20 rule for training.You should spend 20% of your time learning and 80% of your time applying that knowledge.Too many people can get stuck in training mode and never take a step into action. Also called, “Information Constipation”.Not using the 80/20 rule leads to overwhelm, and overwhelm doesn’t lead to action.Key #3: Provide Proper ValueIn order for you to stand out, and not be mistaken for one of those less than authentic individuals that you can find online, or anywhere really, you need to provide value, real value to your prospective customers.When you provide real value to people you don’t have to talk them into anything using phony language. Just be yourself, be genuine.Real value consists of providing the tools and information your prospects need to help them make an informed decision and improve their life.Key #4: Learn How To Drive TrafficMany folks believe that if you build it (a slick website) they will come (people by the dozens!). Unfortunately it’s not that simple.A new website is like a new brick and mortar shop tucked away in a dark little part of town that nobody knows is there.You have to learn how to “drive traffic” to your website. This is the “meat” of any good business training, and is the cornerstone of an online business. No traffic = no salesKey #5: Learn How To Convert The TrafficLearning how to convert traffic is about providing the right offer.Providing the right offer is about solving your prospective customer’s problem.We all have a problem, (some of us way more than one!) something that keeps you awake at night, or that you tend to worry about.It could be mounting medical bills, or the fear of illness and how it could impact your life, the job market & job security, sending kids to school, helping aging parents, not enough retirement income, the list goes on… and on.Part of the education process is learning about people, how to communicate, how to help them solve their problems, along with the process of buying.Side note: The beauty of developing an online business is that you can sell your own products or somebody else’s products as an affiliate marketer. Or, with the right guidance and education, you could discover what you are really passionate about and build a business around it. It really is possible for anyone to build an online passion business.I would add one more key to these 5.I would add that you have to want to help people. If you are only interested in making money you will be building your business on shifting sand rather than a solid foundation.Not that there is anything wrong with making money, but it shouldn’t be the primary reason to be an entrepreneur.Being An EntrepreneurBeing an entrepreneur is more about building something, helping people, and changing their lives. It’s solving a problem. Being innovative. Be someone who wants more than just to change one life, theirs! Be someone who can have an impact on the world by just being honest, authentic and caring.

Alternative Financing Vs. Venture Capital: Which Option Is Best for Boosting Working Capital?

There are several potential financing options available to cash-strapped businesses that need a healthy dose of working capital. A bank loan or line of credit is often the first option that owners think of – and for businesses that qualify, this may be the best option.

In today’s uncertain business, economic and regulatory environment, qualifying for a bank loan can be difficult – especially for start-up companies and those that have experienced any type of financial difficulty. Sometimes, owners of businesses that don’t qualify for a bank loan decide that seeking venture capital or bringing on equity investors are other viable options.

But are they really? While there are some potential benefits to bringing venture capital and so-called “angel” investors into your business, there are drawbacks as well. Unfortunately, owners sometimes don’t think about these drawbacks until the ink has dried on a contract with a venture capitalist or angel investor – and it’s too late to back out of the deal.

Different Types of Financing

One problem with bringing in equity investors to help provide a working capital boost is that working capital and equity are really two different types of financing.

Working capital – or the money that is used to pay business expenses incurred during the time lag until cash from sales (or accounts receivable) is collected – is short-term in nature, so it should be financed via a short-term financing tool. Equity, however, should generally be used to finance rapid growth, business expansion, acquisitions or the purchase of long-term assets, which are defined as assets that are repaid over more than one 12-month business cycle.

But the biggest drawback to bringing equity investors into your business is a potential loss of control. When you sell equity (or shares) in your business to venture capitalists or angels, you are giving up a percentage of ownership in your business, and you may be doing so at an inopportune time. With this dilution of ownership most often comes a loss of control over some or all of the most important business decisions that must be made.

Sometimes, owners are enticed to sell equity by the fact that there is little (if any) out-of-pocket expense. Unlike debt financing, you don’t usually pay interest with equity financing. The equity investor gains its return via the ownership stake gained in your business. But the long-term “cost” of selling equity is always much higher than the short-term cost of debt, in terms of both actual cash cost as well as soft costs like the loss of control and stewardship of your company and the potential future value of the ownership shares that are sold.

Alternative Financing Solutions

But what if your business needs working capital and you don’t qualify for a bank loan or line of credit? Alternative financing solutions are often appropriate for injecting working capital into businesses in this situation. Three of the most common types of alternative financing used by such businesses are:

1. Full-Service Factoring – Businesses sell outstanding accounts receivable on an ongoing basis to a commercial finance (or factoring) company at a discount. The factoring company then manages the receivable until it is paid. Factoring is a well-established and accepted method of temporary alternative finance that is especially well-suited for rapidly growing companies and those with customer concentrations.

2. Accounts Receivable (A/R) Financing – A/R financing is an ideal solution for companies that are not yet bankable but have a stable financial condition and a more diverse customer base. Here, the business provides details on all accounts receivable and pledges those assets as collateral. The proceeds of those receivables are sent to a lockbox while the finance company calculates a borrowing base to determine the amount the company can borrow. When the borrower needs money, it makes an advance request and the finance company advances money using a percentage of the accounts receivable.

3. Asset-Based Lending (ABL) – This is a credit facility secured by all of a company’s assets, which may include A/R, equipment and inventory. Unlike with factoring, the business continues to manage and collect its own receivables and submits collateral reports on an ongoing basis to the finance company, which will review and periodically audit the reports.

In addition to providing working capital and enabling owners to maintain business control, alternative financing may provide other benefits as well:

It’s easy to determine the exact cost of financing and obtain an increase.
Professional collateral management can be included depending on the facility type and the lender.
Real-time, online interactive reporting is often available.
It may provide the business with access to more capital.
It’s flexible – financing ebbs and flows with the business’ needs.
It’s important to note that there are some circumstances in which equity is a viable and attractive financing solution. This is especially true in cases of business expansion and acquisition and new product launches – these are capital needs that are not generally well suited to debt financing. However, equity is not usually the appropriate financing solution to solve a working capital problem or help plug a cash-flow gap.

A Precious Commodity

Remember that business equity is a precious commodity that should only be considered under the right circumstances and at the right time. When equity financing is sought, ideally this should be done at a time when the company has good growth prospects and a significant cash need for this growth. Ideally, majority ownership (and thus, absolute control) should remain with the company founder(s).

Alternative financing solutions like factoring, A/R financing and ABL can provide the working capital boost many cash-strapped businesses that don’t qualify for bank financing need – without diluting ownership and possibly giving up business control at an inopportune time for the owner. If and when these companies become bankable later, it’s often an easy transition to a traditional bank line of credit. Your banker may be able to refer you to a commercial finance company that can offer the right type of alternative financing solution for your particular situation.

Taking the time to understand all the different financing options available to your business, and the pros and cons of each, is the best way to make sure you choose the best option for your business. The use of alternative financing can help your company grow without diluting your ownership. After all, it’s your business – shouldn’t you keep as much of it as possible?