Whether you've been in business for a decade or you're prepping for your very first holiday market, there are certain steps you should go through to ensure you will have a smooth and easy experience on the day of vending. At the Time of Booking If you have any special needs (close to a restroom,…Read more Checklist to Prepare for Holiday Markets and/or Vending Events
You've been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and now you're itching to start your own business. Luckily for you, with over 5 million self-employed entrepreneurs in the United States, you're in good company. So now that you've decided you want to start your own business, you have dozens of options, but we're going to focus on…Read more Direct Sales or Starting From Scratch – Which Business Model is Right For You?
Consultants & Recruits: How to Start Growing Your Team Co-Written By RoseMary Algerio & Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo The fastest way to grow a small business is by acquiring consultants and recruits who can serve a variety of functions: 1) Sell your products for you, 2) Sell in tandem with you, 3) Sell as a member of…Read more Consultants & Recruits: How to Start Growing Your Team
The Vice President of the Vine Vendor Network, Sandra D'Auria, always says "The J months are the worst in retail." D'Auria is right; January, June, and July are notoriously low for retail sales. Deconstructing the function of retail and the mindset of shoppers, it makes perfect sense: January is after the rush of the holiday…Read more Small Businesses: Stop Stressing Seasonal Sales Dips
Being an entrepreneur today doesn't offer the same mystique and je ne sais quoi it once did. The idea of the successful entrepreneur has us envisioning a Gatsby-esque gentleman lounging on a yacht wearing white board shorts, a deep tan, calling people "Old Sport" while his dollars just rolled in. This is the American dream, isn't it? To become…Read more Top 5 Investments You Need to Make as an Entrepreneur
When it comes to advertising and marketing, there are literally thousands of people and companies ready to scramble for your hard-earned dollars promising they will turn those dollars into bigger profits for you. Some of this is absolutely true and viable; the best forms of advertising and marketing will pay off for weeks, months, and…Read more The Best Forms of Free Marketing
A famous photo of Chad le Clos and Michael Phelps from the 2016 Rio Olympics circulated the internet. The photo shows Michael Phelps focusing forward while Chad le Clos focuses on Phelps. Phelps took the gold for that race and the photo has become a mantra for what it means to keep your eye on the…Read more Ignore the Business Competition