Amy Larrimore | BizWit Blog
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Using Techology to Supercharge Finance in Your Business

This is a repost of my article on SCORE, The Counselors to America’s Small Business National Blog. How do you get paid? I ask this of every business during initial review of their operational technology. It does not matter if they hired me because they think they need social media tools, a CRM or new manufacturing software, I always start at the beginning: How do you get paid? And then I clarify: not what product or service do you trade for payment, but upon successful delivery of that product or…

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Critical Technology Strategy Every Business Needs to Consider: Doing Business In the Cloud

I know, everyone wants a cloud. That’s so sexy nowadays. But most people couldn’t even tell you if they have a cloud – or where it lives or what it really means for their business. Basically, moving into the cloud means you are freeing yourself of hardware that you have to manage. The business model changes too – instead of buying servers and IT guys, you are paying (usually as a subscription based service) to rent space on someone else’s server that you can access without the trapping of wires,…

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Critical Technology Strategy Every Business Needs to Consider: CRM

My first business smashed through all of the sales records in our industry. I’ll share with you our secret to success: I had a CRM (Customer Relationship Management System). It’s amazing how people open their wallets to buy your product or service when they feel like you are LISTENING to them and that you KNOW them. I suffer through so many business plan pitches that list excellent, personalized, customer service as what makes them different. Every time, I ask “Great – how are you going to collect the information you…

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Critical Technology Strategy Every Business Needs to Consider: Marketing Tools

Yes, that’s a snazzy way to say social media. This is a repost of my article on SCORE, The Counselors to America’s Small Business National Blog. However, this post is not going to navigate the nuances of the Facebook timeline format or teach you how to compose the perfect tweet to attract millions of followers. That stuff actually doesn’t matter one bit. Success comes from having a sound marketing process, being able to manage the information well and using appropriate technology.  I cover this in great detail in the presentation…

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Critical Technology Strategy Every Business Needs to Consider: Expenses and Recordkeeping

This is a repost of my article on SCORE, The Counselors to America’s Small Business National Blog. Is all of your filing up to date?   If you’re like most business owners, there is a pile of it somewhere and you are laden with guilt and shame that you “can’t keep up with it.” You probably fantasize about hiring an intern some summer to do it but never find the time to get that started. I’m here to free you and to assure you that most of this work is…

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“On Process” by a Social Media Expert

You see, social media is just marketing. And marketing is a core business process that supports sales. If your “expert” doesn’t understand the business of doing business or strategic marketing, they can’t do much for your bottom line. No, really. I promise.

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Run a Million Dollar Company with a… Notebook

Business plans don’t actually help you run your business. This is why so many people are stopped short staring at a blank template. I want you to put the emphasis on the planning of your business, this is why I’ve chosen such a different medium.

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