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Carnival Of Small Business Issues - Edition 25

Welcome to the October 23, 2007 edition #25 of the Carnival Of Small Business Issues.

Canarian - Edition #25 - CoSBI

My name is John and I am your host. As you can see I have branded this edition as “The Canarian Edition”, because that's from where it originates today — from the beautiful island with eternal spring: Tenerife/Spain. Although the European Union reaches that far to the Southwest politically, I consider myself breathing, living and working in Africa.

Some say that you can spot the African coast about 270 kilometers in Southeast direction from the peak of Mount Teide (some 3850 meters above sea level) on clear days. I did not check, if this is actually possible, but whenever I had climbed up there it was too humid for sure.

Anyway, Africa has become the third continent that I am living on. It definitely helps you to grow as person and in business, when you settle down on quite different places for a while, meet different people and cultures. It helps you to “clear” your mind and vision from all those distraction and obligations that you have been told they were important, but they are not.

Lets stop the small talk and get into todays collection of articles right away.

I want to thank all authors, for their valuable contributions. Please continue to contribute your articles (↑) to this carnival and consider hosting it on your blog (↑) in the future. Your support is being highly appreciated.

The following articles should help you and your business one way or another to move mountains. That's the theme of this Carnival, isn't it. Each link will open in a new window. The order of the articles does not reflect preferences. I deem all included articles and blogs to be helpful. Enjoy reading.


Chris Brown presents Plan Marketing Efforts to Support the 3 Types of Sales posted at Branding & Marketing.

John Crickett presents Top 10 Small Business Marketing Mistakes posted at Business Opportunities And Ideas, saying, “a list of marketing mistakes made by small businesses”

Terry Dean presents Selling Is Simply Knowing the Right Questions to Ask posted at Integrity Business Blog by Terry Dean.

David Kam presents The Advantages and Disadvantages of Parody Websites posted at

Marco Richter presents Advertising Methods posted at Work From Home Concepts.

Warren Wong presents How To Be Genuinely Interested In People posted at Personal Development for INTJs, saying, “Why you should show genuine interest in people and how to go about doing it.”


Brad Bollenbach presents How to Set Your Hourly Consulting Rate posted at 30 sleeps blog.

Sanjay Kumar presents Getting paid faster posted at SimplifyThis, saying, “Strategies for getting paid faster.”

Human Resoureces

Edith presents Steps You Must Take to Run a Successful Meeting and Say Goodbye to Boring Meetings posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

Personal Development.

Yaro Starak presents How To Become An Efficient Procrastinator posted at
Yaro, I apologize for having your name not displayed correctly earlier. Thanks for this magnificent article. --John

Hueina Su presents Deadly Conversations posted at Intensive Care for the Nurturer's Soul.

Tupelo Kenyon presents Choose Excellence and Lose Mediocrity posted at Tupelo Kenyon, saying, “What if you knew that a life of excellence was lurking right around the corner, if you would only prioritize your moments in such a way so that you could recognize it. Take an objective look at the various activities of your life. Get inspired to lose the mediocre to make room for something better. (Enjoy soothing instrumental music as you read plus songs with lyrics related to each article – all free)”
Editor's Note: Yes, turn on the music and dim the light!


Liz Fuller presents The Dark Side of Networking - More Than WE Know - Information, Inspiration and Support for Women Entrepreneurs posted at More Than WE Know, saying, “For many of us, networking can take a lot of courage. But what happens when you finally get up the nerve to put yourself out there - and your worst nightmares come true?”

Anita Campbell presents New Business Ideas: Social Networking Niches posted at Small Business Trends, saying, “Social networking sites abound, and a significant trend is the way they have become nichified. This post takes a look at some of the interesting niches.”


Aaron Brandon presents Home Business? … No, Freedom Business! posted at Aaron Brandon. “Join me on my journey from employment to having a business. I'll take you with me and show you, how you could achieve the same. All we need is access to the Internet and the right mindset.”

Further Resources

David presents Bank Loans Basics, a Brief introduction to all loan types and how they can help your business posted at, saying, “There are many types of loans available, the following is a brief list of all loans, what they are and what can they do for your business.”

Daniel Scocco presents All the Business Acronyms You Need to Know posted at Innovation Zen.

Finally let myself contribute some thoughts:

John W. Furst presents Attracting International Buyers More Easily. If you want international buyers, you should not make it hard or impossible to buy from you, should you. The article give usability and common sense tips for your Web site.

That concludes this — Canarian —Edition #25.

Please, help us and eachother to spread the word and take some time to give feedback via comments, trackbacks, and use the social bookmark tools to further promote articles that you have liked. Thank you.

Also, special thanks to the Carnival founder Charan “CA” Atreya, who supported me by keeping me on a very long leash. And thanks to Mary S. (, who actually typed this edition and came up with this nice special version of the logo.

John W. Furst
Creative Director - fcon21

P.S.: One more note before I let you go.
  • Many small business owners fall into the trap of “being held hostage by their business” sooner or later (quote by Eben Pagan in one of his videos). That means their business is 100% dependent on them, consuming all their energy, and giving back too little in exchange.

  • A corporation fails every 3 minutes, 96% of all companies fail within the first 10 years (quote by Chet Holmes based on US data).

That's reality. Once you recognize a couple of basic business rules, you can avoid those failures. What's driving your business? I'd say: sales, sales, sales, … Right?

That brings me to a book, that I honestly recommend you should read. It is called
The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes (↑), Penguin Group, New York 2007. No matter, if you are a one person business, a manager, or the CEO of a very large corporation. Chet Holmes helped them all. He talks from experience. He knows how to get your employees to perform and your customers to buy.

It does not matter in which industry you are in. This book gives you insight on how to transform any business into a more successful growing business. Since I mean this recommendation very honestly, I don't bother with any sort of affiliate link. But nevertheless, fell free to throw some coins into my Tip Jar in the left sidebar. :-) A last quote from the book:

“Success is not based on knowing and doing 4000 things,
success comes from doing a few things 4000 times.”
-- Chet Holmes

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Helmi on :


Nice carnival. Although I missed a deeper review from you about the articles presented.

Liz Fuller on :


Thanks for including my article John! It's a great selection. I'm posting a link to the carnival tomorrow.

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