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Outsourcing and Opportunity
Desouza Kevin C
9/1/2007
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Summary:

When opportunity costs are figured into the cost-benefit mix, outsourcing even non-core functions can become strategic. How much faster could you grow your company if you spent more time leveraging your strengths? This article explores the cost effectiveness of the practice and offers valuable tips for getting started. Key: Choosing the right tasks and the right partners.

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Selecting Consultants and Contractors Worksheet
9/1/2007
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Just as with hiring internal managers and staff, using external support requires careful planning and selection. Before you select a consultant or contractor, determine your budget, scope of work, timeline, measures for success, and other resources available to support the people who will do the work. Use this worksheet to help you think through important issues and to guide you in the selection process.

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Offshore Outsourcing: How to Scratch The Three- or Four-Year Itch
8/23/2007
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An in-depth look at "offshore outsourcing" technology services, this excellent article reveals that relationships not continuously reviewed, maintained, and adjusted become "stale" within three years. Both quality and cost savings can drop to the point at which point a company needs to drop the practice itself.

Go To Source (www.cio.com)
The Five Biggest Network No-Nos
8/23/2007
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Even if it's "in place," your network requires continual vigilance and improvement. This article provides five "no-nos" that will help you keep up to date and up to speed by avoiding big mistakes.

Go To Source (www.optimizemag.com)
Buy or lease? It's a key question for businesses
8/16/2007
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Rohonda Abrams lists some of the trade offs between buying and leasing. As your business grows, leasing may be tempting, but in the long run it may not be the best choice.

Go To Source (www.usatoday.com)
Business Documents
8/9/2007
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From cash-flow statements to stock purchase agreements, this practical site offers downloadable templates for the myriad business documents you'll need to launch, and grow, your company.

Go To Source (www.smallbizresource.com)
10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained
8/3/2007
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Thanks to the Web, copyright laws are now front and center for entrepreneurs. Are the Fortune magazine quotes you use in your marketing e-newsletter protected? (Possibly) Are e-mails protected? (Yes and No) This article, while not legal advice, is an excellent, readable guide to today's changing copyright laws.

Go To Source (www.templetons.com)
How to Choose the Right Web Host for Your Business
8/2/2007
Summary:

Not all Web hosts are the same--far from it. Matching your host to your company is vital, and you have a lot of choices. Price, size, service offerings, type (there are four, at least), bandwidth, back-up processes, redundancy, and reputation are just a few. This article is part of a series on Web services.

Go To Source (www.ecommercetimes.com)
An Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
Fite Ronald
8/1/2007
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What does "Lean" mean? This article provides the basic background, terminology, and insight entrepreneurs need to understand how specific, proven processes lead to reduced costs, improved quality, and delighted customers. It also briefly considers the next logical extension of Lean Manufacturing (Lean Thinking), which allows service companies to benefit from the hard-won lessons of manufacturers.

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An Overview of Six Sigma
Waggener Donald G
8/1/2007
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The Six Sigma manufacturing process drives production to near-perfect levels, seeking less than 3.4 defects per million output units. Here, the basic purpose and process of the Six Sigma methodology, and its connection to "lean" manufacturing, are clearly explained for entrepreneurs. The article also provides tips on getting started and guidelines to successful implementation.

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