What is an Alliance?

A business alliance is a formal association of two or more business parties to further their common interests, presumably over the long term. As such, these alliances can take many forms with varying degrees of complexity and difficulty. In its simplest form, an alliance can be described as a buy/sell arrangement. On a more complex level, a long term relationship and alliance may result from an effort to co-develop or share technology, or possibly from a technology licensing agreement. Even more complex are partnerships or joint ventures especially when the global aspect of business is introduced, and especially if the parties to the alliance are from different countries and different cultures.

Before attempting to form an alliance, you need to make sure that you are familiar with the steps. Preparing in advance is like practicing the dance steps before your first dance. It will help you avoid possible mistakes, and perhaps stepping on someone else’s toes.

To begin with, you will need to answer the following key questions before you take that first dance step:

o Do we truly need an alliance or do we have the expertise and the resources required to succeed on our own?
o What benefits do we expect from an alliance versus going it alone (both financial and non-financial)?
o Who are the potential alliance associates?
o What alternative forms of alliance have we considered and what form should the alliance take?

To answer these questions you will need to perform a thorough, objective and honest assessment of your company’s business environment, the internal and external challenges it faces, its resource capabilities and limitations, AND its strengths and weaknesses. You’ll also want to evaluate the opportunities and threats facing your business. To complete this assessment, you will need to develop a detailed business plan.

Business Alliances – Strategy For Small Business Growth

Business alliances are often overlooked or not given much consideration by small businesses, yet they can be vital in helping a company grow and prosper. All too often, small businesses think alliances are just for big businesses; as a result, they neither explore nor pursue them. However, they can be just as beneficial for small businesses as they are for large corporations. If a small business is serious about gaining access to new markets, capitalizing on technology, growing profits using shared resources, they should consider a business alliance.

It’s no secret, businesses that share resources can create greater efficiencies and become more profitable. Business alliances can increase synergies and mitigate potential risk, while allowing companies to work together toward common goals as they maintain their individuality. There are several types of business alliances, each with its unique attributes.

Now is the time to assess what your business brings to the table. What assets, either tangible or intangible, does your business possess that when leveraged with another company can unlock greater potential for each business?

Alliance opportunities can be developed with suppliers, customers, investors, complementary businesses and friendly competitors. Some alliances are natural matches, while others require some creative thinking. I’ve listed the different types of alliances below, along with a description and example of each. When reading through them, think about how your business can create the benefits of a win-win proposition with another company.

JOINT VENTURE

A joint venture is a contractual arrangement whereby a separate entity is created to carry on a trade or business on its own, separate from the core business of the participating companies. Businesses often come together to share knowledge, markets, funds and profits. In some cases, a large company can decide to form a joint venture with a smaller business in order to quickly acquire critical intellectual property, technology, or resources otherwise hard to obtain. Companies with identical products and services can also join forces to penetrate markets they wouldn’t or couldn’t consider without investing a tremendous amount of resources. Separation is often inevitable because JVs generally have a limited life and purpose.

Example: You’ve developed a product but have a limited distribution base. Another company has the distribution system in place with a sizable market and wants to expand its company’s product offerings. You form a joint venture with the other company to jointly promote the product. It’s a win-win because you don’t have to fund the costs of reaching the potential customers and the other company expands its value and product offering to its current distribution base without having to fund the research and development costs of a new product. A contract would be signed detailing the aspects of the agreement.

STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

A strategic alliance is generally an arrangement whereby a separate entity is not created. Participants engage in joint activities but do not create an entity that would carry on trade or business on its own. The strategic alliance partners may provide resources such as products, distribution channels, manufacturing capabilities, capital equipment, knowledge, expertise, or intellectual property. Each party in the alliance maintains autonomy.

Example: A business management consultant wants to expand his services. He currently offers coaching, marketing, financial and operational consulting. He has noticed an increase demand for HR and diversity consulting from his clientele. He currently has no desire to hire additional personnel with the degrees and certifications required to offer these services. He seeks a strategic alliance with a HR and diversity consulting firm. The new firm agrees to work with his firm when opportunities arise for their services and a percentage of the revenue generated from the services provided will be returned to his firm.

PARTNERSHIP

A partnership is a legal agreement between two parties wherein both the parties agree to share profits and losses of a common business with no anticipated end date.

Example: A company whose primary function is to sell ads and produce unique coupon circulars to promote a variety of small businesses to the residential community had a substantial printing bill monthly. The company sought a partnership with a small printing company. The printing company had the expertise but limited printing volume. It required purchasing equipment that the printer didn’t have but saw a need for. A contract was signed establishing the new company; cost of the equipment was split between the two entities. The coupon circular producer sent all its business to the new venture at a substantial discount. The profits from the new venture were divided among the coupon circular company and the printing company. Each kept their original businesses separate from the new business.

MARKETING ALLIANCE

A marketing alliance is an agreement involving two or more companies to share cost and resources to promote each of the companies within the group. The target markets of the companies within the alliance usually share similar characteristics. The alliance can be a formal or an informal agreement.

Example: A group of locally owned and operated restaurants band together to form a marketing alliance. The alliance, similar to groups throughout the nation, promotes the uniqueness of their cuisines in an effort to stand out against the national chains. The group pools their resources to run ads and produce a direct mail guide to promote their menus, while offering discounts. They pay an upfront fee and then contribute several hundred dollars in gift certificates every quarter. Those certificates are sold online at a discount to help fund their marketing efforts. Donating gift certificates help keep the cost down for the participating restaurateurs.

COLLABORATION

A collaboration is when two or more businesses come together to share resources to create greater efficiencies such as the sharing of employees, equipment, shipping cost, rent, products and etc. Collaborations are generally for specific time periods and resources.

Example: As a small business you may have a difficult time throwing a first class holiday party for your employees. You want to show them just how much they are appreciated but the economy is tight and company funds are even tighter. Pooling your resources to have a party with a complementary company, saves money for both companies and could potentially pay off in new business opportunities and networking.

Managing the Alliances

Each company should bring a balance set of strengths to the alliance but there are other considerations as well. You must manage the alliance to ensure it contributes to the success of each company. Listed below are few of the things you should consider to produce a successful alliance:

1. Alliances should be made with the decision maker. You must have the support and commitment from the business owner and not just a manager.

2. Communication is a key ingredient. Clearly communicate the goals and objectives of the alliance in the beginning.

3. Develop the metrics the alliance will be measured against. Determine how the performance of each of the companies will be measured.

4. Allocate proper resources to the alliance. Don’t get half way through the project before you determine the proper resources were not allocated to the venture.

5. Ensure that all participating employees are committed to the success of the alliance. You need buy-in from everyone involved, not just a few select people.

6. Detail the responsibilities of each of the participating companies. Be explicit in what the expectations are for each of the companies in the alliance.

7. Just like all things, nothing is perfect. Be prepared to make changes if something is not working.

8. Stay committed and focused on the benefits of the alliance rather than the inconveniences the alliance may cause.

Each party must benefit from the alliance for it to be successful. Otherwise, like a marriage, the relationship will go from honeymoon to divorce court quickly and all parties will suffer.

Online Business Alliance (OBA) – “Stacked Income”

If you’ve ever purchased an ebook or an online business opportunity, presented by compelling sales pages with copywriting that lured you in like a big red fish, only to be completely disappointed, you ought to read this.

You know how they do it.

It starts with a big red headline using an impact font that captures your attention. For example, “Who else want to make X amount and finally learn the secret to making money online?”. Something like that.

Next, they try to reel you in, pull your strings and make you feel as though you are not doing everything you can to support your family. “Take action NOW!” “See you on the other side” they say.

How many times have you heard that?

You send them your $49.95, you reach the other side, and learn that the secret to online marketing is writing articles and posting in forums. Do this consistently and you can ride off into the sunset.

If you are like me and don’t give up, you should read “Stacked Income” by Dave Gray. It is well worth every penny. In fact it costs 500 pennies ($5).

Mr. Gray is a distinguished business man with a fresh, real world approach to Internet marketing. He is the founder and administrator of the Online Business Alliance (OBA).

One of the main points is that Stacked Income” is not another name for “multiple streams of income”. Gray explains in detail how “multiple streams of income’ never work and contrasts that to his stacked income formula in a step-by-step methodically way.

Another important chapter covers the fallacies involved with “the money is in the list” approach. How many times have you heard that? Dave Gray squashes that theory as well and explains why in a no nonsense businesslike approach.

When you purchase “Stacked Income” or any other of Dave Gray’s products for $5, you are automatically provided an online business opportunity and membership to the Online Business Alliance (OBA). Basically, it’s an invitation you can’t refuse.

Once you’re inside the OBA, it is also a step-by-step process. You can leave and come back, but you can’t skip a step. This helps everyone.

Speaking of help, there is tons of it in the forum and Dave Gray will answer your questions personally if necessary. Everyone in there is friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Absolutely no one will try to sell you anything or try to get you to do this or that. The help is truly genuine.

There is a lot more to the Online Business Alliance and “Stacked Income” than selling five dollar ebooks and digital products. While that is a lucrative business for many and the product line continues to expand, the business model outlined in detail in “Stacked Income” is the exciting part.

This is not the same old same old ebook with the same reused, resale rights content with a new, spruced up ebook cover. This is proprietary and revolutionary new information that will prove to be the future of Internet marketing for the foreseeable future.

A Business Alliance is Not a Marriage – Part 2

A Business Alliance is Not a Marriage More Like Serious Dating… with a Prenup

What kind of team building can we do to get both sides of our business alliance working better together?” “How can we get them to trust us more?” “As partners, shouldn’t we be looking at the balance between risk and reward equally?”

These are just a few of the questions I’ve been asked in recent months. The answers, in my not to be popular opinion, are clear, succinct, and a wee bit blunt. Hang in there though. The recommendations that follow can make this pill easier to swallow.

This is Part 2 of a 4-part series: Part 1 ● Part 2 ● Part 3 ● Part 4

Step 4. Keep Blackberry Use to a Minimum When Dating in Your Business Alliance

How many of us have dated via blackberry? Can you imagine what that would look like?

Via text messaging:

“Hi U like food? (reply + or -)”. Click send.

Ring tone (Pink Floyd caller song ID). “Yum Yum.” Click send.

“What? Spaghetti +! OMG. M2.”

I mean really. What kind of dating is that? And yet, just the other day I worked with a company who couldn’t seem to function any other way when it came to communicating with their alliance cohorts, let alone among themselves. The majority of their correspondence (and I do mean majority) has been sent courtesy of that little electronic gadget attached to the hip and sporting a fruity name.

Savvy consumers of project management will tell you to build in as many face-to-face encounters as you can.

It’s not one-way relay of data that builds collaboration, clarifies expectations or results in synergistic what ifs. It’s the ability to engage in conversation, a healthy banter in which each party builds upon the other’s views, explores potential pitfalls and considers remedies. By seeing the other person, you hear what it is they’re saying. Latest statistics out there indicate that non-verbal communication is 92% of the message. Words comprise 8%. Makes you think twice about sending an email doesn’t it?

What to do? Build in frequent F2F (face-to-face) meetings with your alliance counterparts. Project starts, key milestones, project conclusions are typical rules of thumb when convening in person. For longer projects, (often associated with alliances), consider at least one F2F per business quarter and hold that date as sacred.

Alternate travel locations so that one side is not enduring the brunt of trains, planes or automobiles. Supplement F2F meetings with state of the art video web streaming. We’re not talking about the archaic Godzilla style movies where all the lip movements of the actors were out of sync with the voice over. It’s 2007 and they make a plethora of high digital resolution video streaming that you can afford. Let’s put it this way, you can’t afford not to invest in either the travel time or the video streaming.

Step 5. The Team that Needs Nurturing is Your Own

The other interesting item I’ve seen of late is the tendency for organizations to assume their own staff are up to speed, on course and sailing straight ahead… without ever having to meet with one another. In some cases, briefings are about as common as the annual Holiday party. People meet up with their alliance counterparts ill equipped and often, uninformed. There is little or infrequent relay of strategy on latest events which may have some bearing on soon to be scheduled action items. This gap in communication leads to a huge hole in understanding and often results in missed milestones. Ensuring that your own team understands project goals, roles and responsibilities and other critical elements should be your number one priority.

What to do? Meet often and frequently with your team. Consider adopting war room communication strategies. Post information in a common area; make visual; conduct briefings and hold status reports frequently. Update the group on rules of engagement with every change of team member – your alliance counterparts as well as your own.

Step 6. He Who Owns the Pen Owns the Meeting.

Part A. One of the side effects of infrequent discussions are that F2F meetings (or even teleconferences) become packed to the brim with agenda items so voluminous that the meeting ends up being counterproductive. Sally needs 15 minutes to brief the group on market research, but takes 45 minutes instead. Fred is there because he wanted to be “available” should any of the visiting alliance members have a question. Only he starts to pipe in with his comments during several of the sections which ultimately derails the agenda. The investigational review that didn’t happen over the phone on Tuesday has been rolled over to the Friday meeting and so on and so on.

What to do? Own the agenda by crafting it and sending it out to others for their input – which is very different from assuming others will author it. This is not your administrative assistant’s responsibility, it’s yours. You create the agenda, then ask others to modify it (See Step 9- Author-Edit Rule(TM)) Send the agenda out at least 48 hours in advance. Keep it simple; not overly layered. Post it visually. Have someone (who has sufficient backbone and talent to manage in warp speed fashion) lead the group through the action items and capture salient points.

Part B. Real facilitation of meetings takes place before and after the meeting, not during. Call people once you’ve sent the agenda. “Did you get the agenda?… What questions might you have?… Is there anything I may have missed? Bob, I’m looking forward to you taking lead on the second section… By the way, what happened to the patient portfolio market timeline?” Chances are that by checking in with your key stakeholders and engaging before hand, as well as after, you’ll not only ensure better meetings, you’ll also establish better rapport.

What to do? Remember, in order to get to respect, it’s all about creating a series of shared experiences in which congruity of values are first demonstrated. Besides which, frequent conversations allow you to gather data about your alliance counterpart. What is it they must have for this project to be successful? What are their greatest fears? Not only is the data invaluable to you as you navigate toward successful project execution, but you’re also able to swap levels of expertise without a peanut gallery commenting on your dialogue.

Part C. Not every meeting is for everyone. Some meetings are for passing along nuggets of information- coincidentally, we call these informational meetings. It’s OK to have 4 attend or 400, which ever number of people you believe would benefit from the educational value of the information being relayed.

Then there’s the status or brainstorming meeting in which key members provide input on project activities. Project hiccups are identified and cures explored.

It’s the decision meeting that has everyone’s skirts up over their heads. Decision meetings should just be for decision makers – not spectators. For example, if Jonathon is new to the group, he may spend a good portion of his time posturing to any audience in the room not part of the decision making group. I call this the “justification of existence” entrance. What soon happens however is that the justification of existence begins to spread like a virus. After the first 30 minutes of the meeting, everyone seems to be puffing out their chests and claiming their territory. The only thing missing is the mating call of the wild.

What to do? Reduce the numbers attending meetings to those who are the actual decision makers. Our research shows that 5-7 is optimal. More than that and chaos typically ensues with individual agendas getting in the way of the overarching project objectives. Capture salient points in real time. Have a PC and printer available. Recap all action items and assignments while people are still gathered. Get agreement. Ensure there is no confusion. Distribute the draft immediately so that people walk out the door or hang up the phone viewing the agreed upon actions. If needed, follow up with a more formal recap within 48 hours. Keep the recap clear and concise. Who, what and when are really all that’s needed.

A Business Alliance is Not a Marriage – Part 1

A Business Alliance is Not a Marriage More Like Serious Dating… with a Prenup

 

“What kind of team building can we do to get both sides of our business alliance working better together?” “How can we get them to trust us more?” “As partners, shouldn’t we be looking at the balance between risk and reward equally?”

These are just a few of the questions I’ve been asked in recent months. The answers, in my not to be popular opinion, are clear, succinct, and a wee bit blunt. Hang in there though. The recommendations that follow can make this pill easier to swallow. First, let’s debunk a few myths commonly associated with an alliance.

This is Part 1 of a 4-part series: Part 1 ● Part 2 ● Part 3 ● Part 4

First, a business alliance is not a team. An alliance is comprised of two completely different organizations with independent objectives, diverse values and differing results requiring an organization’s specific reckoning- ergo, by definition, it is NOT a team.

Secondly, trust, the sought after metric in alliances doesn’t happen just because it’s the thing to do in a pop culture society. It’s been my experience that the TRUST we speak of so loosely in our alliance circles comes about from a deeply mutual respect based on congruity of values stemming from shared experiences. One begats the other, and the begetting is in sequence. If you’re familiar with the Book of Numbers in the Bible, you’ll notice an awful lot of begats. Hezekial begat Jebediah, Jebediah begat Abner who begat… well you get the gist. Trust is similar. It too requires a lot of begats beginning with a fair amount of time spent, shared experiences, congruity of values, mutual respect with an eventual culmination in trust.

It should come as no surprise then that when complete strangers begin surveying one another in the first few moments of their alliance, the desired level of trust is less than stellar.

Finally, an alliance is not a partnership. Why would it be? There’s rarely a perceived equity between risk, investment and reward. One party is typically bigger than the other. One usually has more to win or lose than the other. There is no real equity, thus no real partnership. When people behave as though there are emotional conclusions and context as to how the other party should view and regard initiatives in the alliance they are often led down a path in which communication and understanding breaks down. If you get right down to it, the complaints arising from this misconception tend to look and sound an awful lot like a marriage counseling session.

In short, alliances aren’t teams. They’re not partnerships and they’re certainly not a marriage. What are they? They’re projects.

Teams imply adherence to pre-established and organizationally linked mission, vision, goals, rewards, recognition and risks. Projects don’t.

Marriage partnerships imply equality. Projects don’t.

Alliances are projects, in the purest and simplest definition of the term. If we could just cut through some of the rhetoric out there, reduce the number of surveys assessing feelings, and re-assign the folks pushing equality and camaraderie at any cost, we’d have more than just a handful of alliances to point to as the successful “Come on! You can do it!”” benchmark.

Framing alliance efforts as a project, forces both sides of the alliance to work from an objective perspective versus a subjective one. Project management tenets constructively minimize political or emotional undercurrents which can often derail collaboration efforts.

When approached as a project, alliance efforts can move a group of non-partners into a collaborative effort.

Still, for all of you out there who remain addicted to the concept of teams and equitable marriage partnerships within the alliance movement, here’s my version of a 12 Step Program to help you on your way to Alliance Management Recovery:

Step 1. Make the language of the relationship project based. Take out all language used amongst yourselves (and which in turn may be found in supporting documents) referring to teams, partnerships and equality in the alliance. Replace it with a new relationship language thus realigning the meaning. Terms such as the following will go a long way to resetting expectations: Collaborative project Project goals Project Schedule Project Budget Project Metrics …. You get the point.

What to do? Start with your own internal reference pieces. Create a project charter as a starting document to reset terminology and provide collaboration parameters. See Step 2.

Step 2. Create a Project Prenup. Via the prenup (or project charter), structure is given to the gooey nature of working with other people across organizations. In it you will find items such as: Purpose Deliverables Assumptions Challenges/Questions Project Scope (What’s In… What’s Out) Constraints Decision Makers (Sponsors) Team Member Roles and Assignment Risk Mitigation

A project charter clearly spells out the significant expectations and rules for managing key endeavors of the alliance. In it, both parties review and agree prior to the project starting. To move things along, you’ll want to create a prenup for each key project associated with the alliance, which leads us to Step 3.

What to do? Craft a written project charter and forward along to your counterparts. Reference it throughout your efforts. The charter can act as a constructive contract directing collaboration efforts.

Step 3. Divide the Alliance Pie into Bite Size Pieces. If you can segment some of the larger portions of the alliance into very specific project parameters, you’re better able to manage, coordinate, measure and monitor. It’s like the old adage of divide and conquer, only instead of Roman swords, you’re using project charters, RACI Charts and Critical Path Crashing Schedules.

This also gives you an opportunity to pilot certain project practices in one area of the alliance before rolling out to other areas. By segmenting the alliance into tangible project scenarios, you can minimize the potential for serious wrinkles (isolated into one project area). Before the entire alliance applecart is upset, you’ve got a remedy in hand and best practices discovered from your pilot, all of which can then be transplanted.

What to do? Look at the project as a whole. Where are there logical project parameters? Commercialization? Domestic vs. International Distribution? Product Marketing?

This is Part 1 of a 4-part series: Part 1 ● Part 2 ● Part 3 ● Part 4

The 12 Step Program to Alliance Management Recovery may not be for everyone, but we think the tenets have some merit. At the very least, it should put managing alliances in a healthier perspective.

Following a few of these steps should put you in true business alliance dating form in no time.

Home Business Alliance, Money Maker, Or Lose Your Shirt?

For sometime now there has been a buzz building about a new opportunity, Home Income Alliance. This article will review the business, so you can make in informed decision for yourself.

Home Income Alliance is a re-branding of (IPC) Income Profit Centre, which was created by Dan Miller. It has taken all the good things about IPC an improved them. This was done primarily to add more income steams for members an give them much more value within the system.

So what is the principle business of the Alliance system? It is basically a home business system in a box. You can choose to market the business opportunity, or can market individual software an digital products. From my observations most people seem to promote the complete system, as this is where the largest profit lays.

I have been researching Home Income Alliance for this review an have been fortunate enough to see the back end of this system.

1) The ”getting started” section will teach even beginners how to upload there site, set up auto responders, and except payments.

2) Each member has 3 websites: the main Alliance site, a digital product shop, an power income site.

3) Full Training, Videos, live conference calls, and support from your direct sponsor.

4) Comprehensive tracking of all sales

So how does it all come together? – Home Income Alliance was created to allowing average people to earn to earn a real income online starting today. A true turnkey system that allows you to plugin immediately.

Members have have 3 levels to come in at, the top level will payout commissions an overrides on all 3 levels, because of the inbuilt perpetual leverage the income continues to grow month to month.

Home Income Alliance Review Verdict – Scam or legitimate business? Well I personally believe it is not a scam. The company, products and opportunity seem sound. However, like all opportunities out there if the individual does not do any work, they will make no money. Every legitimate business requires a legitimate work ethic.

Who is this suitable for? – Everybody, experienced marketers will make very serious money, while beginners will be walked by the hand step by step with team support though the best training available.

I hope this article has helped clear up any questions you had and answer the question: Home Business Alliance, Scam or Money Maker?

Find Out About The Alternate Options To Obamacare Now

Quite a few folks are viewing the issues with the present Obamacare act and also exactly how it’s not quite the solution to the health-related turmoil that lots of folks were hoping it would be. Though it has been a good start and also did present lots of modifications, it really did not do ample to be able to resolve every one of the issues with the health care industry. To get started doing more, plans have been created for alternative acts that will carry out a lot more to rectify the issues in the healthcare industry and thus really allow it to be less expensive for individuals who need it to have the means to access healthcare.

Among the alternatives that’s being suggested will be the CARE act. This outlines distinct concepts that may allow individuals to have much more alternatives as well as more entry to higher health care quality. The focus is not only on being sure that everyone has medical care, but in order to make sure that people have healthcare which is really cost-effective for everyone as well as which is the good quality they have to have. A person can go through this to be able to learn far more about the offer. In the event that the plan is actually applied, the objectives incorporate lowering medical care costs, raise the quantity of plans they can choose from, as well as improve the selections for small companies as well as their particular staff.

Someone that is currently concerned with their particular medical care could read more about the options that this specific plan could offer plus the adjustments that might happen if it is put into place. This enables the individual to obtain a much better notion of why they are facing problems obtaining and also utilizing their own health insurance and just what may be done with regards to it. It demonstrates there are more choices than the Obamacare act has created and that there’s more that may be done to be able to help individuals who have trouble affording their health insurance and also any kind of charges they must cover that insurance policies will not likely include.

In case you might be interested in learning more concerning the present status of the medical industry as well as the changes that are suggested, . Be sure you to be able to acquire all the information you need on both the present circumstance and what is being proposed to help make the adjustments that are needed so everybody can have access to the top quality medical care they desire.

Charm Your Customer or Business Alliance With Silk Business Cards, Win Them Over

Business today is led by perception and impressions. Companies are earmarking huge budgets to their marketing and promotional activities, as they recognize the need to make an impact to customers who are wooed by so many. You can work magic with well designed and printed cards to aid your marketing, branding initiatives. Silk business cards are showing promise and can get people to do a double take when they receive it. So what are they exactly? Are they coated with silk or something like that? Well, these creative cards are laminated using a plastic film which is responsible for the luxurious appeal they generate. This is a special process making them unique and giving them more features, absent in other plain cards. These business cards are a great investment due to the long ranging impact they help create. When you give out such cards to anyone, they are bound to be impressed. They will look at you and your business with respect and awe.

Some of the more features make them super attractive and very good return on investment for a company of any size. So what are some of these engaging features?

 

    • Silk laminated business cards are durable, scratch resistant and hence very long-lasting
    • They look and feel rich, elegant, chic and very attractive-the sheen gives it the extra panache you cannot get with the general card-stock. They exude confidence among the one giving them out as it never fails to charm the one you are giving it to
    • Matt laminated cards are very user-friendly as you can easily write or jot something over the coating easily. No other card unless it’s a plain one offers you this benefit
    • You can easily print business cards with some more finish or treatment like spot UV, gloss etc. which is easy to get done on this variety of visiting cards
    • They do not tear, stain or get dirty. Their allure is everlasting, making them hot picks for frequent travelers
    • Silk business cards are one the most creative business cards due to their unique finish, look, feel and overall structure
    • When you network with so many people, it’s possible that business cards get dirty and people may want to discard them later. But, not so in this case. These look so nice and attractive and of course remain clean so people do not mind keeping them in their card holder or Rolodex
  • These cards are perfect for companies in the luxury and lifestyle or entertainment sector. The stylish and aesthetic elements mesh well together making them perfectly suited to the glamor quotient attached to these professions
  • Smooth, silky, seductive – all these wrapped up in a small visiting card. This little marketing tool is like the front-runner for all popularity polls as it delivers much more than what it is expected to do
  • They are in trend and well coveted so by getting silk business cards or, you are staying in vogue and hence it helps you to achieve desired visibility.

 

Online Business Alliance Review – An Affiliate Marketing Business Opportunity

Online Business Alliance is an affiliate marketing business opportunity that has been around for some time now. Based in the affiliate marketing industry and touting to help create a substantial income for its members, can you truly find success with OBA?

HERE IS A SIMPLE REVIEW OF THE OBA BUSINESS AND OPPORTUNITY.

Online Business Alliance is part of the ever and fast growing affiliate marketing business opportunity industry. There seems to be thousands of these types of opportunities online anymore and all touting to help you, the member, create a huge and substantial income online. The cost of the program is a mere $5 one time fee with no recurring fee involved. Although this does sound enticing, finding massive success through affiliate marketing on the internet is difficult and requires solid effort and training.

The OBA offers what they call a turnkey automated money making opportunity complete with e-books, replicated websites, hosting, landing pages and products to sell from the replicated site. The OBA program does offer some training in Internet marketing, but does seem to lack when it comes to 1-on-1 coaching and mentoring which is vital to the newbie to starting an online business.

The compensation plan is built on affiliate marketing through the products and through recruiting others into the business opportunity itself. With such a small entry fee and the commission earned through recruitment, this will literally require the recruitment of not 100’s, but literally 1000’s of individuals into the organization monthly to create a substantial income for the affiliate business owner. The products themselves are legitimate, but will only be in high demand through your solid Internet marketing efforts. This too with the small compensation structure per sale require a solid stream of traffic and conversion monthly.

Online Business Alliance is a legitimate affiliate marketing business opportunity, but the fact remains that creating a massive income from such a small initial investment has yet to be seen. It is best to complete your due diligence before joining any online business or program, and at least talk to someone live to get those questions answered. For those of us who have found success online however, it has come through solid Internet marketing training, solid mentoring and coaching as well as the willingness to to apply massive action!

Investing In Farming As A Long-term Investment Decision To Be Able To Save For The Potential Future

Real estate property investments have always been a means for an investor to make money either speedily simply by selling and buying properties or perhaps over a lengthy time period by holding onto acreage until its price raises significantly and there is a purchaser willing to pay market price. One particular form of real estate, however, is now being viewed as an outstanding investment and thus a lot of best real estate investors happen to be starting to buy this type of real estate to hold.

Farmland will continue to be incredibly necessary long into the future, so it is usually considered a fantastic investment. Since the potential will there be for an individual to make a great deal on their investment, At this time, it might be simple to acquire farmland along with a small investment and get going owning properties that may be leased out now and used for farming. As time advances, it can be effortless to determine exactly how the farmland can be a fantastic investment. Provided that it’s cared for correctly, the farmland could continue to be utilized for years and also might be leased out to those that need to get started farming yet simply can’t afford to purchase the farmland by themselves.

Because of the nature of real-estate investments, it’s critical for somebody to be happy to keep their particular farmland for many years. A person can easily go to this web-site to be able to discover much more about exactly why this can be needed. The price of the land is likely going to go up and down throughout the time someone owns the property, so will the amount they’re able to get when they let the property to a farmer. Nonetheless, if perhaps the investment is actually kept for a long period of time, the person will stand the chance of make money from the rentals as well as through the sale of the real estate down the road.

In the event that you want to get started investing in properties, to understand a lot more regarding exactly why buying farmland is going to be regarded as an outstanding notion. In case you are prepared to invest, you can look here to be able to learn more concerning exactly what you ought to search for and also exactly how you can obtain farmland that may help you earn profits with time. Check it out right now