15 Tips To Keep A Growing Business Lean And Save Money

As your business grows, you’ll likely have more capital in rotation. As you bring in more money, you will also need to spend more to continue growing. 

However, it’s important to ensure that you’re not spending in excess and are still saving money where you can. Otherwise, you may find yourself in the red and facing some exceptionally difficult financial decisions.

Below, 15 members of Forbes Coaches Council share their best advice for business owners looking to keep their operations lean and save money.

1. Observe, Plan And Earn Before You Spend

Understand, observe and become fully aware of your industry and the needs of your business. Learning to optimize your costs takes time, errors, small tests and planning based on the data you collect every day. Ask yourself what you

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Former NSW MP Daryl Maguire tells ICAC he didn’t report ‘cash-for-visa scam’ because he was making money

Former NSW MP Daryl Maguire has told a corruption inquiry he did not report his involvement in a “cash-for-visa scam” because he was making money.

The former Wagga Wagga MP is accused of using his position in Parliament to benefit himself and his related business associates.

Within half an hour of questioning in NSW’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Mr Maguire admitted to using his parliamentary office and resources to conduct various business dealings, including receiving thousands of dollars in cash at his office as part of the visa scam.

He also admitted to acting as a shadow director for a business known as G8wayInternational, as well as using his parliamentary staff, resources, mailing system and even the parliamentary library for the business.

Mr Maguire said those business interests were not disclosed as they should have been in line with his obligations as an MP.

Later, he told the hearing

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The Obsession That’s Helping E-Commerce Businesses Make More Money

How can you possibly know how your business is performing if you’re not tracking and measuring very specific metrics? Without them, it’s like navigating a desert without a compass. If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. And it’s in the online world, where consumer behavior data is so readily available, that metrics can really shine.



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So how can you measure your e-commerce metrics?

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Most online retailers use Google Analytics as the first step to measuring and tracking their metrics:

Step 1: Determine your top metrics

Step 2: Set it up in Google Analytics

Step 3: Monitor your results on a regular basis

Related: How Google Analytics Help Small Business Owners to Make Better Business Decisions

But this data is limited in that it doesn’t explain why the user is behaving in a certain way, it just provides the quantitative data -—

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Informa Markets Fashion Elevates Talent and New Teams, Taking the Next Step Forward in Business … | Money

The group has also added roles and elevated talent in other key areas including brand development, content and industry insights, and digital marketing to help bolster strategy as they further diversify their physical and digital product offer. A new Experience and Education division, dedicated to providing on-going educational opportunities, both on and offline, will cater to the varied needs of each brand vertical. Additionally, the group will continue with its expanded production of marketplace-exclusive content, highlighting and identifying timely industry insights and fashion resources also further driving differentiation and distinction in its event offering to the community.

“Adaptation, innovation, and evolution will be key as we move forward and the industry’s business needs are at the core of our strategic path ahead,” said Kelly Helfman, Commercial President for Informa Markets Fashion. “We’re fully focused on our customers’ commercial success and, by virtue, advancing our product offering to match their changing

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Trump’s children brought Secret Service money to the family business with their visits, records show

On trips like these, Secret Service agents were there to protect Trump’s children. But, for the Trump family business, their visits also brought a hidden side benefit.

That’s because when Trump’s adult children visited Trump properties, Trump’s company charged the Secret Service for agents to come along. The president’s company billed the U.S. government hundreds, or thousands, of dollars for rooms agents used on each trip, as the agency sometimes booked multiple rooms or a multiroom rental cottage on the property

In this way, Trump’s adult children and their families have caused the U.S. government to spend at least $238,000 at Trump properties so far, according to Secret Service records obtained by The Washington Post.

Government ethics experts say that nothing is wrong with Trump’s children seeking protection from the Secret Service.

But, they said, the Trump Organization’s decision to charge for the agents’ rooms created a situation in which

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Why investing money in the best shares at cheap prices can help you to make a million

The stock market crash has caused some of the best shares around to trade at cheap prices. This could present a buying opportunity for long-term investors. Solid businesses may offer less risk and higher growth potential than their peers. Buying them at low prices may provide greater scope for capital growth.



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Sign pointing towards route to becoming a millionaire.

While they may experience further volatility in the near term, over the long run they could boost your portfolio’s returns. They could even help you to make a million in the coming years.

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Buying the best shares currently available

Focusing your capital on the best shares you can find may improve your financial prospects. They are likely to include those companies that have a clear competitive advantage versus their peers. This may mean they can adapt to changing operating conditions, as well as

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How to get your money back when your credit card is stolen

It’s happened to nearly everyone: Our credit or debit card is lost or stolen, and then we find fraudulent charges on our account. And the Covid crisis has unfortunately made fraud even more common. But the theft of your card or bank information doesn’t mean you’re on the hook for all the losses. On the contrary, in the vast majority of cases, you’re entitled to a refund of almost all fraudulent charges. Here are the basic steps you should understand to get as much of your money back as possible.

Credit or Debit?

Whether to pay with debit or credit is an age-old question that depends upon multiple factors. Generally speaking, if you have good credit management skills and pay-off your cards on time every month, you should pay with credit as often as possible, in order to enjoy cash back, points and other rewards. From a safety perespective, however,

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The Ultimate Guide To Starting A Side Hustle Part 5: Making Money

At this point, you most likely know what you’d like your side hustle to be. You’ve narrowed down your niche, looked into the feasibility of it, set expectations with your loved ones and defined what systems need to be created. Now it’s time to look at the money. 

Making money is thrilling when you start a side hustle. Generating a dollar out of thin air, instead of going into a job is exciting, and not always so easy. Here are a few things you will want to keep in mind when it comes to making money in your side hustle.

Define What You’re Selling

The first thing you need to do is define what you’re selling. Because you’ve already narrowed down your niche, you know who you will be serving – so now

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Trump Wants ‘More Money at His Discretion’ in Latest COVID Stimulus Proposal: Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested there are still several disagreements between House Democrats and the Trump administration on the latest coronavirus relief package, writing that Donald Trump “wants more money at his discretion to grant or withhold” in a letter to Democratic colleagues Saturday regarding the president’s latest proposal.



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Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, leaves after her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on October 8.

“When the President talks about wanting a bigger relief package, his proposal appears to mean that he wants more money at his discretion to grant or withhold, rather than agreeing on language prescribing how we honor our workers, crush the virus and put money in the pockets of workers,” Pelosi wrote. “At this point, we still have disagreement on many priorities, and Democrats are awaiting language from the Administration on several provisions

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5 Tips for Making Money in Cheap Stocks



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First, let’s get something straight. The definition of penny stocks is entirely subjective. What I think constitutes a risky penny stock, you might feel is a robust, thriving enterprise.

Therefore, before I answer the question of whether you can make money in penny stocks, I’m going to explain what I believe is the best definition of a penny stock. From there, I’ll tackle the five rules investors should follow to be successful in trading cheap investments like penny stocks.

The Definition: Merriam-Webster defines penny stock as “a usually unlisted highly speculative stock usually selling for a dollar or less.” Hence, the penny-stock moniker. Others are more liberal in their interpretation of what constitutes a penny stock.

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