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what’s In A Name – Just Your Business Survival!

Business SurvivalWhat’s so important about how I sign my name?”

I get asked that question all of the time from my business consulting clients.

I tell them that a better question to ask me is this:

“Who cares about how I sign my name?”

The answer is a simple one.

NOBODY.

FINE PRINT: Except… your customers and clients, your creditors, your bank, your mortgage company, your landlord, the I.R.S… oh yes… and anyone else that wants to SUE YOU (and don’t forget ALL their lawyers!).

As in many areas of the law, the exception to the rule swallows up the rule!

What do I mean by this?

Well, let’s start with some basics. For instance, if you’ve already formed a corporation or limited liability company (LLC), you may think that you’re already protected from personal liability in the event of a lawsuit against your business.

In general, the rule is that a corporation or LLC, if formed correctly, and if all of the formalities required under the law of the State where the entity was formed are followed, does protect you from personal liability for business debts and lawsuits.

FINE PRINT: Except… when you choose to do business as an individual, and not as the corporation or LLC that you initially formed.

You see, whenever you sign documents like contracts, purchase orders, contractual agreements, leases, loans, mortgages, promissory notes, and most other legal documents involving your business, you need to make sure that you sign your name only in your business capacity.

You MUST avoid signing your name in your individual capacity.

And how do you do that? It’s pretty simple. You see, the format that you use to sign your name is the controlling factor.

In many cases, you as the business owner, sign your name without knowing how to properly sign your name to business documents. In fact, most business owners of corporations and LLC’s still sign legally binding agreements in their individual capacity…and not as the business.

SIGN AS AN AGENT OF YOUR BUSINESS

If you have formed a corporation or an LLC, you must remember to sign all contracts, agreements, invoices, etc… as an agent of the business.

For example… Many business owners haphazardly, or perhaps inadvertently, sign legal documents like the format shown in

EXAMPLE 1 below:

EXAMPLE 1

(signature)
————————
John Doe

“But what is the consequence of signing my name like in EXAMPLE 1 above to invoices, agreements, or documents?”

EXAMPLE 1 and the above signature format legally establishes that YOU have signed the contract, invoice, loan, or agreement as an individual.

And not as an agent on behalf of your business.

If you sign your name to agreements in the form depicted in EXAMPLE 1 above, YOU could very well be liable personally to meet all of the terms of the agreement.

And you likely don’t want to do this!

Why Simply out, because you’re therefore subjecting all of your business assets and personal assets as well to the risk of a lawsuit.

If you sign agreements as depicted in EXAMPLE 1 above, YOU will very likely be named personally, as well as your business, in any lawsuit filed against the business.

Remember then:

Signing your name like in EXAMPLE 1 above DOES NOT establish that you have signed the agreement as an agent on behalf of your business.

“Okay. So how should I sign my name to my invoices, contracts, leases, loans, or any other business agreements?

What simple step can I take to protect my business, and my personal assets as well?

SIGN DOCUMENTS ONLY AS AN AGENT OF YOUR BUSINESS

Make sure that you only sign legal documents, letters, memos, invoices, loans, leases, etc… as an agent of your business.

How must I sign my name to any legal document or agreement to show that I am signing only as an agent of my business?

Follow EXAMPLE 2 below:

EXAMPLE 2

ABC CORPORATION, INC.

(signature)
———————————–
BY: John Doe
President (Company Title)

If you sign your name on the dotted line following the exact format depicted in Example 2 above, you legally establish that you are only signing as an agent on behalf of the business…and not in your individual capacity.

But you MUST follow the Example 2 precisely.

CAVEAT: Another very important point on this topic.

AVOID SIGNING documents that state “PERSONAL GUARANTY” on them.

A Personal Guaranty is usually a separate legal document attached to the main agreement. You generally see a Personal Guaranty in a loan, mortgage, or lease. However, sometimes a Personal Guaranty can be established just by the way you sign the legal document, invoice, lease, or agreement.

How?

Simple. If the agreement merely has a signature line that has your individual name on it without any reference to your business name, you are signing the document as a Personal Guaranty. You are therefore personally liable for that agreement if you sign the agreement with such a signature line.

But, what do I do if I am being required to sign a Personal Guaranty, like for a business loan or commercial lease for example?

If a Personal Guaranty is required, you or your lawyer should negotiate a limited period of time (the shortest possible) that the Personal Guaranty will bind you as an individual.

Remember, if you formed a corporation or LLC in the first place, you did it to avoid personal liability and to protect your personal assets. Anyone who does business with your company should, and usually does, know this. So, be careful. Other possibilities can be negotiated too. Just do your best not to sign in your personal capacity by signing a Personal Guaranty.

It’s important to remember to only sign legal documents, invoices, and even letters as an agent of your business. (Follow the format found in EXAMPLE 2 above).

How else can I make sure that I am signing my name properly to all of my business documents?

Call your attorney to review all of your agreements, invoices, leases, and legal documents BEFORE you sign them. Your attorney will offer sound advice that protects YOU, your loved ones, and your business.

Now, let’s review.

What’s in a name?

Well… besides your business…

…it could be all of YOUR personal and family assets!

The best advicve especially in the midst of tough economic times or a Recession, is to have any document you sign first reviewed by your lawyer or business consultant.

Copyright (c) 2008. Miguel Mendez, Jr. All rights reserved.

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Good Business Habits

Business HabitsLet me tell you straight, you cannot be a successful business person if you don’t have good business habits. Below I have listed a few habits that you should be doing if you wanted to be a successful business person!

1.) Are you committed to every business you have?

Opening a business is easy but maintaining its operation will take a lot of you time. Will you be available in creating marketing plans and promotional materials? Business without marketing plans is suicide. Once you start a business, put every attention to it. Don’t let your employees manage it. Take note of this, you are the only person who has vision for its success so its only you who can make it
grow.

2.) Are you continuously searching for opportunities?

Business people don’t just stick on 1 or 2 business. A business person always searches for more business opportunities. They are not mediocre. They don’t want stable business but rather a growing one. Always search for new ideas to pursue.. A business person has a vision for numerous income streams for profits!

3.) Do you think positive about you business?

A business person don’t pursue a business to which he/she doesn’t feel positive about. Once you start a business, don’t fill your mind with any negative thoughts. Problems may come your way but it will always have a solution. Business people don’t think of failures, always success behind every problem.

4.) Do you share the business vision?

You can’t survive on your own. You may be skillful at some point but it can’t make you very successful. A business person shares a business vision, to someone else, to a possible business partner. If a single business person can earn $1000 a month, then 2 person can earn $2000 a month. Simple logic but its reality. You can earn more as long as you share same vision with someone else.

5.) Do you delegate tasks?

Normally, every business person only thinks of opportunities and its corresponding marketing campaigns. It will not be healthy if the business person will also do the action of implementation. He will be dead meat if he/she will put every burden unto their shoulders. In fact, employees purpose is to put every plan into action, right?

6.) Do you create a good public image?

People are very sympathetic. They support the business whom they like the owner. Whether you like it or not,if people like your attitude and way of doing business, they will support you. But if you look like a bad boy or a person who looks down and criticizes people, believe me, you will loose every customer you’ve got!

Start creating a good public image. Help support the community where you belong. Extend some help to those in need. Don’t act as if what’s the only thing important to you is your profits and earnings. Make the public see that you care.

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Ways To Finance Your Vending Machine Business

Business MachineWhen starting a business, theres that one big wall that block your way, and thats your startup money. Without money to fund your business, there will be no business at all. So how and where can you get money? Read on to get some ideas on where you can find funding sources for your vending business:

Home Equity Loan
Most people immediately think of getting a standard business loan when thinking of financing a home business or business startup. While this may be appropriate, do not fail to consider using your home as a bank.

Small Business Administration Loan
Banks administer this loan and are more favorable to this type than a standard bank loan because they are only liable for 15% of what they loan (the government carries the other 85%). There are a number of types of documentation required with this loan, but it is certainly worth the trouble if you are willing to follow the process.

Standard Bank Financing
This financial source is probably the most difficult, yet not impossible with good credit and some net worth. Banks typically do not look favorably at vending machine loans and consider them risky because they are not considered a fixed asset.

Invest Your Tax Return Money
For a lot of people, April 15th is bonus time every year as they receive tax returns with earned income credit and deductions for kids. You can use this to slowly build your vending business. Its a great, safer way to build your business.

Family Loan
In some cases, a family member may be favorable to loaning you the money for starting your home-based business. While there may be relationship risks to this setup, it needs to be considered as an alternative to standard business financing. Some family members would rather invest in your business vision and draw a little interest rather than lending it to a bank at 2-3%.

Sell Items You Dont Need
If you badly need to create an income steam, opt for this least popular fund source. How about downsizing your car and investing the money in machines? Why not have a huge yard sale to raise $500-$1000? Why dont you downsize your home and invest your profits in the business? All of us have some money around us in our life that we could put to work.

Lease Purchasing
An option to getting into the vending business is to make an offer to buy an established vending route by lease-purchasing. You agree to lease the route from the seller with an option to buy at the end of the lease period. You invest your profits from the lease period into the purchase of the business or you can continue leasing for the cash flow you are receiving. Remember to get legal help in setting up any contractual agreement like this.

Owner Financing
Not that always easy to find but dont let it stop your from asking the seller of a vending route for it, especially if you have some money to put down.

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Powerful Methods To Stay Successful In Business

Successful BusinessIn business, achieving success is merely half the battle won. The other half? As many veteran businessmen would agree, sustaining success  staying on top of your game and on top of THE game  is the more difficult part of owning and operating a commercial enterprise.

Case in point: flash-in-the-pan businesses are a dime a dozen these days. Overnight successes are stories that are quite commonplace. But businesses that last for years, if not decades? Alas, theyre rarities in this day and age!

The goal isnt merely to succeed in business. The goal should be to remain successful in business.
Here are 5 powerful principles to live by if you want to achieve such a goal:

1. Believe in your business. Your business is bound to encounter many challenges and many tribulations along the way. Some of these trials would be grave enough to make you consider quitting. But should you? Remember: if you dont believe in your business, if you dont believe that it can succeed, then why should your prospective customers believe that your business is the right choice for them? Your faith in your business will go a long, long way in pushing it to reach its fullest potentials.

2.Find satisfaction in what youre doing. If you do not find contentment in what youre doing, then its just a matter of time before you give up on your business. Fulfillment can be attained in so many ways. If you cannot find that sense of fulfillment from your business, its either because: a) youre not looking hard enough; or b) youre looking at the wrong place. The smallest victory can be a cause for celebration. And the tiniest of triumphs can even provide the biggest kind of satisfaction.

3.Make your customers satisfaction your primary goal. Profit is good, but it shouldnt be the driving force of your business if you want your success to last. The happiness of your customers should be your paramount concern. Remembers, happy customers are customers for life.

4.Strive to improve your craft and your trade. Never rest on your laurels. Always try to be the best you can ever be when it comes to the things you do for a living.

5.Have fun! They say that the best kind of moneymaking opportunity is one that you enjoy doing. If you will find such a business, then youve hit the jackpot. Now, no one said that this jackpot cant be created. You can find enjoyment in what youre doing. Even if the business wasnt born from a hobby you once nurtured, you can still find ways by which you can make it very exciting and very enticing for you. Your enthusiasm for your business will eventually show in the products you will deliver.

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Different Strategic Levels In A Business Organization

Business OrganizationA business strategy defines the direction in which a business will take in the future. The business organization tries to achieve an advantage over the competition by the configuration of its resources within a confronting setting so that the needs of the market are met and the expectations of its stockholders are fulfilled. This is the overall definition of a business strategy. This focuses a business organization on which market it should engage in and the activities that are needed to compete in that particular market for the business to grow.

In making a business strategy, the planners need to determine how the organization can outperform its competition in a particular market niche. These are the advantages of the company which it needs to utilize, in order to gain the upper hand. In this connection, the right resources that the company can utilize should be gained, in order to maintain its competitive advantage. These resources will include the skills, various company assets, relationships, facilities and technical competence. As an organization plan how to manage its resources, it should also take into consideration the environment in which it is to operate. These are the external factors which can have an effect on the ability of a business organization to compete. Furthermore, the hope and values of its stakeholders should also be taken into account on the overall business strategy.

Though there is an overall strategy which a business organization enforces, there are different levels in a business setting where particular strategies are implemented. First there is the so called corporate strategy. In this particular strategy level, the focus is on the overall purpose and coverage of the organization to meet the expectations of its stockholders. This is crucial to the company since it has a great influence on its investors and guides the strategic decision making all through the company. A corporate business strategy is posted for all to see in the mission statement of a company.

Next in importance to the corporate strategy would be the business unit strategy of a particular business organization. A business unit strategy is mainly concerned with how a business can compete in its chosen market niche. The decisions which are the focus of attention in a business unit level are about meeting the needs of its costumers, choice of products, gaining advantage on the competition and the creation and exploitation of new opportunities.

The next level of business strategy which a business organization focuses on is the operational strategy of the company. At this level, the focus is on how each segment of the business can be systematized so as to give the direction to the business unit strategy. The consideration is on processes, people, resources and other such concerns. Various business organizations have their own strategies which they see are most advantageous to the company. They each implement safeguards to guarantee that strategic goals and objectives are met and vigorously implemented and followed by each member of the team.

Rosy Business 5 Top Secrets To A Successful Business

Much has been written about the attainment of rosy status for businesses, however many business related personnel have never heard the business management consultants phrase of rosy business.

In its basic format, this phrase is consultancy jargon for a newly developed business, or one which has been trading for typically less than 3 years. A business which has obviously survived the very high percentage of failed businesses rate, and has attained some level of business growth.

Typically in relation to business development, business consultancy firms and many an individual business consultant suggest that a rosy business generally finds itself positioned very firmly at the financial tipping point.

Most businesses blocked at the tipping point generally seek outsourced consultancy expertise to drive their business into exponential business growth.

Historically most businesses strive for rapid growth in sales and profitability and therefore continuously looks for business development and growth opportunities. With the availability of resources such as the Internet, the world has literally shrunk into a global village and businesses have a tremendous potential to market their products to the entire world.

However, in order to succeed, every business organization needs to ensure that business performance parameters which reflect the overall condition of the business are healthy or rosy in other words. Rosy business top 5 secrets to a successful business outlines this concept.

Many small and medium business enterprises today have an opportunity of working with large global business corporations which select their suppliers and business partners based on various business parameters which reflect the true picture of the business.

Being a rosy business is all about maintaining healthy business parameters like financials, employee satisfaction, quality certifications and quality performance, commitment to protection of environment, safety etc.

It is necessary that the business organization is capable of demonstrating its commitments and efforts on all these fronts to its client organizations. Only those businesses that demonstrate their ability and commitment to maintaining healthy business parameters and continuous improvements in all business areas will succeed in growing their businesses.

A large number of business organizations engage the services of business management consultants for strategic business consultancy improvement initiatives and also get their management teams to go through different business training courses to ensure their teams remain well updated.

Business consultancy firms provide vital inputs to business organizations in many different areas such as product and process quality improvement plans, lean manufacturing, lean supply chains and other important business functions. Many business consultancy firms place increased emphasis on continuous improvements and process reengineering which has helped many small and large business corporations improve their business parameters to the levels comparable with those of the top world class corporations.

Rosy Business Top 5 Secrets To A Successful Business #1 Business Vision

Most business consultancy firms and business management consultants suggest that without a business vision it is unlikely that the business would have achieved rosy status in the first place.

Irrespective of the prior business vision, it is wise to understand that if you have contracted an outsourced business consultant because you find your business is blocked at the financial tipping point, then you need proven business development and successful business management skills.

One of the first things a proven growth consultancy specialist will outline is that the original thinking which got your business to where it is today is unlikely to be the same thinking to grow your business beyond the financial tipping point. One aspect to be considered for your senior staff is the provision of business training courses.

Rosy Business Top 5 Secrets To A Successful Business #2 Business Growth

Any aspect of business development and business growth is a major undertaking and one which should only be implemented after serious research and consultancy advice from one of the proven business consultancy firms.

Not every business consultant is skilled in achieving business growth and the successful business management skills required to manage that growth.

Many professional business management consultants advocate that every member of the business team attend business training courses directly related to the business growth strategies planned for the business.

Rosy Business Top 5 Secrets To A Successful Business #3 Business Development

The provision of business training courses and the participation of every employee in the business, grants a bottom up, top down insight into the businesses new growth vision.

Business consultancy firms and business management consultants understand the difficulties of business development and the subsequent issues involved in successful business management.

Every business consultant providing business development consultancy knows that one of the most difficult aspects of taking a rosy business into a truly successful business is the change factor.

Many directors and employees find change very difficult to cope with. This is widely accepted in Business consultancy firms as taking people out of their comfort zone is always problematic.

Rosy Business Top 5 Secrets To A Successful Business #4 Business Training Courses

Many business owners wince when business consultancy firms or business management consultants recommend business training courses. A number of small to medium business managing directors feel there is no need for business training courses, because they have personally never attended any business related training programmes themselves.

This is often a huge barrier to business development and company growth for a business consultant who likely knows that approximately 97% of all small to medium size business managing directors have received no business, or no academic business management training.

Many of these MD’s feel threatened by the fact that their workforce may become more qualified than them. Consultancy may map out your strategic business growth plan, but without providing professional industry specific business training courses they may be unable to provide ongoing successful business management.

Rosy Business Top 5 Secrets To A Successful Business #5 Successful Business Management

It’s a fact that it is no use outsourcing the best business consultancy firms or contracting the finest business management consultants who deliver the most professional business training courses to kick start your business development if your business does not retain a proven business consultant to implement successful business management strategies to ensure long term sustainable business growth.

Although consultancy is a great help in achieving business growth beyond the financial tipping point it is no substitute for having a proven expert nurturing your successful business management.

Think of building the world’s greatest ever cruise liner, investing millions of pounds in the research, planning construction, fitting out and staffing the liner. Then stocking up on food and drink required for high fee paying customers, and then sourcing these customers.

And finally after years of hard work and millions and millions of pounds the harbour master pilots the ship out of the harbour and then hands over control to a captain who has never sailed a ship before. It’s clearly a plan that is pre-programmed for failure; in fact it’s almost one of Titanic proportions.

Principles In Business Card Creation

Business cards or also known as the calling cards are considered as one of the most powerful tools in marketing today. If you have to get good market recognition, you need to have effective business cards. It is always a must for you to send or give out your business cards to many people in many different places to get good market reach. Your business cards are your representative so it important that you have it designed and printed well. Likewise, your cards need to use high quality materials to give you a professional and reliable image. If your business card is lacking one of these things in one area, the whole purpose of investing your money in creating and printing these cards will just be a waste. To improve your skills and know-how about business cards, below are some of the principles that you can consider.

There are usually so many different online printing companies that offer different business card designs. But most of these designs are common and have been used by many other businesses. So, be sure to choose a unique and memorable design. Look for a good online printing company who will design only for you and always ask them to guarantee you that they will not use the design that they have made for you to their other customers.

1. Do not stuff so many things when it comes to your business cards. Keep in mind that your card does not have enough space, so always make it simple, attractive, and professional.

2. When you hand your business card to someone, he or she will first look at your business logo. Therefore, it is very crucial to highlight the logo of your business. Be sure to create an attractive and compelling logo.

3. The choice of color and especially the background always matters. You can always use the colors which are related to your business theme. If you do this right, you will have a good and suitable business card for your business.

4. Using effects on your business card is also a great idea. These effects can include lamination, matte filing, embossing, UV coating and the ink rose. All these said effects will aid your business card to look better and become a good marketing tool that will effectively promote your business in the market.

5. There are so many different online printing companies that are available in the internet nowadays. Check out each of them; always check their online portfolios to know how capable they are in handling your printing job. Once you are satisfied with their work sample, it is now time to check their prices. Do they have a reasonable price? Do they give some discounts for first time customers? These are the things that you should always think off for you to attain a good and high quality business card even with just a limited budget.

There are also some online printing companies that offer bundled packages in printing. Trying these offers will help you save money since these offers are sometimes budget friendly and provide a good output. Always keep in mind not to make any compromise when it comes to the quality of the printing. If some printing company asks for a high fee in printing your business card templates, you can also consider getting their service since they will also provide you with a first class output.

Things To Keep In Mind While Designing Business Cards In Alaska

Everyone who has a business must have business cards with key business information printed on the same. This would help them to hand out the card in a moments notice to whoever needs one. Designing business cards is one of the most important features a business owner should care about, since the card will represent yourself and will tell people what your business is all about.

When you go for a particular company to design business cards in Alaska, the design is what you need to care about. You need to choose a design that best reflects your business. A good printing firm assures printing best quality business cards that can sell your business for you. Professional and aesthetic appeal is everything that sets a professional firm apart in the business. A professional company will always advise you to choose a design that matches you and your business personality. For example: if you are a lawyer, it is not possible to design a card that is designed with a childish picture. The card should look professional with a very nice design on it.

The content of the business card is a very important thing as it tells everyone what your expertise is and it shows how professional you are. If the company provide you with a crummy little business card that has faded colors and not a quite pretty bright nice look design, its not going to appear as professional as others. In this case, it is always good to move to a professional business cards Alaska company.

There are many different business card design Alaska and color printing Alaska companies that offer the best ideas when it comes to designing business cards. The business card design companies may advise you to design a card with your own art work or pictures that you take. For example: you can design a business card with the picture of wedding cake that you prepared and are really proud of, or if you are a professional wedding caterer, then a wedding picture on the business cared would surely be great. The photos and other contents in the card should be professional enough that explains about your business out there.

As mentioned earlier, there are several business cards Alaska websites that offer an awesome business card design. You can always find some pretty awesome cards on these sites to choose from. These business card design companies offer professional business card design to anyone from a lawyer to a real estate agent and just about anything in between. They are experienced in this field and are professional in the way the design looks on the cards. They generally offer one-sided or two-sided card printing that makes the card look very professional.

When you are deciding on your business card design, you need to make sure you choose the best design that brings great value in regards to your business. Be sure to take time and put in your information on each of your favorite design and compare to see which one look for most professional. A good color printing Alaska company will surely get your business out there for people to see and take notice of.

Government Business Financing In Canada Canadian Govt Loans Deliver

Government business financing in Canada – While many entrepreneurs have heard of Canadian govt loans they have not fully understood his business finance offering. Let’s ‘ unbox ‘ the program and discuss the merits and applicability of this loan to your business – and that applies to start ups, franchises… in fact any business tha is under the pre-requisite 5 Million in revenues. Let’s dig in

Established by the federal gov’t many years ago the Small Business Financing program is dedicated to helping new , young, and growing businesses access the financing they might otherwise not receive.

The uniqueness of loan is that the majority of the loan is ‘ guaranteed’ to Canadian banks which offer the financing. At the end of the day it’s the govt commitment to encourage Canadian banks to lend to new and smaller businesses. Naturally one of he benefits to the government is the overall economic stimulus in employment, taxes, etc.

In recent years upwards of 7000++ businesses access the loan annually – for billions of dollars. The accessibility of the loan is augmented by the fact that Canadian ‘ bricks and mortar’ branches are on every main street in Canada. (Truth be told the challenge is not finding the right bank, it’s finding the right banker).

The ability to get approved for a govt small business loan in Canada provides realistic access to capital for businesses who otherwise cannot qualify for ‘ traditional ‘ loans. Yet the actual offering of the program is just that – a traditional term loan at attractive rates, great amortizations, and even the ability to pre-pay without penalty.

Many businesses who utilize the loan are either new, or in some cases purchases of businesses, including the very popular ‘ franchise ‘ segment.

The requirements of the loan are pretty basic – the owner must have reasonable good personal credit history, and must be able to contribute a minimum of 10% or more of permanent capital to the financing in question. The loan can only be used to finance 3 separate asset categories – equipment, leasehold improvements, and real estate. (The latter, real estate is rarely used in our experience as commercial mtges are more suited to this type of finance need).

As important to understand what the loan does to is what it doesn’t offer. You cannot use proceeds to refinance existing loans or for working capital/line of credit needs.

Other key aspects of getting approved include a good business plan, a cash flow forecast, and basic info on your business location, previous business experience, etc.

If you’re looking to ‘ unbox ‘ government business financing in Canada seek out and speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business financing advisor who can assist in making Canadian govt loans a realistic part of your new or existing business venture.

Stan Prokop

E-bidding The New Global Business Trend

Internet technology has become an intrinsic part of business enterprises across the world. Traditional business models have been replaced by online business proceedings with its high-tech tools and features. The rise of internet technology happened as business owners realized the potential of the Internet in enhancing the speed, efficiency and accuracy of their business operations and how they facilitate smooth and flawless business proceedings.

One such promising new-age business trend is E-Bidding. With more and more e-commerce websites getting deployed on the World Wide Web, the concept of e-bidding in soaring high.

What is E-Bidding?
E-bidding, also known as online bidding and e-auctions is a rising trend in the corporate circles across the globe. E-bidding is the concept wherein an online marketplace or website allows buyers to post their requirements in real time bidding events and potential suppliers and service providers can compete to sell their products or services to the buyer.

E-biddings are especially beneficial in scenarios where clients have accurately specified requirements and need the best and cost effective services to satiate them. Apart from the cost factor, clients can also consider the timeliness and quality of deliverables as a deciding factor to choose service providers and product suppliers.

E-bidding is a highly popular trend and is being used by several industries to buy and sell products and professional services at profitable rates and further profitable business endeavors.

The Process of E-Bidding
E-bidding revolves around the concept of sale and purchase of products and services online at profitable prices. Buyers generally post their requirements in online marketplaces and B2B websites and place Request for Bids. Potential suppliers and service providers can view these posts and submit competitive Bids for the same. In turn, buyers can review the bids and select one that is most cost effective. However, money is not the only criteria in selecting the vendor. Rather, buyers can browse through portfolios of potential vendors, trace their experience and expertise of the industry and then select the one that best qualifies for their requirements.

Business Advantages of E-Bidding
E-bidding offers a plethora of advantages to businesses and industries. It allows businesses to procure quality and cost effective services for their processes and thus helps them expand their profit margins. Likewise, suppliers and service providers can offer their products and services at best rates and reap benefits as well.

Here are some valuable business advantages of bidding online.

Access to Large Databases
B2B websites generally contain extensive databases of buyers and service providers. This increases and widens the network of the companies and individuals who register themselves on the website and connects them to a large pool of industry audiences. While buyers can browse through the database to find suitable service providers for their projects, service providers, in turn can apply to several posted projects and acquire new leads for their businesses.

Access to Worldwide Business Leads
E-bidding brings together buyers and service providers from all over the world. All the members of a B2B website have access to a worldwide audience. This means they can transgress geographical boundaries and time zone differences to hire professional services of offshore service providers and suppliers.

Access to Worldwide Business Leads
E-bidding brings together buyers and service providers from all over the world. All the members of a B2B website thus have access to a worldwide audience. This means buyers can transgress geographical boundaries and overcome time zone differences to hire professional services from offshore service providers and suppliers.

Comparison of Biddings
E-biddings allow buyers to monitor biddings and compare the different bids that are submitted. After they have reviewed all the bids, they can evaluate potential service providers and choose the best out of the lot.

Established Credibility
E-biddings is a critical procedure on trusted and established B2B websites. So all the members of the database are reliable and trust-worthy. This is because, these websites validate the identity of all the registered members and thoroughly check the details specified by them. This enhances the sanctity of online business proceedings.

Reduced Paperwork
Since all the proceedings are done online and all the information is stored electronically, there are no hassles about paperwork. The information can be easily and steadily processed and put to further use. Unlike scrapes of paper that needs to be reviewed manually, online data can be processed electronically by automated programs and softwares. Moreover, there is no additional costs regarding postage, photocopying and so on.

Time Savings
Because of online processing of information and other operations, e-bidding saves businesses a great deal of time and effort. Unlike tender systems, one doesn’t have to individually sort through applications to choose the right service provider and even the suppliers don’t have to send out forms and applications. E-bidding makes it easier to submit and review forms easily over the internet.

Secure Bidding Environment
E-commerce websites have strict security measures and privacy policies that ensures the safety of your data. Moreover, you can also be sure that all your cash transactions would be processed safely and securely.

Standardized Procurement Process
B2B websites allow buyers to specify the desired qualifications of vendors and service providers that they wish to seek. Thus, buyers can define parameters such as number of years of experience, type of expertise, ISO certifications and so on. And only service providers that fulfill these specified pre-conditions can apply or bid for the posted project. This highly standardizes the procurement process and delivers only relevant options to the client.

E-bidding helps obtain not just cost-effective services but also the ones that offer best value. It should be used as a strategic procurement tool by businesses to acquire valuable services for themselves and widen their profit margins.

Disclaimer : Sabra Easterday is the owner and founder of MatchB2B. Sabra is also a lawyer with a special interest in business issues and e-marketplaces. Notwithstanding that Sabra Easterday is a lawyer, nothing in this article and no services of MatchB2B or its website are legal services and no attorney-client relationship exists between any reader of this article or user, customer or potential customer of MatchB2B, and MatchB2B, its website or Sabra Easterday.