Small Business Tips: How to Outlast the Start-Up Phase

There is nothing like owning your own company. Many people have good ideas that turn into a business. However, a challenge that they commonly face is they do not know what to do to make it through the start-up phase. This article describes three tips to help you start and move your company beyond the launch.Do your research. When you are planning to open a company there are many questions that you will need to answer. If you are new to business development then it will help to start the process with a business plan. Each section helps you focus on mapping out your vision. As you work on the plan consider elements that will help you build a solid foundation. Include everything from the type of offerings you will provide, the team that you will need to assist you, and the resources or materials that go into creating your final output.
Do the math. One of the best quotes to describe this principle is illustrated by the parable of the wise builder. He does not begin to implement a plan until he first knows how much it will cost. This includes time, talent, and financial resources. How will you manage your time? What will it cost you in terms of professional development? Will your business take away from other responsibilities? Think about the capital requirements to purchase assets, supplies, and labor. These can add up quickly so remember to create financial projections for the initial and ongoing fixed and variable costs. Additionally, have a system of ongoing accountability for managing profits and your incoming and outgoing cash flows.
Do the work. After you launch your business idea then the reality check begins. You will have to put in the effort and get the work done marketing the company, making new connections, and developing products and services. While getting the company up and running you may have to give up some time socializing with family and friends in exchange for building and growing your business. It is important to realize that there will be some sacrifices as you take your company from inception to growth but the end result is worth it.In which of the areas above does your company need the most work? If all three, prioritize them and think of what you can do to begin taking consistent action today.And to learn more about how to create a flourishing business visit the financial center at

Can Special Education Personnel Pick And Choose Services And What About Waiting Lists?

Have you been told by special education personnel that they do not provide Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy, for children with autism? Have you been told that your school district only provides certain services, due to money issues? Is your child on a waiting list for educational or related services? This article will discuss whether the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA), allows special education personnel to only provide certain services to children with a disability. Also discussed, are children put on waiting lists for related and educational services.IDEA defines special education as: specially designed instruction at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability…The purpose of IDEA is to provide an education that meets a child’s unique needs and prepares the child for further education, employment and independent living.Special Education Personnel cannot pick and choose which services that they are going to offer to children with disabilities. That having been said, many school personnel do try and limit what services that they will give children. This is the reason why it is critical that you stand up to special education personnel, who may ruin your child’s life by not giving them the services that they need.If special education personnel try and limit your child’s services, ask them to show you, under what authority they have the right to deny your child needed educational services (there isn’t any). Remember what special education is-special designed instruction to meet the unique needs of your child.Also, consider getting an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) of your child to prove what services that your child needs. The evaluator can participate in an IEP meeting by telephone, when the evaluations recommendations are discussed.Waiting lists are also not allowed under IDEA. The difficulty is that when special education personnel state that they are putting your child on a waiting list, it sounds like it could be reasonable. It is not until you find out that waiting lists are not allowed, that you realize that you have been deceived. Always ask special education personnel to prove to you in writing, that what they are saying is the truth. If they cannot show you in writing that what they said is truthful; it probably is not.For Example: Your 3 year old child with autism needs Applied Behavioral Analysis Treatment. The special education personnel, tells you that the class is full, and that they are waiting for additional funding for a new class. But in the mean time, your child will be put on a waiting list. Write them a letter, documenting what they said, and ask them to show you where it states in federal or state law, that they are allowed to have waiting lists (they aren’t). File for a state complaint for violation of your child’s rights.By understanding what special education personnel can and cannot do under IDEA, helps you in your advocacy efforts for your child. Do not give up fighting for an appropriate education for your child, or their life may be forever ruined!