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What is a Small Business as per 7a SBA Loan Rules?

According to the Small Business Administration, companies that can qualify for the 7a SBA loan must meet certain small business size standards. These standards vary greatly by industry, but the general rules of thumb are as follows:


Farming businesses must not have revenues exceeding $750,000 Building contractors can have a maximum revenue of $14,000,000 Retail and service businesses can have maximum revenue of $7,000,000 Heavy construction trades and industries have maximum revenues of $33,500,000.


Additionally, there are headcount tests regarding the number of people that work for your business. For wholesale trade industries, the maximum number of employees is 100 while manufacturing firms can have a maximum of 500 employees. However, these rules are not hard and steadfast. The SBA and its associated lenders understand that revenues can fluctuate as can the personnel summary of your firm. As such, it is imperative that you speak to you 7a SBA loan representative to determine whether or not your meet the standards discussed above. However, as many entrepreneurs seek to use this type of credit facility for starting a new business then the standards discussed above typically do not apply to your business. If your business becomes highly successful and requires additional capital then you may start to require traditional business loan financing rather than debt through programs like the SBA 7a Loan.


It should also be noted that based on inflation and industry trends, the Small Business Administration regularly reviews and updates its business eligibility standards based on revenues and personnel numbers of businesses across a number of different industries. If you are having trouble determining whether or not your existing business qualifies for a 7a SBA loan then you should speak directly to a SBA representative, your banker, or your accountant. is a specialty website that provides content that focuses on the needs of small business owners and people seeking SBA 7a Loans. We encourage you to visit our website if you are looking for a  SBA 7a business loan.

5 Online Marketing Rules to Live by

Online marketing is a very competitive and fast pace business in which the smallest errors can take a chunk out of your bottom line.

Before starting your online business you should have a clearly defined plan as to how it will be managed. You'll need to establish certain parameters, conditions, and systems concerning your objectives and the manner in which you'll accomplish them. 

Let's have a look at 5 key rules you'll want to adhere to insure yours will be a successful business.

#1 List Building

LIST BUILDING should be one of your TOP priorities as you work to establish your online business. Capturing the contact information of anybody who has shown interest in any of your marketing campaigns is a shrewd business strategy. This presents the opportunity to market to these people again in the future with less cost or effort.

#2 Relationship Building

Start to DEVELOP a RELATIONSHIP after collecting contact information from someone by maintaining periodic contact with them; emailing them with helpful or entertaining information is a good start. By doing this you start to develop a rapport of sorts that breeds a certain familiarity with them. This will make your future marketing efforts more effective.

#3 Auto responder

In order to maintain contact with your list on a regular basis you'll need to have an AUTO RESPONDER set up. The ability to prepare a series of emails that will be sent out on prescribed dates is an absolute must. Not only will it free you up to tend to other components of your marketing plan but it will also insure the timely and reliable delivery of your emails. The scheduling and frequency of your emails is left up to your discretion but you will want to maintain some sort of regulated contact with your list.

#4 Deliver Value

Whether you're emailing interesting content or perhaps offering a free gift be sure it is something of VALUE your list members can appreciate. People will need to know that what you have to offer will help or interest them. In order to make money online people need to be willing to buy from you. If you're giving them free information and gifts they find useful they'll assume products you are selling will hold EVEN MORE value for them. This assumption will motivate them to make the purchase.

#5 Test, Test, then Test again

This last key rule you'll need to follow is both 'boring' and 'very important' if you want a successful business that will make money online for you. You need to TEST what it is you're doing to see what works and what works best. From your emails, to your headlines to the copy on your website you want to know what needs to be improved.

Online marketing is a very dynamic environment that is constantly evolving so what may work one day may not the next. A willingness to continually monitor your marketing plan for any missed opportunities is a must. Your ability to address and adapt to these changes will ultimately lead to the success of your online business.

TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.
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Free Internet Advertising – Unwritten Rules of Internet Forums

Copyright 2005 Elaine Currie

Free Internet advertising is sought after by most Internet marketers and one readily available source of free Internet advertising is the Internet forum. For Internet marketing novices, I'll briefly explain how free Internet advertising is obtained from Internet forums.

Basically, Internet forums are message boards where members can exchange information, obtain advice or just chat. There are Internet forums to cater for every topic you would care to imagine (and a few you would probably prefer not to dwell on). The Internet marketer advertises his product simply by posting messages on the forums. There are some Internet forums that forbid the posting of advertisements but, on many of these forums, it is still possible to obtain free Internet advertising by use of a signature file. The signature file is a short piece of text which can contain a link to a website and which can be annexed to every posting a member makes on a forum message board.

If you have never tried forums as a source of free Internet advertising, you should bear in mind that there is an unwritten code of etiquette which need to be observed. The following are some of the unwritten rules which need to be followed if you intend to use forums for free Internet advertising for your business.

Read the Forum Rules

You need to read the rules of any Internet forum before you try to post a message there. I know this sounds obvious but it is clear that many forum users don't bother to read the rules, despite the fact that the forum registration process inevitably includes a requirement for the applicant to check a box indicating that the forum rules have been read and will be adhered to. Don't just sign up with the idea of getting as much free Internet advertising as possible from the forum. Many forums prohibit the posting of affiliate urls anywhere apart from in the members' forum signature file. If you become a member of one of these forums without reading the rules and start posting your affiliate urls in messages, you will quickly find yourself labelled a "spammer". In case you didn't know, spammers are considered to be the lowest of the low on the Internet. If there was a virtual prison for Internet crime, Internet advertising spammers would have to be kept in solitary confinement for their own protection.

Lurk Before You Leap

Internet forum etiquette demands that you spend a little time "lurking" ie logging in at the forum and reading previous and current threads before you even think of starting to use the forum for free Internet advertising. Although lurking is not an official rule of Internet forums, it is largely accepted as an essential part of the unwritten code of behaviour. The practice is very useful. Lurking will enable you to get the feel of how a forum works, you will be able to ascertain the tone of the messages, the type of subject matter which is welcomed and the level of expertise of other forum members. You might even find that a particular forum is not for you and this could save you the embarrassment of posting an inappropriate message on the forum.

Be Subtle

You know that you are visiting the forum merely for the free Internet advertising for your website but it is better not to make this obvious if you want other members to react well to your advertising. Forums are rather like private clubs where members strike up friendships and make business deals. If you rush in waving your "FREE INTERNET ADVERTISING" placard you will not become popular, other members will consider you to be an abuser of their "club". You will do much better if you quietly introduce yourself and keep the free Internet advertising down to a whisper in your signature file.

Remember Your Manners

How hard is it to say "thank you"? If you visit a forum and receive valuable advice which helps you in some way, take a moment to post a brief message of thanks to your advisor. If someone helped you out of a spot in the bricks and mortar world you would thank them. Remember that people who post on Internet forums are real too and they are under no obligation to help you. It is as easy to make a friend with a warm word as it is to create an enemy with a harsh word and you never know when you might meet these people again.

Help Whenever You Can

Help other people whenever you can. Even if you don't have any specialist knowledge, you will find occasions when you can pass on good advice. If you received advice that took you to a solution, post a message to say how the advice helped and what steps you followed to sort things out, this will act as a signpost for other people who might find themselves in similar difficulties. Even though you joined the forum with the idea of using it merely as a form of free Internet advertising, make time to give something back. People will be more inclined to take an interest in your advertising if you become known as a helpful type. What goes around comes around and, in any event, the reputation of being a problem-solver is a bit of free Internet advertising in its own right.

Be Moderate

The majority of Internet forums have moderators to ensure that members stick to the rules. The job of a forum moderator is to keep the content of the forum appropriate. Remember, it is not just a place where you can indulge in free Internet advertising, so keep your messages within the forum rules. Any graffiti posted by members will be cleaned up by the moderators so that the forum environment is preserved for all members to enjoy. If you wish to retain the respect of your fellow forum members, make sure your posts never need to be cleaned up, be your own moderator. As well as sticking to the forum rules on content, you should also keep your messages moderate in tone. The Chambers dictionary includes the following definitions of "moderate": kept within measure or bounds; not excessive or extreme; temperate. If you avoid drama and pathos in your forum posting and keep your messages moderate, you will not attract "flamers" and you can quietly enjoy your free Internet advertising.

Ration Your Reading

Internet forums can be addictive. There is a serious danger that you might log in to a forum with the idea of posting a message or two in order to get your daily ration of free Internet advertising but, the next thing you know is that half an hour has passed by while you have been engrossed in reading. There is nothing inherently wrong with spending time reading posts made by other forum members, it's free entertainment and that's fine. The problem is that, if you are trying to run an Internet marketing business and you lose yourself on forums for half an hour every day, you will be wasting something like half a day during the course of each week for the sake of posting a couple of links back to your website. That is not an economical use of your time. In fact, if you account for the value of your time, you will find you are actually paying a high price for your free Internet advertising on forums.

Elaine Currie has a Work From Home Directory and Survey Review at her Plug In Profit Site: for people who want to make money at home.


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