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  • 19-Feb-2011 10:14 AM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Steve Royal

    • How can I break into the financial advising field?
    • What do I do if a client wants me to have employee and indemnification insurance?
    • Hint: Check out 99designs.com for advice on creative design.
    • What are the differences between an LLC and an S-Corp?
    • If you had the opportunity for certification as a consultant, how would you benefit?
    • How do I get large companies to pay what they owe me?
    • How complex should my business plan be when first starting my business?
    • How do I locate new clients?
    • How do I locate good business investors?
    • Should I use a payroll service or do it myself in QuickBooks for my business?
    • How much should I charge for my business services?
    • How should I reconnect with old leads?
    • How do I balance my consulting business with my full-time job?
    • How do I find a good accountant and a good lawyer?
    • Can there be a legal issue with RPCN members providing referrals for other members?
    • How do I distinguish between personal branding and company branding?

  • 04-Feb-2011 2:42 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Steve Royal

    • Why can't I see the file extensions on my computer?
    • Why did my external drive disappear from the drive display?
    • When printing from my Epson printer, why is my document sent to FAX  instead of "print"?
    • Why is my Facebook page behaving strangely?
    • How do I "retire" a URL used by Google?
    • How do I use the "sync up" apps on my Droid?
    • Why doesn't the ribbon work in Excel in 2010?
    • How do I import and send pictures when they take up very large files?
    • Should I use Carbonite or something else to back up my computer?
    • What uses might I have for Skype?
    • Why has my HP printer stopped printing?
    • When my computer tells me to do an "appropriate review of your security system," what should I do?
    • Why don't emails in my Outlook outbox get sent?
    • What technology can I use to help teach others?
    • Where is a good place to get pictures mounted on foam backing?
    • What should I do about lost or missing emails?
    • At what camera resolution should I take pictures?
  • 29-Jan-2011 10:42 AM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Barbara Moore

    • What businesses use Facebook pages?
    • How do you set up a Facebook page?
    • Does Facebook have a list of ads or features that one can pay for?
    • How can you link to your web site from your Facebook page?
    • Can you sell advertising on your business page?
    • Does LinkedIn have individual and business pages like Facebook?
    • Can you send people from a Facebook business page to YouTube?
    • What do corporations have to say about the use of Facebook?
  • 25-Jan-2011 1:38 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    Contributed by Ruth Balkin, Balkin Information Services

    Social Media Examiner is a free online magazine designed to help businesses discover how to best use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to find leads, increase sales and generate more brand awareness. The online articles will help you to master your communication on these new media. Browse articles online or get updates per mail or through RSS feed. Also look at 2010 Social Media Marketing Industry Report - How Marketers Are Using Social Media to Grow Their Businesses. This information can be very usefully in understanding this kind of communication and boosting your international marketing plan from your desktop!  www.socialmediaexaminer.com   (from www.fita.org)
  • 21-Jan-2011 11:08 AM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Bob Lurz

    • How do I deal with a consulting agreement that requires liability insurance?
    • Which is better--an LLC or buying liability insurance?
    • How do I get in front of my target market?
    • How do I deal with intellectual property management such as non-disclosure agreements?
    • Do I need a patent lawyer with my new idea or is there another route?
    • What ideas does this group have for my presentation on the advantages of non-Microsoft-based systems?
    • Should I fill out my business forms online or get a lawyer?
    • What is a good radio station for up-to-date road conditions and problems when driving to a meeting or a client?
    • What should I do about banking for my business?
    • How do I do online marketing?
    • How do I gain visibility?
    • Should I consider full-time employment?
  • 07-Jan-2011 10:31 AM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Steve Royal

    • What are the advantages of the Chrome browser over Explorer or Firefox?
    • Why does Office 2010 refuse to start after installation?
    • Why can't I make sub-level folders in Gmail?
    • Why can't I receive meeting confirmations when using the Google calendar function and Gmail?
    • What operational changes should I be aware of when upgrading from Office 2003 to Office 2010?
    • How can I get rid of an annoying side-panel in Word 2003?
    • Why do I have to use an analog phone line for use with my 56K modem?
    • How do I tell whether my phone line is analog or digital?
    • What should I do if I can't find the WiFi Internet signal that is supposed to be there?
    • Why am I blocked out of LinkedIn at work?
    • How can I use Facebook for my business?
    • What are some options to my Blackberry smartphone?
    • How do Microsoft Office and Open Office compare?
    • Why has my download speed suddenly decreased dramatically?
    • Do bookmarks work in Word?
    If you have a technical question or just want to learn and have fun, you can attend the next Technical Forum on February 4, 2011. See Events for details.

  • 17-Dec-2010 2:57 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Bob Lurz

    • What holiday gifts are appropriate for the people in my office area?
    • Are electronic holiday cards appropriate for my clients?
    • Can I personalize Christmas letters in Outlook?
    • What are some good ways to facilitate international communications?
    • What kind of disclaimer should I put in proposals in case I can’t find the information for my clients?
    • What kind of business statistics will help drive my business?
    • How do I calculate percentages fory information?
    • Is it a common practice to provide intial consultations for free?
    • How do I deal with cultural transformation?
    • How do I develop my true competitive advantage?

  • 03-Dec-2010 4:17 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Steve Royal

    • Why does Windows 7 choose not to back up one particular file?   
    • Why won’t my FAX machine connect to its destination properly?
    • Why does a new page in Word start with the cursor half-way down the page?
    • Why won’t my computer send email or install upgrades?
    • How should I prepare my netbook for a trip?
    • Can I put my regular Skype account on my netbook?
    • Should I replace my old printer and, if so, with what?
    • Hint: Barnes & Noble is selling a cool e-reader called a “Nook.”
    • Hint: Radio Shack will give you money for your old cell phone.
    • What is Norton Anti-Virus for Netbooks?
    • How can consultants us social media to increase business?
    • Where can I find a person to create a theme for my web site in Drupal?
    • Is anyone having trouble recommending people in LinkedIn?

  • 25-Nov-2010 2:21 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Barbara Moore

    • How do you get introductions via LinkedIn?
    • What social media do larger companies use the most?
    • How do you link your blog to Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook?
    • How do I move my personal Facebook page to a business Facebook page?
    • Do I want a business Facebook page?
    • How does the guest speaker (Lynn Dessert) keep up with her profession and get ideas for blogging?
    • Question for Lynn Dessert: Do you cross pollinate with other bloggers and your competitors?
    • What are some of the nightmare stories about using social media?
    • How do you separate business and personal on social media?
    • Does using more social media invite more spam?
  • 19-Nov-2010 2:59 PM | Steve Royal (Administrator)
    As reported by Bob Lurz

    • With what organizations might RPCN form alliances?
    • What is Pay Pal’s policy on refunds?
    • How can I reach a client who owes me money when he has “disappeared”?
    • Where can I find a staff person to replace one who is leaving?
    • Has anyone published an article or press release and seen an effect on their business?
    • What type of insurance do I need and where can I get it?
    • How does bank credit for your business affect your personal finances?
    • Should RPCN members doing business with other members be promoted?
    • What is the process for refining a business plan?
    • How do I merge paper records with electronic records for record retention purposes?
    • What are the standard writing styles on a computer?



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