FinancialBin.com Checking In From Ballyseede Castle, Tralee, Ireland (Taxi Cab Confessions #1 – Dimitri)

Hey Financial Binners, I wanted to finally give you a quick rundown about the Financial Bin’s trip to Ireland.  As I said, we would attempt to reach out to the people of Ireland regarding their economy and general welfare of the European Union.  Thus far, not only has Internet connection been tough to come by … Read more

Why Customer Interaction Is Valuable to Long-Term Relationships

Although there are many types of long-term relationships, the ones you build with your customers are precious. Each customer is a messenger with regard to your company’s policies. The roadside is paved with many different corporations who felt that “good enough” was the way to go. This is the fastest and easiest way to work with the … Read more

From Unemployed Orchestrator To Startup Founder, Part I

This series chronicles the experiences of Walt Ribeiro after he was laid off and started his new company, For Orchestra, while on unemployment. Some think of unemployment as a negative occurrence.  I used to think so too.  Sure, it’s never easy to experience change.  But, change is not only healthy, it’s a way of life. Change keeps us interesting, forces us … Read more

Leslie Jacobs: Layoffs Be Damned — I Survived and YOU Will Too! – Part I

(This series chronicles the experiences of Leslie Jacobs, Founder of “Les Mess”). With one remark made in 2008, my whole life changed. It started with my boss telling me and my co-worker that layoffs would be happening.  In a friendly way, my boss whispered to me, “Leslie, you’ll be the one laid off.” It made … Read more

Nonprofit Series, Part III: Do I Really Need Nonprofit Bylaws?

All Corporations should have bylaws.  The emphasis is on “should” because state and federal laws do not mandate much of anything when it comes to bylaws. The bylaws are important as a nonprofit because they are going to contain all of the essential information which the IRS requires to know about regarding how your corporation … Read more

Michelle Dunn: What nobody will tell you about being a bill collector for your business

How often do you hear someone say, “When I grow up I want to be a bill collector?”  I assume not too often.  I know I never said that.  Yet, that is exactly what I grew up to be.  Nobody tells you that after becoming a bill collector, you learn that most of the folks … Read more

The Groupon Experience

A little over a year ago, a company called Groupon contacted me. “Have you heard of LivingSocial?” the salesperson asked. I had, but I wasn’t very familiar with the company, and I had never purchased a “deal” before. He explained to me that Groupon was a website that offered a daily deal ranging in 50-90% … Read more

The Social Connection: Is Social CRM the New Missing Link?

Many reading this may want to know what CRM is and how CRM and social CRM differ.  CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management.  This is the process of managing customer interaction and data within a company.  CRM provides a maintenance platform, while social CRM provides a maintenance platform as well as a way to interact … Read more