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Business Developing a Budget to Build Your House Plan


Developing a Budget to Build Your House Plan  A budget estimate is a financial plan for your entire home planning and building process. It is the dollar equivalent for all the work it takes to design and build your new home. You are not expected to create this document accurately at the outset of your experience so it's best to begin with estimates and refine your financial plan as time goes by.   If you want as much as you can afford based on your house plan, but don't know what that figure is, start from the end and work backwards. In other words, determine what cash you can or are willing to put into your home and how much you can afford in monthly payments to cover whatever Read more
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Published On : 01-16-2013
Author : Steve Donegan
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ADDITIONAL ARTICLES ON Business

Taxes, Monitors and Time Saving Ideas.
It's tax season again. I don't enjoy this time of year because it means meeting with my accountant for several hours and hashing out the past years worth of business. When you have more than one businesses this can get quite time consuming and confusing. It's not that I don't like my accountant, he is a great guy. It's just a pain working out all the numbers to figure out what the goverment is going to take from you. This process was a lot more fun when I was 16 and completely stoked about the $150 return I was getting. When you are self employed, those returns are a distant memory. Being in the ecommerce industry, I tend to use my computer a lot - like a ridiculous amount. Enough that I go through several keyboards before my laptop has to Read more
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Published On : 03-20-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Website Design, Simplify Things.
Years ago when I was in school I had the same art teacher for several different classes throughout the day. He taught us a principle that I have heard over and over through the years in different settings. It is the KISS rule wich means: Keep It Simple Stupid. Some of you may have heard this same rule and hopefully try to implement it where you can. Since the beginning this is a rule that we have tried to implement in our website design; not only on the user interface but even in the complicated lines of website code. The KISS rule is important for several reasons and I will explain why through examples of mistakes that we have made that violated the rule and the result of the violation. First, a mistake we made in the user interface Read more
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Published On : 02-13-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Multiple Domain Names Pointing to One Domain
Like many internet businesses ThePlanCollection.com has purchased several domain names that are similar to our main domain name. These include the .net and .org version of our name. This is a good business practice as it helps you protect your company name. The problem with doing this is that Google can start to think you have schizophrenia. If your .net and .org names point to your website they will obviously serve up the same content as the .com. The problem is that Google doesn’t know that you are just trying to protect your name. Instead it thinks that you are duplicating content. Because we are using IIS we were able to solve this problem by creating an empty website whose sole purpose is to redirect all domains that are not Read more
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Published On : 02-01-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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How to rank high on Google, Yahoo and MSN: Introduction
I thought that title might grab your attention. Wouldn't we all like a simple solution to that problem? We've been working on SEO (search engine optimization) for quite some time at The Plan Collection; well right from the beginning 7 or 8 years ago. Before we even released The Plan Collection 1.0 we did a lot of research on the subject of SEO and thought we had it pretty well figured out. We analyzed all our competitors’ websites, and read whatever information we could find on how to build a website including everything from simplifying the checkout process to using colors that make people feel comfortable and safe. I think we had the assumption - like most people do – that there can’t be that much to it, and we’d start to rank highly soon Read more
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Published On : 01-31-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
2353 Views
Business Partnerships
Why do people have business partners? There are lots of reasons really. Maybe you need financial backing or assistance, expertise that you don't have, someone to share the workload with. There is a long list of reasons. It is really important to seriously consider who you partner with (if you feel like you need one) before you jump into things. Once a business gets rolling, everyone becomes more and more tied emotionally and financially to the company. Changing your mind later can be a major problem, and likely an expensive one too. Like most businesses, The Plan Collection requires a lot of work on a daily basis; like accounting, data entry, customer service, record keeping, industry knowledge and experience, advertising and so on that Read more
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Published On : 01-31-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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Intricacies of Ecommerce
It's interesting running an ecommerce business. I think it is very impressive to see a small business that can do an excellent job in brick and mortar retail spaces and then dominate in the ecommerce world as well. There are a lot of principles to follow in retail sales but when you enter into the world of ecommerce there are a whole new set of principles. I guess that is part of the fun and challenge for small business owners; to figure out what the principles are for their business and then abide by them well. Over the years we have learned a lot managing The Plan Collection. There is so much work that goes into running a publishing website like this that most people just don't understand. Seems easy right? Just put up a website, add p Read more
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Published On : 01-29-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
2104 Views
Microsoft, Dell and Bono Become One
There are many people that I admire. Some are famous, some smart, some famous and smart and others just genuinely good people. Today I thought I'd mention a few of the more famous and smart variety that are doing some great things in the business world that will have a great impact on the livelyhood of many people. First there is Bono - front man for an extremely popular rock band called U2. I started to admire him as a fan because like most teenagers I thought their music was cool. Now i'm old - their music is still cool - and Bono has used his celebrity for good causes over the years to make the world a better place. Secondly, there is Bill Gates for obvious reasons. His little company called Microsoft creates products used by nearly e Read more
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Published On : 01-25-2008
Author : Steve Donegan
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SELLING YOUR HOME IN THE WINTER
In many parts of the country, selling a home during the winter months can be a challenge. Dreary, cold weather and the end-of-the-year holidays can keep buyers away and heighten fears of your home staying on the market longer than expected. However, there are a few things you can do to enhance “curb appeal.” And when that happens, buyers will take notice. For example, if your home has been on the market for more than six months, its probably time to change the sales approach. There are several factors that could be reviewed with your real estate agent to determine improvements that can be made. Ask for a reassessment of the sales price; it may be too high for the current market. Also, ask the agent for a new or updated m Read more
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Published On : 04-30-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
3567 Views
HOW TO DETERMINE THE PRICE OF YOUR HOME
Why is it that some homes sit on the market for a year while others sell like hot cakes? Frustrated sellers will blame a bad market, while a good real estate professional will tell you that many times, a slow sale is often attributed to the listing price. If a home is overpriced, buyers will stay away. But, if the price is competitive with similar homes in the area and “shows” better than the competition, it will have a better chance of being sold quickly. The secret is perfecting a technique that’s as American as apple pie: comparative shopping. Although comparing houses with different styles, square-footages and locations is challenging, real estate professionals still feel it’s one of the best methods Read more
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Published On : 04-30-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
3906 Views
Spec Homes
One of our readers posted the following:  “I am interested in building spec homes in Arizona. I have many questions regarding the spec home industry and have had a difficult time obtaining useful information. Plenty of info on fixers, foreclosures, investment property and such but with regard to building spec homes and the financing, planning construction and selling there just isn't much out there.” I don't consider myself an expert on spec building, but I have built over 200 homes.  Out of the 200 homes I would say 120 of them have been spec homes.  I enjoy building spec homes because it is much easier and can be more profitable.  However, it can be risky.  The best thing to do is start with a good f Read more
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Published On : 04-02-2005
Author : Steve Donegan
10438 Views
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