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Focus Your Money

While creating your image, focus your funds where you'll get an immediate response.

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Creating your image can be costly, but you don't have to splurge on the whole works at once. To save money, start with the key items the public will see immediately. If you expect to attract most of your clients through sales calls, for instance, put more money into your business cards; if your expect to lure people with your sign, put the money there.

Excerpted from Start Your Own Business, 2nd edition: The Only Start-Up Guide You'll Ever Need