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This week in small business: Early to bed, early to rise makes you health, wealthy, and wise?

Get up early, control browser tab madness, and consider paying an experienced blogger to create content for you. Sound like good advice? Don’t answer that yet – check out the full articles…the links to which you will find below!

Leadership, management, and productivity

Roy Olende says that the best decision he’s made all year was to start his work day at 5 a.m.

Need to get your Chrome tabs under control? Kari Sonde says there’s an app (well, extension) for that: Tabagotchi.

If you want to manage a difficult-to-impossible business, check out Mary Ellen Biery’s article on the industries with the lowest profit margins.

In the hands of college freshmen, a credit card can lead to uncontrolled spending. In the hands of a smart small business owner, it can create greater control over spending. That’s one of the points I made in this sponsored post.

And speaking of money, I discuss five financial rations every small business owner needs to understand in this article I wrote for the MasterCard small business site.

If you need a fresh perspective on success and some ideas to achieve it, check out Sherrie Campbell’s 8 Ways to Flow In the Channel of Success.

Marketing and sales

Simple is good and that’s just one reason readers enjoyed Ronald Dod’s 9 Simple eCommerce Content Marketing Tips You Can Start Using Today.

Should you pay bloggers to create content for you? That’s the question Kelly Haddock explores in this article.

Jason DeMers explores the question many of us have been thinking: Is keyword density still important in SEO?

When you’re looking for a CRM system, keep an eye out for these five key features, says Justin Miller.

Entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation

Dan Bova picks the brain of hot-roddin‘ reality TV star Richard Rawlings (Gas Monkey Garage owner) to discover how he went from flat broke to multi-millionaire.

Writing for Harvard Business Review, Michael Redbord details how to scale customer service as your startup grows.

Working for a startup is a special experience and in her article, Victoria Cairl outlines five things no one will tell you about it…except Victoria, presumably.

You can learn a lot from building your startup, but sometimes you learn even more when it falls apart. That’s what Alexandra Dickinson reveals in her profile of Leanne Shear.

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