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How to Choose the Best Business Card Provider

Business cards are an essential part of starting your new company, but which company is the best choice for you? For the small business, MOO.com gets our vote, but let’s take a look at the details for big budgets, small budgets, and everything in between. Vistaprint MOO 99designs.com Local Printer Rating 4.5 stars 5 stars [...]

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How to Use Instagram to Get Your Small Biz in the Picture

Since we’ve known for ages that a picture is worth a thousand words, it shouldn’t be any surprise that a picture beats out 140 characters. However, that’s not the only lesson we learned recently when Instagram users officially passed Twitter users on smartphones. A funny thing happened on Instagram’s way to smartphone supremacy over Twitter—business [...]

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How to Drive Through the Bumps on the Way to Small Biz Victory

The tax deadline is officially over and the first quarter closed. In an instant, summer will be here and then in a blink, we will be ending the year. Time flies; so don’t let your year slip by without taking action and truly achieving the success you deserve in your business. The “R” in 7 [...]

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Bartering: Fair Trades or Passing Fancy?

Bartering is as old as commerce itself and today a variety of developments have brought renewed interest to this traditional practice.  Challenging economic conditions combined with the ease of Internet-based exchanges have made bartering an attractive way of acquiring products and services, especially for newer small businesses. In its most simple form, a new health [...]

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How to Use Video to Grow Your Small Business

Internet video is huge and getting bigger all the time. As a small business owner, are you taking advantage of it? Check out these statistics: According to REELSEO.com, 190 Million Americans watched over 75.6 billion videos online in January 2014. YouTube has seen colossal growth, boasting over 1 billion unique users each month, 6 billion [...]

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Six Critical Elements Every Partnership Agreement Needs.

So you want to go into business with someone.  Good for you.  Maybe your potential partner is a family member, long-time friend, investor or business associate.  Whatever the relationship, the start of a partnership is much like the beginning of a romantic relationship.  The parties are euphoric and it may seem as though nothing could [...]

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6 Ways Small Business Can Control Healthcare Costs by Getting Healthy

Healthcare costs are a major issue for small business owners.  Information from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce notes that approximately 88 percent of small businesses will see their insurance costs go up as a result of the ACA. One way to hold healthcare costs down, regardless what happens on the national stage, is to focus [...]

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Customer Service May Rule, But Rules in Customer Service Don’t!

Empower Employees It was just two weeks ago that I was on a family vacation and I’m still thinking about what a resort employee said as she denied what I thought was an extremely simple request: I’m sorry, it’s our rule. It was early in the morning and six of us wanted to sit on [...]

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It Pays to do Your Homework

My parents and all my teachers always told me that it pays to do my homework. Then in 2013, as my job stress climbed and my health declined, I found myself having to make a choice: Do I continue to work for a demanding, unethical employer who couldn’t meet payroll but still required me to [...]

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Treat Yourself on Tax Day

Running a small business is tough.  Adding the stress of filing taxes is even that much more challenging.  So why not treat yourself to something special today — on the house.  That’s right.  Many businesses are offering tax day freebies.  Here are just a few I found. *  Hard Rock Cafe.  If you don’t mind [...]

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