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The essentials: Understanding the difference between sales and marketing

It’s important to understand the difference between sales and marketing and it’s even more important to understand that you need to be doing both marketing and selling at the same time. That may seem like a “no-brainer,” but in a small business it’s often the same person or people who are responsible for both sales […]

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This week in small business: Tips from and to entrepreneurs both young and old

I’ve been doing this for a while now and this week was the first time I ever saw entrepreneurship articles that had an “age” element to them. Young and old alike will find great nuggets of wisdom among the articles shared here. Leadership, management, and productivity The founder and CEO of BrainGain.co, Troy Erstling, shares […]

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How to leverage Twitter, whether it’s ‘ebbing’ or ‘flowing’

By Lindsay Dicks When I was a little, my father taught me about the cycles of life and the never-ending ebbs and flow. Like the ocean tide, it goes out, but it will always come back in. A little too philosophical for a 5-year-old that was more concerned with the “fishies” in the ocean verse […]

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4 websites to explore when you need a good business or product idea

Have you ever watched the cable program Bering Sea Gold? Gold prospectors don wetsuits and dive gear to search for gold on the bottom of the ocean off Nome, Alaska. They turn over hundreds of rocks and suck up thousands of cubic yards of material into their dredges before they find a valuable gold streak. It’s […]

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Mark your calendar – June 2 – and play hooky in your small business

National Leave the Office Early Day may sound like something your nine-year-old thought up, but come June 2nd, it’ll be time to celebrate this very special day! While most employers will laugh it off, or perhaps threaten anyone who jokes about calling in, you may want to stop and give it a second thought. Giving […]

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To Spend and Be Spent for the Good of Mankind

By Dan Coughlin About three to four times every year I think it’s important that we step back from the doing of our work and think in a more aspirational and noble way. Otherwise we can fall into the trap of feeling like a beaver building a dam all day long, or a rat scurrying […]

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3 vital benefits of personal branding

If you were a fan of Mad Men, you’ll recall that for many years Don Draper worked without a contract and therefore without a non-compete agreement. This gave Draper enormous bargaining power at crucial times. It’s a fact of business life for founders and virtually every professional that they work hard to create a company […]

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How to Make a Living from Your Hobby [#infographic]

By Emily Johnson If you’re dreaming of having a job that will bring you pleasure, opportunities for career growth and good income, think about turning your hobby into a profitable business. Although most people have hobbies and spend much time on them, just a few of us think about quitting a 9-to-5 job to earn […]

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Get the most from people: Don’t make them ‘major in the minors’

“I like to bang my head against the wall because it feels so good when I stop!” A friend’s mom used to say that (along with a lot of other colorful adages) and I used to think that it was just a warning against doing things that frustrate you, but now I think the way […]

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The Graduation Speech Your Kids Really, Really Need to Hear

This article, which Cliff Ennico originally wrote in May 2009, is one of the most requested and reprinted of his “Succeeding in Your Business” columns, especially during graduation season.  Members of the Class of 2017: I was sorry to hear that the reality TV star who was to have been your commencement speaker today had to bow […]

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