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How to start a small business…without ruining your person credit!

By Beth Kotz One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when getting started is not fully separating their business and personal expenses. Choosing to put business purchases on your personal credit card, or going over your business budget and using personal funds to escape debt, are dangerous habits that put your personal credit score at […]

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The Essentials: What is SEO content?

To start answering the question, “What is SEO content?” we need to begin with the most basic and simple answer – anything that can go on a web page – and then start unpacking that answer. Think of what you have seen on the thousands of web pages you’ve viewed over the years. Your list […]

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Personal branding and social media: The potent one-two punch

A smart personal branding and social media program make it easy for people to find your needle in the haystack – whether that “needle” is you personally or your business. There has been a growing trend in recent years to associate business owners – their personal brands – with the companies they run. This is true […]

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Abandon ‘Employee of the Month’ Citations

By Jeff Davidson You often see “employee of the month” plaques in hotels and other service-oriented businesses, but such systems actually work to the detriment of the business. For one, employees who win are not likely to feel as motivated in subsequent months. They might already know that nobody wins twice in the same year […]

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This week in small business: Up your e-commerce game

While there is a lot of good general information in this week’s batch of curated content, I think anyone involved in e-commerce is going to be especially pleased with many of the offerings. Leadership, management, and productivity The best sure-fire way to boost the bottom line is to reduce costs. If you’re into e-commerce, Munira […]

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Why every weekend should be a 3-day weekend…according to science!

By Tiffany McAdams As a small business owner, you probably surround yourself with fellow entrepreneurs. If so, you may have noticed something about entrepreneurial culture, and that is an obsession with working really hard. How many times have you heard other entrepreneurs boast about putting in 60, 70, even 80 hours a week? If you don’t […]

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Answer this one question to find the difference between an entrepreneur and a small business owner

Which would you prefer: To stand back and admire a beautiful wall you had built brick-by-brick, or To imagine what that a beautiful brick wall would look like in an area where the people had never before experienced brick walls? In many important ways, how you respond to that question will embody for you the […]

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Tapping the Talent of the Future

By John Tschohl We live in a very dynamic world. What we know now will not be good enough for the future. Selecting people to move us forward and who are open to learning is what we need to focus on. In my book, Moving Up, I tell readers it’s about your life…it’s about succeeding. […]

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7 ways to find out what your customers are thinking and build loyalty

“I don’t feel like you value our relationship…” Those words have been spoken at the break up of many marriages, friendships, and even family relationships. While they may not be spoken, the feelings those words express also reflect why many customers and clients stop doing business with companies. The challenge for small business owners is to […]

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An easy Paper.li hack to boost your Twitter following [#video]

One of the easiest ways to gain Twitter followers on autopilot is to establish a free Paper.li publication that centers around your interest area. When you first create your newspaper – which publishes each day – you have options on where it should draw the articles that it features. If you select Twitter and some […]

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