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Go Where the Money Is: Be Ready for Universal Payments

When asked why he robbed banks, underworld mythology says Willie Sutton answered, “Because that’s where the money is.” The veracity of that quote is certainly in doubt. However, there’s no doubt that your business should be diving into the world of universal payments. Not long ago on these pages, I touched on this issue with [...]

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Protect Yourself and Your Business with Background Checks

A friend once hired a guy who she thought was well qualified to be the COO or her rapidly growing company. Two years later a visit from the IRS revealed that her COO had been embezzling from her and not paying taxes. As are many business owners, my friend was crazy busy and hadn’t taken [...]

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For Richer and For Poorer: Can Your Marriage Survive a Small Business Partnership?

Can your partner in life also be your partner in business without the second partnership jeopardizing the first? Couples who have “been there, done that” hold opinions that are polar opposites of one another. Many can be productive and amiable from the first 7 a.m. meeting to lights off at night, while others experience days [...]

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CRM and Contact Management for Micro and Small Businesses

Have you ever tried to express the difficulty and frustration of getting a tough job done by saying that it was “like herding cats”? The reason cats are difficult to herd – should you ever be in that situation – is because they go all over the place; they won’t organize themselves into one “herdable” [...]

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New Microsite for Small, Independent Food Service Companies

I love independently owned restaurants, and I understand how hard it is for them to succeed. The majority of restaurants that close each year, are the neighborhood venues that we love.  As in the popular sitcom Cheers — you go where everybody knows your name. Recently, Insureon, the nation’s leading online provider of insurance for [...]

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Smart Productivity Tips for Your Small Business

I’d be willing to bet that virtually everyone has said, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” It’s especially true for the small business owner. Pile family responsibilities on top of work duties and it makes for a seemingly impossible situation. However, if you start hacking away at this problem from two angles, you [...]

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Do You Offer Customer-Friendly Prices?

How customer-friendly are your prices and fees? What I mean is do you add fees, surcharges, assessments or other costs to your customers’ bills that either surprise them or make them feel like they are being taken advantage of? I remember calling several tire dealers to get a quote for new tires for my car. [...]

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Run Your Small Company With Big-Business Efficiency – These Tools Can Help

In April, the Small Business Optimism Index rose to its highest point since the recession began in late 2007, the National Federation of Independent Businesses reported. While NFIB chief economist Bill Dunkelberg emphasized there’s still plenty of room for growth, this optimism concurs with a TriNet Harris Poll conducted in January, which found that 74 [...]

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How to Provide Great Training To Keep Your Biz Running Strong

You’re beginning to hit your stride and the growth of your business is putting pressure on you to increase your staff. Up to now you could have been a solopreneur or worked with a few others who grew into their jobs as you figured out how to run your business. But it’s going to be [...]

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2015 Will Bring Changes: Is Your Smallbiz Ready?

It’s a tale of two Teddy bears, one that has had a long career and the other that was merely a flash in the pan. The “one hit wonder” was Beanie Babies and the one with staying power is Build a Bear Workshop. If you or your kids have a closet full of Beanie Babies, [...]

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