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What to do When the Payment is Overdue?

You’re a small business owner, not a collection agency. You’re probably not all that good at or fond of dunning customers who don’t pay their bills on time. Unfortunately it’s a real problem and that reality should motivate you to become an expert in keeping your cash flowing in a timely manner. First, you need [...]

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How to Hire the Right Virtual Employee for Your Small Business

If the trend toward using virtual employees continues to grow, someday going out for drinks after work and lunchtime pot lucks may be relegated to our fond memories. First, I should clear up the term “virtual employee” a little. The person isn’t virtual, the person’s location is virtual—or more simply “online.” Your Internet marketing company [...]

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Stress Affects Your Small Biz Bottom Line: 5 Tips to Help You Take Control

Stress — it’s the leading cause of illness in the United States.  And job stress is the major source of stress for the majority of American adults. Feeling out-of-control and overwhelmed can easily lead to a heart attack, hypertension and other serious illness.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says stress is the number one [...]

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Your Business Could be Suffering Because You’re a Bad Boss.

No one can understand the stress and frustration of building a business unless you’ve been there.   Even your employees who work in the trenches with you daily can’t comprehend the amount of tension, concern, sometimes even fear you experience when it’s your tush that is on the line.  Believe me I know! The high-level of [...]

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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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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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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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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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Should You Sue Over a Bad Online Review?

One of the things you have to love about the Internet is that it’s creating new issues for us to sue each other over!  A snarled web of legal entanglements is being spun around Yelp right now. One of the issues that is being litigated concerns phony reviews. After a lawyer took Yelp to small [...]

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