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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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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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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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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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Scaling success and failure: A conversation and infographic

How to scale up? When to scale up? Every ambitious business owner and entrepreneur asks these four-word questions. But coming up with the right answers isn’t nearly as easy or simple as asking the questions. First, you need to have a business that lends itself to scaling, and that’s a topic I’ve discussed in other […]

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2017 Guide to the top free small business budget templates

If it weren’t for spreadsheets, the personal computer would never have gained such rapid popularity, and budgeting is one of the tasks that is ideally suited for spreadsheets. At the same time, budgeting is one perhaps the most important tasks for small business owners. These two facts give us the perfect marriage of software and […]

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This week in small business: Stirring up the chocolate industry…

Will this be the longest recovery on record? Can social responsibility sweeten up the chocolate industry? Is it possible to rank above Wikipedia on Google? These and other important questions are addressed head-on in this week’s collection of curated content. Leadership, management, and productivity Get the insights required to be a master at giving workplace […]

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Social Jukebox review: Don’t just schedule, automate evergreen posts

Twitter seemed like it was on its way to soon becoming the next Yahoo! It looked it might end up as a social media “also ran.” But recent positive and surprising financial results and acquisition interest from Mark Cuban have changed the atmosphere, so it’s time to review your commitment to your presence on Twitter […]

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