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web hosting and web designChoosing Web Hosting and Web Design Services

Creating a web site for your business is confusing, even if you are hiring the work out. Understand what's involved so you choose the right web host and web designer - and don't pay more than you need to.


Humility Is the New SmartWill You Survive the Job-Loss Tsunami?

In their new book, Ed Hess and Katherine Ludwig lay out their case for an automation boom that will cost millions of jobs and lead to unprecedented unemployment. Read an excerpt from their book here to make sure your business is prepared for what is to come.


assumptionsHuman Resources Trends for 2017

Human resources departments are facing changes and adjusting to expectations of new generations of workers. Here are the HR trends anticipated for the coming year.


assumptionsWhy You Shouldn't Act on Assumptions

If you want to avoid misunderstandings, confusion, and hurt feelings, you're better off not making assumptions. Here are a few examples of how easy assumptions are to make and how to avoid them.


get business loanHow to Get a Business Loan

Ready to apply for a business loan? Whether or not you get the loan depends on whether you can convince the lender you're a good risk, and that will be based on the documentation you provide. Here's a run down of the items most lenders will need to see.


audience attention3 Ways to Hold Your Audience's Attention

Want to keep your audience's attention beyond the first few minutes of your speech or presentation? These three suggestions can help you keep them engaged all the way to the end.


business website host5 Tips for Choosing the Right Web Host

Don't know where to turn for a web host for your business website? There are many things to consider when choosing a web host, but you don't have to be intimidated. Here's what you need to know to choose the one that's right for your business.


productivityHow to Increase Your Productivity

The trick to getting things done isn't working more hours, it's being more productive in the hours you already work. Use these strategies to boost your productivity so you can enjoy your time off.


start a business with no moneyHow to Start a Business with No Money

Want to start your own business but don't have any money? Here are 10 creative strategies you can use to launch your business when you have little to no startup funds.


website contentWhat Should You Put on Your Website?

What kinds of content do you need to put on your website? Visitors will have expectations about what they should find, so be sure you cover these essentials.


office spaceOffice Space Alternatives to Working from Home

Need office space because you've outgrown your home office or because you can't run your business from home? Consider these home office alternatives.


winter blues6 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues When You Work from Home

The winter blues can be a real problem for business owners who work from home. Here are six mood-boosting strategies you can put to work when colder weather and shorter days begin to get the best of you.


smart manufacturingWhy Smart Manufacturing is a Dumb Idea

To succeed in manufacturing - or in any business - you need strong leadership at all levels of the organization. This book excerpt explains why and discusses 4 critical element of good leadership.


resolutionsMake New Year's Resolutions You Can Keep

New Year's resolutions are often lofty and hard to achieve, setting you up for failure before February rolls around. But meeting your goals is possible, if you take it one step at a time.


free online marketing tactics7 Free Things to Get More Customers with Online Marketing in 2017

Think you can't afford to promote your business the way you'd hoped to? Don't let money hold you back. Use these 7 cost-free online marketing strategies to attract customers this year.


how to get things doneThe Secret to Getting Things Done

The secret to getting through your to-do list, as well as accomplishing those less than pleasant tasks in your business, can be found in this one adage.


business goals7 Steps to Company Success in 2017

Working on your business goals for 2017? All too often resolutions don't pan out, but it doesn't have to be that way. Follow these seven steps to succeed in reaching your goals for the New Year.


How Retailers Can Thrive Now That the Holidays Are Over

Now that the holiday shopping season is over, what can you do to help your business thrive? Here are five areas you should evaluate and tips for keeping your business healthy during the slow season.


digital sales funnelHow to Handle Client Misunderstandings and Miscommunication

Misunderstandings and miscommunication are bound to happen with clients, but it's how you handle them that's important. No matter who's at fault, these are the three areas you should address when clearing up a problem with your client.


digital sales funnelHow to Funnel the Sale in a Digital Age

Sales funnels are large at the top and narrow at the bottom, right? Not anymore, according to the author of Digital Selling. Here's how a sales funnel works in today's digital age.


employee theftSigns Your Employees Are Stealing from You

Are your employees stealing from your business? How can you tell? Here are 12 signs that you have some sticky fingers on your payroll.


online presence8 Tips to Improve Your Online Presence

For your business to be successful, your online presence needs to be strong and healthy. Even if you aren't an expert, you can use these 8 tips to build your online presence.


working with time zone differences7 Strategies for Working with Clients in Different Time Zones

The Internet has made it possible for businesses to sell globally, dealing with customers in different time zones is challenging. Here are seven tips to make it easier to communicate with and serve customers in other parts of the country or world.


decision steps6 Steps to Making Better Decisions

Being able to make better decisions is important for your business to succeed. Being able to make them quickly is important as well. These six steps can help you make better decisions.


self employed paycheckHow to Pay Yourself When You're a Sole Proprietor

Getting paid when you work for yourself isn't as simple as it may seem. Sole proprietors should follow these guidelines for paying themselves in a way they don't get in trouble with the IRS or other government agencies.


overcoming obstaclesHow to Turn Weaknesses into Strengths

Don't limit your business' offerings to only tasks that are within your comfort zone. If you stretch yourself a little, you might find you've opened up a whole new market and revenue stream.


brandingBranding Strategies for Your New Business

Creating your business' brand is one of the most important steps in starting a business. It's how customers will remember you and how you'll stand out from the competition. Put these strategies to work when crafting your brand.


overtime exemption rulesIs Your Business Ready for the New Overtime Rules?

The new overtime rule is about to go into effect. Many small businesses that never had to worry about nonexempt employees will now be faced with the issue. Is your business prepared? Here's what you need to know about the new overtime exemption rules.


consulting prospects4 Ways to Get Consulting Prospects to Buy

Sometimes consulting prospects just need an extra push to get them to sign on for your services. Here are four things you can try to quickly turn prospects into paying customers.


meetupsHow to Use Meetups to Grow Your Business

There is tons of advice telling entrepreneurs to use in-person networking to build their businesses. But, in many cases, for one reason or another, owners make a hash of it. This article shares a surprising and effective networking technique used by 7-figure entrepreneur and co-founder of, Sol Orwell.

marketing problemsThe 2 Biggest Problems with Your Marketing

Small business owners who struggle with marketing can improve their results by learning the top two reasons marketing efforts fail--and developing a plan to address both.


getting clients to commitConsulting 101: Pushing the Project Forward

What causes consulting clients to fail to commit - and more importantly, what can you do about it? Some clients will always be wishy washy, but take these five steps and they will be more likely to move forward with their project.


business attorney14 Questions to ask Before Signing a Business Lease

Choosing a business location and signing the lease is a big decision that has a huge impact on your business' success. Here are 14 questions you should ask to be sure you choose the best location and lease terms you can get.


how to build self-confidence6 Simple Ways to Build Your Confidence

Confidence is vital in business. Henry Ford said it best, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t - you’re right.” This article explains 6 simple tips to boost your confidence and help you achieve your goals.


freelance jobs to avoid7 Reasons to Turn Down Freelance Work

As a freelancer, you want work. But not all freelance gigs are good. Here are 7 situations when you should turn down freelance work to avoid unprofitable or time-wasting assignments.


unique selling locations6 Unique Places to Sell Your Products or Services

When you find new avenues to reach customers, you gain exposure to a whole new market you might have otherwise missed. Here are six places you can sell your products or services that you may not have thought of before.


integrityHow to Handle Unethical Client Requests

What should you do when your client or boss asks you to do something that's illegal or unethical? Here's what to do and why.


business attorney8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Business Attorney

You may not need a business attorney often, but at some point you will and it will likely be over a very important issue. Here are eight questions you should ask when trying to choose the right attorney to help your business.


freelancing problemsTop 6 Problems Freelancers Face (and What to Do About Them)

Frustrated by clients who try to tell you how to do the job they hired you for? Or worse, are slow to pay when the job's done? Freelancing comes with new challenges you didn't face as an employee. Here are the top 6 and tips for handling them.


facebook retargetingHow to Retarget Customers on Facebook

Wondering how to get lost customers to come back to your website? Retargeting is the solution, and using it on Facebook is especially effective. Here's a step-by-step guide for how to set up a Facebook retargeting campaign.


reduce legal feesHow to Reduce Attorney Fees for Your Business

At some point in the life of your business you will probably need an attorney's expertise. Here are ways to manage your legal expenses and keep attorney's fees under control.


call to actionHow to Write a Call to Action

Why do you need a call to action and how do you write one that gets more of your customers to click, call or buy? Here's how to get customers to act now.


mailing list contentWhat to Send to Your Email List

You know you need to email to your subscribers regularly, but coming up with new things to send them can be difficult. So just what should you send to your email list that will keep your subscribers interested? Here are five ideas.


self-publishing pros and consAdvantages and Disadvantages of Self-Publishing

Self-publishing is a way for authors to get their work published without using a traditional book publisher. In some ways it is even better than traditional publishing, but it has downsides, too. Learn the pros and cons of self-publishing here.


how to sell yourselfHow to Sell Yourself

In very small businesses the owner and business are one and the same. So, when you're marketing your business, you're really marketing yourself - but that isn't easy for everyone. Here's advice for getting better at selling yourself and your business.


startup capitalRaising Startup Money from Friends and Family

Will you be looking to friends and family to help fund your startup? Be sure you do these four things if you accept their investment in your business.


improve selling skillsHow to Be a Better Salesperson

Owning a business doesn't make you a natural salesperson, yet selling is the most important thing you'll do in your business. Here are tips to improve your selling skills.


personal branding lessons6 Personal Branding Lessons You Can Learn from Trump and Clinton

Your personal brand - whether you realize you have one or not - has an effect on your success. Here are 6 personal branding lessons you can learn from the 2016 US presidential candidates.


watch the competitionHow to Keep Tabs on Your Competitors

Want to keep tabs on your competitors? Wish you could spy on them legally to find out what they're planning? You can. Learn what your competition is up to with these tips.


avoid discounting by adding valueAdd Value to Your Products Instead of Discounting

Price is often the primary consideration when customers make a purchase, but cutting prices isn't the best way to compete. Here's how you can add value to your products so you can avoid discounting.


dont work for freeConsulting 101: How to avoid working for free

As a consultant, what you sell is your knowledge, but clients don't always fully value your expertise. Follow these three tips to be sure you don't end up working for free.


ebay sales tips6 Ways to Boost Your eBay Sales

Do you sell on eBay? Whether you're just selling a few things you no longer need or are running a full-time eBay store, these tips can help you be more successful and sell more.


challenges to women businesses4 Challenges (Still) Faced by Women Entrepreneurs — And How to Overcome Them

While it's true that women have made great strides in business ownership equality, they still face challenges not as common among their male counterparts. Here are four of those challenges and the solutions for overcoming them.

repurpose content5 Ways to Repurpose Content and Extend Its Reach

Creating content to attract customers is expensive and time consuming - but it works. Here are five different ways you can repurpose and reuse content to get the biggest bang for your buck.


lose customer7 Signs You're About to Lose a Customer

Getting customers is expensive, so once you've won them, you want to be sure you keep them for the long haul. Keep an eye out for these seven tell-tale signs that a customer is about to leave so you can resolve their problem before it's too late.


reduce business expensesHaggle Your Way to Lower Business Expenses

Your business' recurring expenses add up to a significant chunk of your budget. You can permanently lower some of those costs by negotiating discounts and lower rates with the companies you buy from.


Boost Your Social Media Results with Hashtags

Hashtags can help more people find your content on social media. Learn when to use hashtags and how to know which ones are most likely to give your posts a boost.

How to Promote Your Business at Community Events and Festivals

Festivals, business expos, health fairs, and other community events are all good opportunities to promote your business locally. These tips will help you make the most of your booth or table.

Keeping the Peace in a Family Business

Don't let the inevitable conflicts between family members get in the way of your family-run business' success. Follow these tips to keep the peace and avoid problems caused by working with relatives.

How to Reach Decision Makers and Purchasing Agents

Selling is difficult enough, but you can't even start selling until you're talking to the right person. So how do you connect to decision makers? How can you get in touch with people who have the authority to make purchases? These ideas can help.

Starting a Consulting Business

Should you start a consulting business? Do you have a marketable expertise? Do you have the other skills necessary for running a successful business? Consider these questions before launching your consultancy.

How to Use Testimonials to Boost Business

Once you get good testimonials from satisfied customers, you need to put them to work. Here are the best places to use testimonials so potential customers will be assured that your business is one they can trust.

How to Get Testimonials from Satisfied Customers

Testimonials from happy customers can be a powerful marketing tool for your business. Testimonials give prospects reassurance that your company is the one they should buy from. This article shows you how to get those testimonials so you can put them to work.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Being an Independent Contractor

Working for yourself as an independent contractor gives you the freedom you always wanted when you were an employee, and possibly even the chance to earn more money. However, being your own boss can have downsides, too. Here are the pros and cons of independent contracting.

Should the Boss Have a Separate Office from Employees?

As the boss, should you have your desk out in the open with your employees or should you have your own private office? Both have benefits and disadvantages. Get help deciding which office setup is right for your business here.

Is Starting a Business Right for You?

Do you dream of starting your own business? Before you take the plunge, be sure business ownership is right for you by analyzing these five key areas.

How to Write Product Descriptions That Sell

Online shoppers can't look at your product in person, so they depend on your product descriptions to help them decide if they want to make a purchase. This advice will help you write product descriptions that inform customers of your product's benefits and persuade them to buy.


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