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employee productivity16 Tips for Improving Employee Productivity

Employees are expensive, so when they aren't productive it costs your business money. These 16 tips can help you get them to be more productive and to work harder.

organize home officeWhat Should I Post on Social Media?

Writing posts for your social media accounts - posts that people actually like and share - can seem like a crap shoot. So what should you put on social media? Here are seven ideas.


organize home office10 Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

A disorganized office makes you less productive and can contribute to stress. Even if you don't consider yourself a "neat freak," getting organized can really pay off. These 10 tips can help you organize your home office.


summer sales slumpBoost Sales During Summer Slowdowns with These Tips

A disorganized office makes you less productive and can contribute to stress. Even if you don't consider yourself a "neat freak," getting organized can really pay off. These 10 tips can help you organize your home office.


blogging tips7 Tips for Blogging Success

Blogging helps you connect with existing customers and attract new ones, no matter what you're selling. Here are 7 tips to help you create an effective blog that your customers and prospects will love.


business networking6 Ways to Maximize Your Productivity

Working for yourself gives you a freedom you can't get when you're working for someone else. It also means that if you don't work (or spend too much time on non-work tasks), you don't get paid. Here are six ways you can be more productive so your income doesn't suffer.


business networkingHow to Build a Business by Networking, Online and In-Person

A lot of different things go into building a successful business, but one tactic that will serve you throughout the life of your business is networking. Here's how one entrepreneur has used networking to build his business from the very beginning.


multiple income streamsMultiple Streams of Income for Your Business

Having multiple streams of income from your small business can help boost your profits and cushion against losses during slow seasons. Here are several ways you may be able to add multiple streams of income to your business.


managing late and absent employeesHow to Handle Employees Who Are Chronically Late or Absent

It can be very frustrating when you have an employee who is frequently late or absent, but employee attendance problems aren't always due to irresponsibility. Here's help for dealing with the situation.


starting a business when you got laid offStarting a Business After You've Been Laid Off

Lost your job and considering starting a business instead of looking for a new job? This guide will help you get started.


good business writing tipsGood Writing is Good for Your Business

Bad writing makes your business look unprofessional and your employees look uneducated. It also tells customers you don't care enough to bother with good communication. Although the occasional typo is inevitable in this day of email and social media, writing well is important. Here are a few tips to help you improve your business writing.

camera drones sell real estateDrones Will Change the Way You Sell Real Estate

With camera drones becoming affordable, they are being used in more and more industries, and real estate is no exception. Here's how drones will soon improve the way real estate is sold.


customer contractHow to Write a Customer Contract - and When to Use It

Having a written contract or agreement between you and your customer can help your customers know what to expect when buying from you and, in the event of problems, protect you from unnecessary losses. Here's what you need to know to write the customer contract and advice on when you need to use it.

storytellingHow to Use Storytelling to Market Your Small Business

If you want to get your prospects’ attention, make an emotional connection and be remembered, harnessing the power of storytelling is your best bet. Learn how to use storytelling to grow your small business.


teamwork tipsThe 5 Biggest Teamwork Problems

Having employees that work together efficiently as a team helps your business run smoothly. But, teamwork doesn't always happen like it should. Here are five of the biggest teamwork problems and what you can do to fix them.


why you should not hire friends and family3 Reasons Why Hiring Friends and Family Is a Bad Idea

It's tempting to hire a friend or family member when you have an opening in your business. You'd be helping them out and would get to work with someone you already know well, so it's win-win, right? Well, not usually. Here are three not-so-great things that often happen when you employ friends or family.

Google Hangouts business usesHow to Use Google Hangouts for Your Business

Need a way to talk to members of your team, customers or potential customers via video? See what Google Hangouts can do for your business - for free!


test marketHow to Know if a Product or Service Will Sell Before Launching It

You're naturally excited about your new product or service idea -- but how do you know if anyone will actually buy it? You don't have to sink a lot of money into it to test it out. Here's how you can figure out before launch whether there's a market for your product or service.


stop procrastination8 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination robs you of time and money, but most people still struggle with it. Here are 8 things you can do to make it easier to stop procrastinating.


how to get new customers for your business10 Ways to Get New Customers

Getting new customers for your business is hard work, but it's necessary if you want to be successful. Here are 10 ways you can get the attention of new prospects and turn them into loyal customers.


invoicing appsTop 5 Invoicing Programs to Help You Get Paid Faster

To get paid on time you've got to stay on top of billing your customers. These invoicing programs and apps will help you manage your billing better so you get paid sooner.


challenge employeesThe Untapped Resource

Does the work you give to employees challenge them sufficiently? If not, you may be wasting their hidden talents and potential to solve problems for your business.


how to succeed at self-employment6 Keys to Self-Employment Success

Starting a new business is exciting and scary all at the same time. While you hope you will succeed, you worry things might not go as planned. Increase your chances of business startup success by following these six tips.


Increase branding with twitter7 Inexpensive Ways to Retain Employees in Your Small Business

Keeping employees happy and satisfied with their jobs is important for small businesses, but you might not have the budget to pay the same salary big companies can pay. Here are seven things you can do to prevent them from jumping ship when another job offer comes along.

Increase branding with twitterHow to Use Twitter to Increase Brand Awareness

Twitter can be a very effective tool for increasing your business's brand awareness. Find out how to get the attention of followers and start seeing real results.


improve Facebook reach and engagement10 Proven Tactics to Boost Your Facebook Reach and Engagement

Getting people to see and share your Facebook posts - without shelling out ad money to Facebook - is no easy feat. Here's a 10-point guide to improving the reach and engagement of your Facebook posts (without paying).


choosing the best social media site8 Easy Ways to Show Customers You Care

You want your hard won customers to be happy and to come back again and again. Get repeat sales by letting them know you value them with these 8 simple tips.


choosing the best social media siteHow Do You Know Which Social Network Is Best for You?

You could have a presence on every social media site out there if you had unlimited time - but you don't. Here's how you can figure out which social media platforms are the best for your business.


grow your business10 Questions to Ask to Grow Your Business

Are you ready to grow your business? Even if you have clear-cut objectives, use your answers to these 10 questions to help you fine-tune your efforts and grow your business successfully.


make employees more productive10 Simple Hacks to Increase Employee Productivity

Are your employees not getting as much done as you think they should? Here are ten simple things you can do to help them want to work harder and be more productive.


how to improve business growth4 Reasons Your Business Isn't Growing Faster

How's your business growing? Not as fast as you'd like? Here are four things that can cause your business to slow or stop its growth along with advice on correcting the problems.


Attract More Customers with Inbound Marketing

What is inbound marketing? How can it help a small business like yours? Simply put, inbound marketing is a tactic that focuses on making customers identify themselves to you. Here's how to use it in your business.


Top Small Business Management Mistakes to Avoid

Are you making management mistakes that could damage your business? Whether it's unhappy employees, lack of customers, or poor cash flow, there are many things that can threaten your business' success. Here are the top critical small business management errors you should watch out for.

Don't Let Fear of Failure Slow Your Business Growth

Is your fear of failure causing you to turn down opportunities that could help your business grow? Of course you want to be smart about your business, but for it to grow, sometimes you have to take risks. Get past your fear of failure so you don't hold your business back.


When to Know It’s Time to Start a Second Business

Should you start a second business? Is opportunity a good reason to risk starting another business? Here's how to figure out if the time is right.

5 Ways to Cut Ties with the Big Boss to Become Your Own Boss

How do you start your own business when you can't afford to quit your job? It takes some planning and determination, but transitioning from being an employee to being your own boss is possible. These are the steps to follow.

Marketing Strategies Every Small Business Should Use

The thing about marketing successfully is you have to work at it consistently, even when business is slow and you don't want to spend the money. If you master these five fundamental marketing strategies, your business will prosper.

Smart Time Management Tips for Small Business Owners

Time management is critical for small business owners. You will get more done in less time when you implement these 5 time-saving strategies.

How to Prepare a Price Quote

When a customer asks for a price quote, you might be tempted to just give them the total cost for their service or product. But a lot more should go into preparing a good price quote. Here's what you need to know.

Grow Your Mailing List with Facebook Lead Ads

Facebook Lead Ads are ads designed to help marketers capture customer information by automatically filling in the Facebook user's contact info when they click on an ad with an opt-in offer. Here are the pros and cons of this Facebook ad type.

Best Businesses to Start in 2016

Want to become a business owner this year but not sure what kind of business will be most successful? Consider starting a business in one of these six industries that are expected to grow during 2016.

Increase Your Etsy Profits with These 5 Tips

Selling on Etsy? Wish you could sell more and make more money from your shop? These 5 tips will help you increase your Etsy profits.

8 Ways to Increase Your Small Business Profits This Year

Increasing your small business' profits doesn't require drastic measures like upping your prices or laying off employees. Even small changes in just a few areas of your business can give your income a big boost. Check out these eight tips for improving profits in your small business.

14 Ways to Save on Postage and Shipping

The USPS just increased postage rates - again. Here are 14 good ways to cut your mailing and shipping costs and get more mileage out of the money you spend on postage.

15 Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time

You don't have to quit your full time job to start a business. Many businesses can be started as small, part-time or weekend only ventures. Here are 15 ideas for generating income on the side while doing something you love.

How to Use Google Hangouts

Want to use Google Hangouts in your business? Use this guide to getting the technology configured on your computer and creating your first Hangout.



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