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choosing a home businessChoosing the Right Home Business for You

Starting down a new career path can be both exciting and terrifying, especially if your chosen "career path" is being an entrepreneur and running a home-based business. Below are five questions to ask yourself to help you determine what type of business might be right for you.


company cultureHow to Create a Great Company Culture in Your Small Business

The one thing your competition can't steal or copy is your company culture. Make your small business' employees feel appreciated and valued by creating a great company culture using these tips from Piyush Patel, author of Lead Your Tribe, Love Your Work.


interruptionsWhy People Interrupt and How to Manage It

Why do people interrupt you when you're speaking? What can you do about the interruptions? Here's practical advice for minimizing interruptions and using them to your benefit.


what not to say to customers7 Things NOT to Say to Customers

Your existing customers are essential to your business' continued success. Be careful that what you and your employees say to them doesn't make them want to leave. Here are seven things you should never say to customers.


find customers16 Ways to Find Customers

What's the hardest thing about starting and growing a business? For many small businesses, the answer is finding clients or getting customers. Here are 16 time-tested strategies to help build your customer base.


teamwork5 Steps to Fix a Toxic Team

Is your team toxic and disfunctional? Backbiting, gossiping, blaming - all these things can undermine teamwork in the workplace. Here are five steps to get your team working together again.


home office distractionsWork-from-Home Tips to Reduce Distractions and Get More Done

Working from home seems like the perfect win-win situation - until you realize just how many different things compete for your attention throughout the day. Here's how you can cut down distractions and be more productive when you work from home.


photo by OnDeckDo You Have an Exit Plan? Q&A with Barbara Corcoran

Ready to retire from your small business, but your business partner isn't? Read what Barbara Corcoran has to say about small business exit strategies.


presentation tipsHow to Be More Confident During Presentations

If you're losing sleep worrying about how well you'll deliver your next presentation, you're not alone. Try some of these simple strategies to help you build confidence and credibility with your audiences.


part-time business ideas15 Part-Time Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time

You don't have to quit your job to start a business. Many businesses can be started as part-time businesses or side hustles. Here are 15 ideas for making money in part-time businesses that don’t require you to quit your day job.


small business money saving tips38 Cost-Cutting Strategies for Small Companies

Think you've exhausted all the ways to save money in your business? Don't be sure until you've taken a look at these 38 small business cost-cutting tips.


small business emergency planningEmergency Planning Tips for Small Businesses

What would you do if a disaster struck your business? Most disasters aren't preventable, and many aren't even predictable. But you can take steps in advance to minimize your potential for loss from catastrophic events. Here are some guidelines.


grants for small businessSmall Business Grants: What You Need to Know

Small business grants aren't sitting out there waiting to be claimed by every business owner in need, but they do exist. However, there are usually strings attached and hoops to jump through. Get the real story about small business grants here.


business expenses8 Ways to Manage Your Business Expenses Better

Real savings for your business won't come in the way of cutting out this cost or that cost. To see lasting results, follow these eight tips for managing your business's regular expenses.


uber side jobPros and Cons of Driving for Uber

Thinking about picking up a side job driving for Uber? The promise of a good income and flexible schedule is enticing, but consider these pros and cons first.


free market research worksheetWho’s going to buy what you sell?

Knowing the answer to that question is the secret to business success. Download our free Market Research Worksheet and use it to understand who is most likely to buy what you sell and where to find them.


networking tips7 Strategies for People Who Hate Networking

Networking doesn't come naturally to everyone. If you find it awkward - or you downright hate it - try these seven strategies to make networking more enjoyable and profitable.


job applicant lies5 Most Common Lies Job Applicants Tell

You want to be sure you hire the best candidate for the job when you have an opening. But how can you tell if the applicants are being honest with you? Here are the top five most common lies job seekers may tell in an interview or on their resume.


business systems10 Steps to Creating Effective Systems for Your Business

Most mistakes and errors in business are the end result of not having clearly defined procedures for common tasks. Here are 10 steps for creating procedures and systems that will make your business more successful.


business tasks you should outsource25 Tasks to Outsource to Freelancers

Outsourcing work to freelancers can free up your time so you can focus on more important work. Here are 25 tasks that are good to outsource.


salary interview questionAsking "What Was Your Last Salary?" May Be Illegal

If you're used to asking What was your last salary? during job interviews, you might want to check your state and local laws. Many states and localities have made asking the salary question illegal.


be more influential4 Ways to Immediately Change Behaviors and Be More Influential

Want to be a better leader? Want to be able to influence more people? Here are four things you need to do.


call to action4 Steps to Write a Great 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.


help employees through a downturn3 Ways to Help Employees Weather a Business Storm Cycle

It's normal for your business to go through up periods and down periods. When you're in a down cycle, employees can get worried about their job security and jump ship. Here are three tactics you can use to keep your best employees happy during a downturn for your business.


become a better leader3 Questions That Can Make You a Better Leader

Are your employees happy with their jobs? If they aren't, you could be the one to blame - at least in part. Take a look at the quality of your own leadership by asking yourself these three questions.


inheritance tax mistakeHow to Avoid a Costly Inheritance Tax Mistake

If you inherited your parent's retirement account, the IRS could potentially take a huge portion of it. Here's what you need to know to avoid an expensive mistake.


positive leadership7 Leadership Tips That Make People Feel Great and Achieve Incredible Results

Do you inspire your team or discourage them? Your leadership style—whether positive or negative—matters more than you realize. Use these seven tips to develop grit, overcome adversity, and lead your team with real positivity.

branding archetypes3 Skills That Will Make You Automation Proof

Automation is set to begin replacing many jobs in the near future. Here are three skills you should begin honing now to automation proof your career or business.


branding archetypesThe 12 Brand Archetypes: Which One Are You?

What makes your brand special? What makes it stand out? Figure out which of these 12 brand archetypes your business falls into so you can market your business better.


millennialsHow to End Generational Stereotyping in Your Organization

Making assumptions about employees based on their age and generation is counterproductive. Here's how to address and eliminate generational stereotyping in your company.


small business money mistakes5 Common Small Business Money Mistakes

If you're like most small business owners, bookkeeping and managing money is probably not your strong suit. You can stay ahead of the game if you avoid making these five common small business money mistakes.


job analysisHow to Do a Job Analysis and Why It's Important

A job analysis details the tasks, responsibilities, and skills needed to perform a job. A job analysis will provide the facts you need to write an accurate job description. Here's why job analyses are important and how to prepare them.


women entrepreneurs5 Questions Women Should Ask before Starting a Business

If your career isn't advancing as fast as you think it should, it might be time to consider starting your own business. Before you do, ask yourself these five questions.


affiliate marketing problemsHow to Get Paid Sooner

Having steady work from a big customer is great, but more important is getting paid in a timely manner. Use these nine tips to get paid faster.


annoying email habits8 Work Email Mistakes to Avoid

Are your work emails not getting answered? Are they causing problems with others or sabotaging your career? They could be if you're making any of these 8 email mistakes.


affiliate marketing problems3 Dangers of Affiliate Marketing and How to Avoid Them

Do you have an affiliate program for your business? Or are you thinking of adding one? Here are three common problems that can impact an affiliate program's effectiveness and profitability.


good password tipsHow to Create a Strong Password

Creating a strong password that's hard to hack but easy to remember is essential for protecting your personal and financial information. Here are a rules and ideas for creating secure passwords.


small business survival strategiesHow to Recover from a Business Downturn

Has your small business fallen on hard times? Are your sales and profits declining? To recover you need to take action and make changes. Here are strategies you can use to put your business back on track to success.


branding tips5 Reasons to Find Your Unicorn Customer

Segmentation is one way to build your brand, but the best way is to identify your ideal, perfect customer and base your branding on that. Here are five reasons you should focus on finding your unicorn customer from branding expert Deb Gabor.


stop workplace bulliesHow to Deal with Workplace Bullies

Workplace bullies can cost you productivity, morale, and even cause your best employees to quit. Here are seven strategies for putting a stop to workplace bullies.


jet lagHow to Beat Jet Lag

Jet lag can make a business trip miserable or ruin a chunk of your vacation. Here are remedies that work best for combating jet lag so you can enjoy your trip.


make sales appointmentHow to Get Sales Appointments

Making that first sales appointment with prospects is the hardest part of selling. Between not knowing who to call and gatekeepers blocking the way, just getting the right person on the phone can seem impossible. These strategies can help you get your foot in the door.


advertisingIs Your Advertising Working?

Advertising your small business is expensive. How do you know which ads are working and which ads aren't? Use these tips to find out so you don't waste money.


teenage entrepreneurHow a teenage influencer became an entrepreneur

How does a teenager achieve social media influencer status, attract sponsors and become a successful entrepreneur? Here's how Mike Hammontree did it starting at age 15 using the apps on his smartphone.


email subject linesHow to Write Attention-Grabbing Email Subject Lines

A good email subject line is the key to getting your prospect's attention and getting your email opened. Here are four things that you should keep in mind to write email subject lines that get your messages opened and read.


Tax deductions7 Tax Deductions for the Self-Employed

What tax deductions can the self-employed take? Here are 7 important types of tax deductions for home businesses and sole proprietors.


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. It will also lead to failure for some small businesses. 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.


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