Jen Udan

Jen Udan

Web Content Specialist, ChooseWhat.com

http://www.choosewhat.com

Jen Udan works on content development, PR/outreach and social engagement for ChooseWhat.com. She has been with ChooseWhat since March 2008 and has enjoyed working for the best startup in Austin. Jen graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in English/philosophy and minor in rhetoric. She likes living in the ATX 78704, playing with her Miniature Schnauzers, writing, reading about writing, and tweeting about everything.

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STARTicles offer you tactical information and insights on how to lay the foundation of your business so you can focus on building success.

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ChooseWhat’s Top 7 iPhone and Smartphone Apps for Small Business

Read about ChooseWhat’s favaorite desktop and iPhone applications that boost productivity and help small business owners effectively manage their businesses.  We at ChooseWhat have used all of these applications at … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get a Business Phone System / Set Up a Phone Number
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Haven’t Signed Up for Business Credit Card Yet? You’re Losing Money

Geoff Whitmore is lead traveler/writer at NoobTraveler.com, a blog dedicated to educating its readers on reward travel, travel tips, and cost-saving travel techniques. Having your own business can be a … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select a Business Credit Card
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Eight Simple Ways to Get More Visitors to Your Business Website

You’ve finished building your business website. So, it’s time to sit back, relax and watch the visitors roll in, right? If only it worked that way. If you build it, … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Website / Promote With Social Media
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Top Picks: Email Marketing Services for Advanced Users

We created our comparison of popular email marketing services with newbies in mind. Our reviews are geared towards those who need a basic email marketing service and are intended to … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select an Email Marketing Service
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SBE Council Ranks 2012 Best and Worst States for Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Pack your iPads and your enthusiasm, all you entrepreneurs–it’s time to head to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Why South Dakota? It’s ranked as the #1 state to start a business … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create a Business Budget / Form an LLC
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Reach 1,500 Customers on YouTube for Free with Google Adwords for Video

If you’ve spent any time promoting your business online, you’ve probably heard of or even used Google AdWords, which has been a nearly indispensable tool for online advertising. Google recently … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Promote With Social Media
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Conquer E-Commerce with Volusion Online Store Builder

When starting up, most businesses need to build a website and set up a credit card processing system to accept customer payments. While the average startup or small business can … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Accept Credit Card Payments / Build Your Website
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Virtual Office Provider Regus to Offer Hi-Def Videoconferencing Suites

As we mentioned in How To: Set Up a Business Mailing Address, using virtual office/workspace providers can be a good solution to setting up your mailing address that gives you … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up Your Business Mailing Address
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Intuit Offers Low-Cost 401(k) and Health Care Services for Small Businesses

Intuit, the maker of widely-used QuickBooks accounting software and the mobile credit card processing app GoPayment, has now diversified its small business offerings to include 401(k) and health care services. … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Group Health Insurance
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Getting Office Furniture

If you’re renting space from the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), you’ll be provided with office furniture, office supplies, copiers, conference rooms, Wi-Fi, and other necessary office tools. If you’re graduating … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Austin Technology Incubator
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Should Small Businesses Hire Employees Through Staffing Companies?

The cost of retaining a staffing agency probably scares off a lot of small businesses. After all, you will pay a staffing company significantly more money than you would spend … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Hire an Employee
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Getting Office Supplies

If you’re renting space from the Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), you’ll be provided with office furniture, office supplies, copiers, conference rooms, Wi-Fi, and other necessary office tools. If you’re graduating … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Austin Technology Incubator
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Checklist for Hiring New Employees

After you’ve gone through the first five steps of the hiring process, which we detailed in How To: Hire an Employee, and you and your new employee(s) have signed an … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Hire an Employee
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6 Easy Ways to Protect Your Credit Card Processing System from Hackers

Many small businesses rely on merchant processing systems and Point-of-Sale (POS) machines to process their customers’ credit card payments. However, a new report by Verizon, the U.S. Secret Service, and … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Accept Credit Card Payments
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Top Software and Cloud Alternatives to Microsoft Office

As we said in our guide on How to Get Basic Business Software, Microsoft Office is the standard when it comes to desktop software applications. However, you may want to … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Basic Business Software
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A Guide to Designing and Printing Your Business Cards

You may not realize it, but a lot of important elements go into the design of your business cards–and they matter! If well-designed, your business card can convey professionalism, creativity, … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Order Business Cards
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Top Email Marketing Services that Integrate with Salesforce

Salesforce is a business cloud computing customer relationship management (CRM) provider that currently has 82,400 customers and over 2,100,000 subscribers. In response to this sizeable market, many email marketing services … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select an Email Marketing Service
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Save Your Business: Register Your .xxx Domain Name (Before a Pornographer Does)

You might not have heard the news. This past March, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names (ICANN) approved the formation of the .xxx domain, a new top-level domain that will … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Register a Domain Name
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Doing the Books: To QuickBooks or Not?

Like it or not, if you’ve started a business then you’re probably going to be doing the books on your own until you’re making enough to hire someone to handle … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up the Books
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Building a Brand In-House Without Losing Your Shirt

We spoke to Birds Barbershop co-founder, Michael Portman, to talk about how Birds became a local favorite and national smash in just five years. Honestly, I was hesitant to step … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Name Your Business
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