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Online Fax with Nextiva

Fax Machines? No. Online Faxing? Yes!

Fax usage remains a necessity for many businesses in the U.S., and even more in other parts of the world. In fact, recent estimates put annual fax rates in a … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
new uses for old products

Identifying New Uses for the Same Old Products

If you’re like many businesses, the shut-down may have left you with a surplus of unused inventory. You need to find ways to entice old customers to buy more, while … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Get Emails for marketing

7 Ways to Get More Email Addresses to Spur Future Sales

One of the easiest ways to get your business’ message out to likely-buyers continues to involve email, and it remains an extremely effective marketing tool. Recent statistics show that email … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Shorter Work Week

Can a Shorter Work Week Lead to Greater Productivity in Your Small Business?

You might have heard about Microsoft’s recent 4-day work week experiment in Japan. Without extending the length of those days to make up for the extra day off, the new … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Business Burn-Out

Fighting Burnout Syndrome

As a small business owner with a small team, the chances are that you experience some form of burnout regularly. Perhaps it happens every December, when you have fewer days … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Pandemic Teamwork Video Call

What the Pandemic Is Teaching About Teamwork

If you watch the news as much as I do, you undoubtedly see countless depressing stories about the toll that the pandemic is taking on everyone around the world. However, … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
ChooseWhat Scholarship

Scholarship for students with self employment experience

This scholarship has been discontinued for the time being. Should it resume accepting new applicants in the future, this page will be updated to reflect its reopening. Have you ever … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Schneid Chery scholarship

Spring 2020 ChooseWhat Scholarship: And the Winner Is…

Self-employment teaches people lessons of independence and accountability that can’t be learned any other way. Combine these lessons with a solid education, and you’ve got everything you need to start … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Scholarship
covid small business

How to Protect Your Small Business From the Worst of COVID-19

Undoubtedly, your small business has made it through one or more flu seasons, dealing with reduced staff – and fewer customers. For businesses, the COVID-19 scare seems to be a … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

Your Happiness Can Boost Customer Satisfaction and Sales

Have you ever received an authentically enthusiastic response when you approached a service desk to ask a mundane question? If so, then you may have experienced what I call the … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Test Business Product Ideas

Have You Pre-Tested Your Business or Product Ideas?

The Amazons and Apples of the world can afford a trial-and-error approach to launching new ideas and concepts. However, even massive entities do extensive market testing; they can afford errors … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
March 2020 Small Business Events

March, 2020 Small Business Events

If you’re looking for a reason to take a day away from work so you can learn something new, Texans get March 3rd off for Texas Independence Day. Still, regardless … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

5 Ways That Support and Mktg Can Help Each Other

If you run a fledgling business, then you may not have a defined Customer Support team yet. But, every business has someone handling customer questions, comments and concerns, even if … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
March 2020 Small Business Events

February 2020 Small Business Events

Valentine’s Day may be all about hearts and flowers, but have you considered showing extra love to yourself and your business? Staying informed and growing your network are worth more … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Bad Weather Hits Business

Bad Weather Hits … Now What?

Thank goodness that last winter’s deep-freeze is behind us. But, predictions for the coming winter are uncertain, and every season has its regional hazards. You want to keep your small … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
January 2020 Small Business Events

January 2020 Small Business Events

According to one statistic, the majority of New Year’s resolutions fail by January 17th. But, maybe all of those people are doing it wrong. Instead of planning to dramatically change … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
quit job start own business

Is it Time to Quit Your Full-Time Job to Start Your Own Business?

Swedish law requires that companies permit employees to take leaves of absence with relatively few exceptions. If you’re on your way toward starting a new businesses, this is certainly a … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Sarah Morgan Ashey

Fall 2019 ChooseWhat Scholarship: And the winner is…

Self-employment teaches people lessons of independence and accountability that can’t be learned any other way. Combine these lessons with a solid education, and you’ve got everything you need to start … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Scholarship
December Small Business Events

December 2019 Small Business Events

Holiday gifts are a great investment in the people you care about, and gift exchanges are just plain fun. It’s equally fun to buy something for yourself. If you want … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
January 2020 Small Business Events

November 2019 Small Business Events

Once the Halloween candy is gone, it will be time to put your sweet tooth away in favor of your hunger for business ideas and knowledge. Check out the following … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events