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sell food products commercially

Are You Ready to Sell Your Food Products Commercially?

My family’s special-recipe dill pickles are widely touted as the best pickles around. I don’t plan to sell them commercially, since they’re labor-intensive, highly perishable, and they require seasonal ingredients. … Continue Reading

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Digital Nomad

Can’t Afford Time For a Real Vacation? Become a Digital Nomad!

I’m a big fan of vacations for every working person — including those at the top, or even solopreneurs. Sure, you play a major role in everything that your small … Continue Reading

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How to Prevent Office Politics

How to Prevent Office Politics from Eroding Your Workplace

Unfortunately, the end of the stressful mid-term elections marked the beginning of the general elections. There is no escape from national politics, but you can take better control over something … Continue Reading

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Multicultural Marketing Diversity

The Real Meaning of Multicultural Marketing

And How it Affects Your Business When I went to a store to buy my first lawnmower, I brought a male friend, looking for more muscle to get my purchase … Continue Reading

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Grow Business Expansion

Five Ways to Expand Your Small Business

There’s a lot to be said in favor of the small business atmosphere. You may never want to turn into the next Amazon or become an anchor store at a … Continue Reading

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Employee Referral Program

Turn to Your Current Team For New Hire Success

Online searches are not the only recruitment method, and they may not be the best way to attract new compatible team members. I recently read an interesting LinkedIn Article about … Continue Reading

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ChooseWhat Scholarship

Scholarship for students with self employment experience

Have you ever earned money as a contractor or a small business owner? If so, this scholarship opportunity is for you. If you are a qualifying student (see “who can apply” section … Continue Reading

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Info To Share With Employees

What Information Should You Share With Employees?

In January, Steve Harvey learned that his long-time daytime TV talk show would be canceled in the fall. Shockingly, he got the news through a network announcement about a new … Continue Reading

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Open Office Workspace Design

Does Your Workplace Design Work for Everyone Who Uses It?

I recently learned that Panasonic has developed a new product. Wear Space is essentially a blinder that reduces office visual and noise distractions. The device may solve a common office … Continue Reading

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Close Business Partners

Can Familiarity Breed Success When Forming Business Partnerships?

There’s no hard and fast rule about starting businesses with spouses, family members, or close friends. Some close-knit partnerships do extremely well; others fail, sometimes permanently affecting the relationship as … Continue Reading

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Organic Business Profits

The Importance of Organic Growth

The Term Organic Applies to More than Food Having been around for 125 years, Sears is even older than I am. Despite its rich history, it’s now under the supervision of … Continue Reading

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Are You Ready to Start a Business Blog?

I happen to enjoy writing blogs. This activity may not be exciting to you, but I’ve told you before that even a business that follows your passion also requires you … Continue Reading

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Controlling Business Expansion

Retaining Control Over Business Expansion

Once you gain control over your fledgling small business, you probably want to start growing. Growth could mean anything from adding more staff to increase output, to adding more products … Continue Reading

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Collaboration teamwork

Collaboration: A Key to Running an Effective Business

Do you realize how much you collaborate during a typical business day? You and your employees work closely with each other to come up with new ideas and resolve issues … Continue Reading

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Franchise Opportunity pros and cons

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Franchise Pt. 2

Part 2 of 2: Deciding if Buying a Franchise Makes Sense for You In the first part of this series, you gained an important overview of franchising. You now know … Continue Reading

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Franchise opportunity introduction

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Franchise Pt. 1

Part 1 of 2: An Introduction to Franchising Concepts When you witness the success of franchise businesses like a Starbucks store or Potbelly Sandwich Shop, it seems like a slam … Continue Reading

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Small Business Statistics

12 Statistics That Can Help Your Small Business

Don’t let the word, “statistics” scare you. This will not be an advanced math class. It will, however, provide useful information about other small businesses like yours. This is how … Continue Reading

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Micromanaging break chains retain control

How to Retain Control Over Your Business Without Micromanaging It

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. This quote comes from General George S. Patton, a person … Continue Reading

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Clienteling CRM Customer Management

Clienteling: What It Is, and How Your Business Can Do It

How many times have you opened online websites that seem to have endless suggestions for products that absolutely nail your taste and interests? This is one example of clienteling, and … Continue Reading

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Hiring Talent Workers Employment Market

Fighting the Battle for Talent

Four Ways That Small Businesses Can Find the Right Workers in a Tight Employment Market Your business may still be small, but how can you grow if you can’t hire … Continue Reading

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