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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.

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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
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

Startup Step: Management
Lessons Dog Teaches Business

Five Lessons That My Dog Teaches About Running A Business

My 15-pound dog, Charlie pulls like he’s 150 pounds, yet I see people with their Pit Bulls and Great Danes walking gently at their sides. Still, my small business heels … Continue Reading

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Holiday Deals Specials

5 Ways to Use Holidays to Boost Sales

When did you see the first of many promotions for Halloween this year? Are you already seeing ads related to Thanksgiving and all of the winter holidays? Every year, businesses … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Personal Business

It’s Just Business — Don’t Take it Personally

Elon Musk Should Teach a Class on the Downsides of Personal Involvement I’m impressed by Elon Musk; he is a great example of how to take a creative no-holds-barred approach … Continue Reading

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Exit Strategy For Success

Don’t Let Your Exit Strategy Outshine Your Success Strategy

Some time ago, I explained the importance of planning for the end of ownership. This was important advice, but never let it take time away from constantly honing your success … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Gold In Complaints

There’s Gold in Them-Thar Complaints

How Negative Customer Feedback Can Make More Money for Your Business Nobody enjoys criticism, but when it comes to building a winning business, it can be more valuable than praise. … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
January Small Business Events

October 2018 Small Business Events

Trick or treat? New business leads? …or is startup funding what you need? October is around the corner and once again small biz and startup communities throughout the country have … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management