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Boost Productivity with the (10+2)*5 Procrastination Hack

Productivity begins with you.  Once you’ve made the decision to be more productive, you’ll be a lot happier with your job, your life and yourself in general.  That’s what many … Continue Reading

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Avoid These 5 Customer Service Mistakes at All Costs

Sometimes, I’m truly amazed at how badly customer service is handled by some small businesses.  Excellent customer service should be one of the main reasons customers repeatedly choose your small … Continue Reading

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How to Choose the Right Project Management Tool

Project management tools can make or break your business.  The right project management tool can keep productivity flowing and your business operating smoothly.  The wrong project management tool can create … Continue Reading

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5 World Cup Metaphors for Small Business Owners

Like the majority of Americans, I don’t know much about soccer, but, as I was watching the England vs. USA match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup this past Saturday, … Continue Reading

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Why Philanthropy is Great for Your Small Business

We all know that giving back to our community is a great way to make an impact on the world around us and feel good about making a difference. But, … Continue Reading

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Beat the Summer Slump with These Small Business Strategies

Although in Texas summer starts practically as Spring Break ends, for the rest of the U.S., Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer season. For employees this means vacations, barbeques … Continue Reading

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4 Ways to Automate Your Business

If you run a business and want to make it more productive, check out these four ways to automate your business. Try to implement one strategy per month until you … Continue Reading

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How to Make Your Business Healthier

In a country where obesity runs rampant, healthcare prices are high, and hardly anyone walks anywhere nowadays, it’s important that we strive to become healthier. Although it can be difficult … Continue Reading

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5 Things Betty White Can Teach Small Business Owners about Marketing

This past Saturday, at 88 ½ years old, Betty White became the oldest person to host Saturday Night Live (SNL). On top of that, she garnered the highest ratings since … Continue Reading

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Services to Help Your Business Go Paperless

Nowadays there is a plethora of booming technology dedicated to making your office run more smoothly —and be greener. As Jen noted in her blog post a couple of months … Continue Reading

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Top 10 Free Cloud Computing Tools for Small Businesses

Don’t have a lot of funds to start your business or to keep it running?  Bootstrapping can be a viable option for you; you’ve simply got to utilize the right … Continue Reading

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7 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Writers

It takes a thick skin to be a writer.  You’ve got to battle criticism and rejection on a daily basis and power through to get the piece and the job … Continue Reading

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7 Savvy Ways to Stay in Business Longer than Everyone Else

Since the economic recession started, the media has panicked multiple times a day, lamenting the state of small businesses in columns, blogs and online zines.  But the truth is that … Continue Reading

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What Female Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Guetta & Akon’s “Sexy (Bleep)”‘

The first time I heard Hip Hop/dance song “Sexy (Bleep)” by David Guetta ft. Akon, I sat in my car for a good 10 minutes afterward, having put the car … Continue Reading

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Tools and Tips for an Eco-Friendly Office

Going “green” might sound expensive, but it actually can help save your business time and money in the long run.  Plus, being eco-friendly is easy and could be a fun … Continue Reading

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Why “Free” Can Be More Trouble than It’s Worth

Today’s post is inspired by Chapter 3: “The Cost of Zero Cost” in Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational. The basic premise is that there is usually a cost associated with “free” … Continue Reading

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Commission Junction Hearts Gov. Schwarzengger

Online advertising leader Commission Junction has created a new Facebook group dedicated to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently vetoed an “Internet Advertising Tax” bill for the State of California. … Continue Reading

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Web Apps Reviews: Accounting, Billing, Invoicing, Estimating & Contracts

When do we typically choose a free web application over costly software? For business people, the answer lies in functionality. Though you may not be paying for a service monetarily, … Continue Reading

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270+ Free Online Tools for Your Business

What’s the best thing about Mashable.com’s list of 270+ Tools for Running a Business Online?  They’re all free! Probably the most comprehensive list of current web applications, Mashable‘s list is … Continue Reading

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More Optimism for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Today we’re continuing the theme of finding solutions and opportunities despite the recession. The truth is that opportunities exist in both bad economies and in good ones and you can … Continue Reading

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