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How to Use ‘Local SEO’ to Attract More Customers in Your Area

If you are a small, local business, you are probably wondering how you can get your website displayed in the local search results of Google, Yahoo! and Bing. The answer … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Website

How Google Voice Stacks Up Against a Small Business Class Virtual PBX

Can Google Voice Work as My Business Phone System? In 2009 Google launched Google Voice, which provides free PC-to-PC voice and video calling to users worldwide, as well as free … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get a Business Phone System / Set Up a Phone Number
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Intuit Anywhere: Leveraging “The Cloud” to Enhance Your QuickBooks Software

Some have predicted that the days of on-premise, desktop software are numbered as buzz about “The Cloud” and web-based applications gets louder throughout the business world. Intuit, a leader in … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up the Books
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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

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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How to Share Your Email Marketing Campaigns

Now that you’ve crafted a brilliant and compelling email newsletter that will no doubt captivate your subscribers, it’s not enough to just rely on subscribers opening and clicking through your … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Select an Email Marketing Service

Quick Tip: Free Alternative to MS Office Last time I checked, Microsoft Office was available for about $150.  That’s a lot of money if all you really need is a spreadsheet and a word processor – … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Get Basic Business Software

Quick Tip: Tips to Generate More Leads with Your Website

Calls-To-Action If you want your website to help you generate leads for your business, I would say the most important thing to do is to make it obvious to people … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Website

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

Quick Tip: Choosing Your Domain Name

When brainstorming your domain name, there are a few ideas you want to keep in mind: Firstly, you want to brainstorm a few domain names that are keyword-rich, meaning those … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Register a Domain Name

Quick Tip: Recognizing Sunk Costs

Being indifferent towards and developing the ability to recognize sunk costs often leads to preferable outcomes at home and in business. According to the world’s most accurate encyclopedia (Wikipedia), “sunk … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create a Business Budget / Management

Startup Visionary Alan Blake on Achieving Long-Term Business Success

Sometimes I talk to businesspeople who tell me they’ve experienced a level of success or failure that they never could have imagined. Alan Blake is not one of those people. … Continue Reading

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campus2careers’ Nathan Green Explains How to Rethink Small Business Internships

Do you have good-for-nothing interns, or worse, none at all? Nathan Green would like to change that. Internships changed his life, and he’s on a mission to make internships an … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team

Build a Community on Your Website

“The web is where people come to belong; it’s deeper than just Search,” Darren Rowse, founder of ProBlogger, said at the 2010 BlogWorld conference. Rowse was speaking about how your … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Website / Promote With Social Media

Build a Business (Not a Job) Using Processes

As the first full-time employee of Zilker Ventures, April Coburn has seen the company grow from a handful of people to a now well-oiled machine. To what does she attribute … Continue Reading

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Use Desktop Time Tracking to Accurately Log Your Hours

We’ve already discussed How to Choose the Right Project Management Tool in a previous blog, but merely selecting a project management tool isn’t going to make your employees log their … Continue Reading

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7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Raising Startup Capital

“You can ruin your company within the first few days of forming it,” says Jay Jacobs, and he would know.  With a wealth of experience, ranging from being a vice … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Create a Business Budget / Uncategorized

Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing

Nearly everyone can get started with affiliate marketing, no matter what type of business you own. As long as you’re online, you can earn income (i.e. commissions) for referring business … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Uncategorized

Build Your Brand with Facebook

With more than 500 million active users, 50% of which log in every single day, Facebook is much more than a social networking site. It’s even more popular than Google! … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Promote With Social Media
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How to Leverage ‘Local’ to Compete with the Big Guys

We’re living in the age of “local.” For a number of reasons, people are now choosing to support local companies instead of large, national chains that have, until now, dominated … Continue Reading

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