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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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Why Business Cards Should Matter to You

Last week American Express OPEN Forum posted a blog about how your next business card could be virtual and how the business card is close to its inevitable demise. While … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Order Business Cards

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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Utilize Proper Email Etiquette in Your Office

Nowadays people are more likely to communicate via email in the workplace than in person or on the phone. Who isn’t guilty of emailing a coworker who sits 20 feet … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up Business Email Accounts

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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Tips for Moving Your Business to a New Location

Moving is generally considered to be a pain, but it can also dramatically benefit your business.  You might be moving to a better location to improve visibility.  You might be … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up Your Business Mailing Address

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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5 Reasons Why Your Small Business Should Be Hiring Right Now

According to TriNet’s Human Capital Index (HCI), small businesses had a five-point increase in hiring during April, up 98 from 93 in March.  Though hiring is gradually increasing, many small … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team

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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6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Outsourcing

Up to now, you’ve been able to handle everything from accounting to IT to web design in-house.  But, you’d like to grow your business, which requires you to free up … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team

Should Your Company Implement a Four-Day Workweek?

As I mentioned in my blog How to Motivate Your Employees, my friend’s company allowed its employees to take half days on Fridays if they worked an extra hour Monday … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team

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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How to Motivate Your Employees

Even though the economy is allegedly picking back up, in this day and age you have either gone through—or know someone who’s gone through—a series of company layoffs. Worrying about … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Team

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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Elements of an Effective Website

As Jen talked about a few weeks ago, if you’re a business you NEED a website. Whether you use a web designer or a website builder, the reasons for having … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Build Your Website

5 Steps for Getting People to Pay What They Owe You

Because of the current economic recession, it’s getting increasingly difficult to get people to pay invoices on time.  But, getting clients or business affiliates to pay what they owe you … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Set Up the Books