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Melinda Emerson
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Melinda F. Emerson, SmallBizLady, is America’s #1 small business expert. She is an author, speaker and small business coach whose areas of expertise include small business start-up, business development and social media marketing. As CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, Melinda develops audio, video and written content to help her Fortune 500 clients engage small business customers. She publishes a resource blog, and hosts a weekly talk show on Twitter called #SmallBizChat for today’s entrepreneurs. She reaches 1.5 million small business owners each week on the internet. Forbes Magazine named Melinda Emerson #1 Woman for Entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter. Melinda has been featured on MSNBC, Fox News, NBC Nightly News and in The Washington Post, New York Times, Fortune, Essence and Black Enterprise. She is also the author of the bestselling book Become Your Own Boss in 12 months; A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Works. Her latest ebook, How To Become a Social Media Ninja; 101 Ways to Dominate Your Competition Online was released in 2012. Melinda is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Entries by Melinda Emerson

Which Type of Business Is Right for You?

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 5:02 PM

Not just anyone can be a small business owner, but if you know you already have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, the next step is to figure out what type of business is right for you. You should be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and where you're...

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Tips for Small Business Market Research Success

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 4:43 PM

If you are looking to become your own boss you'll want to start with a solid foundation to make sure that there is a real market opportunity. Otherwise you could set yourself up for failure. It's important to get all the upfront work done while you're still earning your paycheck....

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How to Let Your Customers Know You Love Them

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2015 | 3:14 PM

Everyone felt the love in February - and it wasn't just sweethearts celebrating Valentine's Day. Being a business owner means we need to value retaining our customers by expressing love and gratitude for their business, not only for one month, but also all year. Give yourself a report card of...

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How to Prepare Your Business for Tax Season

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 8:40 AM

The IRS gives us until April 15 to turn in personal tax information, however for businesses, March 15 is the date they are due to be filed. It's time to get moving. If you want to make this year's tax season easier, start getting organized. There are many things you...

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Setting Up a Small Business That Works With Your Life Plan

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Most people have a plan for everything these days -- a business plan, marketing plan and even an editorial calendar for their blog. It's not easy to sort out what you actually need initially in business, but I'm telling you your first focus should be on having a life plan....

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Wisdom from the Bible for Entrepreneurs in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 5:16 PM

For five years, I have chosen a few words from the bible to help encourage entrepreneurs as well as myself. It is a blessing to be able to share these words with so many around the world. It's important to remember that "we are God's hands," as my pastor recently...

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How to Know If You've Got What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 9:01 AM

Have you ever thought, "I wonder if I have what it takes to be an entrepreneur"? I believe that everyone who has thought about starting a business needs to consider that question before making a decision to go into business. It has to be more than just thinking that you...

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How to Develop Your 2015 Small Business Goals

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Developing goals for the new year is always something good to do.  However, there are plenty of people out there who believe it is not a productive use of time. It's probably because they do not develop smart goals that they can actually accomplish. Below are a few helpful...

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2014 in Review: SmallBizLady's Top 7 Blog Post Picks

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 1:18 PM

Sometimes even I can't remember all the things I've written about since there is so much to share! At the end of each year, I like to look back through them and pick the ones that I thought were the most helpful and inspiring for small business owners. Below are...

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10 New Year Tips for Your Small Business

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 9:03 AM

To ensure success in the new year, most small businesses don't realize that the process begins long before January 1. Instead, a lot of work goes into setting your business up for a running start when the clock strikes 12. Don't wait; start now with this list of 10 New...

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6 Tips for Building Better Business Relationships

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Many people believe that their first meeting is the start of a business relationship, I'm letting you in on the fact that it actually begins with the first sale. Sure, you might be able to get a customer to buy something from you the first time, but you'll need to...

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SmallBizLady's 5 Easy Gift Ideas For Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 6:55 AM

If you need to spend some last-minute cash before the door closes on this year, I have a few ideas for some cool techy gifts you might want to treat your small business to this holiday season. Trust me, I'm sure your accountant will be happy if they've told you...

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Tips to Network Like a Pro and Grow Your Small Business

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 1:21 PM

People want to buy products and services from businesses run by people they like, know and trust.  This means that as a small business owner, your personal network becomes your net worth in business. You must work at building great word of mouth about your business -- to grow sales...

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4 Ways to Find More Time for Sales in Your Small Business

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 7:07 AM

If your sales in your small business aren't hitting your monthly goals, think about devoting more time to developing sales. When you're a 1 person business, it's on you to wear all the hats in your business - including marketing, operations, human resources, and sales, etc. Since cloning is not...

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Sales Goals Will Help Boost Your Small Business to the Next Level

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 11:56 AM

You can't expect to see your sales improve if you're not prioritizing your time in the right areas of your business. The core of your organization's growth starts with sales, and you can only take your business to the next level by increasing sales revenue. Here are some ways that...

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10 Tips to Handle Difficult Customers in Your Small Business

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 12:33 PM

You must know by now, repeat customers are key to building a successful small business. But, it isn't always easy to build a relationship, and you need to have a plan in place to deal with bumps in the road when customers are unhappy. The way you handle a dicey...

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How Can Your Small Business Procure Corporate Sponsorship?

(4) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:39 AM

No small business can soar without steady streams of income. Yes, the bulk of your revenue will come from your product or services being sold, but when the relationship is mutually beneficial, some small businesses can raise capital through corporate sponsorship. There is a growing trend in developing...

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Time to Start Planning for 2015 in Your Small Business

(4) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 12:09 PM

2014-09-01-TimetoStartPlanningfor2015inYourSmallBusiness.jpgAs the last days of summer wind down, the kids are headed back to school and the nights are getting cooler. This is the time to begin laying out your approach to a successful first quarter of 2015. Don't be like many...

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The 5 Biggest Small Business Marketing Mistakes

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Unless your business is marketing, it's often one of the biggest challenges in running your small business. Like many small businesses, it's tough to know how to effectively get your message out to your ideal customer. Regardless of your level of marketing expertise, you can follow this advice to avoid...

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10 Sizzling Summer Reading Picks to Grow Your Small Business

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:36 PM

As spring rolls into summer, you may begin to dream of those long, lazy, hazy days of pure rest and relaxation. Sure, you'll take some well-deserved vacation time, in fact, I highly recommend it! But, as much as we'd like to take the entire summer off, planning and building our...

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