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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

Understanding Google AdWords

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 5:49 PM

Are you still finding it hard to hit top search results? Although you have remained competitive with your SEO, it's time to take a different approach. Put an effort in Google AdWords pay-per-click ads which will help your target the right audience faster and who would want to click your...

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How to Generate Direct Sales on Instagram

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:27 AM

Your channels for selling products are growing beyond your website and amazon store. Social media sites -- particularly Instagram and even Facebook-- have become an extremely effective for converting direct sales. You just have to know how to leverage them. To maximize your selling ability on Instagram try...

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5 Tips on Becoming a Mighty Mompreneur

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 11:13 PM

"Mompreneur" is the contemporary label given to a mom who goes after her dreams by starting a business. Increased cultural emphasis on work-life balance, the digital communication evolution, and work from home opportunities have all contributed to more women than ever finding their way to business ownership. If running a...

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You're A Small Business. It's Time to Celebrate

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 12:32 AM

It's National Small Business Week! It's the biggest celebrations for small businesses in the U.S. All over the country; there will be meetups, workshops, Tweetchats, and free events to help business owners like you launch or grow your business. If you're a new entrepreneur, you might not know...

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Five Major Hurdles You Face in Business Ownership

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 8:14 PM

Being your own boss can produce a lot of intrinsic rewards, but only after you effectively jump some challenging hurdles.

If you are thinking about going it alone in the business world, you need to understand fully the pros and cons of such a move. Yes, there are plenty of...

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Tips for Running a Successful Tweetchat

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 4:15 PM

Have you ever asked yourself how you can create an inbound marketing opportunity that can drive traffic to your website? You can look for opportunities like creating guest blog content, being a guest on a podcast, or doing a Facebook live interview. One way you can brand yourself and build...

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Get Over Your Fear of Math in Your Small Business

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 8:38 AM

Every small business failure is unique in terms of the particular decisions and events that precipitated it, but there are some common mistakes. Sometimes the problem is obvious, like there simply isn't enough demand for the product or service, or that the pricing strategy was off and the...

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7 Tips to Leverage Videos for Your Small Business

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 11:41 AM

Are you using videos to showcase your small business? Video marketing can boost your small business website in many unique ways. If you dislike writing, producing videos is an great alternative to writing blogs. Videos will boost your analytics, especially if you use a brief written description. It's a quick...

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What Is the Perfect Small Business for You?

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 9:48 AM

Many people want to be entrepreneurs, but often I get asked: what business should I start? Too often people desire to be in business, but have no clue what they should be selling. Entrepreneurship is as different as the people who run businesses. No two situations are alike, and the...

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Do Millennial Entrepreneurs Have Major Concerns?

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 10:44 AM

Although every generation of business owner has issues, I wondered about the concerns of millennial entrepreneurs in 2016? Born between 1982 and 2004, this generation of 18-34 years old is larger than the Baby Boomers and is latching on to the world of entrepreneurship in a major way. When launching...

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10 Top Small Business Blogs

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 8:50 AM

Do you like to read good content online? I sure do. One of the key secrets to being successful in business is to be a voracious reader. I learn a great deal by reading individual and corporate blogs online. If you're like me, I bet you want to to know...

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How to Succeed as a Small Business Owner

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 9:20 AM

Do you think you have what it takes to succeed as a small business owner? How do you measure your readiness to go into business? Most people who dream of one day starting a business draw from a long list of success factors. But to know for sure, I just...

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9 Tips to Do to Save Money to Start Your Dream Business

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 8:28 AM

If you want to be in business, you must come up with the money to fund your dream. In my book, Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months, I teach my readers to take a proactive approach to funding your small business by saving your own money. It is called...

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How to Have the Right Team in Your Small Business

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 6:55 AM

To grow your small business, you need the right team in place. Your employees are the backbone of your business, as you alone will not be able to efficiently run your business. When you are forming a team it is important that everyone have a clear vision, understanding of the...

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8 Ways to LOVE on Your Team

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 8:21 AM

Love is in the air with Valentine's Day days away. As a business owner and entrepreneur, this is a great season to show love, not romantic love but agape love, to your team. Think of it like staff appreciation day. Here are 8 ways to show your employees how much...

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10 Good Bible Verses Every Business Needs for 2016

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 8:55 AM

As we put our vision and dreams on paper in our business plan this year, , there are two things I am sure will help you succeed: Faith and a spirit of gratitude, and that means even being grateful for the bad days. When we use our superpowers in business,...

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How to Leverage Technology to Improve Your Sales Process

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 10:04 AM

Every business aims to increase its revenue by generating more sales. It starts with having an organized sales process. With the fierce competition online, it has become increasingly difficult for small businesses to get more customers. To increase sales, firms need to make an efficient use of technology and manpower....

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How to Hire the Right Salesperson for Your Small Business

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 11:58 AM

Selling is key if you want to stay in business. But as a busy business, you will soon get to the point where you need to get some help to sell more of your services or products. But what is the right way to add a salesperson to your small...

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Validating Your Business Idea?

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 7:28 AM

Sure, you have the strong desire and talent to be an entrepreneur, but is 2016 your year for starting a business? If you can honestly see yourself taking care of the 10-14 daily tasks that come with being the CEO of a business, then it's time to investigate this business...

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Make 2016 The Year You Become Your Own Boss

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 10:49 AM

Do you count the minutes until you can leave your job for the day? Does waking up and realizing it's Monday give you a sense of dread? Do you daydream about starting a small business? If so, stop dreaming and start living. This is the year you quit your job...

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