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3 Ways Customer Stories Can Build Your Business

Margarita Hakobyan | Posted 07.22.2016 | Business
Margarita Hakobyan

Marketers regularly discuss how customer stories are a fantastic resource for building your business, but they don't often talk about how to use them to your best advantage. These three methods for using customer stories will help your business rise to the top of the pack.

Forgexit: Your Business Growth Is About You not the Rest of the World. Own It; Create Your Own universe

Lyndon Wood | Posted 07.22.2016 | Business
Lyndon Wood

A negative mind set won't see your business moving in the right direction. Depressing yourself with potential ifs and buts will make your business suffer. No-one knows the long-term, or even mid-term, impact of Brexit. If you're a business owner and leader, you should focus on what matters and what is within your control - your actual business.

A Facebook Ad Changed My Life

Allison Horner | Posted 07.22.2016 | Business
Allison Horner

The day I came across it, I was HOPING for a sign. I'd been searching for the next step in my life, and going back to the corporate world that had so badly worn me down just wasn't right for me as a new mom.

How To Become A Real Estate Agent

Victoria Yore | Posted 07.22.2016 | Business
Victoria Yore

If this kind of lifestyle excites you, you're not alone. Every year, tens of thousands of Americans choose to start a career in real estate and it's not difficult to see why. Real estate agents are in constant demand, they live a self-employed lifestyle while working under the protective umbrella of a large brokerage, and their income is limited only by their work ethic and determination to succeed.

President's US Visit Reinforces Mexico's Importance to Main Street America

Jason Marczak | Posted 07.22.2016 | World
Jason Marczak

For the second time in less than a month, Presidents Peña Nieto and Obama are meeting to explore how to deepen collaboration in issues ranging from s...

Why Using A Business Valuator Is Worthwhile

David S. Bunton | Posted 07.21.2016 | Business
David S. Bunton

What can a business valuation provide for you? Business valuation professionals specialize in the valuation of businesses and their tangible and intangible assets, which may include trademarks, patents, copyrights, and other non-monetary assets that have value or benefit to a business owner.

Could Taking A Stand Hurt Your Brand?

Erika Dickstein | Posted 07.21.2016 | Business
Erika Dickstein

Was it really plagiarism? 58 words? Who cares? After all no one since Cicero, has said anything truly original in a political speech. This story has owned the news cycle. As a small business, it can be so tempting to beckon a little bit of that traffic my way by being a part of the conversation. Plus, it can be so liberating to say what's on my mind!

Good Intentions Don't Create A Successful Business

Tamara Kleinberg | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Tamara Kleinberg

There are 3 big mistakes I see entrepreneurs make all the time when launching their businesses that kill revenues.

Ignore The Statistics: There's Never Been A Better Time To Be An Entrepreneur

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Steve Siebold

Although fewer people are starting their own businesses, the fact is that becoming an entrepreneur is one of the best decisions you can make. In fact, don't even pay attention to this new report or any statistics about starting a business, because they're only going to discourage you.

Why Business Owners Use Visualization

J V Crum III | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
J V Crum III

Remember when you were a child? You would imagine whatever you desired. You easily accessed your imagination and saw yourself becoming rich and famous, being a movie star, a celebrity singer with rabid fans, living in an amazing home, driving your ideal car or having your dream boyfriend or girlfriend.

Boost Your Energy & Increase Your Productivity with These 6 Tips

Jonathan Long | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Jonathan Long

Entrepreneurs and business owners have a full plate and are constantly being pulled in a million different directions. Even if we had more hours in the day, we still wouldn't get everything accomplished. Increasing your energy level throughout the day can greatly help improve your productivity. Being an entrepreneur is a constant grind, so I use the six tips to help elevate my energy levels and have more productive days.

20 Entrepreneurship Lessons from World's Top Business Thinkers, CEOs and VCs

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Vala Afshar

Ray Wang, bestselling author and CEO and founder of Constellation Research, and I are greatly fortunate and have the privilege of speaking with some o...

How Do I Expand My Small Business Globally?

Melinda Emerson | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Melinda Emerson

If you want to do business internationally it can be tough getting started, but the upside can totally be worth it. You may lack the contacts you need...

Interview Questions To Identify Top Performers

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

As a small business owner, one of your key responsibilities is to identify top performers who will fit your business culture and contribute to the success of your business. The interview is an important step in the process and the questions you ask are critical to the success of the interview.

Online Lending Associations Strive For Consumer Protections

Kari Luckett | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Kari Luckett

Alternative lending arose from the financial crisis of 2008, in part, as a solution for business owners that were constantly getting turned down for capital. Some would say the industry has done a great job of helping small business owners, like mom-and-pop-shops, keep their doors open, while others remain a bit skeptical of online alternative lenders.

Should An Independent Contractor Form An LLC?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Independent, or 1099, contractors run their own businesses. A properly classified independent contractor is allowed to set their own hours, decide from where to work, and are allowed to negotiate payment. When you work as a 1099 contractor, you have to think of the businesses who you do work for as your clients, rather than your employer.

10 Inventive, Thriving Small Businesses Entrepreneurs Can Learn From

Shane Paul Neil | Posted 07.19.2016 | Business
Shane Paul Neil

It's not the size of the business that matters, it's how well they connect with their customers. Look at any great small business and they share common traits. They work tirelessly to build a reputation and they listen to their customers.

Authenticity & Alter Egos: Compatible or Conflict?

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 07.19.2016 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

The real you. The authentic you. We are commonly told to be authentic in business today. Especially for those who are entrepreneurial, small business owners and creative warriors, we are told that being authentic is the only real way to create trusting and lasting relationships.

The Art of Amazing Your Customers - 11 Powerful Customer Service Lessons

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.19.2016 | Business
Vala Afshar

Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top. - John Wooden CEOs rank customer service as the most important priority aft...

Motivation is Overvalued. Environment Often Matters More.

James Clear | Posted 07.18.2016 | Healthy Living
James Clear

It can be tempting to blame failure on a lack of willpower or a scarcity of talent, and to attribute success to hard work, effort, and grit. To be su...

Taking Care of Business. Business Taking Care.

Frank Islam | Posted 07.18.2016 | Business
Frank Islam

In 1973, the rock group Bachman-Turner Overdrive had a big hit with their song Takin' Care of Business which celebrated the joys of being a rock music...

2016 Connected Consumer Goods Report: 69% of Buyers Use Online Product Reviews

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.18.2016 | Business
Vala Afshar

To understand consumer preferences on how they research and purchase consumer goods products, and build loyalty with the brands they trust, Salesforce...

How To Launch A Brand: Lose The Ego, Gain A Soul

Rebekah Iliff | Posted 07.18.2016 | Books
Rebekah Iliff

While there are quite literally hundreds if not thousands of ways to get the word out these days, the truth is, unless you have a solid foundation from which to launch, your company could very well end up face-down on the pavement. In other words, if your brand lacks the necessary qualities to attract and retain loyal customers you may need to rethink your strategy.

The Four Burners Theory: The Downside Of Work-Life Balance

James Clear | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living
James Clear

One way to think about work-life balance issues is with a concept known as The Four Burners Theory. Here's how it was first explained to me: Imagine ...

Making the Leap to Owning a Small Business

Rachel Verlik | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
Rachel Verlik

After 20 years in a corporate and government career, I traded in security and income for entrepreneurship. I recently left my Federal job to become a small business owner offering leadership/career coaching, training, and consulting. And oh, what a trip it has been.