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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.

Strong Rules on Payday Lending Could Help Small Businesses

Amanda Ballantyne | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
Amanda Ballantyne

In this time of partisan gridlock, it's rare to see a federal policy move than can be of real help to small businesses and their customers. The rule r...

Should Your Site Have Live Chat?

Megan Brame-Finkelstein | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
Megan Brame-Finkelstein

When I was running a small business, I'd get into these moments where I felt like my website needed all of the bells and whistles of a conglomerate in order to give the best possible user experience to my customers.

Go Pokemon Go - For Small Business

Carla Deter | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Carla Deter

What a week it has been on social and news stations around the world! The silly game that has created an overnight triumph - both online and in the ph...

How Small Businesses Can Save Money With Technology

Laiza King | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
Laiza King

Credit Capital is possibly the most common reason hindering SME's from launching out. Small business owners spend months trying to acquire loans ...

Do You Have Staying Power?

Kira Callahan | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Kira Callahan

Sales is a long business. It's a marathon, not a sprint. There are 'sprint moments' on the journey (deadlines, targets), but what you've signed up for is not a short-term gig. As long as you're in business, you'll be in sales.

Why Mission-Based Lenders Are Essential to U.S. Communities 

Gina Harman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Impact
Gina Harman

Everyday business owners are finding it increasingly difficult to get the financial resources they need to grow and prosper. Since the recession, small business loans on bank balance sheets have declined by 20%, while loans to medium and larger enterprises have increased by about 4%.

How to Create Loyal Employees

Melinda Emerson | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Melinda Emerson

Corporate culture is increasingly seen as a powerful brand differentiator today. Just check out the behind-the-scenes Instagram stories about some of ...

Compel. Don't Tell: How To Stand Out in a Noisy World.

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 07.12.2016 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

In order to stand out in the competitive world of business today, we must develop ways to communicate our ideas and draw attention to our products and services, while at the same time, walk a very delicate balance of not coming on too strong. If potential customers feel like you are coming AT them, they back off. So how do you do this?

The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business

James Clear | Posted 07.11.2016 | Healthy Living
James Clear

It was 1955 and Disneyland had just opened in Anaheim, California when a ten-year-old boy walked in and asked for a job. Labor laws were loose back th...

Women Are Upgrading the Leadership Rules

Jennifer Love | Posted 07.18.2016 | Business
Jennifer Love

"Leadership is an action, not a position." Donald McGannon If you check the Oxford Dictionary, leadership is defined as "the action of leading a grou...

4 Online Marketing Trends You Can't Ignore

Jonathan Long | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Jonathan Long

Online marketing trends come and go, and with 2016 more than half over, I wanted to touch on four trends that cannot be ignored. Will these change? ...

Is Big Business Cramping Your Cash Flow?

Sophie Andrews | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Sophie Andrews

Being the small fish in a big pond is hard enough for many businesses as they struggle to find their niche, improve their cash flow, source customers and develop their brand. However as latest statistics show, that is not the only problem small businesses are currently facing in the Australian economy today.

Investing in A New Model for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 07.11.2016 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

Even though veterans make up only eight percent of the U.S. population, they are twice as likely to own a business as their civilian counterparts. In ...

How the Membership Business Model Is Changing the Way We Buy

Danielle Sabrina | Posted 07.11.2016 | Business
Danielle Sabrina

The idea of a membership business model, in which customers pay a subscription to gain unlimited access to a product or service, is nothing new: gyms ...