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Business Travel Logistics: How to Make Your Next Trip as Smooth As Possible

Yaniv Masjedi | Posted 12.15.2014 | Small Business
Yaniv Masjedi

The act of traveling for business can either be a massive hassle or a headache-free joy; it all comes down to preparation. I clock tens of thousands of miles per year for business and, through each of those experiences, have learned valuable lessons for making my trips feel more like walks in the park.

Big Business: Buying Fake Instagram Followers

Shayla R. Price | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Shayla R. Price

Did you know that you could purchase Instagram followers for just a couple of bucks? Social networks are aware of this new phenomenon, and they are clamping down on this questionable practice because some believe it deceives fans.

Five Ways to Make Holiday Marketing a Year Round Activity

Court Cunningham | Posted 12.15.2014 | Small Business
Court Cunningham

Here are five ways that you can focus on improving business during the holiday season, and tips on how to continue these activities even after every gift has been opened and the leftovers are gone.

Mariah Stewart

Ferguson Businesses Try To Rebuild After Protests | Mariah Stewart | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Ten businesses here were completely destroyed by fire and several others were vandalized on Nov. 24, following protests over a grand ...

Considering Cloud Accounting? 5 Reasons Why You Should Make the Switch in 2015

Jamie Sutherland | Posted 12.12.2014 | Small Business
Jamie Sutherland

There is no doubt that cloud computing is the future. If you haven't made the switch, your competitor probably has. So make it your 2015 resolution to take the first step by moving your accounting to the cloud or at the very least give it a test run by using a free trial.

6 Expert Marketing Tips for Startups

Shayla R. Price | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Shayla R. Price

Across the world, startups are emerging in a variety of industries -- from healthcare to education. Brands are constantly fighting for consumers' attention to download their cool apps or purchase eco-friendly cleaning supplies.

Business Partnership Best Practices: Creating and Cultivating Valuable Alliances

Ciara Pressler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

The best partnerships are organic, beginning when you meet someone who approaches business the same way you do, forming an instant connection. It's not always clear how those partnerships will pan out, but building the relationship is always beneficial.

3 Ways to Protect Your Company from Fraud, Theft, and Embezzlement

David Finkel | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
David Finkel

Private companies are prime targets for fraud. According to the Association of Fraud Examiners in 2010, 42 percent of fraud cases happened in privately held companies, with the majority being in companies with fewer than 100 employees.

Why I Don't Worry About My Competition (And You Shouldn't Either)

Kristan Braziel | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Kristan Braziel

The areas of differentiation on your chart indicate why your competition is moot. These are the areas you need to capitalize on and market the hell out of. Now you just need to get out there and do it: Market that beautiful secret sauce of yours.

The 4 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

David Finkel | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
David Finkel

If you're like most entrepreneurs you've learned how to hire the old-fashioned way - by painful trial and error. The problem with that (besides the cost and heartache) is that even if you've found things that work, you're likely not hiring as well as you could giving a bit of outside coaching.

Come Back to Me D. W. Moody Hardware

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Bil Hitchcock

I have a confession to make. There are some things I am not good at...friends will be amazed to hear me say it, but it's true.

Could Your Politics Get You Canned?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 12.11.2014 | Business
Richard Zombeck

What's surprising and disconcerting about this is that the fear and trepidation is fairly new. So while the threat and odd lack of protection against it has always been there, the sense that it could actually happen is fairly recent.

[SECRET REVEALED] How To Go From Fear to Fearless in Life and Business.

Keyon Bayani | Posted 12.10.2014 | Small Business
Keyon Bayani

We hide behind our computer screens, worried about what people may think of us and our ideas; we're too scared to put ourselves out there. Too scared to tell our story, to be ourselves!

How Technology Is Taking a Byte Out of Customer Service

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 12.10.2014 | Small Business
Doug A. Sandler

I'm not sure when it happened, but I can assure you, I am not happy about it. As a guy that has owned a business for 30 years and been the primary employee (okay, the only employee), I have gotten the chance to put on many hats.

Gallup Reveals 10 Talents of Successful Entrepreneurs (Here's How to Maximize Yours)

Erica Nicole | Posted 12.10.2014 | Small Business
Erica Nicole

Recently, Gallup (a research-based, global performance management consulting company) identified behaviors consistently observed in highly successful entrepreneurs.

12 Ways to Profit And Get Ready for 2015

Steve Sipress | Posted 12.10.2014 | Business
Steve Sipress

Here is a quick checklist of actions I'd be taking if I were you, so you can start the new year off on the right foot and get a running start towards reaching your goals for 2015.

5 Lessons on Hiring Your First Employee

Chelsea Berler | Posted 12.10.2014 | Small Business
Chelsea Berler

There are five important lessons in hiring your first employee that I learned the hard way. So after the fact, trust me, these are important and suggestions you want to take to heart:

The Future of All Business Is About Storytelling

Vala Afshar | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. As the the world's largest encyclopedic museum representing...

How to Start Over Without Regret

Mia Redrick | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Mia Redrick

We've all had to start over in some area of our lives like our career, marriage, business, education, diet, etc. It is so easy to revel in the disbelief of the disappointment that we forget the power of pursuing what is next on the horizon if we keep moving.

Is PPC Advertising the Right Choice for Your Small Business?

Ian Mills | Posted 12.15.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Pay per click (PPC) advertising can be an incredibly effective way to increase exposure to your target audience and drive traffic to your website. PPC ads occupy prime real estate at the top of search engine results, making them an attractive option for small businesses struggling to reach the first few positions organically.

5 Mistakes New Online Businesses Need to Avoid

Jonathan Long | Posted 12.15.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Offering your products or services online can introduce your business to a worldwide audience and contribute to exponential growth.

Diane von Furstenberg's 10 Inspirational Quotes For Female Entrepreneurs

Anjali Varma | Posted 12.10.2014 | Small Business
Anjali Varma

Diane von Furstenberg is best known as the iconic fashion designer behind the famed, chic wrap desk.

How to Claim Your Inner Creativity

Faisal Hoque | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Faisal Hoque

Mindfulness helps us see the ways in which our actions aren't in correlation with ideals we have about ourselves, and in this way it helps us become more aware of our own interior states, which leads to being more empathetic for others and more authentic.

How to Fail Your Way to Startup Success

Matt Rissell | Posted 12.10.2014 | Small Business
Matt Rissell

Most company success stories seem to start with the initial light-bulb moment, then skip to their success, completely glossing over the failures that built the backbone of their business. Exhilarating, but far from reality.

When Discounting Is Bad for Business, and How Marketing Can Help

Vala Afshar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

I am a big believer in the concept of data-driven scientific marketing; trying lots of experiments and rapidly iterating based on the results. Today's...