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The Secret to Eliminating Your Insecurities and Increasing Your Self-Confidence

Brian Whetten | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Whetten

Insecurity is an emotional reaction that comes from our stored collection of fears and self-judgments. Self-confidence is a rational assessment that comes from our grounded assessment of competency in a given domain.

Business Etiquette: The Benefits of Gratitude & Simple Thank-You Guidelines for Professional Contacts

Ciara Pressler | Posted 05.21.2015 | Small Business
Ciara Pressler

Etiquette rules may dictate that you have one year to send a wedding gift, but when it comes to business gratitude, your communication must be nearly instantaneous.

How to Prep Your Business to Survive Your Summer Vacation

Nellie Akalp | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

Study after study stress the connection between vacation time and your health, mental wellbeing and productivity. While the average American now takes the least amount of vacation time in the past four decades, time off is even more elusive for the small business owner.

Why Gender Matters to Your Business

Saudia Davis | Posted 05.21.2015 | Small Business
Saudia Davis

The statistics are baffling--while women earn 60% of college degrees and now hold 52% of professional-level jobs, they are still in the minority when it comes to running Fortune 500 companies and holding executive positions in industries such as finance, law, medicine and technology.

Avoiding Service Business Burnout (Top 5 Leverage Points)

David Finkel | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Whether you're working business-to-business or business-to-consumer, service business owners have one of the highest incidents in getting caught in the Self Employment Trap of any category of business owner.

12 Simple Tools That Will Turn Your Smartphone Into a Virtual Assistant

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.20.2015 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

You could hire an actual virtual assistant who would manage your day-to-day, but there is a cost associated, not to mention the learning curve. And many entrepreneurs are looking to save money with little time to train a virtual assistant. But there is an alternative.

3 Things Will Smith Can Teach You About Content Marketing

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 05.19.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

When you think of Will Smith, you either think of a guy rapping about the niceties of Miami, or on the silver screen blasting aliens. What you really should be thinking about is a guy that mastered content marketing. Here's why Will Smith is a content marketing expert.

JP Labrosse: Former iPod Engineer's Newest Innovation & Future Vision

Sandy Abrams | Posted 05.19.2015 | Small Business
Sandy Abrams

From his earliest days, JP Labrosse says, "I've been interested in doing work that has the potential for positive impact." Labrosse was the engineering team lead for two of the early Apple iPod products.

The Five Most Important Career Lessons I've Learned Since Leaving Corporate America

Holly Rust | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Holly Rust

Leaving the corporate world to go out on my own was a life changing experience. I remain grateful to all the mentors I had the pleasure of working with during my time in a traditional role, as their guidance has proven to be invaluable.

How Oprah Built Her Influence In The Marketplace

Alex Pirouz | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
Alex Pirouz

Whether you're about to start your own business or operate an existing one, remember when building your online authority simply ask yourself one question: What would Oprah do?

If They Only Knew: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Eliot M. Wagonheim | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Eliot M. Wagonheim

"My career just hasn't gone the way I wanted it to," a friend just told me over lunch. He quickly followed up with "but everything seems to be working for you." He didn't say it to be snide or even envious, just as I don't recount that conversation now to be boastful. He was just stating what was, to him, a fact. I hear it a lot.

Outdoor Workspace: The Next Workplace Frontier

Amanda Schneider | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Amanda Schneider

If you could take a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go? This is how Kirt Martin, VP of Design and Marketing for Landscape Forms, starts every conversation. Not surprisingly, nearly everyone answers somewhere outdoors.

Predicting the Future Google

Josh Gershonowicz | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Josh Gershonowicz

While these changes will certainly take time and a multitude of other shifts will happen in the meantime, it's always good to keep a pulse on where Google is going. It effects us all, for better and for worse.

The 10 Most Common Startup Marketing Mistakes

Jose Vasquez | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Jose Vasquez

Some marketing mistakes are inevitable, but these all-too-common startup marketing mistakes can be avoided if you know what to look for.

6 Top Productivity Trends for Business Owners

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 05.16.2015 | Small Business
Jonha Revesencio

If you're a business owner, you know that productivity is one of the keys to making your business grow. If you're not running a productive business, chances are you're running your business into the ground.

The Inevitability of Regulation?

Jim Salters | Posted 05.15.2015 | Business
Jim Salters

Let's face it: many alternative small business lenders, funders and brokers have developed a bad reputation. Widely used labels such as "dishonest" and "predatory" are putting the industry at risk.

Women in Business Spotlight: Kathryn Johann Brings Mermaids to Life

Melissa Webster | Posted 05.15.2015 | Style
Melissa Webster

Buying a bathing suit is scary. Even the most confident, empowered, ball-busting corporate executive will admit it, if only to herself. It's scary.

Don't Be a Copycat... Find Your Own Way

Chelsea Berler | Posted 05.15.2015 | Small Business
Chelsea Berler

We can all be guilty of this, we see someone who is successful and think that maybe if I do everything that they've done, I can be just like them. It never works that way though.

3 Mistakes Preventing You From Selling Your Business

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.15.2015 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

If you're one of the millions of Baby Boomers and others thinking of selling your business in the next several years, consider this: The top mistake sellers make is having unrealistic expectations, according to a recent survey of business brokers and advisors.

Infographic: 6 Eye-Opening Ways to Start Your Day

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.15.2015 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

You can't figure out an effective morning ritual. Everyone you know has a morning ritual, and they are benefiting massively. So obviously you feel like a total loser like something is tragically wrong with you.

Having the Courage to Live a Truly Audacious Life

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 05.14.2015 | GPS for the Soul
M. Shannon Hernandez

I often pinch myself to make sure my audacious life is really true. I make decisions rooted in love and compassion, and I live every single day with purpose and zeal. Above all, I remain grateful and count my blessings each night.

Small Business

Stanley Ely | Posted 05.14.2015 | Business
Stanley Ely

Holding forth a cold glass of nonalcoholic drink, the student returns smiling to the work table. That drink, I am bound to believe, improves his learning curve and pleasure in the language, and maybe carves a little place around the heart for lemonade and story-telling in future times.

Write Better Blog Headlines & Titles Using Data-Driven Strategies [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 05.14.2015 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

Think about the last blog post you published on your blog -- did you put a lot of thought into writing the title? Don't worry if you didn't, as it's one of the most over looked elements of a blog post.

The 5 Most Costly Hiring Mistakes (Which of Them Are You Guilty of Making?)

David Finkel | Posted 05.14.2015 | Business
David Finkel

Considering that the true costs of a bad hirer can be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the value of a strong hire can be the same or more -- each year -- your company needs you to avoid making these all too common hiring mistakes.

Brothers Go Both Feet in With Bokos Sandals: A Global Entrepreneurial Case Study

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.14.2015 | Small Business
Carol J. Carter

In 2013, while attending the University of Wisconsin, brothers James and Matt McManus decided to jump into the world of footwear.