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How I Use The NeatConnect to Keep My Business Organized

Ramon Nuez | Posted 07.08.2015 | Small Business
Ramon Nuez

If I wanted to capitalize on my growing opportunities I needed to get organized. So a friend recommended the NeatConnect. I've heard of the product but never really gave much thought to making digital copies of all my documents.

Using Strategic Expenses to Enhance Your Cash Flow

David Finkel | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
David Finkel

If you're looking to run a lean, efficient business, where are the places you should and should not spend money? Here is a simple distinction that will help you make smarter strategic choices for yourself. The distinction is between "strategic expenses" and "non-strategic expenses."

5 Basics for Building an Online Business That Actually Makes Money

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Kimanzi Constable

Here are five simple steps to making money from a dream or an idea you have and enjoy. You don't need the gurus to start or grow a business that will free you to make money on your terms.

Launching a Startup Website Without a Developer

Alex Ivanovs | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Alex Ivanovs

The initial launch of a startup can be a costly venture, especially if you're planning to hire individual developers and designers to do all the front-end and back-end work for you, but these costs can be minimized -- as I have proved to myself with experience -- to the bare minimum by challenging yourself to learn a few useful tools, and some good web design principles, alongside a well planned out strategy for the future of your startup.

How to Run a Successful Business With Your Significant Other

Angela Ferendo | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
Angela Ferendo

Back in 2013, I was working the normal 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. job and was miserable doing it. I always knew I wanted to be my own boss and run my own company someday, but never had the guts to do it until I met my fiance, Steve.

How to Think Like an Entrepreneur

Nellie Akalp | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Nellie Akalp

There's a lot of discussion these days about the entrepreneurial mindset. But what exactly is it? Is an entrepreneur someone who starts a business? Not exactly. Entrepreneurship is less about a job description and more about a state of mind. It's an attitude that shapes how you live and work.

3 Critical Elements for Building a Phenomenal Company Culture

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 07.07.2015 | Small Business
Jamilah Corbitt

Although this is my first stab at scaling a company, I'm no stranger to leadership and teamwork. Throughout my lifetime as an athlete, I've been on all types of teams that ranged from less-skilled but fundamentally sound and hard-working, to highly-talented yet dysfunctional and toxic.

Confession From a Strategic Business Coach on Hidden Goals

​Jackie Nagel | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
​Jackie Nagel

I cut my entrepreneurial teeth on SMART goal setting. I loved it! All my goals were lined up and neatly organized with numbers, letters, and dates. This system of organizing my goals gave me direction, clarification, focus, and a sense of purpose--a reason to get up in the pre-dawn hours and work long past the sun setting behind the horizon...until recently.

4 Tips for the Small Business Traveler Who Wants To Save Money

Clark Howard | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Clark Howard

Big businesses tend not to worry too much about travel expenses. But if you're a small business owner, you know every penny counts! Here are some ways you can save money on travel.

15 Signs That Say You Are An Entrepreneur

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Doug A. Sandler

Entrepreneurs. They are not normal by any stretch of the imagination. I am not sure why I am using the word "they" since I proudly consider myself in the "them" category.

10 Successful Entrepreneurs on the Worst Advice They Ever Received

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business

As a new entrepreneur, you will undoubtedly make wrong turns when you start your own business, but it's better to own your mistakes instead of following bad advice that leads you down the wrong path.

How Employment Lawsuits Can Ruin Your Small Business

Margaret Jacoby | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Margaret Jacoby

Lawsuits are nasty--as discussed by American Express, many lawsuits cost small businesses upwards of $270,000, and it's not unknown for these lawsuits to reach $1 million or more.

Small Business Loans: Options Along the Alternative Financing Spectrum

Gina Harman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Business
Gina Harman

Small businesses, startups, and the self-employed have never had the easiest time getting financing, but most experts agree it became downright difficult following the housing bubble burst of 2007 to 2008.

Advice for New Entrepreneurs Starting a Business

Laura Adams | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Laura Adams

"I'm opening up a small business and want to know what financial services, like banking and taxes, you recommend that most people don't consider when starting out. Also, are taxes for companies filed separately from individuals?"

5 Simple Home Office Changes, to Reduce Business Expenses

Nancy Laws | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Nancy Laws

Running a business costs money, it's a clear and indisputable reality of being a business owner. As a mom, I am always looking for great ways to save money at home, from ways to save on food, household supplies, clothing, and so much more, it only makes sense that I would apply the same strategies to my business.

The Promising Future of Real Estate Crowdfunding

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 07.03.2015 | Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

The American public's trust in big banks is nearing all-time lows. An increasing number of investors are tired of receiving zero to negligible net returns from their local banks. As a result, a higher percentage of investors are seeking new avenues for efficient and transparent investing.

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

In response to this dark side of gentrification, some Latino community leaders in Los Angeles launched the "gente-fication" movement ("gente" is Spanish for "people," but you already knew that).

5 Reasons Why You're Wrong About Kim Kardashian

Gene Marks | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Gene Marks

To that NPR listener, and anyone else who faults Kim Kardashian as "what's wrong with America" I say you're the one who's wrong. This is a smart woman and a savvy entrepreneur. To me, a business owner, she's everything that's right about America.

Redesigning the Shared Office: 3 Emerging Trends

Frank Chalupa | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Frank Chalupa

Whether newly renovated or newly constructed, these shared office environments are beginning to more closely resemble each other, illustrating some common themes that have emerged as professionals who work in these centers suggest ways they can be improved.

Who Does Each of These Functions in Your Business?

David Finkel | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
David Finkel

When you're done, add up all the items on the list that have your name next to them. Is it really possible for you to continue to grow your company the way you want to if you're responsible in whole or in part for so many different functions?

Training Wheel Moments Last a Lifetime

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Doug A. Sandler

Little wins and three second successes turn into huge victories and miles and miles of road covered. As you look down the road, I will be the guy holding the box of tissues, ready to celebrate your win, regardless of you being on the bike or running behind it, yelling, "You can do it!"

Startup vs. Small Business: What's the Difference?

Quora | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business

Tom and Tara are neighbors in a hot tropical country. Both folks decided that they needed some shade in their backyard. Tom went ahead and bought a big umbrella. It was a bit expensive, but much less cumbersome.

Grow Your Business Without Sacrificing Your Life

David Finkel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
David Finkel

While the business didn't need him to check in, Mark couldn't stop himself. He logged onto his email account from his hotel in Paris and started jumping in to help customers, not realizing that he was just lighting fires that his team would now have to put out.

Careless SBA Lending Tells Same Old Story

Chris Hurn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Chris Hurn

One of my favorite quotes comes from Spanish philosopher George Santayana who said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Believe it or not, we can draw a connection between this 110-year-old quotation and small business lending today.

Entrepreneurs: William P Forni, Esq., Helpful Tips for Lawyers, Creative Types and Small Business Owners

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Johnathan Cardillo

"I grew up on Cape Cod in MA, my father passed away when I was pretty young. My mother, June, is a bit of a feminist, so I would say that early on I definitely gained a sense of social justice, empathy, compassion and respecting all different people sans judgment."