Not all brands are created equal.
But I surprised myself. But I didn't cry. I didn't kick anything. I didn't steal light bulbs or toilet paper or toner cartridges. Instead, as I walked past the cubicles that comprised my second home, I felt the last thing I expected to feel: pity. Not for me, but for them.
Why are record numbers of Americans on food stamps? Because record numbers of Americans are in poverty. Why are people falling through the cracks? Because there are cracks to fall through.
One of the most common questions I get asked when talking about the history of Shutterstock is: "Did everything change after the IPO?" And my answer is always the same: "Hmm... Nope!"
Always smiling and engaging with customers, it is hard to believe these men face a constant and frequently dangerous battle: competing with other food vendors.
Of course, it shouldn't take a serious recession to remind us that we should be grateful for our good fortunes. But in a world where it's all too easy to lose sight of what's going right, there may be long-term gains from short-term losses.
Men could learn a lot from women about building strong customer relationships. Here are three things we learned from women business owners that could help all entrepreneurs increase their success.
Half of small businesses fail within five years. Couple that with additional biases women face in obtaining critical capital to get them started, and it's astounding that women-owned businesses are outpacing the national average.
Detroit entrepreneurs start companies that are high-growth and high-technology, but also require very specifically-skilled people in order to grow.
How would you like to be treated if you were your employee? As the business owner, not only are you the only one who can answer that question, but it is your responsibility to ask and answer it. After all, no one knows your employees and your business like you do.
Whether this is a customer's first interaction with your product, or 100th, they want to feel comfortable in the fact that you are easing their specific frustrations rather than simply selling something. Focus on one or two key product benefits that address their concerns, then use personal stories, specific examples, and custom demos to relate to your audience.
Always start negotiations with a back-up building in mind. One of the secrets of successful negotiating is being able to walk away if the landlord is not, for whatever reason, ready to deal.
Food starts with F, as do other items that I regard as MUST HAVE ingredients in food, such as Fun, Fabulous, Flirty and Fantastic. We were not meant to sit down to our meal and feel bored!
Despite the odds, we aren't facing these problems that, they say, accompany growth.
One of the main reasons people tweet from the wrong account is because they mix personal and business accounts all in one app. The easiest way to solve this problem and from what I've found most effective is to use two different apps for business and personal use.
What causes someone like Bill Gates to go from piecing together computers in his garage to building a colossal empire making him one of the richest men in the world? Join me today on my journey to greatness as together, we get inside the mind of business great Michael Szabados.