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What I've Learned About Putting Profits First

Josh Patrick | Posted 09.27.2014 | Small Business
Josh Patrick

I've written many times about why profits are more important than growth. It's funny how the people who respond negatively to these posts are advisors or people who used to be in business.

Why There Is Always Enough Room in Your Industry as a Startup

Daffnee Cohen | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
Daffnee Cohen

I'm all about taking risk where it makes sense, but I also practice caution and commons sense in an attempt to preserve my efforts and energy. These are the kinds of thoughts that were running through my head:

What Writers Can Learn from Successful Business Leaders About Marketing Their Story

Dorit Sasson | Posted 08.23.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Truthfully, us hard-working writers can learn a thing or two from business owners who use storytelling successfully if we want to build a name or brand for ourselves as well as a following.

The Moment I Knew: I Needed To Help My Native Pakistan

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living

Saba Gul sat in a lecture hall listening to a story of a young woman living in Pakistan during the 1990s who needed to disguise herself as a boy to at...

The Top Three Things Leaders Do To Differentiate Themselves

Tom Morris | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Tom Morris

You don't have to be J.K. Rowling or John Grisham to tell good stories. But you do have to be convinced that what you're doing is important. And you have to want to motivate the people around you to join in with your vision.

2014 New Year's Challenge: Stop Guessing on Sales Forecasts

Bill Burnett | Posted 02.24.2014 | Business
Bill Burnett

In a high volume business, you may be able to get by with historical percentages for win rate, but in many businesses, a few opportunities could make or break the year. How real are they? My 2014 challenge to you is to stop guessing.

Is an 800 Number Necessary Anymore?

Brian Penny | Posted 12.25.2013 | Small Business
Brian Penny

The social media platforms you sign up for will again depend on your type of business, available resources, and how tech-savvy your business is. At the very least, register an account with every social community you can find in order to reserve the name.

6 Secrets to Empowering Your Children to Start a Business

Stacia Pierce | Posted 11.19.2013 | Small Business
Stacia Pierce

I can attribute my entrepreneurial drive to my father, a successful real estate agent and businessman. Not only did he show me how to run a successful business, but he often took me to conferences, workshops and training sessions so that I could get the RIGHT information and develop the right mindset to become a wildly successful business owner.

We Are All Richer Than We Think

David Geller | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
David Geller

If we take stock of all the other resources we have -- such as our time, talents, body and mind, wisdom and our network -- we often find that we are far richer than we previously believed.

The Circle of (Business) Life: Understanding the Five Levels of Business Success and What They Mean for You and Your Company

Bill McBean | Posted 11.12.2013 | Business
Bill McBean

Trying to be a successful leader at an organization without understanding this concept is like playing baseball without knowing what inning you're in, if you're winning or losing, or how far into the season you are.

Women in Business: Q&A With Meg Roberts, President of Molly Maid

Laura Dunn | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
Laura Dunn

Meg Roberts, 40, is the President of national cleaning franchise Molly Maid, who worked her way up to earn the top spot at a company that she grew up down the street from.

The Wisdom of the Other Side

David Geller | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
David Geller

Our need to be right -- and to prove the other side wrong -- robs us of the opportunity to learn from others.

3 Ways Listening Can Make You a Better Leader

Jose Costa | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Jose Costa

About 25 percent of corporate leaders aren't making the most of their listening abilities, and according to author and business advisor Ram Charan, this lack of listening could be crashing careers, ruining relationships and derailing companies.

Is Your Broker Peddling Fear?

David Geller | Posted 10.16.2013 | Business
David Geller

Fear can be a powerful motivator. Creating fear by focusing on the negative and then offering a solution to the impending catastrophe could be an effective method for a broker to gain new clients.

Dreaming the Wrong Dream

David Geller | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
David Geller

While we may not voice these thoughts to friends and family, when we dream of how our life could be better, many of us have a list in our heads of what we think it would take to make us truly happy. And most of us are wrong.

The Echoes of Kind Words

David Geller | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
David Geller

As a true Olympian, weightlifter Jim Stovall, said, "You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins."

Does Your Definition of Success Work for You?

David Geller | Posted 09.15.2013 | Business
David Geller

You may be thinking, "I would never use money to keep score. How silly." But before you start patting yourself on the back for your good sense, ask yourself the following questions.

Proof Positive: 7 Facts to Breathe Life Into Your Business

Bill McBean | Posted 03.31.2013 | Small Business
Bill McBean

Of course, there are a variety of skills owners need to know in order to make a business work. But after many decades of running my own successful businesses, I have come to the conclusion that these facts are the seven essential concepts needed to create a successful business life.

Downton Abbey Needs A Real Heir... And So Do You

Gene Marks | Posted 03.13.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

Like business, everything about Downton Abbey is about change. Changes in society after World War I. Changes in manners and the way people behave. Changes in wealth.

How to Be Proactive at Work: Scott Belsky Interview

Eli Davidson | Posted 02.26.2013 | Small Business
Eli Davidson

Small business owners have difficulty in picking a way of knowing what to focus on. To shed some light on this topic, I interviewed Scott Belsky, co-founder and CEO of Behance, the leading online platform for creatives to showcase and discover creative work.

What Worries Businesses Most About the "Fiscal Cliff"

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 02.20.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Accounting and business advisory professionals say continued uncertainty is their clients' biggest concern when it comes to the so-called fiscal cliff, according to a recent survey by Sageworks Inc., a financial information company.

Michigan's New Corporate Servitude Law: It Takes Away Worker Rights

George Lakoff | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics
George Lakoff

Since Democratic candidates tend to support the same progressive views, defunding unions would take away their power to campaign for Democratic candidates. The new Michigan law is thus also a partisan law supporting the Republican party.

Cut the Cords! How to Set Up a Mobile Office

Women & Co | Posted 12.26.2012 | Small Business
Women & Co

Telecommuting, traveling, working from the field -- at any given moment you may be heading out, away from your desktop and your files, yet you can't afford the time to actually be away from your work.

It's Not the Economy, It's Your Economy

Ellen Rohr | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business
Ellen Rohr

We need both government and business to thrive as a free society. And, in business and in government, self-interest and social responsibility are not necessarily mutually exclusive ideals.

Why Nobody Cares About The Obamacare Small Business Tax Cut For Health Care

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 10.11.2012 | Small Business

If the IRS wants to say the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is a total fail, it has a funny way of saying it. Last spring, the IRS went on a...