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3 Ways a Cell Phone Can Torpedo Your Company's Reputation

Frank Chalupa | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Frank Chalupa

The flexibility and affordability of cell phones make them a seemingly logical alternative to a traditional office line but they can also end up costing companies over the long term if they don't phase them out when scaling their businesses and bringing on new employees.

4 Things Obamacare Has Actually Changed For Small Business

Marc Prosser | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Marc Prosser

Some Obamacare features have appeared as expected, but others have been delayed or changed from how they were originally written. To clear the air, here's four ways Obamacare has actually changed the law since 2010.

6 Steps to Successfully Managing Your Online Reputation

Ian Mills | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Ian Mills

Almost every business is going to have problems with customers at some point. If you're proactive, you should be able to resolve most issues directly ...

5 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Business, From a Cookie Dough Entrepreneur

Omar Mamoon | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Omar Mamoon

I'm in no position to tell anyone to quit their job and start their own business, but if you've ever considered leaving it all behind to start your own thing, here are some crucial things that I've done in my life that have helped me come to a place where I was ready.

Why Control Is a Trap That Will Slow Your Business Growth

David Finkel | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
David Finkel

Have you ever felt like you're trapped by your business? Either you continue to put in the hours and make all the key decisions, or you step back and the business might falter? This is a false dilemma.

Widowed Mother Of Three Finds A Creative Way To Support Her Family

Posted 11.12.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Is It Worth a Drive? Four Questions to Ask When Deciding on a New Message Vehicle

Heather Piedmont | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Heather Piedmont

The moral of this story can be summed up in a very well-known sales phrase: Buyer Beware. While it is new and possibly a good communication vehicle for business success..make sure it will create the success you desire and not just become another item on the Marketing To-Do List.

Management: Your Version, Your Team's Version, and the Truth

Alex and Cadey Charfen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Alex and Cadey Charfen

There are very few people, if any, who like being micromanaged. The discrepancy between managing and micromanaging is simple, a perspective difference -- the perspective of the business owner and perspective of the team members.

3 Steps to Finding Yourself After You've Broken Up With Your Job

Fabiola Giordani | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Fabiola Giordani

It's time for you to take a break and relax already. Even if you don't have a big vacation planned, it's OK to take a few days off and unplug from it all.

Shark Tank Contestants Share Their Top Lessons Learned

Jeff Steinmann | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
Jeff Steinmann

I asked former Shark Tank contestants to share their biggest lessons, they generously agreed and candidly shared these 15 valuable business lessons learned from bravely putting their businesses in front of "the sharks."

Business Success Depends On Smart (Not Just Big) Data

Vala Afshar | Posted 11.11.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Companies are heavily investing in acquiring and developing talent, technology and business processes aimed at collecting and analyzing massive amount...

5 Keys to a Successful Entrepreneurial Mindset

Giovanna Garcia Malagon | Posted 11.10.2014 | Small Business
Giovanna Garcia Malagon

The fear of taking action almost always disappears shortly after you begin moving forward. You suddenly realize that you were worrying over nothing, and you actually begin to enjoy making progress.

4 Ways to Find More Time for Sales in Your Small Business

Melinda Emerson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Every element of your business screams for your attention, but few have nearly the impact that sales do. To that end, make sure it's priority for you and move things around so you can focus on increasing sales.

Welcome to the Age of Context-Driven Sales and Marketing

Vala Afshar | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

The next generation enterprise software for sales, services and marketing such as marketing automation or customer relationship management (CRM) solut...

Starting a Small Business Is Anything But Routine

Gillian Small | Posted 11.10.2014 | Small Business
Gillian Small

Starting a new business requires total dedication and focus. However, the long days and stress can often be taxing on your body, mind and social life. Here are a few simple things you can do to maintain a sense of normalcy while building your small business, and re-gain control of your day.

5 Surprising Impacts of Office Décor

Diana Mackie | Posted 11.10.2014 | Small Business
Diana Mackie

Giving your office a stylish makeover will also significantly impact the perception of your company by visitors, especially potential business partners or job candidates! First impressions matter a great deal, and a person's surrounding environment directly impacts their productivity.

'The Knowledge' - Man vs. Machine

David Sederholt | Posted 11.06.2014 | Small Business
David Sederholt

Fintech or human insight? The simple logic remains that people make the best decisions concerning people and the small businesses they run. We supercharge our data collection and availability, but in the end, it is still a human looking through that telescope of technology.

The Top 7 Books Every CEO Must Read

Mike Harden | Posted 11.06.2014 | Business
Mike Harden

Narrowing it down to a select few is no easy task. However, regardless of the number, I do have a library of required reading for CEOs. Here are my top seven must read books for CEOs.

Would You Accept or Resist The Profit?

Ellen Rohr | Posted 11.06.2014 | Business
Ellen Rohr

I'm obsessed with the CNBC show, The Profit. Investor Marcus Lemonis descends on a struggling small business, cuts a deal with the frazzled owner, then pumps in the money and crafts a turnaround plan. Drama ensues.

Save, Scale, Secure: Why Small Businesses Should Take to the Cloud

Daniel Marcus | Posted 11.06.2014 | Technology
Daniel Marcus

To put it in accounting terms, using cloud computing, the spend on technology will no longer be a capital expense, but rather an operational one.

Independent Workers and the Freelancer Economy

Jacob Morgan | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Jacob Morgan

The 4th annual 2014 MBO Partners State of Independence in America workforce study reports a growing headcount of 17.9 million independent workers -- or those who regularly work 15 hours or more per week as independents, with most working more than 35 hours per week.

Busy Mom Of Two Invents A Much Needed Product – Which Ended Up In Stores Across The U.S.

Posted 11.05.2014 | MarloThomas

"One of the reasons I started my website is that I wanted a place for women to come together and dream. We women need to know that we don't have to ha...

Most Goals Fail, Yours Don't Have To

Alex and Cadey Charfen | Posted 11.05.2014 | Small Business
Alex and Cadey Charfen

Accomplishing our goals is not easy. You will have challenges and road bumps along the way-so make sure to give yourself grace. If you fall off the wagon or miss a milestone, don't throw in the towel.

Do These 5 Things to Get Great (Free) PR For Your Startup

Jonathan Long | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Jonathan Long

After spending months or even years working around the clock your product or service is ready to hit the market. Regardless of what your startup aims to provide or solve, one thing is consistent -- you need press, and lots of it.

7 Marketing Lessons We Can Learn From Politicians

Steve Sipress | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Steve Sipress

It's likely that no matter how hard you tried, you weren't able to avoid being bombarded with non-stop nonsense from various contestants in the high-stakes game of running for political office.