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4 Tips on Bringing a Business Partner on to Your Small Business

By Bert Seither, Vice President at 1800Accountant



About the author: Bert Seither is the Vice President at 1800Accountant, the nation’s leading accounting and consulting firm for small businesses. Seither has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs to find prosperous paths over the past 10 years.



Bringing on a business partner to a small business can be a difficult yet extremely…

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Added by Bert Seither on April 9, 2014 at 4:39pm — 2 Comments

What Training Should I Get if I Want to Work in PR?

What Training Should I Get if I Want to Work in PR?

by Mickie E Kennedy, founder of eReleases PR Distribution

 

Working in public relations takes more than good people skills and a bright, shiny smile. There is a lot to learn, so here are some tips on what to focus on.

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Added by Mickie Kennedy on March 27, 2014 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Local Search: Internet Advertising for Local Businesses

Why Every SEO Strategy Should include Local Search Marketing:

Online Internet Advertising - Internet Advertising for Local Business



Most Retail and Service Businesses draw customers from a radius around their locations. To effectively attract customers, in our age of mobile search, internet advertising for local business can be accomplished using several online marketing techniques.



The first concept of internet advertising…

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Added by Shepard Morrow on March 18, 2014 at 4:23pm — No Comments

New Study: Online Ads Do Increase Brick-and-Mortar Store Sales

Many owners of traditional businesses don’t appreciate the connection between internet marketing and offline results. If they don’t offer products or services online, why do they need to focus on their web presence?

But this mindset causes them to miss out on opportunities for growth. There’s no question: online efforts can have a significant impact on the bottom line of every business.

A recent study conducted by Applied Predictive Technologies recently looked at one…

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Added by Shepard Morrow on March 4, 2014 at 12:23pm — No Comments

3 Ways to Make a Small Business Look More Professional

To play with the big boys, you’ve got to look the part. You might be a small business, but if you know that your bedroom start-up has the potential to compete with the industry leaders, then don’t let your current lack of budget, manpower and resources keep you out of the game. Here are a few ways to make yourself look more professional, and show your customers that you’ve got what it takes. 

Design a killer website

If you want a professional looking website but can’t…

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Added by Peter Boucher on February 28, 2014 at 11:57am — No Comments

There are only two reasons to be in business. Do you know what they are?

According to Dun & Bradstreet* reports, “Businesses with fewer than 20 employees have a 37% chance of surviving four years and only a 9% chance of surviving 10 years.” 

I believe that the primary cause of these staggering statistics is that too many people go into business for the wrong reasons.

For me, there are only…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on February 26, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments

The Psychology of eCommerce Price Marketing

 

There’s more to a price than the price tag might suggest. In fact, it’s not just economics. There’s a psychology behind everything you see. Whether you’re shopping for boots, books, cars or electronics, the result remains the same. Prices take on different meanings to the consumer and the…

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Added by Kayla Matthews on February 14, 2014 at 2:35pm — No Comments

How should you calculate your small business startup costs?

By Bert Seither, small business consultant



About the author: Bert Seither is a longtime small business consultant. He has assisted thousands of small business owners to find a path to entrepreneurial prosperity in his 10+ years of experience. Learn more at www.bertseither.net.



We all know that the startup phase of a small business is incredibly time-consuming. However, it can also take a gigantic bite out of your…

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Added by Bert Seither on February 13, 2014 at 10:54am — 2 Comments

The 9 big DON’TS if you want to successfully grow your business

Everyone is always telling you what you should do to be successful in business.  I thought for a change, I’d tell you (based on my own bitter/sweet experiences) some of the things you really shouldn’t do.  Here are my top nine DON’TS when it comes to being successful in business:

1. DON’T start or continue a business with no idea of why…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on February 12, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

How to Motivate Your Team - Motivation Checklist

In my latest book, The Liber8 Disciplines, I’m working with HR consultant Antonia Haythornthwaite on the key strategies to build a high performance team.  Antonia advises that you find out what key factors motivate a particular individual and then use these to encourage the best performance from this person.   Knowing what motivates an individual and then building this…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on February 6, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Your business is like a shed!

Here’s something I tell business owners all the time… “your business is like a shed”.

Whaaaat??!!

Read on for the explanation…

If I asked you to build a shed, what would you do?  You would do what you do with any project, right?  You’d get a picture of what the shed is supposed to look like. You’d look…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on January 17, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

A Lowdown on Angel Investors for Small Businesses

By Bert Seither, Director of Operations at Corporate Tax Network



About the author: Bert Seither is the Director of Operations at Corporate Tax Network, a national accounting and business development firm. For nearly 10 years, Seither has assisted small business owners to help put their companies on a path to prosperity.



In the small business…

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Added by Bert Seither on January 23, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Press Release by the Numbers

Breaking down the press release process can be easy as 1-2-3, quite literally! In this article we’ll look at the numbers behind the art of the press release.

1 Interesting Subject

While this means you need to make sure what you’re writing about is definitely newsworthy and actually worth reading in the newspaper, it also means you should focus your press release on…

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Added by Mickie Kennedy on January 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

3 Ways To Keep Employee Costs in Check

Until you run your own business, you might not realize it. But once you do, it's on your mind constantly. Nothing costs more for a business than employees. It's not just salary, either. All down the line, employees incur cost after cost. Business owners can drive themselves mad trying to keep those costs in line.

The most efficient way to cut employee costs is to cut employees, and that's not feasible for most businesses. It's the people who make the company work. Without them,…

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Added by Joe Pawlikowski on January 6, 2014 at 12:25pm — No Comments

How an Accountant Can Greatly Benefit a Small Business

By Bert Seither, Director of Operations at Corporate Tax Network



About the author: Bert Seither is the Director of Operations at Corporate Tax Network, a national accounting and business development firm. For nearly 10 years, Seither has assisted small business owners to help put their companies on a path to prosperity.



If you happen to be…

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Added by Bert Seither on December 30, 2013 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Advertising in the Yellow Pages

Yellow page advertising in the 21st century is a subject sure to get attention good and bad. My intention here is not to endorse or denounce the efficacy of advertising in the yellow pages, but to educate and shed some light on the industry. I first wrote about phone book marketing about 2 years ago on my Inland Empire…

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Added by Doug Bradley on December 12, 2013 at 11:56am — No Comments

You Can Build These 4 Pieces of Your Home Office

The home office has made a radical transformation in the last five or so years. What was once a place of necessity, where you could retire to catch up on some work during off-hours, is now a place of great value. For many people the home office has become the primary office. With that revelation comes the desire to make home offices wholly ours.

Perhaps I'm biased, because of my line of work as a home contractor, but building something, rather than buying it, provides a much more…

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Added by Diane Kuehl on November 19, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments

The Do’s and Don’ts of Throwing an Office Holiday Party

The holiday season is here again, and if you’re a small business owner that can only mean one thing – it’s time to start planning for the annual office holiday party.  Quotidian though they may seem, office parties have become an important part of the American workplace over the years. While many offices tend to be less productive during the season, a good holiday party can help your employees…

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Added by Rob Stachowski on November 11, 2013 at 11:02am — No Comments

What You Must Know When Starting a Business

Even if you are running a small home-based business, you will have to comply with many local, state and federal regulations. Avoid the temptation to ignore regulatory details. Doing so may avert some red tape in the short term, but could be an obstacle as your business grows. Taking the time to research the applicable regulations is as important as knowing your market. Bear in mind that regulations vary by industry. If you’re in the food-service business, for example, you will have to deal…

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Added by Romy Jurado on November 7, 2013 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Biz 911: Creating Fast Cash When You Need It

If you have a boutique biz, this is the perfect time of year to kick it into high gear - especially if you’ve been feeling stuck, stagnant, under earning or suddenly your back is really against the wall! Here are a few things that I have found work well and work fast when you need … oh, well… instant results!

1. Work ONLY for MONEY $$. This may sound basic, but it’s easy to get lost in a long list of “to-do’s”. Let go of growing your list, improving…

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Added by Hunter Phoenix on November 7, 2013 at 4:07am — No Comments

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