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Sunshine Through the Cloud?

‘Cloud computing’. If you’re not tech savvy, you may not know what it is. With IT heavyweights such as Microsoft, IBM and Google, all investing millions of dollars into research, you’ll soon be using it though. In fact you probably already have without  even knowing, such is it’s growing prominence in the computer industry. For the small business owner still trying to get their head round the phenomena here’s a brief lowdown on what it is and, more importantly, how it can benefit your…

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Added by Mark James on September 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Four Basic Steps to Creating a Dynamic Ebook

These days, providing consistent,…

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Added by Carol M. Aldridge on September 12, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Top CRM Resources for Small Businesses

Customer Relationship Management is more than just a type of software but it is also a way of caring for customers. It is a business strategy that will reduce costs, increase sales and improve profits  through relationships. By making CRM your most important business strategy you'll see huge improvements quickly. Not only will you increase your profits, but you'll increase customer loyalty, as well as better employee relations too. People like working for companies who are customer centric…

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Added by Elke Schmitt on August 9, 2012 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Rebalance: How to Bounce Back!

Making a mistake sucks, doesn’t it.  You didn’t want or intend it and it hurts. Sometimes it’s hard to bounce back and regain your confidence.  But it can be done.  Gabby Douglas and the women’s gymnastics team comes to mind.  It’s about what you do after failing that makes you great.  So let me share my secret for crawling back up when I slip on the climb to success.

How To Rebalance after a Mistake

Did you ever notice that the toughest questions to answer are also the…

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Added by Dina Eisenberg on August 9, 2012 at 2:25pm — No Comments

How To Create A Great Impression With LinkedIn Invites

Having a coffee this afternoon the the deck with the iPad on my lap (a quick catch-up with social media activities) I had a moment!  You know, one of those moments where you wished the undo button worked in real life.

How To Create A Great Impression With LinkedIn Invites

In checking my LinkedIn profile views I saw a connection from another platform whose opinion I value and quickly pressed connect.  Argh…

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Added by Justine Parsons on August 15, 2012 at 5:08am — No Comments

Cloud Computing is a Game Changer for Small Business

In the not so distant past, it was hard for a small business to compete with large corporations due to the lack of access they had to effective software such as, project management software, collaborative software, accounting software, sales force automation software, and large storage solutions.…

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Added by Elke Schmitt on August 8, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Why Marketing and Branding can Make or Break any Business

Ever since I stumbled across this little skill called SEO, I witnessed the growth of the Internet from a side most still have no clue about. I was also able to expand my knowledge beyond just an SEO and step into the world of Internet Marketing. A whole different ball game that my SEO skills meshed with well. Upon arriving to the dance, I began to notice the change from traditional marketing channels used to inform the masses. A new age of marketing now placed businesses at the fingertips of…

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Added by Alexander Robinson III on July 23, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Why It Is So Easy To Make Your Customers Happy

It's so simple to provide good customer service and make customers not just happy, but thrilled.

The best advertisement for your company is a fan base of happy clients who sing your praises.

As a modern business owner, there is no reason you can't make this come true. There are so

many different cloud-based applications available for you to use to ramp up your customer

service…

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Added by Elke Schmitt on July 30, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

How to Manage Your Contacts for Outstanding Business Success



How do you keep track of your business contacts....excel, paper files, a word document, your email or smart phone’s contact list or perhaps a good old-fashioned rolodex? These all serve a purpose, but if you’re not using a dedicated CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system, you’re missing out on a world of benefits designed to create stronger business…

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Added by Carol M. Aldridge on July 3, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Should You Do Your Own Bookkeeping?

How valuable is your time to you? Should you do your own bookkeeping or have a professional outside of your company handle this task? Whether you are a sole proprietor, small business owner or just starting your exciting journey of entrepreneurship, at some point, you will have to make this decision.

Managing your business finances can become a full time job in and of itself. With many businesses failing in the first five years due to mismanaged finances, this decision is worth…

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Added by CrunchSum on July 6, 2012 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

5 Web-based Apps to Help You Conquer Your To-Do List

Disorganization is one of the biggest time and profit killers for small business owners, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve spent hours trying to find the right web-based tool to solve your task management woes.

But rest assured that there are programs out there to help you stay on track and manage your tasks.  The following 5 Apps are web-based, giving you the added benefit of being able to access them on any device wherever you have a wifi or data connection.

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Added by Kate Rose on June 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Knocking Down the Rules of Power

Power is something most people want but don’t really understand well.  My definition of power is:

The ability to make something happen

Pretty simple, right.  And, everyone, believe it or not, is powerful in some way.

The most powerful person isn’t always immediately apparent.  Someone might act like top dog but not be; you have to look hard to see who’s the alpha.  For instance, the most powerful…

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Added by Dina Eisenberg on June 4, 2012 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Taking Charge of Your Accounts Receivable in 5 Easy Steps

Did you know? 1 in every 2 small businesses in the US struggle because of customers that can't or won't pay. This creates an even larger problem for these small businesses because it affects their cash flow (which is the ultimate thing that small businesses must have control over). If these businesses aren’t receiving the money they are owed, it puts a major hitch in their business operations. Small businesses need to aim to solve…

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Added by Meredith Wood on April 12, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

What EXACTLY are Copyrights?

I will begin with a basic description of copyright law with a brief example. A Copyright is best described as a set of rights granted by the government for the expressions of ideas or information.

Quite literally, it is the set of rights the owner has to allow copies of the expression to be made.

Copyright law only covers these eight types of works: 

  1. literary works; 
  2. musical works, including any accompanying words; 
  3. dramatic works, including any…
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Added by Anthony Verna on March 14, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Announcing the Bonfire Guest Post Swap!

Guest posting is a rewarding experience for a lot of reasons, but sometimes finding blogs that accept posts in your niche is very time consuming.

For that reason, I've created an open spreadsheet on Google Docs for Bonfire members to list guest posting opportunities on their blogs. I've filled…

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Added by Emily Suess on February 24, 2012 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

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