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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

5 Tips to Say Your Price

This is the second hardest conversation for entrepreneurs and business owners to master.  Right after explaining what you actually do, which can be challenging if you're a professional adviser or coach, is....drum roll.....saying your price to your customer. 

Raise your hand right now if you've mumbled, stuttered or uhmmm your way through the question: so what do you charge? 

Go ahead, no one can see you.   Almost every mentoring…

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Added by Dina Eisenberg on June 17, 2012 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Reduce Credit Card Processing Fees for Small Business Owners

Small business owners hate paying exorbitant credit card fees charged by merchant processing companies. They feel that they are between rock and a hard place when it comes to accepting credit cards. Refuse to accept them and they will lose customers. Accept them and they will lose money to those processors. No wonder Visa and Master Card companies are raking in billions of dollars in profit, while small business owners are hurting.

Is there anything small businesses can do to…

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Added by Harry Vaishnav on June 13, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The Universe Whispers

This is going to be different. I’m a little nervous about exposing my thinking. After all, lawyers are rigorously trained to fiercely guard our words and shield our thoughts.

On the other hand, as a heart-based entrepreneur, I believe that there’s a better way to run a business. It’s not conventional, and that’s probably why it works for me.  Now the question is, would it work for you?

Neither of us gets to know unless I spill. So, I’m…

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Added by Dina Eisenberg on June 8, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Should You Start Your Own Company or Buy an Existing Business?

After the rock star and professional athlete dreams fade away, most people dream of owning their own business. It certainly would be nice to be your own boss and be able to run a company the way you want—you can pick your entire staff, approve the marketing campaigns that you think will sell, and why not institute a happy hour every Friday for the office? Not to mention,…

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Added by Sarah Mohr on June 8, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

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

Simple Project Management In Six Easy Steps – Ebook

The use of a project management approach in your business can help you overcome obstacles like miscommunication between team members, client product delivery mishaps, project overruns and missed deadlines to name a few.

Eleanor Mayrhofer, Elizabeth Harrin, Josh Nankivel, Lyndsay Scott and Peter Taylor, independent project management industry experts, collaborated with…

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Added by Paola Prieto Hemmingsen on May 30, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

3 Lessons We Can Learn from Credit Card Branding

If there's one thing that credit card companies really understand, it’s branding their credit cards. They know how to create a brand name that customers want to use, and their branding has been so successful that most households now have multiple credit card accounts and use them regularly. If you are running a business, you could learn some valuable lessons by paying attention…

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Added by Amanda DiSilvestro on May 29, 2012 at 12:49pm — No Comments

How to Brand Your Business Brilliant!

When it comes to branding or business identity, sometimes I think that I'm a little harsh. A little too critical. But, then I'm reminded that building an effective brand requires criticism and scrutiny in order for it to work? By "work" I mean effectiveness, memorability and clarity. Your audience needs to have a clear message of your logo each time it's seen in order for them…

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Added by Michelle Hill-Smith on May 27, 2012 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Local Search Ranking for Small Businesses or Franchisees

Local franchise businesses have a hard time getting noticed by the search engines, but many things have changed at Google over the past 9 months that make local search ranking easier for the small business owner or franchisee.

15 things to get right in Google Places for local search ranking. 
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Added by Larry Levenson on May 22, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

Effective Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover for Small Business

For small business owners employee turnover is a fact of life. One of our clients put it very well the other day when he said, “I am not in the restaurant business. I am running an employee training business because of the constant need to train stream of new employees that I have to hire because of turnover.”

High turnover raises number of issues for all businesses, ranging from having to spend money in hiring and training new employees to impact on business operations and customer…

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Added by Harry Vaishnav on May 18, 2012 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

What Government Regulation to Look For Before Starting a Business

Australia is a business friendly country which offers various SOPs and incentives to establish business in any of its cities. However, it is to be understood that while establishing a business in Australia, whether small or large, you have to comply with the government regulations so that there are no complications. Here are the major rules or compliances that you must follow in order to start a small business in…

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Added by James Forrest on May 18, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Sure Way to Stand Out on the Red Carpet

So, I've always prided myself on being an individual. That's it. Very simple. That's my punch line. I've never been one to purchase the most obvious buy in the mall. I would rather look at the other pieces of clothing and mix and match. A dreadful day it was, back in college...I got all dressed and really casual yet cute looking. Walked downstairs to the college event and someone else had on the same exact outfit as I did. In complete horror, I ran back upstairs and changed. I thought to…

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Added by Michelle Hill-Smith on May 9, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

It's Show & Tell Day: What story does your business tell?

When it comes to the story of our lives, we often go off in a frenzy complaining the entire way about how much more we want. As business owners, our continuous complaint tends to surround the desire for more revenue. “What else could we do to increase our revenue? We have a website, filled with information. Our inventory is well-stocked with great items! I personally hand out business cards and flyers at least 5 times a week. What else is there? Hmmm, we could add more pages and products to…

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Added by Michelle Hill-Smith on May 8, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Are you a "Player" or a "Go-Getter"?

There are so many times when dealing with new clients I automatically place a title on them. It's either a "Player" or a "Go-Getter." The sad thing about it is that there are more players than go-getters. They start off so excited about starting their own business, everything's map out, then they procrastinate for the silliest reasons. Searching the internet on "how-to's" and "should i's", it becomes a regular practice.



Instead jumping around from site to site reading about…

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Added by Michelle Hill-Smith on May 8, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

Are you a Messy Marketer?

That's right! A messy marketer. What is that you ask? Well, first things first. Are you marketing your business? Are you even ready to market your business? Okay, final question, is your business MARKETING YOU?…

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Added by Michelle Hill-Smith on May 1, 2012 at 4:00am — No Comments

Positive Influences Can Make All the Difference

I wrote this article awhile back, but it still rings true so I thought I'd share. Hope you enjoy!

We all face challenges in our lives, be it at work, home, with friends, or just dealing with the public. Each day we are handed new struggles. Often these struggles can be difficult or overwhelming, especially if our support system is broken. Not having someone to talk to about life's little hiccups can make those times even harder to bear. We feel isolated and…

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Added by superiorbms on April 30, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Social Media Stats To Start 2012

Still on the fence about whether your business should be active on the Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more? Perhaps you don’t see the value or maybe it still seems like “just a fad” to you.

Well, here is a little reality jolt for you from around the web...…

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Added by superiorbms on April 27, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Become a Smarter Business in 2012!

As a small business owner in a failing economy, eliminating unnecessary expenses in overhead and operations is one of the sure ways to keep your business afloat. Making this decision is critical to your success. Revamping your business to fit the “Go Virtual” business model should be the first step taken in operating your “Smarter Business.”  Choosing this type of model doesn’t have to mean a major re-writing of your business plan or taking out a small business loan.

This is…

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Added by Michelle Hill-Smith on April 24, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Thinking about Creating or Revamping Your Website?

How many times have you sat down at your computer to initiate some sort of business-building task and thought "If only my website were ____, I would feel more confident doing ______ for my business!" ?

I'll be presenting a free webinar this Tuesday, April 24th at 1pm ET/12pm CT/10am PT where you will learn the 7 Essential Details to Save you Time and Money on Your next Website project. This will be a content-rich, actionable presentation. And for fun, I'll be drawing…

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Added by corinna.rake on April 23, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

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