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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

What Small Business Owners Can Learn From Big Corporations

Sometimes it can seem that your business has little in common with large, multi-national corporations. Whereas they have thousands of employees, huge marketing budgets and international brand recognition, your business has a handful of workers and your marketing budget is often non-existent. 

Saying this, although all companies are different, there are some useful tips small business owners can pick up from watching how larger companies operate. Here are five lessons small business…

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Added by Derin Clark on November 5, 2013 at 4:16am — No Comments

The Importance of Getting Your Recruitment Process Right

Have you got a strong team of talented workers behind you who you know will put in the extra effort to ensure your business is a success? If not, you need to look again at your recruitment process, as it is from the moment you advertise your job roles that you start building your team of dedicated and hard-working employees who will help your business grow. 

Getting the recruitment process right is vital to the success of a business, however so many small business owners are keen to…

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Added by Derin Clark on November 1, 2013 at 10:26am — No Comments

How to choose the right computers for your office!

When selecting the best computers to purchase for your office, doing your research is important. Below are some tips designed to help you pick the right computers for your work location. 

What style of computer is right for me?

If you want your employees to be able to work from other locations – or share information with customers via a computer – laptops are the way to go. They allow mobility and also allow workers to use a…

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Added by Marc Prosser on October 30, 2013 at 12:06am — No Comments

Writing The Job Description

We’ve all read them. Many of us as potential employees, some of us as potential employers. And we all know they can be incredibly helpful or wildly misleading. So what are some things to think about when it comes to writing the perfect job description?

List the Daily Responsibilities

While many less-experienced employers will focus primarily on the job title in their job ads, what a candidate really needs…

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Added by Marc Prosser on October 29, 2013 at 11:39pm — No Comments

4 Ways to Grow a Startup Without Dooming Your Company

Listen, Google wasn’t built in a day. Try to remember that the next time you’re feeling lonely as the sole owner, proprietor and operator of your small business. Even the most successful startups all came from meager beginnings. And while some companies-of-one have managed to strike it rich, most startups live and die by their ability to grow slowly but steadily over time.

To put it another way, you don’t need to blow up and expand to 100 employees to make your business successful. In…

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Added by Rob Stachowski on October 29, 2013 at 12:39pm — No Comments

5 Great PR Books

If you’re not reading and learning, then you’ve become stagnant. Just because you’ve got that degree locked down doesn’t mean you get to be lazy! Finding the right books to pick up can be a bit of a hassle, so here’s a list of some of our favorites to get you started.

1. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

Why have you not read this yet? The best place to start is the beginning, and Carnegie was one of the first to put into words what people had been…

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Added by Mickie Kennedy on October 29, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

What is the Entity Classification Election?

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 October 25, 2013 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Google's Hummingbird Update: How Does it Affect the Future of Your Business?

For the first time since 2001, Google has completely rewritten its search algorithm. Unlike Panda and Penguin, which were updates to the existing algorithm, Hummingbird is a complete replacement designed to be more precise and provide faster results. 



It’s big news, and it has many businesses with an internet presence worrying about how it will affect them.



First, here’s the good news: the change has already been implemented – a month before the…

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Added by Shepard Morrow on October 21, 2013 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Lessons in business from Bette Midler and John Farnham? Why having a voice is the way to fly…



“What is your platform?”

This is the question I’ve been asking my small business clients recently. But what do I mean?

Here’s an imaginary scenario to help explain:

Imagine you are on a plane with 20 other business owners in the same industry as you, selling products or services in a similar genre to yours.  Your destination is an airport in a…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on October 17, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

4 Tips to Reduce Your Taxes as a Small Business Owner

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.



When you open the…

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Added by Bert Seither on October 9, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Tired of being tired? Here are 3 steps to overcome business fatigue.

I talk with small business owners every day and there are two words I hear all the time:  “busy” and “exhausted”.   It’s a common ailment of the business owner operator.  I’m sure you know how it feels.

So how can you look after yourself and try to minimize that feeling of overwhelm that sometimes feels like it will consume you?  Here are three…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on October 7, 2013 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Why shouldn't you dream that dream?

 We are born to dream.  Every one of us. But how often do you hear these lines?
'I'm not smart enough to chase that dream' 
 
'I'm just a housewife - I don't know what my dream is'
'I can't afford to leave my job - my family needs me to earn this income.'
 
'It's too late for me:  I've made my bed so now I'm lying in it'
 
'I just don't have the time…
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Added by Miriam Miles on October 3, 2013 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Does Your Service Business Need A Website?

If you were to start a new business today, what is the first step you'd take? While different minds will come up with an array of answers, chances are the most common would be to create a website. After all, if your business doesn't have a website how are people going to know you exist?

Yet for the past three-plus I've run my own service business without the benefit of an official website. The thought to create one has crossed my mind a number of times, but there always seems to be…

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Added by Diane Kuehl on October 2, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

5 Capital-Raising Strategies 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.





To launch a…

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Added by Bert Seither on September 25, 2013 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Determine Who Your Customers Are, Then How to Target Them

I’ve found that most businesses are guessing who their customer really are. Many owner operators are working with outdated information gathered when they first created a business plan for their company. Others have never done the research, instead simply work with personalized assumptions. And some, particularly brick and mortar businesses, don’t understand the value in identifying their customers from a data driven Lifestyle perspective.



But here’s the thing: you don’t need…

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Added by Shepard Morrow on September 18, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Review Best Online Order Management Software CRM

(This is an independent review which is conducted without any consultation with vendors.)

An order management system is a computer software system which basically drives a business process or flow which requires creation of quotation, sales order, invoice and receipt of the payment. Orders can be received from businesses, consumers, or a mix of both, depending on the products or services. An integrated order management system should at least include following…

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Added by Dan Sarmah on September 15, 2013 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

How an LLC is Structured and Taxed

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.

Before you are able to…

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Added by Bert Seither on September 10, 2013 at 12:27pm — No Comments

How To Find the Right Business Lawyer

If you own your own business, at some time or another, you will need a business lawyer, or in more intimidating terms, a corporate lawyer. Different businesses will have specialized needs. For example, media companies may need specialists in libel, slander and intellectual property whereas a biomedical company or other technology company may well require the services of a patent lawyer.



Regardless of your industry, there are multiple reasons to consult with a…

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Added by Sam Brandes on September 3, 2013 at 6:08am — No Comments

The #1 Tip to Improve IT Process for Small and Medium Business

The amount of technology that small and medium business implement these days is creating a significant amount of IT process. This in turn can put great demand on the organization to administer and manage these growing and changing processes with limited IT resources. Fortunately, by following this one simple tip, SMB can significantly improve their IT processes and more importantly the…

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Added by Mike Mazzolini on August 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

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