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How Do YOU Use Pinterest In Your Small Business?

If you haven't at least poked around on Pinterest yet, now is the time do it. While I don't think it's the right social network for every small business, there are already businesses using it to make a huge impact on the web, find new customers, and increase sales...all with a few eye-catching images.

If you are one of those business owners who is loving what…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on March 7, 2012 at 4:48am — 41 Comments

Tips for Using Pinterest for Business (15+ articles)

Have you been overtaken by the Pinterest craze? Me, too. :)

On the main blog, I just shared a list of 15+ articles that provide tips, best practices and examples on using Pinterest for business. I have literally been studying these articles to help get my footing and ramp up the way I use the site to promote my business. 

Give the article a read, and add any links…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on February 17, 2012 at 4:36am — No Comments

You want it? Then you better be ready to fight for it.

I firmly believe that we are all capable of accomplishing our goals, but only if we're willing to put in the blood, sweat and tears it takes to achieve them. Yet, so many people make excuses. It's like they want to skip over the hard part (the actual work), and just magically become successful. I'm sorry, but it doesn't work that way. You have to hustle, work hard, and sweat it out in order to get what you want. For most of us, very little will happen until we're ready for that kind…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on January 26, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Small Business Grant Program

A grant program was just launched by Brother and StartupNation. They will be awarding five $5,000 grants in March, and winners will be selected based on their business plan.

You have plenty of time to create or improve your business plan and enter the competition! Imagine what you would do with $5,000 in your business. …


Added by Alyssa Gregory on January 11, 2012 at 4:36am — 1 Comment

Small Business Owner Resume Template

Last year, Simon Salt wrote a post on the Bonfire blog about why a business owner needs a resume. It outlines a few situations that might make sense to have a resume prepared.

I recently expanded the list of situations that might call for a small business owner's resume. Then, because I…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on January 10, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

3 Ways to Kick Goal Setting Into High Gear

We all know we should be focusing on our goals on a regular basis, but the start of a new year carries so much hope and possibility that it's the perfect time to refocus and even start with a clean slate. Still...that doesn't mean goal setting is easy.

One of the biggest challenges with goal setting is often finding the time to sit down, without distractions, and envision what you want to happen over the next year. Then, of course, creating a plan for achieving it isn't always a piece…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on December 28, 2011 at 3:44pm — 2 Comments

5 Things You Must Do Before 2012

This past year has been an excellent one, but I am ready to welcome 2012 with open arms.

Before I do, though, I will be doing these five things to close out the year for my business. What things make it on your must-do year-end list?

Read article: 5 Things You Should Do Before Ringing in the New…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on December 14, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Mentally Preparing for 2012

Common themes in December are gift ideas, goal setting and year-end wrap-ups. I have written or will be writing articles on all of those topics myself.

But what about slowing down and giving yourself a chance to adjust your mindset for the New Year so you can start it on the right foot? For me, it all comes down to getting outside myself, setting clear intentions and…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on December 9, 2011 at 4:52am — No Comments

How to Use Google+ Hangouts

I am still stumbling around Google+, trying to learn the ins and outs. That's one of the reasons I love this post by Emily Suess on Google+ Hangouts and how you can use them in your business. She lists seven ideas -- easy ideas you can start doing today. I think I see a Bonfire Hangout coming in the near future...

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Added by Alyssa Gregory on December 6, 2011 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

101 Small Business Gift Ideas

It's time to start shopping, and if you're like me, that thought may give you a headache. Well, I wanted to make it as painless as possible for you this year, so I compiled a long list of business gift ideas to get you started.

Here are 101 gift ideas for clients, employees, or anyone involved in business. I included a little bit of everything from tech toys, to office furniture, to business books, to low-budget items, and even a few luxury items. Happy shopping! 



Added by Alyssa Gregory on December 1, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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