How Local Lift Can Help You Start (Or Strengthen) Your Business

If you’ve ever looked into starting your own business, you already know that the costs associated with getting it off the ground (not to mention sustaining it) can be so overwhelming that you abandon ship before you’ve even set sail. That’s what Local Lift, a platform that leverages the power of crowdfunding, was designed to […]

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Movin’ On Up: A Must-Have Strategy for Growing Your Business

A small business begins with a dream. An idea that grows from a passion; a vision that motivates and inspires; a hope for a future that you create and control. You decide to take the leap and give it a whirl. You plant the seed in your market and along with your blood, sweat, and […]

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Ecommerce Statistics Every Small Business Owner Must Know

If you own a business, you’ll want to know the ecommerce stats provided in this blog post. Why? Because they will arm you with the answers to two very critical questions: Are my customers shopping online and do I really have to have an ecommerce presence? And if you already have a physical store, you […]

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4 Negotiation Strategies to Never Leave Home Without

You don’t want the other guy to eat your lunch, do you? Of course not, which is why you’re reading the second half of our run-through on negotiation strategies that will help you get what you want! (If you missed the first part, check it out here!) These tips aren’t trickery – they are facts […]

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What You Need to Know Before Applying for a Loan

Your small business is growing. It’s excellent. It’s encouraging. It’s… sometimes expensive. Maybe you’ve finally outgrown your office space, need to bulk up inventory, or want to begin offering a great new product but you lack the capital you need to get the ball rolling. Don’t get us wrong: these are great problems to have, […]

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Negotiating Tactics: How to Get What You Want Every Time

Negotiating with others is how we make our way through life – so why does it seem so hard? In fact, we’re negotiating all day, every day, with co-workers, employees, vendors, you name it. And it’s not just in explicit business situations where knowing how to negotiate comes in handy. Whether you’re at the farmer’s […]

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How to Be More Confident: A Field Guide for Entrepreneurs

A big part of starting a small business is confidence. But how do you stay confident when it feels like everyone around you is light years ahead? Here’s a little tip for those who feel like everyone in the world has it all figured out but them: all of those people are just as clueless […]

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Love vs. Money: What Matters More in Entrepreneurship?

Is it better to open the business you’ve always dreamed of, or open the business that will make you the most money? Or, is the real question: Are those your only two options? Most small business owners can trace the roots of their entrepreneurship to a spark of passion. Be it an amazing insight, a […]

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4 Warning Signs That Your Small Business Is Stagnant

When you first set out as a budding entrepreneur, passion was enough to carry you up and onward through the challenges of the first few years. But when the tedium of the daily tasks replaces the excitement of the early days, how do you make sure your business’ sophomore years don’t become its twilights? Research […]

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Is a Lack of Creativity Limiting Your Success?

A friend of mine who’s a teacher told me a very depressing story the other day. She said that she was reading the second-graders in her classroom a book about a little boy who used a wooden spoon as a magic wand. (This is not the sad part.) When she was through reading, she asked […]

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