Keep Up With Online Chatter: 3 Free Reputation Monitoring Tools

Lance Trueb’s Twitter feed revealed he was having a very bad morning. Upon emerging from his Seattle home, he tweeted a photo of his surprisingly-empty driveway. His beloved Subaru had been stolen. Within hours, local dealership Carter Subaru tweeted its condolences. No hype. No sales pitch. Just a simple sorry. When Trueb tweeted that he’d […]

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Why You Gotta Be So Rude: How to Handle Negative Feedback

As a writer who regularly — and willingly — has work posted all over the internet, (which is basically an open invitation for critique) I know firsthand how rude people can be. In fact, I recently got a comment from a man who told me that, out of all the people in the world, I […]

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13 Tools That’ll Streamline Your Business Instantly

No matter how great you are at what you do, there’s always room for improvement. And whether it’s payroll or finding that perfect employee, why go it alone when there are a variety of time-saving tools that can help make all of your day-to-day tasks easier? Check out the business tools below that’ll help you […]

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5 Useful Productivity Hacks for Small Business Owners

Need actionable strategies to strengthen your work habits? These five useful productivity hacks for small business owners can help you lead by example. 1. Develop Efficient Work Habits Working smarter and not harder is actually a legitimate strategy that improves your productivity in a major way. Write down the top tasks that add the most […]

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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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