Charmed, I’m Sure: How to Make a Good First Impression on Anyone

In a perfect world, we’d all make positive, lasting impressions on every single person we meet. But, let’s be honest, more than half of the time when you are introduced to someone new, his or her name never even makes it to your long-term memory. (Let alone your short-term memory.) Nobody wants to be the […]

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Learn, You Will: What Yoda Can Teach Entrepreneurs

Everybody needs a mentor. And if that mentor happens to be tiny, green, and wise as f*ck, well, even better. Yoda may be long gone, (RIP) but, thankfully, the little guy from the swamps of Dagobah left a legacy behind in the form of quotes that will inspire and motivate you to reach your full […]

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10 Awesome Apps You’ll Want to Download Right Now

Whether you want to be more focused, creative, organized, or even smarter, you can bet there’s an app for that. But, it can be hard to weed through the hundreds, if not thousands, of apps out there to find one that’s actually going to make a difference in your life when you’re already busy enough […]

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You’re Gonna Need This: A Handy Checklist for Hiring Employees

What does it mean when you’re buried in a pile of paperwork, the phone is ringing off the hook, orders are coming in by the dozen, and you feel like you have no energy left to give? Yes, maybe that it’s time for a cocktail… but maybe it’s also time you hired your first employee. […]

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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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