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Common Bond Shared by Small-Business Owners? How To Manage Growth

Posted In GROWING YOUR BUSINESS

Managing cash flow. Keeping the lights on during a natural disaster. Maintaining the right level of staffing. Finding the right business partners. On the surface level, these seem like very different operational challenges. But they all point to one overriding concern shared by all small-business owners – how to properly manage growth in a persistently [...]
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New Book Shares 183 Tips for Entrepreneurs, from Entrepreneurs

Posted In EMPLOYEES

As regular readers of this blog will surely attest, small-business owners love to share tips about everything from launching a company during a recession to creating a great customer experience. JJ Ramberg (pictured), host of the MSNBC-TV program Your Business and an entrepreneur herself, knows how to cater to our crowd. Her new book, It’s [...]
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9 Cloud Services for Juggling Project Resources and Deadlines

Posted In EMPLOYEES

Keeping all the components of a project — whether it’s a marketing campaign, a store opening, or a new product introduction — organized and on time can be daunting. It's a time-consuming process that requires focus, patience, and flexibility. Many desktop software applications, such as Microsoft Project, are available to help small-business owners or team [...]
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10 Steps for Creating Your Business's Facebook Page

Posted In MARKETING

If you’re still holding out on creating a Facebook page for your business, the reasons to reconsider your position are multiplying fast. Here are just two: Nearly 9 million small businesses use Facebook to build consumer awareness for their brands and services, and a whopping 86 percent deem them their most effective tool for engaging [...]
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With California Aboard, 4 New Factors in the Online Sales-Tax Debate

Posted In TAXES

After years of fights and reprieves, California’s sales tax for online retail purchases officially went into effect on Sept. 15. That means every out-of-state business that sells more than $1 million to California customers has to start collecting tax on those transactions. This is welcome news for local bricks-and-mortar companies statewide, because it erases the [...]
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3 Things to Know about Buying Into a Franchise

Posted In FRANCHISING

Running a small business takes courage and a streak of independence. You either have both, or you don’t. Deciding whether to run your startup as an independent company or as part of a franchise organization, however, is much more complex. After several years of decline amid the recession, the number of U.S. franchises is expected [...]
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6 Mobile Apps for Keeping Time Cards or Tracking Billable Hours

Posted In TECHNOLOGY

Ever feel like you don't have a good handle on time -- when you ought to be tracking employee working hours or your own billable hours for clients? You can use your smartphone or tablet to access internet services devoted to small-business time tracking and billing, such as eBillity, Paymo, Toggl, and Yast. But even [...]
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50 Essential iPad Apps for Small Business – 2012 Edition

Posted In TECHNOLOGY

The Apple iPad is a game-changing device for small-businesses owners who either want to manage operations more effectively on-the-go or use the device to expand and enhance their customer and client relationships. Many iPhone and iPod Touch applications are also available for iPad, but why limit yourself to duplicating what’s already on your smartphone? The [...]
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