Jan Fletcher

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    How to Get Through a Workday When You Haven't Slept

    by on March 12, 2013

    It’s the morning after you’ve pulled an all-nighter, and your eyelids feel like sandpaper. Your frantic push to get through a backlog of orders took longer than expected, after weeks of procrastination finally caught up with you. Yet you can’t call it qu…

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    Healthy Habits That Empower Entrepreneurs

    by on March 7, 2013

    Entrepreneurs suffer fewer chronic health problems than the general U.S. population, a 2012 Gallup poll shows. The tendency of the self-employed to be self-disciplined apparently leads them to maintain healthier personal habits than the average American.


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    Reap the Promotional Benefits of Co-Marketing

    by on February 28, 2013

    Have you considered waging a co-marketing campaign to boost your small business?

    The concept is elementary-school simple: Team up with another merchant, one who doesn’t directly compete against you. Decide which complementary products or services the two of…

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    Avoid These 7 Temptations That May Undermine Your Business

    by on February 28, 2013

    Have you bad-mouthed your competitors behind their backs? Or, maybe you’ve treated your swelling business account as a personal candy jar instead of using the extra cash to expand your operation?

    Temptations come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few you …

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    5 Reasons to Bring Potted Plants to the Office

    by on February 25, 2013

    If you have a green thumb, you may want to consider bringing a few houseplants to the office. These natural air filters can create a healthier, happier work environment, according to the Plantscape Industry Alliance. For the maximum benefit, 15 to 18 houseplan…

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    7 Rules of Smartphone Etiquette

    by on February 12, 2013

    Rude cell phone users are everywhere. The lure of constant connectivity often proves too much for the average person to resist, yours truly included. Think our behavior isn’t that bad? Consider this: Nearly 60 percent of all U.S. smartphone owners say they …

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    4 Tips for Finding Work-Life Balance as a New Parent

    by on February 11, 2013

    Congratulations on becoming a parent! Having a baby, adopting a child, or welcoming a stepkid into the fold is very exciting. After you’ve settled in, you’ll quickly realize that growing families are a lot like growing businesses: They require a lot of you…

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    5 Entrepreneurial Endeavors Powered by the Wind

    by on February 7, 2013

    The lure of small-scale wind generation is spreading beyond isolated rural homesteads to urban subdivisions and small businesses. For example, officials in Sioux City, Iowa, recently changed zoning laws to allow residents to install backyard wind turbines [PD…

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