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 quits and go back to bed: Today’s schedule is packed with important to-dos. [...]
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. Here are six healthy habits that can boost your performance on the job: 1. Smiling at others — One [...]
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 you want to tout together. Then devise a simple, joint marketing strategy to promote them. Examples of [...]
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 should steer clear of as a small-business owner. 1. Expanding the business [...]
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 houseplants in six-to-eight inch containers will naturally cleanse the air in an 1,800 [...]
Rude cell phone users are everywhere, including in small businesses. To avoid offending anyone, follow these seven rules of smartphone etiquette.
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 your time and energy. How do entrepreneurial new moms and dads surmount the [...]
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 [PDF]. If you’re looking for a way to reduce your consumption of non-sustainable fuels or even sell electricity back [...]