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Should You Outsource Your Social Media Efforts?

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With new social media networks sprouting like weeds, it can be tough to tend your own garden. In a 2012 survey of 500 small businesses, Vertical Response Marketing found that a third of owners, proprietors, and CEOs want to spend less time on social media. Yet two thirds are spending more time online than they did the [...]
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4 Bookkeeping Tips for Reluctant Accountants

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Does the mere thought of managing your own books fill you with dread? You’re not alone. Many entrepreneurs do not particularly enjoy accounting. But as a small-business owner, it’s your job to make sure that your company’s money gets managed correctly. Here are a few tips for mastering the accounting side of your business, even [...]
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Should You Jump on the Responsive Design Bandwagon?

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You’ve heard the buzz about “responsive web design.” But you’re not sure exactly what it is — or why you should pay attention. Here’s a bit of background, so that you can decide whether you ought to jump on the bandwagon. “In simple terms, a responsive web design uses ‘media queries’ to figure out what [...]
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A Retiree's Second Act as a Small-Business Owner

The word “entrepreneur” typically conjures images of professionals in their 20s and 30s. But that stereotype often misses the mark, because baby boomers engage in more entrepreneurial activity than Millennials do. Many older adults are starting businesses — and second careers — after retirement. The Intuit Small Business Blog recently talked with one such entrepreneur, [...]
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Turn Challenging Employee Personality Traits Into Business Assets

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Working with employees to grow your company can be one of the most rewarding aspects of owning a small business. At the same time, managing people with different personalities can also be a real challenge. After all, each of us has traits that can frustrate those around us, so it’s important to address any possible conflicts. [...]
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Hire Smart: Increase Your Income by Hiring an Employee

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Some entrepreneurs — such as restaurateurs — start out with a team of employees in place, but many others launch their companies as sole proprietors. These independent small-business owners often struggle to decide when to add staff and what types of people they should hire. The Intuit Small Business Blog recently talked with Rhonda Abrams, [...]
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Hire Smart (or How Not to Spend Your Holiday Weekend Reading 175 Resumes)

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When most small-business owners decide that it’s time to hire an employee or two, their work is typically piled up and their to-do list is often a mile long. The Intuit Small Business Blog recently talked with Leslie Barber (pictured) — former owner of prenatal nutrition company NutraBella and current group marketing manager of employee [...]
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Running Your Business on the Go

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Thanks to mobile technologies like smartphones and tablet PCs, it’s becoming easier for modern small-business owners to run their companies without an official office. Skipping this formality saves overhead costs and offers tremendous flexibility in scheduling. But running a business without a fixed location requires some planning. Here are five tips to running a small [...]
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