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"Evil HR Lady" on How Much Downtime Employees Should Get on the Job

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Time management is critical to small-business success: When you have fewer people to get things done, efficiency is key. Yet we all find ways to while away work time with activities other than actual work, such as using social media. But Twitter, Facebook, and other sites offer plenty legitimate business uses, too. As the line [...]
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The Hiring Process: Jennifer McClure on How to Read Resumes

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The days of hanging a Help Wanted sign in the store window are disappearing. Job seekers and employers are turning to more modern methods, from LinkedIn to social networks, to find each other. But whatever your hiring scenario, you probably still request resumes from serious applicants. Once those resumes start flooding your in-box, how do [...]
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How Juice It Up Survived 79 Store Closings

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Many people must cope with financial hardships, health problems, personal tragedies, and so on. Small-business owners are no exception. In fact, when these types of challenges occur, entrepreneurs often bear an even bigger burden than others do at work, because they’re responsible for everything yet have limited resources to help shoulder the load. However, that [...]
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Spark & Hustle's Tory Johnson on Her Entrepreneurial Success

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Tory Johnson’s career trajectory should provide ample inspiration for anyone with an entrepreneurial dream. After being fired unexpectedly from a steady job 14 years ago, Johnson had next-to-nothing going for her: no Rolodex, little money, and no college degree, let alone a MBA. She decided to set out on her own, starting Women For Hire out of [...]
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4 Money Trends to Watch — and 2 You Can Ignore

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Your business can’t do much without money, but your financial health hinges upon far more than just making the cash register ring. Given the abundance of advice, stats, and other data available, how do you avoid information overload and uncover what’s important to your enterprise? The Intuit Small Business Blog asked a few financial pros [...]
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When Is Bankruptcy the Right Choice for a Small Business?

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Small businesses fail for many reasons, including some beyond the owner’s immediate control. It’s a reality of entrepreneurship: Not every new business will succeed, and sometimes even long-standing companies hit hard times. Bankruptcy is an option when a debt-laden business is failing, but it’s not always the right one. Even when it is the best [...]
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New Crowdfunding Considerations for Small Businesses

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Crowdfunding is a hot topic of late, in part because the JOBS Act promises to bring significant changes to the way it works. Among other things, the new legislation may allow small businesses to pursue a large, regulated pool of investors in place of the pledges or donations common in today’s crowdfunding campaigns. This could [...]
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Sometimes the Customer Is Wrong

Posted In MARKETING

Is the customer really always right? Ask a few small-business owners whether the cliché is true, and it’ll get refuted by a chorus of “no’s.” Sure, everyone wants to cultivate happy, loyal customers. But the real world includes difficult people, too. Here are four instances when customers are wrong: They cost you money. You won’t [...]
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