Lee Polevoi is an award-winning business writer specializing in the challenges and opportunities facing small business. He is former Senior Writer at Vistage International, a global membership organization of CEOs.
on March 14, 2013
When your small business is flourishing, staying motivated is rarely an issue. But when you’re experiencing setbacks or feeling like you’re in a slump, your personal drive may take a hit.
Here are seven tips for staying focused on your dream and reinvigor…Read » Views: 772
on March 6, 2013
You work like crazy to come up with a new product or service, rent a bricks-and-mortar store, design a spiffy website for marketing purposes, and hire talented go-getters to meet customer demand. Yet there are still other businesses waiting to eat your lunch.
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on February 26, 2013
Entrepreneurs are accustomed to going their own way: They take a great idea and make a business of it. But being independent and self-sufficient doesn’t always work to your advantage over the long haul, particularly if you’re strong in some areas and weak …Read » Views: 511
on February 21, 2013
Whatever type of small business you run, it’s always important for you and your employees to look your best.
What “best” means may vary based on your work environment, but certain fashion guidelines apply across the board. This is particularly true whe…Read » Views: 416
on February 19, 2013
There’s something zombie-like about unmotivated employees. They walk around with a glazed look in their eyes. They zone out during meetings, as if they’re thinking about their next feast on human flesh. When 5 p.m. rolls around, they come to “life” and…Read » Views: 606
on February 13, 2013
Michael Scott, who served for six years as regional manager of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Co., considered himself to be an outstanding boss. Did Michael want to be feared or loved by his employees?
“I want both,” he said. “I want people to be af…Read » Views: 1,124
on January 28, 2013
Whether you handle sales yourself or have a sales team in place, prospects will only buy your product if they trust you. As Allan Himmelstein, president of Sales Coach AZ, notes: “I think most sales are lost because the rapport and trust were not well-establ…Read » Views: 478
on January 24, 2013
Branding is about more than having an eye-catching logo. It’s about the promise you make to your customers to provide a product or service, to do so with consistency and quality, and to do a better job of it than your competitors.
If you have a brand, you n…Read » Views: 487