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 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: 289
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: 243
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: 402
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: 596
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: 274
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: 273
on January 22, 2013
Nine out of 10 businesses in the United States are family-owned, according to the Small Business Administration. That’s an impressive statistic, considering all of the minefields associated with keeping things in the family. The hiring process may involve so…Read » Views: 254