Lee Polevoi

Lee Polevoi

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.

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    Should You Allow Pets at Work?

    by on April 3, 2013

    At Wixon Jewelers in Minneapolis, employees and customers alike are allowed to bring their dogs into the store. Dogs boost employee spirit and morale, says Jayme Pretzloff, the company’s online marketing director. Customers love them, too. “When you walk…

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    Should You Rehire a Former Employee?

    by on March 28, 2013

    Looking for qualified staff? Perhaps you ought to consider hiring so-called “boomerang” employees, or workers who left your company on good terms and are interested in returning.

    There’s a compelling business case to be made for rehiring: It’s cost-ef…

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    6 Tips for Successful Small-Business Cross-Selling

    by on March 25, 2013

    “Cross-selling” is a proven technique for increasing sales by offering customers a product or service related to what they’re already purchasing or planning to purchase.

    Small-business owners may fear overdoing the sales pitch, but customers in general …

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    Use Freebies to Boost Your Sales

    by on March 20, 2013

    Who doesn’t like to get something for nothing? Freebie marketing — whereby a business gives away goods or services to promote its brand and boost sales of related products or features  — has proved wildly successful in attracting new customers and encou…

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    Is Passion Enough to Start a Small Business?

    by on March 19, 2013

    Anyone who’s ever considered starting his or her own business has heard the following:

    “You have to love what you do.”
    “Start a business around something you feel passionate about.”
    “To succeed, you must follow your passion.”

    If your motivat…

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    How to Stay Motivated While Running Your Small Business

    by 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…

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    How Well Do You Know Your Competitors?

    by 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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    Should You Hire a Business Coach?

    by 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 …

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