Robert Lockard

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    The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Four Business Tasks

    by on December 28, 2010

    If the Serenity Prayer had been written by a small business owner it might read: God grant me the serenity to admit there are business tasks I don’t do well, the courage to do the ones I excel at, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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    Embrace Your Smallness to Succeed

    by on December 7, 2010

    Fake it until you make it!

    That’s the advice most entrepreneurs get when they’re just starting out. It’s true that you need to give off an air of professionalism, even if you don’t have a whole staff standing by to service customers. But here’s a ne…

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    3 Holiday Inventory Management Techniques

    by on December 6, 2010

    “Manufacturers and retailers report that people are buying less, more frequently, and are determined to keep cash on hand,” according to a Wall Street Journal article called “The Just-in-Time Consumer.”

    Flexibility is the key to success in the current…

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    Small Business Awards You Should Apply For

    by on November 15, 2010

    Small businesses that are overcoming the odds and growing rapidly need to find creative ways to maintain their momentum. Since they usually don’t have big budgets for marketing campaigns, they should take advantage of free publicity whenever possible.

    One s…

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    How (And Why) to Cross-Train Employees

    by on November 5, 2010

    Managers are often guilty of compartmentalizing their staff into silos: Bob handles the phones, while Sally boxes the widgets. This can work well… until Sally gets sick and Bob gets bored. If one staff member is out for an extended absence, your business can…

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    10 Simple Ways to Cut Business Expenses

    by on October 22, 2010

    When you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, money is usually scarce. That’s why you need to find creative ways to trim expenses and run your business on as lean a basis as possible. To help you out, here are 10 simple ways you can save money in all f…

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