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7 Steps to Better Business Writing

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You probably wouldn’t be where you are today without a certain command of the English language and an ability to communicate well. Yet you should always strive to make your business writing as clear, as persuasive, and as memorable as it can be. Follow these seven steps to improve your prose. 1. Always include a [...]
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Small Business Employment Drops for Fourth Consecutive Month

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Both small business employment and per-business revenue dropped in the last month, according to the Intuit Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes, which were released today. October employment saw a slight decline of 0.06 percent, while September small business revenues were down across all industries tracked by the revenue index. Here are some additional highlights from [...]

Why It Pays to Hire [INFOGRAPHIC]

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More and more small businesses are realizing that they can't do everything on their own, and sure enough hiring among small business owners is on the rise, jumping from 21 percent of SBOs in 2012 to 24 percent this year. All told, small businesses created 380,000 new jobs in August 2013 alone. Still on the [...]
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Get the Most Out of Your Creative Thinkers

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The best work comes from teamwork, right? It’s a concept that’s been drilled into our heads since grammar school. But, as it turns out, it’s not always true. In her book Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthrough Collaboration, Kellogg School of Management professor Leigh Thompson asserts that conflict and mistrust — two things we [...]
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Getting the Right Employees: The Key Points Every Job Description Should Have

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Having trouble finding the right employees to help expand your business? You may be turning off prospective new hires by filling your job posts with jargon and unclear expectations. “People forget that job descriptions are essentially an ad,” says Jamie Schneiderman, founder and co-CEO of ClearFit, a company that uses software to help organizations find and [...]
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2 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity

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When it comes to achieving business success, creativity may be more important than rigor, discipline, integrity, and even vision. So how, as an entrepreneur, do you keep your creative juices flowing day in and day out? And how do you encourage your employees to use their imaginations to develop innovative products and services? For starters, you’ll [...]
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In the Trenches: Trusting Your People

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I’ve written about vacations a lot on this site, and for good reason: I think taking time off is as important as anything to maintaining my sanity as an entrepreneur. Of course, getting away is easier said than done. But I took another vacation earlier this month, and this time, it was different. I could [...]
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Get New Employees Off to a Great Start

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Placing ads, setting up appointments, conducting in-depth interviews — a lot of work goes into recruiting and hiring employees. Yet, surprisingly, once job applicants have been hired, many employers don’t pay enough attention to integrating them smoothly into the workplace. Too often, the new kids on the block are assigned a desk and left to [...]
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