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3 Apps for Laying Out Office Space

Only about one in four U.S. professionals has an optimal workplace environment, while the rest struggle to do their jobs effectively, according to a 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey [PDF] by …

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Inexpensive Ways to Leverage YouTube for Your Business

Have you been neglecting YouTube as a marketing vehicle? You shouldn’t. Here’s why: The second most searched site on the internet (behind parent company Google) gets more than 1 billion …

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How to Protect Your Small Business From a Cyber Attack

Forbes recently alerted entrepreneurs to data showing a record number of cyber attacks on small businesses. The 2012 report by Verizon reveals that 71 percent of the 855 data breaches …

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What Small Businesses Need to Know About Google’s Hummingbird Update

When word spreads that Google has changed its revered-and-feared search algorithm, you can bank on a big reaction. Google, an essential driver of web traffic for many small businesses, continues …

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How Google Helpouts Can Help Your Small Business

Google plans to launch yet another new service that may provide some exciting opportunities to small-business owners. Google Helpouts is a Google Hangout-like service that lets you charge a fee …

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How to Fire a New Hire Who Just Isn’t Working Out

On her list of “5 Scary Small-Business Mistakes,” Suzanne Lucas — who calls herself the Evil HR Lady — cautions entrepreneurs not to make false assumptions about their employees. “Plenty of …

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In the Trenches: Managing My Email

At Cranky Concierge, we help clients by whatever means of communication — phone calls, text messages, tweets, emails — is necessary. Email is our main method of talking with people, …

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5 Problems to Avoid When Offering Free Wi-Fi

If you run a business where customers are likely to linger, offering free Wi-Fi access can help you build loyalty and boost sales. But you can’t just set up a wireless network …

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Is a Virtual Phone System for You?

Want the telephony capabilities of a giant corporation for a fraction of the price? Consider installing a virtual phone system. A virtual phone system delivers traditional business features (such as …

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Inbox Zero: Improve Productivity by Emptying Out Email

As you read this, there’s an 80 percent chance that your email inbox contains between 72 and 21,000 messages, according to Dave Troy, CEO of software maker 410 Labs. Dealing …

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8 Tips for Implementing BYOD

Don’t have an in-house IT department? No problem. Your small business can still benefit from having employees bring their own devices to work. By joining the bring-your-own device — or …

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Should You Be Using Google Hangouts for Business?

You’ve used Google Hangouts to gloat about your NFL fantasy football draft picks. But did you know that these free video chats pack some serious small-business potential? Whether you run …

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4 Tools for Monitoring Your Brand’s Online Presence

As your business gains popularity, people are likely to start talking about it online more frequently — via blogs, consumer-review sites, and social media networks. But is everything they’re saying …

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How to Use Hashtags to Grow Your Business

Hashtags provide some interesting and effective ways for small-business owners to network, interact, and share information with people they’d otherwise never reach. In fact, savvy social media marketers attach hashtags to nearly …

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How Can Your Small Business Use Big Data?

A new buzzword that’s making the rounds in the business world has the potential to change the way you run your operation. “Big data” — or volumes of information about …

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