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5 Things You Can Do Today to Become More Productive

Do you feel like your to-do list and the clock are engaged in constant battle? Kevin Kowalke, a mortgage broker and business strategist, believes you need to examine what’s working …

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In the Trenches: Relying on Customer Service When Technology Fails

As you may recall, Cranky Concierge switched to using Google Apps for email last year to improve the reliability and functionality of our communications system. This past week, however, a …

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Cashing In on Small-Business Optimism

For the first time in five years, small-business owners are feeling more optimistic about their prospects, according to the recently released Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. Specifically, the index rose …

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Rain or Shine: Using Weather Data to Drive Business Decisions

You can’t make it rain so you can sell more raincoats, and you can’t prevent a snowstorm from keeping customers away. But you can use the weather, inclement or otherwise, …

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Kimberly Palmer on Why and How to Start a Side Gig

Kimberly Palmer is a successful author and personal-finance writer for U.S. News and World Report. But that didn’t stop her from becoming an entrepreneur as well. Looking to increase her …

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Get the New Intuit Small Business Blog App for Free on iTunes

Time is money, period. You need a reliable source of practical, accurate, and actionable small-business advice — one full of fresh ideas that nourish your entrepreneurial spirit and spark your …

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4 Free Online Courses for Entrepreneurs

Among educators and anyone who’s anxious to learn, massive open online courses — MOOCs for short — are all the rage. It seems that when you pair online instruction with …

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4 Ways to Care for Customers This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a major spending holiday, second only to Christmas. In fact, consumers are expected to spend an average of $131 a person this year, with 51 percent of shoppers …

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Why Small Businesses Should Care About Safer Internet Day

February 11 is Safer Internet Day. As the name suggests, its purpose is to “celebrate positive practices in digital media and technology and [to] grow public awareness that a safer, …

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Winter Weather Tips for Business Travelers

Whether it’s a full-on Polar Vortex or a brief freezing-rain shower, winter weather can interfere with business travel. You can’t fight Mother Nature, but you can employ some strategies to …

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How to Increase Your Powers of Persuasion

A successful small-business owner must be adept at persuading others. Whether it’s asking employees to do a better job, negotiating a more cost-effective arrangement with vendors, or convincing prospective customers …

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4 Reasons to Migrate to the Cloud in 2014

Thinking of migrating to the cloud in 2014? Many small-business owners are realizing the value of handling essential processes, such as storing data and maintaining the necessary hardware to do …

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How to Protect Your Customer Data From Theft

The recent Target data breach gave U.S. businesses of all sizes reason to think seriously about how well they’re protecting customer information. Any mishandling or theft of client records could …

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5 Bad Business Habits to Break in 2014

Yes, mistakes are inevitable, and they can work to your benefit if you learn from them. But committing the same error repeatedly, to the point that it becomes a bad …

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A New Leader Emerges for the SBA

President Barack Obama has tapped a banker from Los Angeles as his next choice to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration. His nominee is Maria Contreras-Sweet, founder and chairwoman of …

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