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Latest news and trends in the small business economy

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5 Relaxation Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk

There’s simply no way around it: You must sit at your desk to get work done. So, what do you do when all that chair time causes pain to erupt …

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6 Keyboard Replacement Apps for Android Devices

The standard virtual keyboard that’s built into Android phones is free and functional, but it’s as basic as basic can be: It’s pretty much just an onscreen representation of a …

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5 Tips for Teachers on Starting a Side Business

With the school year winding down, summer can be a great time for teachers to launch a side business — either to make some extra money over the break or …

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25 Essential Kindle Fire Apps for Small Businesses – 2012 Edition

The $199 Amazon Kindle Fire has been burning up the Android tablet sales charts and, at less than half the price of an iPad, it’s easy to understand why. Although …

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Why the Cloud Makes Sense for Small Business

“Your customers demand that you be in the cloud,” says Doug Sleeter, a nationally recognized expert in accounting-software consulting. “The latest innovations in cloud, mobile, and connected solutions are changing everything …

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50 Essential iPad Apps for Small Business – 2012 Edition

The Apple iPad is a game-changing device for small-businesses owners who either want to manage operations more effectively on-the-go or use the device to expand and enhance their customer and …

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Do Superhero Blockbusters Supercharge Comic Store Sales? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ah, summer. The barbecue, the pool, and nights spent in the air-conditioned movie theater. With superhero blockbusters like The Avengers currently raking in box office cash and long-anticipated installments like …

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5 Big Mobile Trends to Watch — Plus 2 You Can Ignore

More small businesses are picking up mobile technology than ever. By the end of 2012, nearly half of companies with fewer than 500 employees will use a smartphone, notebook, or …

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Stay on Schedule with These 7 Mobile Calendar Apps

Some professionals still swear by paper organizers, but lately more of us are turning to smartphones to serve as digital personal assistants — in which case, a calendar app is …

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5 E-Commerce Trends to Watch — and 1 You Can Ignore

Online retail sales topped $200 billion in 2011, and most industry forecasts point higher. Market-watcher Forrester Research, for one, predicts that e-commerce will account for 9 percent of overall retail sales …

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Spark & Hustle’s Tory Johnson on Her Entrepreneurial Success

Tory Johnson’s career trajectory should provide ample inspiration for anyone with an entrepreneurial dream. After being fired unexpectedly from a steady job 14 years ago, Johnson had next-to-nothing going for …

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Using ‘Getting Things Done’ to Make Your Business More Efficient

Looking to give your small business — and yourself — a productivity makeover? You may want to consider using David Allen’s Getting Things Done, a popular time- and task-management system. …

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5 ways to simplify your business

5 Ways to Simplify Your Business

No one likes to waste time, and for small-business owners, wasted time almost always means wasted money. Consider these sobering statistics compiled by the International Association of Business Organizing: The …

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Tech Review: Microsoft Office Web Apps

Standard productivity suites such as OpenOffice and Microsoft Office are tops when it comes to sheer file-editing power, but they don’t offer much in terms of connected flexibility. If you …

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7 Mobile Apps for Getting Your Message Across

You don’t need a bulky laptop to give a presentation any more. Thanks to a bevy of smartphone apps now on the market, you can give a presentation right through …

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