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Why You Need to Redefine Failure

As counterintuitive as it may seem, failure is an important part of business success. So, if a product doesn’t sell or a key hire doesn’t perform, don’t fret: Your missteps …

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6 Steps for Building a Better Vision Board

Ready to take your business to the next level? Start by getting in touch with your inner kindergartner: Gather scissors, glue, paper, and a stack of magazines, and put together …

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4 Apps for Getting Rid of Paperwork

Would you like to clear the clutter from your filing cabinets and convert to a paperless office? Many of us would, but it can be tough to avoid the print-sign-scan …

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5 Apps for Running Your Business from a Smartphone

A recent national survey of entrepreneurs showed that 88 percent of small-business owners use mobile apps to conduct business on their smartphones or tablets. Yet more than half of those …

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How to Unclutter Your Office in One Afternoon

When you’re running a small business, there never seems to be enough time in a day, yet your to-do list — and the stress that accompanies it — is endless. …

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How 4 Busy Moms Make Their Small Businesses Work

Moms who run small businesses often lead double lives, managing both a company and a household with kids. Although it can be tough to keep everyone — spouses, children, partners, …

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Avoid These 7 Temptations That May Undermine Your Business

Have you bad-mouthed your competitors behind their backs? Or, maybe you’ve treated your swelling business account as a personal candy jar instead of using the extra cash to expand your …

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Fashion Tips for Small-Business Owners

Whatever type of small business you run, it’s always important for you and your employees to look your best. What “best” means may vary based on your work environment, but certain …

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Can an Employee Wellness Program Improve Morale?

If you offer health-care insurance to your employees, it’s likely one of your biggest expenses after paying their salaries. By introducing a wellness program and encouraging workers to take better …

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Get the Most from Your iPad for Your Small Business

Do you use your iPad primarily to check email or surf the web? Or perhaps you use it mostly to entertain yourself with books and movies while traveling for business? …

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Change Your Body Language, Change Your Business

Building trust with vendors and partners, strengthening loyalty among existing customers, and recruiting and retaining employees are all critical to growing your small business. As its owner, you are the …

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Small Business Gains Easier Access to Federal Government Contracts

The federal government recently revised its rules for doing business with independent contractors, making it easier for small companies to compete with corporate giants and win bids. While it still …

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9 Tips for Giving an Acceptance Speech

Congratulations, small-business owner! You’ve just been informed that you’re receiving an award for your leadership efforts or charitable contributions. Don’t let glossophobia tie your tongue at the big event. Here …

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Kathy Sidell on Living the American Restaurant Dream

Kathy Sidell grew up in a family of foodies. In 2005, the producer-turned-restaurateur opened the Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Since then, she’s expanded the upscale burger bar to …


Playing the Middleman: Tips for Building a Successful Online Marketplace

Etsy, OpenTable, Airbnb, and other successful startups in recent memory have at least one thing in common: They don’t sell their own products or services. These online marketplaces facilitate transactions …

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