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5 Ways to Manage Your Time More Efficiently

There is no shortage of schools of thought, methods, and tech tools to help you get more done during the workday. But what harried small-business owner has the time to …

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7 Ways to Stop Procrastinating Right Now

As many as 20 percent of adults in the United States identify themselves as chronic procrastinators, but it’s a safe bet the number of people who often delay making decisions …

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Is Self-Sabotage Hurting Your Bottom Line?

Something sinister could be lurking behind the doors of American businesses. According to Dr. Edward Selby, Ph.D., a recognized expert at Psychology Today, small-business owners are as susceptible to self-sabotage …

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Entrepreneur Chris Brogan on Why You Shouldn’t Conform

Freaks, misfits and weirdos haven’t always been cool. Entrepreneur and author Chris Brogan, publisher of Owner magazine, turns these terms on their heads by reclassifying freaks as game changers. In …

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5 Tips for Going Paperless

Want to lower your overhead by 30 to 40 percent? Switch from paper to electronic documents, advises Matt Peterson, president and CEO of eFileCabinet. “Going paperless allows you to [be more …

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Author Jaime Tardy on How to Become a Millionaire

Not too long ago, business coach Jaime Tardy set out to answer the million-dollar question: What does it take to become a millionaire? She polled 120 people who fit the …

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How to Protect Your Small Business From the Heartbleed Bug

The Heartbleed Internet security bug has a scary name, but how does it affect you as a small business owner? Here’s what you should know about Heartbleed — and what …

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Which State Boasts the Highest Small Business Profit Margins? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Knowledge is power, and as a small business owner, it’s important to know how you fare financially against your peers. Are you overspending on rent? Under-spending on advertising? Pulling in less …

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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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