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Applying “The Laws of Subtraction”

As a small-business owner, you’re probably always thinking about what more you could do to improve your business, whether it’s adding new products, services, features, employees, or locations. But author …

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What to Do If Your Vendors Are Impacted by a Disaster

Even if you are thousands of miles from the devastation on the East Coast, you may still find your small business affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Many vendors …

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Preparing to Pitch Your New Invention

Entrepreneurs with inquisitive and lively minds often come up with ideas for inventions, but they don’t always know whether the concept is worth developing — or how to develop it. …

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Is Your Small Business Prepared for a Disaster?

Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy destroy everything in their paths, including businesses. Yet disaster recovery planning is something many small-business owners put off, opting to …

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Retailer Closes Her Store to Go Mobile Instead

Renting a retail storefront requires a lot of overhead, which can cause small-business owners to struggle to stay afloat, particularly in a sluggish economy. Debbie Dejesus found a solution: Close …

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5 Ways to Cut Clutter in Your Office

Papers piled high on a desktop, stacks of magazines crammed into a corner, disorganized drawers filled to the brim — this is the stuff of office clutter. It’s not only …

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How a Fiber Artist Keeps It Together with Weave

Jamie Chan may be the busiest person you don’t know. She and her husband, Blas Herrera, run several arts-and-crafts- related businesses in San Francisco. She makes her own line of …

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Thanks to GoPayment, Fashion Designer Earns More Design Time

Fashion designer Sheri Falk says she would rather direct her energy toward conceptualizing new designs and helping clients than handling the bookkeeping tasks required to run her small business. So …

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How a Vintage Clothing Reseller Uses Weave as a “Tiny Personal Assistant”

Jillian Knox faced a big challenge: It was 2009. She was about to graduate from Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia, had no job, and needed money. …

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How Weave Helps an Artist Manage Her Business

Artist Maggie Hurley finds a way to capture the “whimsy and whatnot” of everyday life in a way that resonates with people. She sells her paintings, portraits, and illustrations at …

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13 Essential iPhone and iPad Apps for Running a Startup

As the size of Apple’s App Store grows, the company is getting more creative with how it highlights newcomers and noteworthy apps by putting together “collections” that make it easier …

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Holiday Travel Tips for Small-Business Owners and Their Families

Many small-business owners spend a fair amount of time on the road. But no matter how often you travel for business, your experience does nothing to prepare you for taking …

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Should You Ban Customers from Using Cell Phones?

Check out the Yelp reviews for Saad’s Halal Place, a Philadelphia eatery, and you’ll read raves about its shawarma and chicken maroosh. Patrons also strongly suggest that you turn off …

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How to Make Multitasking Work for (and Not Against) You

Multitasking isn’t for everyone. In many cases, trying to do two or more unrelated things at the same time can result in substandard work, partially completed jobs, and a constant …

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5 Ways to Take Advantage of the iPhone 5

As a small-business owner, if you haven’t developed a mobile strategy, now’s the time. Apple sold more than 5 million units of the iPhone 5 in its first three days …

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