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Avoid These Common Startup Mistakes

Few things are more exciting for budding entrepreneurs than coming up with a great idea for a new business. After all, “great idea” equals “instant profit,” right? Not necessarily. If …

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8 Rules of Etiquette for Working in Coffee Shops

Your favorite coffeehouse isn’t really your “second office.” It’s someone else’s actual business. Whether you’re using your favorite java joint as your makeshift office space — or just spending a …

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Small-Business Rebound: Retail Sales Up as Consumers Resume Spending

It’s no secret that small businesses were hit hard during the recession, as consumers put off buying nonessential goods and services. But many sectors are now seeing a rebound in …

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Pop-Up Restaurants May Be Temporary, But Trend Is Here to Stay

From Seattle to Kansas City to New York, temporary restaurants are popping up all over the U.S., and the trend — unlike the eateries — appears to be here to …

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4 Tips for Reinventing Your Business

More than half of small-business owners say they’ve reinvented their company to “stay afloat or competitive,” according to a survey released by Citibank in June. Its findings suggest that the …

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Mitch Gordon on the Challenges of a Student CEO

Mitch Gordon is president and co-founder of GoOverseas.com, a startup that helps people find academic, volunteer, internship, and other programs abroad. It’s no surprise that he’s putting in long hours …

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6 Mobile Apps for Keeping Time Cards or Tracking Billable Hours

Ever feel like you don’t have a good handle on time — when you ought to be tracking employee working hours or your own billable hours for clients? You can …

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How to Homeschool Your Kids while Running a Business

Homeschooling is becoming an increasingly viable alternative to public schooling. Between 1999 and 2007 (the most recent year for which data is available), the number of homeschooled children nearly doubled, …

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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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