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Latest news and trends in the small business economy

overwork

Time Management: Do More by Doing Less

You’ve been putting in 12-hour days for the past month, yet you feel as if you still haven’t made a dent in that big project you need to finish. You’re …

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hashtag

How to Use Hashtags to Grow Your Business

Hashtags provide some interesting and effective ways for small-business owners to network, interact, and share information with people they’d otherwise never reach. In fact, savvy social media marketers attach hashtags to nearly …

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green business

Easy, Cost-Effective Ways to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly

Former baseball player Mike Piazza once starred in a shampoo commercial in which he declared, “I don’t mind looking good, as long as it doesn’t take too much effort.” Many …

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back to school

5 Back-to-School Business Ideas

If you happen to have a soft spot for all things related to kids, a business that caters to young people may be the entrepreneurial venture you’ve been looking for. …

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big data

How Can Your Small Business Use Big Data?

A new buzzword that’s making the rounds in the business world has the potential to change the way you run your operation. “Big data” — or volumes of information about …

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optimism

Optimism Soars Among Small-Business Owners

Optimism among small-business owners is higher today than it has been at any other time since the so-called “great recession,” according to a July poll conducted by Gallup and Wells …

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At the airport

How to Be Productive During a Long Airport Layover

Back in the day, getting stuck waiting for a connecting flight at an airport was comparable to standing in line at the DMV — boring, stressful, and to be avoided …

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Arianna Huffington

5 Powerful Business Lessons From 5 Powerful Women

Starting a small business can be a struggle for any entrepreneur, but women often face far more obstacles than men do. “Women seeking first-year financing to get their companies off …

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questions

4 Online Tools for Getting Answers to Your Business Questions

Do you need help answering a question related to your business, whether it’s about pricing certain products or reaching your target audience? Advice from your mentors and advisers can be …

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lifting weights

Let an App Do the Heavy Lifting for These 20 Business Tasks

As a small-business owner, you may serve as your company’s janitor, receptionist, customer-service rep, accountant, webmaster, and more. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some support? Here are 20 entrepreneurial …

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weekend

How Successful Entrepreneurs Spend Their Weekends

If you believe everything you read or see on TV, you have to work every moment you’re awake, subsist on leftovers, and live out of your car at some point in …

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decisions

Make Better Decisions, Get Better Results

Effective decision making is not only the province of entrepreneurs, but also the lifeblood of successful businesses. After all, your choices either build a strong operation and fuel its growth …

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Copyright symbol

4 Tips for Using Other People’s Content Legally

It can be a challenge for any small-business owner who hosts a blog to keep coming up with fresh content. First, there’s finding time to create posts on a daily, …

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outside the box

Eliminate These Overused Buzzwords From Your Business Writing

How many resumes have you received from job applicants who claim to be “creative” and “effective” professionals with “extensive experience”? How frequently do incoming sales pitches promise to help you …

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mistake

How to Learn From Your Mistakes in Business

Mistakes made in the course of running a small business are sometimes minor, sometimes costly. But with the right mindset, you can turn these errors — both your own and those …

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