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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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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 …


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 …


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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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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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 …


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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How to Get Up Early and Be More Productive

Apple CEO Tim Cook is known for sending company emails at 4:30 in the morning. Lexy Flunk, chief executive of Brooklyn Industries, is usually up by 4 a.m. And Virgin …

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4 Tips for Creating a Customer for Life

Do you work to retain your current customers, or are you mostly focused on finding new ones? Savvy business owners try to build relationships with everyone who visits their store …


Multitasking: Are You Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Multitasking is often praised as a way to be super productive, but the term “multitasking” may actually be a misnomer. When was it universally decided and accepted that we could …

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How to Work With International Customers and Suppliers

Is your company going international? Taking your usual American approach to professional interactions with foreign customers and suppliers may alienate important clients. Before you attempt to work with someone outside …

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How Psychology Can Make or Break Your Business

Are you aware of the unconscious psychological forces that can improve or undermine your business? Recognizing which traits are which — and learning how to use them to your benefit …


The Truth About “Overnight Success”

You hear about it often in the media: New businesses seemingly transform into multimillion dollar companies overnight. Think Groupon, Pinterest, and Instagram. Yet most entrepreneurs put in serious time before …

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White House Delays Mandatory Employer-Provided Health Care

The Obama administration says it will push back by one year a key piece of the Affordable Care Act that would require some businesses to provide health insurance to their …

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