Smart Budgeting Tips for Small Business

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Since sales are never a constant over a year it is vital that small business owners really take a fine tooth comb to their finances and budget for both the highs and lows. Here are some of our tips for smart budgeting: Always overestimate your expenses. If you go over, you will have room to […]

Why Business Owners Need To Be On LinkedIn

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 “If you aren’t on LinkedIn you aren’t in business!” – Dan Sherman Okay, granted he is the founder of the training program Linked Success, so he may be just a touch biased, but we still think he has a point! Arguably the most business-focused social media outlet, LinkedIn is a network about just that – […]

How to Create a Strong Password

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If you are like most small business owners, thinking about passwords may make your head want to spin. They are cumbersome to create, difficult to remember and a huge pain to deal with when forgotten. But they protect everything you have worked for and therefore demand strength! With recent news highlighting hack after hack, it […]

Good Customer Service = Business Success

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Nobody (and no business!) is perfect. There will be angry, disgruntled and dissatisfied clients, no matter how flawless your business plan is executed. Take control of the negative and you can seamlessly channel these into positives. On average, a client with a complaint tells 9-10 people about the experience. Conversely, a client whose complaint is […]

Asking For Referrals Tactfully

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You are a new or small business, you are running a tight ship when it comes to expenses, yet you need to get the word out there. The best place to start is with your happy returning clients and to rely on good old-fashioned word of mouth – it’s effective, fluent, and free! A recommendation […]

Help Your Community, Help Your Business

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It’s been said that small business is part of the heartbeat of the larger community. No one knows better than a small business owner, the importance of community acceptance and support. Understanding the best ways to reciprocate that same support and acceptance is crucial to a business owner. Small businesses filter money directly back into […]

How to Avoid Financial Pitfalls

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Creativity, determination and perseverance are some of the top qualities successful business owners possess. One they often lack is the ability to manage the financial side of the business. More often than not, failure due to financial hardship can be traced back to the very beginning of the process. A startup costs money – lots […]

Data Organization and Storage

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As your business grows, it generates more and more data.  More data means a constant demand for a bigger and better storage option – one with inherent safety and security to protect all that important info! With the abundance of technological options out there, let’s narrow it down to brass tacks. When choosing a storage […]

Are You a Micromanager?

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As an entrepreneur, chances are you have either been micromanaged, or are micromanaging. It could be the very thing that drove you to finally strike out on your own and be your own boss. But tread carefully.  More common than not, small business owners do not even realize they are committing this egregious workplace sin! […]

The Threat of Debt

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It’s true – raising capital to launch your business may be one of the toughest battles you will face. But let’s not forget the uphill climb that still remains – the threat of debt. While it is unlikely you will be able to avoid it (and always remember that like cholesterol there is good debt […]