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How a Board of Advisors Can Help Grow Your Business

July 08, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Who do you turn to when you need business advice? If you’re structured as a corporation, you may have a board of directors to ask for important input. If you’re a sole proprietor, owning a business can be a lonely endeavor. You probably miss the days when you could ask your boss for advice or a few coworkers what they would do in a certain situation.One way to get this type of insight for your small business is to create your own board of advisors. A board of advisors is an informal group of pe... Read More

Do You Have Good Office Manners?

July 08, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

You know the type: loud and disruptive. Thinks everyone wants to hear the latest story about a new client. Or what about the person who leaves a mess in the shared kitchen space? Do you have one of those types in your office? Or worse, are you that person?Besides not eating all the good cookies, here are 10 ways NOT to annoy your office mates:1. Introduce YourselfIf you are new to the office building or someone new leases a space, make sure you say hello. It’s not only friendly, it can also be ... Read More

4 Cool Tools to Get a Grip on Your Business Expenses

July 08, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Whether you do your own accounting or employ an accountant or bookkeeper, trying to reconcile your business’s expenses is a time-consuming disruption in your already busy day. Plus, with everything going digital these days, you may not even have a paper receipt to file.Here are four cool tools to help keep track of your spending.1. BizExpenseAvailable for the iPhone and iPad, BizExpense is a free app that allows you to scan receipts on your smartphone or tablet and export the file directly to a... Read More

How to Make Your Business Stand Out From the Crowd

June 26, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Consumers want more. Whether your business is a B2B or B2C, consumers have so many choices about where to spend their dollars, it’s amazing they still claim they can’t find the right businesses to patronize. According to the 2014 Authenticity Gap survey consumers are impatient with what they perceive as a lack of innovation coming out of companies and entire industries.How can your small business stand out from the crowd? Here are four ways:Be authenticAs a small business owner, you have the ad... Read More

Maintaining a Startup Mentality

June 23, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Now that you’re no longer a “startup,” clients might consider you delusional if you suddenly decided to throw a trendy “startup party” for your business. However, wouldn’t it be nice to get back that rush of excitement and anticipation you had as a startup entrepreneur? Of course, you don’t want to go back and repeat the same mistakes you made when you started out, but there are some elements of a startup personality you do want to maintain as your business grows:Jump Back InIf you’ve stepped a... Read More

10 Best LinkedIn Practices

June 23, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

How’s your client engagement on LinkedIn? Hopefully, this question didn’t remind you that your business doesn't even have a LinkedIn presence. According to a report by Social Media Examiner, LinkedIn was chosen as the second most important social media platform for businesses after Facebook. If you’ve ignored your LinkedIn company page for a while, it’s time to check in and make sure it’s doing its job of gathering more contacts and clients for your business.Here are some tips to get maximum ex... Read More

Can You Take a Vacation as a Sole Proprietor?

June 18, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Remember when you were a kid and summer meant vacation and family fun? As a small business owner, it either means a slow season where you worry about sales, or a busy season where you need to hire more help. So the big question is this: is it even possible to take a vacation if you’re the only person in your company?Forty-three percent of small business owners say they are taking less vacation than they were five years ago, according to a Sage Reinvention Study. Why even try to take a vacation?... Read More

What's Your Customer Focus?

June 18, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Even longstanding, successful companies like McDonald’s can lose customer focus from time to time. Customer focus is not just engaging with clients and it’s not only giving customers a great experience. Customer focus is the art of attending to your customer’s needs. With one study showing 92 percent of companies reported a decline in customer satisfaction, customer needs are obviously not being met.Here are some of the needs your clients and customers may be looking to your business to fulfill... Read More

WHW Suits for a Cause 2014

June 05, 2014 | By: MBurge

Premier Business Centers has joined up with Women Helping Women/Men2Work (WHW) once again, and we want to let you know why! Women Helping Women/Men2Work is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide assistance to empower disadvantaged men, women, and teens to achieve economic self sufficiency by providing the tools for employment success. WHW is not looking to give a handout with no follow through to a particular individual. Instead they are seeking to provide the tools for long term ... Read More

7 Customer Service Trends You Need to Know About

June 05, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Let’s be honest: It doesn’t matter what your marketing strategy is if your customer service is lacking. And customer service doesn’t just apply to the retail industry. Every time you pick up the phone, answer an email (or fail to do these things), you’re showing your customers and clients how you really feel about their businesses. According to Walker’s Customers 2020 Report, by 2020, customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator, so it’s time to up your ga... Read More

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