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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

Hiring Summer Interns

June 05, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Have you already hired your interns for the summer? Are you planning on making the experience meaningful and educational for you and them both? Not only is it important to make sure your interns do more than get coffee, it’s also the law. Even if you have the best intentions for your summer internship program, if you’re not following the Department of Labor’s regulations, you may be crossing the legal line—especially if your interns aren’t paid.Paid InternshipsPaid internships are primarily reg... Read More

What Can I Outsource for My Small Business?

May 29, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Launching a business is not easy and startup entrepreneurs can use all the help they can get. However, the reality is most startups don’t may have the resources to hire full-time workers. Luckily, there are a variety of small business challenges you can overcome by outsourcing tasks, enabling you to concentrate on the critical jobs of strategizing, selling and marketing.Here are some job functions you can easily outsource—and where to find the help:1. Tech IssuesYou usually only need a tech exp... Read More

6 Steps to Making Office Networking Work

May 28, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

When you work in a shared office space, you have a natural advantage that you should use to its fullest: You’re surrounded by other professionals and business owners who could become valuable business contacts—or even partners or clients. How can you maximize the opportunities of working in a shared office environment without being too pushy? Try these tips.1. Start SlowGet to know others in your shared office space. Start with those who are regularly there during your same business hours. Be f... Read More

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