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Stop Your Emails from Getting Ignored

March 20, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Do you wait days or even weeks for prospects, vendors or clients to get back to you after you send them an email? Are the only people who pay attention to your emails your employees (and only because you’re paying them)? Writing emails that get opened and answered is an art.Here’s how to ensure your emails don’t get ignored.Spend Time on Your Subject Lines:Subject lines should be clear and to the point so the recipient immediately sees the benefit of opening the email. Suppose you’re following ... Read More

7 Ways To Make Your Office Green

March 13, 2014 | By: MBurge

With St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, it’s time to go green! While painting your office walls a lovely shade of green or decorating the office in honor of the holiday may be a bit extreme, encouraging some new habits around the office that promote environmental awareness will benefit your office, and ultimately the environment, in the long run.1. Use technology:Instead of printing 20 handouts for your next company meeting, consider creating a powerpoint presentation that reflects the handouts infor... Read More

How and Where to Find Good Freelancers

March 13, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Is your small business in need of someone to write marketing copy or blog posts, create some marketing materials cards or do graphic design? If, like many entrepreneurs, you don’t have the budget or space to commit to hiring full-time employees, freelance writers and graphic designers can be the perfect solution. In fact, these days you can even find freelance engineers, paralegals, office managers and more.So how and where can you find qualified, reliable freelancers? Just as you would if hiri... Read More

Want to Be More Productive? Try Meditating

March 10, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

What do Oprah Winfrey, Ariana Huffington and Russell Simmons have in common (besides being incredibly successful)? Each of these thriving entrepreneurs practices a daily routine of meditation.The Mayo Clinic suggests meditation as way to improve a person’s emotional well-being with benefits such as:Gaining a new perspective on stressful situationsBuilding skills to manage your stressIncreasing self-awarenessFocusing on the presentReducing negative emotionsClearly, meditation has potential to he... Read More

8 Great iPad Presentation Apps

March 07, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Sales presentations are crucial for so many small business owners. So you need to make sure you@re prepared for anything the potential client throws at you.@Here are some vital things to think about when creating your presentation: Who are the company@s biggest competitors? Are there some timely concerns the company may have that your product or service would help with? Who are the key management players? What is the tone of the company? Formal or super casual? ... Read More

5 Financing Options for Your Startup

March 06, 2014 | By: MBurge

One of the most difficult things associated with starting your own business is finding the funding needed to open your doors. There are many options available to you to help finance your startup business. Each of the following financing options available for your startup have pros and cons associated with them, but any of them may provide you with the funds that you need to begin your entrepreneurial dream.1. Personal ResourcesAn obvious source of capital for your startup business is funds that... Read More

4 Ways Your Startup Can Get Help

March 06, 2014 | By: MBurge

As a startup business you can benefit from all of the help you can get. This help can come in the form of advice and tips from seasoned professionals to access to materials and information necessary for you to run your business. Being in business for yourself does not mean that you have to be in business by yourself. Here are some of the ways for your startup business to get the help that you need in order to put yourself in the best position to be successful.1. Using a Meetup GroupMeetup is a ... Read More

Why You Should Be Careful When Having Sales

March 06, 2014 | By: MBurge

Sales can be a great way for stores to attract customers and move merchandise, but they can also cause problems for businesses that rely on them too much. There's far more to running a successful business or managing a store than simply getting customers in the door, and offering discounted prices too frequently can actually hurt a store's bottom line.Whether you are the owner of a small business or a manager of a big chain store, here are just a few reasons why you should be careful when you h... Read More

Maintaining Company Culture During Growth

March 06, 2014 | By: MBurge

Sustaining the core values of a company's culture is an integral part of the company's continuing success. In the beginning, a startup is defined by its founders, and its initial expansion may be fueled by taking on friends and ex-classmates as personnel. If the business takes off, though, and grows out of the initial startup phase, you are faced with the necessity of hiring talented new employees who can help take it to the next level.Bringing in new personnel while at the same time maintainin... Read More

3 PR Lessons You Can Learn From Large Corporations

March 06, 2014 | By: MBurge

Not everything that large corporations do is relevant to small businesses. The PR plans and policies of multinational companies may be far different from yours. However, no matter how small and obscure your business is, social media puts everyone on the radar, and bad PR can cause your mistakes to go viral.Here are some important PR lessons you can learn from large corporations.1. Be TransparentOne of the most important things to understand in the Internet age is that no business, whether large... Read More

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