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March 24, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Sometimes it may seem like you’re so busy running your business, you don’t have time to grow your business. Big mistake. And part of business growth comes from reading as much as you can about your industry in particular and business in general.That said, what exactly should you be reading?MagazinesBusiness magazines like Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company and Fortune cover general business news and trends. Inc. is packed with information specifically for small and mid-sized businesses. Howev... Read More

6 Lessons from Customer Service Superstars

March 24, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Seeking to create standout customer service? Here are six lessons you can learn from the customer service superstars.1. Deliver “Wow Moments.”While many customer service departments focus on metrics like constantly shortening the time it takes to resolve a customer issue, at Zappos reps aren’t penalized for spending too much time on the phone with a customer. What matters is whether they make an emotional connection with the customer and create “wow moments.”In one legendary instance, a rep spe... Read More

5 Reasons You Should Consider an Outside Sales Rep

March 20, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Do you need extra sales help these days, but aren’t ready to hire employees? While that’s understandable, your business still has to make money, so if you’re not ready to hire inside sales staff, hiring an outside sales rep might be the answer. In fact, according to Wharton, the dotcom bust in the early 2000s saw many businesses move to use an outside sales force and never go back to employees.Here are five factors to consider when hiring a sales rep:1. More To SellHiring an outside rep can esp... Read More

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

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