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Get It Together With Project Management Tools

January 22, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Do you struggle to coordinate deadlines, schedules, data and documents among yourself, your employees and your freelancers, contractors and clients? If so, you’re not alone. Keeping everything straight when your team doesn’t all work in the same place can be confusing. Fortunately, there are tons of project management tools out there to help.Before choosing a project management tool, here are some things to consider:What’s your budget?There are plenty of free options out there, as well as paid ... Read More

How To Save Money By Bartering

January 20, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Are you looking for a way to save money on the products and services your business needs? Do you like the idea of getting what you need without spending any money? It’s possible—if you use barter.Bartering simply means trading products or services with another business. Bartering can be an ideal solution for any business on a budget, because it lets you conserve cash and not take on additional debt. You can barter for just about anything, from marketing assistance or website design to accountin... Read More

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5 Ways to Reward Customer Loyalty

January 17, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Are you struggling to find new customers or clients? Of course, every business needs new sales leads, but you might be ignoring one of the easiest ways to boost your sales—selling more to existing customers. Rewards programs can help you do that.Restaurants and retailers use loyalty tools like punch cards and mobile apps to track customers’ purchases and provide rewards, but there are plenty of ways to reward customers even if you don't have a physical location customers come to. Here are some ... Read More

Get the Employees You Need With Rural Sourcing

January 16, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Do you want to hire virtual employees to work in your business while also providing jobs for Americans? Are you looking for someone experienced to do IT work or design your website, but you’ve been burned by outsourcing such tasks to foreign workers overseas in the past? Now there’s a win-win-win solution for these problems. You can save money compared to in-office employees, help keep jobs in the U.S. and avoid issues with international time zones or language barriers by “rural sourcing” emplo... Read More

How to Get a New Employee Up to Speed

January 13, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Congratulations—you’ve hired an employee! Whether it’s your first or your 5th, bringing a new person onto your team is a big deal, not just for them but for you. Treat the occasion with the importance it deserves by giving a little thought to how you’ll onboard your new employee in a way that gets him or her off to a good start.Be welcoming.Whether your new worker is sitting next to you or is a virtual employee you interact with online and on the phone, do something special to mark the first da... Read More

5 iPad Apps to Increase Productivity

January 08, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Tablet computers can’t replace your desktop or full-featured laptop, but they can help you become more productive and efficient. The iPad is useful on its own of course, but when you add the right apps, your iPad can be a powerhouse tool, helping you work better and smarter.Here are five apps you’ll want to download right away.1. My favorite app has got to be Hootsuite for iPad. With Hootsuite I can manage my Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Google+ and LinkedIn social media accounts, including p... Read More

Questions Not to Ask In An Interview

January 07, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

If you’re new to the hiring process you might think you can ask the job candidate anything that will help you determine if you’re making the right hire. But asking seemingly “innocent” questions could land you in hot water with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). To ensure fairness and to make sure no one’s being discriminated against, the EEOC has very specific guidelines when it comes to what employers can and can’t ask during a job interview.Here are five things never to... Read More

Using Online Video in Your Social Media

January 06, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Social media is hot, and so is online video. More than 6 billion hours of video are viewed on YouTube each month, Google reports. Put social and video together, and you’ve got today’s hottest marketing trend: social video.Social video refers to sharing and promoting your videos through social media. If you’re involved in social media, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that images get liked and shared more than other types of content. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, more than 4... Read More

Benefits of Locating Your Business in Oakland's Enterprise Zone

January 05, 2014 | By: MBurge

The Enterprise Zone program was initially developed by the California State Legislature to stimulate business and employment growth in specific areas that were under hard economic times. In 1993, the City of Oakland received an initial 15-year Enterprise Zone designation. The Zone was renewed in 2008 and provides many benefits to businesses of all sizes, making it an ideal place for just about any business.The Oakland Enterprise Zone takes up more than 27 square miles, and encompasses more than... Read More

Tech Tools to Help Your Business Go Mobile

January 03, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Not only is mobile hot for consumers right now, more and more of them expect the businesses they patronize to be mobile. Here are the tools you need to do business anytime,anywhere.1. Smartphones:The important thing to remember about smartphones is to choose the same phone for your whole team. You don’t want to deal with compatibility issues. Whether you go with iPhones, Androids or Windows Phones is mostly a personal preference. Some smartphones are better for emailing, while others excel at s... Read More

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