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Best Colors to Use in Business Presentations

May 15, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

This year’s hot color may be radiant orchid, but does that mean it would look great in your sales presentation? Probably not, but you should know what colors are most effective to use in sales presentations—especially if you’re trying to make a good impression on a new client. The key is knowing what message you’re trying to get across and which colors will accomplish that goal.If you’re trying to tie the presentation to the branding of your company, it makes sense to stick with your brand colo... Read More

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Infographic: The Evolution Of Small Businesses

May 13, 2014 | By: MBurge

The business world is changing and evolving, and in order for small businesses to keep up with these changes, they must learn to adopt new practices that will cut costs and reduce risk. We’ve discussed in the past coworking, which is one form of adaptation that has risen out of the changing needs of the traveling businessman. But coworking is not the only necessary change in business. Outsourcing is one of the most important and widespread ways that businesses have been changing. Outsourcing can... Read More

12 Cool Travel Apps for Road Warriors

May 09, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Business travel can be a necessary evil or a perk, depending on how you want to look at it. However, making the effort to meet a prospective client in person goes a long way toward clinching the deal and can earn a large return on investment. Fortunately, there are lots of travel apps available to help you make travel less stressful, less expensive and more enjoyable.Here are a dozen suggestions:For Overall TravelCheck out apps from the big five:1. Expedia2. Priceline 3. Orbitz4. Kayak 5. Trave... Read More

7 Steps To Successful Project Management

May 07, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Have you ever had a project for a customer or client that started off seemingly simple and then turned into a nightmare? Avoid project headaches and make sure you deliver what your customers expect with these seven steps to successful project management.1. Plan Early and OftenAfter meeting with your client, convey your client’s expectations to everyone involved in delivering the goods, whether employees, freelancers or independent contractors.2. Prevent Scope CreepYou know how projects often st... Read More

How to Take Your Contacts to the Next Level

May 06, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

How many times has this happened to you: You are networking at an event or conference and meet people who you really connect with, get their business cards and contact info, invite them to connect with you on social media, send them a few tweets or post a few times on their Facebook pages and then…nothing. Relationships you hoped would lead to new ideas, interaction and new business go nowhere.How can you prevent new social media connections from fizzling out and take them to the next level? He... Read More

Mobile Payment Processing Boosts Your Business

May 02, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

For a small business owner, a big part of success is maintaining your cash flow by ensuring you get paid on time and in full. If your business visits customers at their locations to provide services or deliver products, or if you frequently sell products or services at an outside location (such as at events or conferences), you could benefit from a mobile payment solution.Mobile payment tools work using a reader device that attaches to your smartphone and/or tablet computer and lets you accept ... Read More

Taking Time Off Increases Productivity

April 30, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Last year, small business owners were happy to skip vacations because that meant more business was coming in and taking time off had to be put on hold. But with the economy showing steady recovery, small business owners might be able to finally take a little time away from the office this summer.Whether or not you completely unplug depends on the state of your business and how comfortable you feel doing so. According to a survey by Prosper Mobile Insights, 78.8 percent of mobile users who go on... Read More

How Can I Get New Business From Referrals?

April 28, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Where did your last new customer come from? How about the one before that? If you didn’t say “a referral,” then you could be missing out on a hidden stash of possible new business from satisfied customers. An impressive 65 percent of new business comes from referrals, so you’d better have your referral marketing tactics well-defined and in action to grab your share.Here are some basics to remember:1. It’s OK To AskThe golden rule of referrals: It never hurts to ask—especially when a customer ha... Read More

5 Ways to Focus in a Shared Office Space

April 25, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

Working in a shared office space has plenty of perks—flexibility, convenience and lower rent, just to name a few. Then there’s the added bonus of having plenty of other small business owners and professionals around who you can bond with, network with, bounce ideas off of and get inspired by.But what about for those times when the buzz of conversation around you isn’t quite so inspiring? Sometimes, when you need to focus and concentrate, being surrounded by other people can be a bit distracting... Read More

12 Ways to Generate Content for Your Blog

April 24, 2014 | By: RLesonsky

If you’ve got a business blog, you know how hard it can be to come up with new content on a regular basis. Here are a dozen ideas for generating content when you just don’t feel inspired:1. Keep an Ideal NotebookThis can be on paper or digital. You never know when ideas for a blog post will come to you, so make sure you can easily jot them down or record them whenever they arise—whether that’s in the car, as you’re dozing off at night or when you’re working out.2. Build Off Another Blogger’s Po... Read More

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