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Small business expert Denise O'Berry highlights the importance of documenting how things work in your business, which can help improve your bottom line.
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Many of us write a business plan that gets shoved in a drawer and reviewed only once a year. Here's a one-page quarterly plan template you can review daily.
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Has your small business hit a plateau? Small business experts offer tips on how to get unstuck -- and grow your business again.
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Business failure can lead to long-term success when it's approached correctly. Here's how to use it to your advantage.
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If you're wondering what social media outlet your business should be using today, look no further than Instagram.
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Small business expert Denise O'Berry reminds us how important it is to maintain connections with our contacts. A personal, handwritten note can be a refreshing change that will be appreciated and remembered.
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Not all business ventures are successful, but sometimes failure doesn't mean everything is over for good. A startup can often pivot -- change direction based on lessons learned and try again.
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Networking is a great way to build your social capital. We share 10 creative tricks to keeping track of all those new business contacts.
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Adopting sustainable (or "green") practices is a good move for businesses of any size. Just a few small steps can help save both the planet – and your company's money!
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Are you being pressured by family members who think you should provide your products or services to them for free? Small business expert Denise O'Berry has some suggestions for dealing with them.
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Selling your business involves more than cleaning up your offices and putting out a "for sale" sign. If you want better results, make sure you do your homework.
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Don't let fear of exporting stop you from finding out more about expanding your business overseas.
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While many startups are filled with bright-eyed company evangelicals, the odds are against you. Learn how to avoid the mistakes many new companies make.
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Most businesses lose out to the tune of thousands of dollars each year when making cross-border payments. Here are actionable steps to reduce the cost of international trade.
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Even though the economy still has a way to go before it's completely recovered, the silver lining might be emerging right now for small businesses.
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Ecommerce is a solid option for any small business today -- and almost an essential one at this point. Learn about the various forms of ecommerce and how your business can get in...
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Accomplished executives Steven W. Korn and Suren Gupta details why large companies should look to small business on how to innovate.
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Nobody starts out as a seasoned trade show veteran. Here are tips on how to make your trade show booth and your company stand out at the next trade show or business convention.
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A lot goes in to choosing the right partner for a business. Be sure you are asking the right questions, understand the other's motivation, and build a relationship that moves the business forward.
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Perhaps the greatest hallmark of Amish business is its simplicity. Here are three things the Amish can teach us about business.
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