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As the old saying goes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." That's why it's so important to ensure that your service wows your customers from the get-go!
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Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
To maximize your business' full potential, you need to equip your business with the tools it needs to grow and succeed. Here's how to get this done.
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Michele Northrup
Life's a bowl of chilis for foodie entrepreneur Michele Northrup, who turned a creative kitchen experiment into an award-winning hot sauce company.
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To do well as a search marketer, it's important to constantly work on developing new skills and knowledge that will help your clients do better.
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Building a new business
While the early stages of trying to build your business can be overwhelming, there are some strategies to keep motivated, determined, and on track.
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Young-hopeful-businessman
Tough economic conditions combined with billion-dollar ambitions have made the dream of becoming an entrepreneur extremely attractive to younger people.
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business network
To build a great network, focus on making connections in four main areas: industry, customers, competition, and nonprofits.
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scared-man
Any of these statements can haunt a small business for years. The trick: Avoid hearing them by staying keenly in tune with every move the customer makes.
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afraid
If you haven’t been growing your business the way you want, one (or more) of the following frights might be scaring you away from succeeding in business.
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Filed In: Getting Started
While an ego contributes to an entrepreneur's confidence and lack of fear, it becomes a hindrance when it shuts down the ability to see and hear the truth.
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Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
Businesses hire agencies to get things done quickly and well. Applying the agency model to your own business can help it become more creative and agile.
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quality
Be a yardstick of quality when building your company, because high quality in all facets of your business is a measurement of your success.
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Lindsay-Bjork
Couple, Lindsay and Bjork has built a thriving home-based business, which highlights their personal interests and builds on their determination to continually improve.
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entrepreneurship
Filed In: Getting Started
Entrepreneurship is a noble and necessary vocation. Entrepreneurship provides the opportunity for self-expression, empowerment, and autonomous freedom.
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Businessman looking through binoculars
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
It's often said that two heads are better than one, and in the case of having a business partner to bounce ideas off of, it can be priceless.
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Business team with megaphone
Free publicity is really a great way to grow your business. Here are three key things you need to remember when crafting your publicity pitch.
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success
The business world is full of "instant success" stories, but there are some successful entrepreneurs who failed at first, only to find great success later.
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business time
Filed In: Operations
For entrepreneurs, the ability to effectively manage time is one of the great determinants for business success - and for maintaining sanity.
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idea-concept
Authority marketing means using your expertise to build a reputation for yourself in your industry. Learn how to apply its principles to any business.
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business-pitfall
Starting up a business of any sort is never likely to be easy or straightforward. Here are 5 of the most common pitfalls startups will encounter.
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