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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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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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If you're an entrepreneur trying to expand your business into new markets, the key to success is to build relationships before you build revenue. Here are tips to successfully grow a global startup.
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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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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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Filed In: Sales & Marketing
Strategy is more circular than most people view it. Duct Tape Marketing's John Jantsch explains why business owners need to continuously monitor the seven elements of the marketing strategy circle.
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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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If you have dreams of one day owning your own cafe, read these tips from a coffee entrepreneur and expert who shares how to improve your chances of succeeding.
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Filed In: Staffing & HR
Executives share why empowering employees, especially in small organizations, is key to sustainable success.
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Starting a business from home is a great way to get started as an entrepreneur. But beware -- the vast majority of new businesses fold in their first year. Here are 10 common...
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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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Some would-be entrepreneurs start small side businesses as a way to test the waters. We asked nine successful business owners which kind of side businesses they would recommend starting out with.
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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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When starting your own business, there is no shortage of advice and opinions flowing your way. Nellie Akalp shares the six worst bits of advice that she has heard over the years.
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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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Wouldn't it be nice if commercial leases were exactly like renting a house? Unfortunately, there are different issues you must be prepared for when leasing a space for your business.
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Ready to start your own business? Learn from experienced entrepreneurs how to avoid the most common startup missteps.
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Filed In: Sales & Marketing
Do you worry that participating in trade shows is a waste of money? It could be if you don't have a good strategy in place to turn those marketing opportunities into sales.
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Business and personal accounting are very different. If you've just started your company, Deborah Sweeney has advice on how to get the most out of your accountant.
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Start- Up
Growing a startup business involves risk taking, long hours, and a fair share of ups and downs. Daily. The co-founder of CurrencyTransfer.com shares what he's learned on his journey to success.
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