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Jane Porter

Jane Porter is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in publications including BusinessWeek Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Men's Health and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Brown University as well as a masters of fine arts in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C.

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Need Fresh Content For Your Blog? Try These 3 Idea-Generating Tips

Need Fresh Content For Your Blog? Try These 3 Idea-Generating Tips

Make the effort to connect with your blog readers in unique and meaningful ways by sharing stories born from your experiences. Here are three ways to do it.
June 21, 2013 in Online Marketing
5 Ways to Use Twitter Beyond the Basics

5 Ways to Use Twitter Beyond the Basics

There's so much more to Twitter than tweeting out your latest new promotions or sales. Here are five key ways to energize your Twitter strategy on a budget.
June 18, 2013 in Social Media
How Failure Made These Entrepreneurs Millions

How Failure Made These Entrepreneurs Millions

Even the most successful entrepreneurs experience their share of failures. Here are five ways to use failure as a means to succeed.
June 14, 2013 in Leadership
10 Questions to Ask Before Family and Friends Become Business Partners

10 Questions to Ask Before Family and Friends Become Business Partners

Thinking about bringing loved ones into your business? Before you take that leap, here's what you need to know to protect your relationships and your company.
February 20, 2013 in Startup Basics
Unlocking Business Ideas Hidden in the Natural World

Unlocking Business Ideas Hidden in the Natural World

A look at how the growing field of biomimicry has led to innovations inspired by nature.
February 19, 2013 in Business Ideas
3 Bad Sleep Habits You Need to Break

3 Bad Sleep Habits You Need to Break

If you think you've got better things to do than worry about your sleep routine, think again. You may be unwittingly sabotaging your snooze time -- and your productivity. Here's how to snap out of it.
February 13, 2013 in Lifestyle
10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Small-Business Attorney

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Small-Business Attorney

A quick guide to finding a legal professional that is the right fit for your business.
February 12, 2013 in Legal Basics For Startups
Debunking 5 Common Myths About Sleep

Debunking 5 Common Myths About Sleep

Burning the midnight oil is common among entrepreneurs trying to get their companies off the ground. If you think you can squeak by with a few less hours of shuteye, think again. Here's why.
February 5, 2013 in Health & Fitness
10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Testing a Business Idea

10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Testing a Business Idea

Need help trying to figure out if that great idea you're passionate about could become a successful business? Here's how to evaluate a potential winner.
February 4, 2013 in Business Ideas
3 Things You May Not Know About Sustainable Packaging, But Should

3 Things You May Not Know About Sustainable Packaging, But Should

When it comes to product packaging, making eco-friendly decision are not as cut and dry as many entrepreneurs may think. Here's what you need to know to make the best decision for your business.
January 31, 2013 in Shipping Center
5 Ways to Stop Stress Before It Starts

5 Ways to Stop Stress Before It Starts

What science tells us about stress and how entrepreneurs can nip it in the bud.
January 29, 2013 in Lifestyle
3 Ways to Optimize Packaging to Protect Your Products

3 Ways to Optimize Packaging to Protect Your Products

A look at how to best protect your products so they arrive at your customer's door intact, without going overboard and wasting money and materials.
January 24, 2013 in Shipping Center
10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a PR Firm

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a PR Firm

From measuring success to costs and services, here's what you need to know before turning to a public relations firm.
January 22, 2013 in Public Relations
8 Ways to Come Up With a Business Idea

8 Ways to Come Up With a Business Idea

If you're planning to start a business, you first need to figure out a winning concept. Consider these strategies to help get your creative juices flowing.
January 15, 2013 in Business Ideas
4 Ways to Improve Your Ecommerce Customer-Return Policy

4 Ways to Improve Your Ecommerce Customer-Return Policy

For many ecommerce companies, customer-return policies can be just as important as the price or the product.
January 14, 2013 in Shipping Center
10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Tax Accountant

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Tax Accountant

While you may think of accountants as numbers people, a good accountant does more than just crunch the numbers. Here's what to ask to find the best one.
January 14, 2013 in Tax Center
6 Things About Money You May Not Think About -- But Should

6 Things About Money You May Not Think About -- But Should

One of the common mistakes entrepreneurs make is losing sight of their personal finances when trying to grow their business. Here's how to avoid falling into that trap.
January 9, 2013 in Personal Finance
10 Questions to Answer Before Pitching Investors

10 Questions to Answer Before Pitching Investors

Preparation can mean the difference between securing funding and being left high and dry. Here's how to make sure you've covered all your bases.
January 1, 2013 in Venture Capital
10 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying a Business

10 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying a Business

Doing your due diligence before buying a company will earn you bargaining power and help you avoid unforeseen problems. Here's what you need to know.
December 19, 2012 in Growth Strategies
7 Steps to Regaining Your Focus

7 Steps to Regaining Your Focus

If you're prone to distraction, these techniques can help you refocus in as little as 60 seconds.
December 18, 2012 in Leadership
5 Mistakes to Avoid With Free Shipping

5 Mistakes to Avoid With Free Shipping

Free shipping can entice customers to buy your product, but make sure it doesn't lead you awry. Here are common mishaps to be aware of.
December 10, 2012 in Shipping Center
10 Questions Every Entrepreneur Needs to Ask Suppliers

10 Questions Every Entrepreneur Needs to Ask Suppliers

Consider this your vendor checklist, from costs and payment options to purchasing terms and sell-through. We've got you covered.
November 27, 2012 in Startup Basics
Seven Secrets to Cold Calling Success

Seven Secrets to Cold Calling Success

Many business owners dread picking up the phone to reach potential customers or investors for the first time. Here are seven tips to overcome your fears and prepare to win.
November 19, 2012 in Tips from Experts
5 Creative Packaging Ideas to Delight Your Customers

5 Creative Packaging Ideas to Delight Your Customers

You may not have the budget or visibility of larger brands, but you can still capture customers' attention and create buzz with your product. Here are tips for (literally) thinking outside the box.
November 13, 2012 in Shipping Center
7 Effective Ways to Promote Free Shipping

7 Effective Ways to Promote Free Shipping

Free shipping can help get customers to buy and boost the size of their orders. Here's how to make sure they're aware of your offer.
November 6, 2012 in Shipping Center
10 Ways to Trim Shipping Costs

10 Ways to Trim Shipping Costs

Small businesses can benefit from discount offers, regional carriers and hybrid delivery service.
October 17, 2012 in Shipping Center
Five Retail Design Myths Debunked

Five Retail Design Myths Debunked

Be creative in your store design and take a skeptical view of the conventional wisdom.
September 17, 2012 in Grow Your Business
Spotlight: Justin's Nut Butter's Justin Gold, Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalist

Spotlight: Justin's Nut Butter's Justin Gold, Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalist

Justin Gold founded his organic nut butter company after his roommates couldn't stop eating his homemade creations. His commitment to healthy foods makes him a finalist for Entrepreneur of 2012.
September 15, 2012 in Profiles
Spotlight: Acucela's Ryo Kubota, Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalist

Spotlight: Acucela's Ryo Kubota, Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalist

Ryo Kubora performed nearly a thousand eye surgeries and discovered the gene that causes glaucoma, before starting his biotech company, Acucela. His innovation in the field of eye diseases makes him a
September 14, 2012 in Profiles
Spotlight: Sentek Global's Eric Basu, Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalist

Spotlight: Sentek Global's Eric Basu, Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalist

Former Navy Seal Eric Basu founded his cybersecurity company Sentek Global in 2001 while working from his living room. His determination makes him a finalist for Entrepreneur of 2012.
September 13, 2012 in Profiles

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