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False Assumptions That Perpetuate the Overtime Epidemic in Startups
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False Assumptions That Perpetuate the Overtime Epidemic in Startups

Founders have a tendency to overextend themselves, and when they model this behavior for employees, they create a perfect storm of stress and burnout for their team.
Maximize the Impact of Handwritten Notes With These 6 Tips
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Maximize the Impact of Handwritten Notes With These 6 Tips

Want to make an impression and differentiate yourself and your company? Do it in writing.
Before You Break Up With That Problem Customer, Go Down This List
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Before You Break Up With That Problem Customer, Go Down This List

Firing a client is a very serious decision that should not be taken lightly. So do these four things before it gets to that point.
To Build a Great Licensing Partnership, Discuss Expectations Early
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To Build a Great Licensing Partnership, Discuss Expectations Early

A brand license works best when the licensors and licensees understand what to expect from each other. Misunderstandings are frustrating and costly.
A Peek at the Startups in Disney's First-Ever Accelerator Program
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A Peek at the Startups in Disney's First-Ever Accelerator Program

Running the gamut from products for children to houses of high-tech, each winner will receive $120,000 in investment capital and mentoring from top Disney execs.
17 Ridiculous Questions Google Has Stopped Asking During Interviews
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17 Ridiculous Questions Google Has Stopped Asking During Interviews

Google often asks potential hires to think outside the box, but these interview questions are so absurd the tech company eventually banned them.
How to Recruit Salespeople Who Will Deliver Dramatic Returns
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How to Recruit Salespeople Who Will Deliver Dramatic Returns

These moneymakers are key players in boosting your bottom line. Here are five tips for finding them.
Lyft Is Hurrying to Catch Up With Uber
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Lyft Is Hurrying to Catch Up With Uber

Ridesharing technology companies are becoming fiercely competitive, chasing new territories and slashing their prices.
9 Questions to Ask Candidates' References
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9 Questions to Ask Candidates' References

Job seekers aim to present themselves in the best light. But the very people they offer to validate their claims might point to other useful information.
10 Steps for Hiring Your Next Rock Star
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10 Steps for Hiring Your Next Rock Star

The right person can help you launch your company to new heights. Is your hiring practice strategic, thorough and consistent?
How to Not Be Swamped When Sales Finally Begin Flooding In
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How to Not Be Swamped When Sales Finally Begin Flooding In

An abrupt spike in sales can rock a startup. Seven entrepreneurs who have been through it tell their stories.
Why Your 'To Do' List Is Failing You
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Why Your 'To Do' List Is Failing You

Instead of listing to-do's, try keeping a "done" list.
4 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump
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4 Ways to Beat the Summer Slump

Between summer vacations and the wanna-be-outside blues, summertime can be a productivity drag. Here are four ways to keep the summer slump at bay.
No Longer Hawkers, Modern Street Teams Can Help Build Your Online Presence
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No Longer Hawkers, Modern Street Teams Can Help Build Your Online Presence

There's nothing like a real live person to greet and assist customers upon arrival to your location.
Instead of Hoping Your Startup Will Be Acquired, Maybe You Should Be Acquiring
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Instead of Hoping Your Startup Will Be Acquired, Maybe You Should Be Acquiring

Even when a company is small, it can grow in a hurry by acquiring a compatible company that is even smaller.
How You, the Local Business Owner, Can Take on Amazon
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How You, the Local Business Owner, Can Take on Amazon

You can slay the online giant (somewhat) -- by doing these eight things consistently.
Open Carry Controversy: Businesses' New Rock and a Hard Place
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Open Carry Controversy: Businesses' New Rock and a Hard Place

Before your company takes a side on a controversial issue, consider these three things.
Hook New Customers With an Online 'Hopeful Greeting'
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Hook New Customers With an Online 'Hopeful Greeting'

To get ahead of the competition, your attention should be focused on making a great first impression, then building positive reviews and testimonials.
How Companies Can Leverage Influence to Create Trust
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How Companies Can Leverage Influence to Create Trust

The online world is a crowded space for brands – all vying for your attention (and money). With some companies turning to a rewards program to gain trust, others are using their influence.
New Study Dismantles Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hour Rule
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New Study Dismantles Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hour Rule

The principle that 10,000 hours of 'deliberate practice' are needed to become world-class in any field may not be what it seems.
The 5 Things Gen Y Really Cares About in a Job
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The 5 Things Gen Y Really Cares About in a Job

Millennials crave purpose, growth and connection, and it has to be real.
How Fair Trade Went From a Crazy Coffee Concept to a Global Sustainability Trend
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How Fair Trade Went From a Crazy Coffee Concept to a Global Sustainability Trend

When Paul Rice initially brought his idea for Fair Trade certified products to suppliers in the U.S., they either met him with intense skepticism or rejected him outright. Today, his model is flourishing.
Iterate or Eliminate? When You Need to Go Back to the Drawing Board.
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Iterate or Eliminate? When You Need to Go Back to the Drawing Board.

When do you stick with an idea, and when do you eliminate it altogether? As an entrepreneur, this can be a life-or-death decision for your startup.
Choices Can Become Overwhelming, So Make It Easier for Customers
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Choices Can Become Overwhelming, So Make It Easier for Customers

Use these strategies to increase click-through rates and purchases when presenting choices.
3 Questions Every Business Owner Needs to Ask Themselves In July
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3 Questions Every Business Owner Needs to Ask Themselves In July

With summer in full swing and the start of the third quarter, it's time to take an honest look at your progress.
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