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10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Webmaster

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Webmaster

What you need to know when looking for the right person to design and maintain your website.
Woo Loyal Customers for Life With 4 Winning Ways

Woo Loyal Customers for Life With 4 Winning Ways

Convert engaged shoppers into lifelong ambassadors for your brand
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Getting Started

What All Great Business Ideas Share

What All Great Business Ideas Share

Successful businesses are built on ideas that anticipate needs, fill real gaps and can withstand ...
The One Basic Skill Every Startup CEO Needs

The One Basic Skill Every Startup CEO Needs

When it comes to getting the word out about your business, startups need this one skill to get no...
The 9 P's to Prepare for Pitching Panic

The 9 P's to Prepare for Pitching Panic

Pitching to investors is part of the game. Yet, for many entrepreneurs getting up and presenting ...
How to Turn Negativity Into Creativity

How to Turn Negativity Into Creativity

Novelty is often met with resistance. Here's how thought leaders like Steve Jobs were able to use...
5 Steps to Conquering Public-Speaking Anxiety

5 Steps to Conquering Public-Speaking Anxiety

People most likely to suffer from speaking anxiety are those who care most about their careers. T...
4 Lessons I Wish I Learned Before Going Public

4 Lessons I Wish I Learned Before Going Public

Wix chief executive talks about life at a startup on the way to a big milestone.
How to Get Your Startup's Technology Up and Running Today

How to Get Your Startup's Technology Up and Running Today

Thanks to cloud computing, you can be in business faster than it takes for the cable company to i...
The Worst Business Plan Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

The Worst Business Plan Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

If you think you can just hire someone else to do the dirty work of writing your business plan, t...
5 Places Your Great Ideas Are Hiding And How to Set Them Free

5 Places Your Great Ideas Are Hiding And How to Set Them Free

Business ideas are buzzing all around you. It's just a matter of knowing where to look and how to...
3 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

3 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

Operating as a lean startup has its advantages, but you still need a roadmap to success. That's w...
The Biggest Business Challenge: Your Insecurity?

The Biggest Business Challenge: Your Insecurity?

Shark Tank star and angel investor Barbara Corcoran on how she deals with her own inner critic.
How to Stop Making Excuses and Run With Your Business Idea

How to Stop Making Excuses and Run With Your Business Idea

There will never be a "perfect" time to start your business, so why not start now?
How to Build an Advisory Board

How to Build an Advisory Board

Why you should consider building an advisory team alongside your business plan -- and how to get ...
Taking on Risk, Embracing Rejection and Other Startup Lessons From the Trenches

Taking on Risk, Embracing Rejection and Other Startup Lessons From the Trenches

What you can learn from the most successful entrepreneurs when faced with these common startup ch...
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.
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 successf...

Money Matters

4 Ways to Be a Frugal CEO

4 Ways to Be a Frugal CEO

How to save on items that can quickly deplete a startup's bank account.
How to Build Great Credit for Your Fledgling Startup

How to Build Great Credit for Your Fledgling Startup

Young entrepreneurs have the challenge of raising funds on little to no credit history. Here's ho...
What Your Banker Isn't Telling You

What Your Banker Isn't Telling You

Understanding how bankers work with small-business owners will help you make the most of your rel...
Your Secret Weapon in Sales? The Phone

Your Secret Weapon in Sales? The Phone

If you're only using email and Twitter to reach new clients, you could be getting lost in the cro...
3 Steps to Close the Deal

3 Steps to Close the Deal

You've had your meetings. You've submitted your proposals. No answer yet? Here's how to take cont...
How to Talk Money With a Sales Prospect

How to Talk Money With a Sales Prospect

It's always a challenge to bring up the subject of fees with a potential new customer. Marketing ...
How to Get Customers to Pay Up

How to Get Customers to Pay Up

Got a foot-dragging client who's late on sending a check? Follow these three tips to make sure yo...
How to Fix a Cash-Flow Emergency

How to Fix a Cash-Flow Emergency

Here are three quick tips to help keep your company afloat when you're waiting for money to come in.
Accounting 101 for a Growing Business

Accounting 101 for a Growing Business

Tax expert Mark Kohler offers tips on keeping track of your company's finances.
Can You Afford to Quit Your Day Job?

Can You Afford to Quit Your Day Job?

How to determine if you can afford to work on your startup full-time.
Barbara Corcoran on How to Win Over the 'Crowd'

Barbara Corcoran on How to Win Over the 'Crowd'

The Corcoran Group founder answers an entrepreneur's question about what works on crowdfunding si...
Barbara Corcoran on Two Things Investors Look For

Barbara Corcoran on Two Things Investors Look For

The Shark Tank investor describes exactly what she looks for when entrepreneurs pitch to her.

Branding/Marketing

7 Steps to Launching a Successful Twitter Chat

7 Steps to Launching a Successful Twitter Chat

Twitter chats are fun, educational and a great way to strengthen your brand. Like many things, yo...
3 Ways to Get Graphics for Your Website

3 Ways to Get Graphics for Your Website

Should you create site graphics yourself, buy it or use free artwork? Find out which method might...
Boost Sales With These 7 Social Media Steps

Boost Sales With These 7 Social Media Steps

After you get started, here is what you should do to build your brand online.
How to Seamlessly Include Keywords in Your Web Content

How to Seamlessly Include Keywords in Your Web Content

These expert tips can help you write site content that's SEO- and user-friendly.
A Social Media Makeover in Just 7 Days

A Social Media Makeover in Just 7 Days

Revamp your online presence in one week.
PR Lessons for Bridge Scandal-Hit Chris Christie

PR Lessons for Bridge Scandal-Hit Chris Christie

As the New Jersey governor deals with the political fallout, here are some almost-PR disasters an...
Simplify Your SEO Program With These 5 Strategies

Simplify Your SEO Program With These 5 Strategies

Don't let algorithm changes stop your site from getting traffic. How are some things to keep in m...
8 Steps to Make Customers Love Your Brand

8 Steps to Make Customers Love Your Brand

Just like with a romantic relationship, the courtship can never end.

12 Strategies for Promoting Your YouTube Videos

Want to get the word out about your YouTube videos? Review these quick tips.
Your Blog's Secret Weapon: Old Content

Your Blog's Secret Weapon: Old Content

Some useful ideas for maximizing the value of the content that already exists on your website.
10 Questions to Ask When Measuring Your Social Media ROI

10 Questions to Ask When Measuring Your Social Media ROI

Expert advice on how to gauge the success of your social media marketing efforts.
Promoting Your Business Through Personal Posts

Promoting Your Business Through Personal Posts

Branding guru Jason Seiden pushes for social media with a work-life blend.
5 Lessons About Blogging You Can Learn From BuzzFeed

5 Lessons About Blogging You Can Learn From BuzzFeed

Put these tips to action to generate more buzz for your own company blog.
Twitter Creates Custom Timelines

Twitter Creates Custom Timelines

New feature allows users and brands to create specific timelines around topics of their choosing.
3 Ingredients to Building a Digital Brand From Scratch

3 Ingredients to Building a Digital Brand From Scratch

You can create a digital brand with very little resources. One entrepreneur focused on three stra...
7 Ways to Get the Press Coverage You Want

7 Ways to Get the Press Coverage You Want

Swamping journalists with an endless stream of press releases won't get you the coverage you want...
How to Customize Your YouTube Channel

How to Customize Your YouTube Channel

You don't want your YouTube channel to look barren and boring -- these tips will help you add ele...
Chobani's Secret to Making Customers Feel Like Family

Chobani's Secret to Making Customers Feel Like Family

Branding your business starts from the inside out. Here are four ways to build a brand your custo...
10 Common Google AdWords Mistakes You Need to Stop Making -- Now

10 Common Google AdWords Mistakes You Need to Stop Making -- Now

Using AdWords can be an effective way to drive traffic to your site. But a poorly managed campaig...
How to Build a Business Plan For Your Personal Brand

How to Build a Business Plan For Your Personal Brand

Your company branding deserves a business plan, so why not your personal branding? Here's how to ...
Why Every Personal Brand Needs a Target Audience

Why Every Personal Brand Needs a Target Audience

You are your brand. Your personal and professional connections are your customers. Here's how to ...
4 Steps to Building A Profitable Digital Newsletter

4 Steps to Building A Profitable Digital Newsletter

Find the right market, target your approach and you can make a living off your digital newsletter...
How to Spread the Word Through Content Marketing

How to Spread the Word Through Content Marketing

Five tips for getting your online content marketing message right.
Networking Strategies for People Who Hate Networking

Networking Strategies for People Who Hate Networking

Three quick tips to make real connections in business -- and take the nervousness out of networking.
Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Pinterest for Branding

Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Pinterest for Branding

Marketing expert Karen Leland offers quick tips on using Pinterest for your business.
New to Digital Marketing? How to Keep 'Face Time' With Customers

New to Digital Marketing? How to Keep 'Face Time' With Customers

Expert Jason Falls answers a business owner's question on how to maintain that personal connectio...
3 Tips for Branding Your Growing Business

3 Tips for Branding Your Growing Business

Expert Erika Napoletano offers advice on how to get your customers to see your business as the so...
Finding Your Marketing Competitive Advantage

Finding Your Marketing Competitive Advantage

To craft a marketing strategy that brings in the business, you've got to home in on the problems ...
How to Design a Marketing Strategy

How to Design a Marketing Strategy

The business world may be complex, but your marketing strategy doesn't have to be. Use the answer...
The Key to Successful Marketing: Your Unique Selling Proposition

The Key to Successful Marketing: Your Unique Selling Proposition

How to create a simple, compelling value statement that your customers can't resist.

Management

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Webmaster

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Webmaster

What you need to know when looking for the right person to design and maintain your website.
Clocking It: Time Management That Rocks

Clocking It: Time Management That Rocks

Scoring hidden minutes and efficiently using them are critical to an entrepreneur's success
4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Ensure They Get Their Z's

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Ensure They Get Their Z's

For entrepreneurs to give 110 percent, they need to get adequate sleep.
How to Stay Respected Through Your Next Meltdown

How to Stay Respected Through Your Next Meltdown

While entrepreneurs may make the world go around, it isn't always easy running the show. Here are...
Ditch the Checklist, Productivity is Not About Numbers

Ditch the Checklist, Productivity is Not About Numbers

Getting things done is all about focusing on the task at hand.
Stop Having the Same Conversation Again and Again

Stop Having the Same Conversation Again and Again

We show you how to break the bad communication habits that drive you (and your staff) crazy.
Got 5 Minutes and a Smartphone? Do These 5 Things to Boost Your Business

Got 5 Minutes and a Smartphone? Do These 5 Things to Boost Your Business

Smartphones aren't just for time-sucking activities like Candy Crush or Angry Birds. Entrepreneur...
Trouble in Paradise? How to Reignite Customers' Interest in Loyalty Programs.

Trouble in Paradise? How to Reignite Customers' Interest in Loyalty Programs.

Companies shouldn't take advantage of consumers who trust them with their personal information.
Prepping for Obamacare? Why Not Every Business Should Shift to Part-Timers.

Prepping for Obamacare? Why Not Every Business Should Shift to Part-Timers.

If you're thinking of shifting your workforce to part-timers, ask yourself these questions first.
Steer Clear of Burnout With These 5 Tips

Steer Clear of Burnout With These 5 Tips

Stay sane and de-stress with these strategies to keep burnout at bay.
Read This Before Your Next Hard Conversation

Read This Before Your Next Hard Conversation

Great communication requires courage to say what needs to be said. We outline the strategies for ...
Resolve Differences and Keep Everyone (Sort of) Happy

Resolve Differences and Keep Everyone (Sort of) Happy

When things get heated, these four tips can help you and your staff deal with conflict.
Is it Time to Give Up? How to Know for Sure.

Is it Time to Give Up? How to Know for Sure.

You've worked hard, but it might be time to take what you've learned and use those lessons to fue...
To Boost Innovation, Reboot Your Conversations

To Boost Innovation, Reboot Your Conversations

Your staffers have great ideas to improve your company that they aren't sharing with you. Tweak h...
How to Become an Authority Online in 8 Simple Steps (Video)

How to Become an Authority Online in 8 Simple Steps (Video)

Consider these tips for standing out online as a go-to resource in your industry.
Raise Your Conversational IQ

Raise Your Conversational IQ

These conversational scenarios will help you have mindful communication that furthers personal an...
Difficult Conversations: What Not to Say

Difficult Conversations: What Not to Say

Avoid common pitfalls that can make hard conversations even harder.
A Realistic Digital Detox in 5 Easy Steps

A Realistic Digital Detox in 5 Easy Steps

It's no secret that technology can be both a safety blanket and an albatross. Here are easy and p...
How to Separate the Good Advice From the Bad

How to Separate the Good Advice From the Bad

Listen to the advice that resonates with you, and ignore the rest.
The Accident That Changed My Priorities: One Entrepreneur's Story

The Accident That Changed My Priorities: One Entrepreneur's Story

A freak accident was a wake-up call for this entrepreneur. She shares her story and how she learn...
5 Time Management Techniques Worth Using

5 Time Management Techniques Worth Using

There's no magic pill you can take to manage your time better. Instead, try implementing these fi...
The 80/20 Rule of Time Management: Stop Wasting Your Time

The 80/20 Rule of Time Management: Stop Wasting Your Time

Here's what you should do immediately in order to work more efficiently and start earning real pr...
3 Steps for Assembling a Startup Dream Team

3 Steps for Assembling a Startup Dream Team

You may have a great idea, but your company's fate depends in large part on the strength of your ...
3 Steps to Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive

3 Steps to Stop Being Busy and Start Being Productive

Busy and productive aren't the same there. Here's how to tell the difference and get more done ea...
10 Qualities Every Leader of The Future Needs to Have

10 Qualities Every Leader of The Future Needs to Have

Aggressive, result-driven leaders have long been considered the best entrepreneurs. But collabora...
4 Easy Steps to Never Sitting Through Another Pointless Meeting

4 Easy Steps to Never Sitting Through Another Pointless Meeting

Most people dread meetings, but they are a necessary tool to get things accomplished. Here's how ...
Why Your Employees Aren't Following You

Why Your Employees Aren't Following You

If you feel like your employees aren't standing behind you, here are eight reasons why.
3 Things on a Growing Company's Checklist

3 Things on a Growing Company's Checklist

Sure, it's easy to be loose with the rules as a startup. But once your company takes off, make su...
3 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Growing Business

3 Ways to Stay Connected to Your Growing Business

Quick tips to keep your finger on the pulse of your company as you grow beyond the startup phase.
How to Win Face-Time With Tough Prospects

How to Win Face-Time With Tough Prospects

Use these strategies to get in front of hard-to-reach potential clients and make a sale.
Maintaining Your Startup's Focus

Maintaining Your Startup's Focus

Too many passions can derail you. Find one that sticks.

Running & Growing

These 4 Personalities Make Up Your Startup 'Dream Team'

These 4 Personalities Make Up Your Startup 'Dream Team'

Learning the psychology of your hires can help you place them in their ideal roles.
Overwhelmed by Applicants, a Restaurant Turns to a Niche Job Site

Overwhelmed by Applicants, a Restaurant Turns to a Niche Job Site

After a mediocre experience with Craiglist, a French-Californian restaurant posts an ad on Poache...
3 Ways You Might Be Screwing Up Your LinkedIn Profile and How to Avoid Them

3 Ways You Might Be Screwing Up Your LinkedIn Profile and How to Avoid Them

Skip these first-impression shattering no-no's and craft a kickass LinkedIn profile instead.
Hiring: Why the Most Skilled Candidate Isn't Always the Right Candidate

Hiring: Why the Most Skilled Candidate Isn't Always the Right Candidate

Smart hiring looks beyond skillsets to find someone who will work well with your team and your wo...
5 Hiring Practices to Keep You Out of Hot Water With the IRS

5 Hiring Practices to Keep You Out of Hot Water With the IRS

Distinguishing between independent contractors and employees properly means covering all your bas...
De-Stress and Unwind With These 3 Free Relaxation Apps

De-Stress and Unwind With These 3 Free Relaxation Apps

From soothing music to helpful techniques for calming down, these apps can be handy for over work...
Lonely Entrepreneur? How to Build a Support System

Lonely Entrepreneur? How to Build a Support System

Starting a business can be an isolating experience. But there are a few ways to surround yourself...
How to Create a Company Culture That People Will Be Excited to Join

How to Create a Company Culture That People Will Be Excited to Join

Entrepreneurs are typically in the enviable position to be able to create a company culture of th...
How to Attract Top Candidates Without Posting to Job Boards

How to Attract Top Candidates Without Posting to Job Boards

Everyone else is flocking online to find new employees. Here are five ways you can uncover supers...
How to Hire Superstar Employees

How to Hire Superstar Employees

Making sure you hire the best employees -- and the right employees -- for your business isn't a m...
The 5 Employees Every Small Business Needs

The 5 Employees Every Small Business Needs

It's critical to make sure each employee fulfills the right role needed for your company's overal...
How to Start Off New Employees on the Right Foot

How to Start Off New Employees on the Right Foot

Don't just hire a great job candidate and ignore them. Instead, find out why getting them to offe...