5 Ways Cloud Technology Can Strengthen Your Business

If you haven’t already noticed, the workplace has changed dramatically over the last decade or so. Nowadays businesses are utilizing entirely different processes and leveraging non-traditional business structures to get things done. Thanks to advances in technology, business owners and up and coming entrepreneurs are now equipped with a whole range of options that can help them to effectively cut overhead business costs and streamline their company’s workflow at the same time....more

Even the Girl Scouts are Going Mobile. Is Your Small Biz Keeping Pace?

Craving a box of Thin Mints but you don't have any cash?  Not to worry.  The Girl Scout ringing your doorbell most likely is prepared to take your credit card via a mobile payment system....more

Kick Your Business Into High Gear: Capture a Big Elephant

The economy is beginning to show signs of recovery; however, small businesses continue to shy away from expansion plans.  If your company is struggling to simply maintain your current level of business, a new report finds that landing a big elephant customer may be your ticket to success....more

How to Hire the Best Interns

As businesses get closer to the summer months and look into adding more hands on deck, many of these hands will belong to students taking on a summertime internship. Putting out the job listing on college boards and career sites will undoubtedly result in plenty of resumes submitted your way, but how do you decide who to hire in a sea of qualified applicants? Keep the following tips in mind when it comes to hiring, and keeping, the best interns for your team.Create multiple positions....more

Number One Reason Businesses Fail, Top Three Reasons Businesses Succeed

Nearly half of all small businesses fail within the first two years of operation. The number one reason for business failure is inadequate planning. The second reason is under-capitalization.So before you mortgage your house, or go into debt financing your business, you need to know if your business is going to do more than survive — you want to know if it’s good enough to thrive!Here are three things successful businesses that have stayed in business for five years or longer have in common:...more

How to Create Videos to Market Your Services

Video marketing is the next best thing to being there "live" with someone. It is a crucial tool for small business owners to market their services. Here is a great how-to from Karyn Greenstreet with 8 solid tips (born from the author's first great video adventure) to help you do it right. ...more
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Being Good Isn't Good Enough

When I went to law school, I studied for hours to make sure I graduated in the top of my class.  But my law license is no different than my classmates who graduated in the lower third. They did what was needed to pass and nothing more.  They got the product they wanted -- a law degree -- and for them, that was good enough....more

Are You Diluting Your Message & Brand?

Many business owners sell more than one thing. It's one way to diversify a small service based business. Yet if you try to convey everything you sell to someone you sound like someone who offers financially planning, coaching, massage, ear candling, and basketweaving. Your brand and message is diluted at best and you appear untrustworthy and wacky at worst. What do you do? Read this post from Linda Daley at "Work Better, Not Harder" and see how not to dilute your message. ...more

What a Business Needs to Do to Qualify as a Foreign Corporation

When success strikes for a business, it’s only natural to want to continue taking the company to new heights whether that means adding on more employees, including fun company perks, or doing business in a new state. But how does a corporation legally conduct business in one state when it is incorporated in another? The answer is that the business needs to qualify (or register, depending on the state) as a foreign corporation.So what does a business need to do to qualify as a foreign corporation?...more

The Advantages of Tablets for Small Business Owners

In today's ever more complicated tech world, the options for small business owners seems to grow exponentially from month to month. With so many new options on the market, it can be difficult to keep track of them all. Recently, tablets have risen in popularity to become serious competition for traditional laptop users. There are pros and cons to both laptops and tablets, but for moms who own small businesses, tablets provide a wealth of advantages over traditional laptops....more