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Trends might hold opportunity for small business

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“I don’t set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them.” Dick Clark Because we work with business owners, we like to keep an eye on trends that might affect them. This is especially true in times of uncertain economy, when businesses might need to adjust their product or service offerings to… Continue Reading Trends might hold opportunity for small business

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A look at the impact of outsourcing — part 2

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If you think outsourcing will never impact your business, you’re essentially sticking your head in the sand. Outsourcing can potentially help your business, harm it, or both. You need to be informed so that you can benefit from using it, or protect yourself by creating strategies to compete against it. Outsourcing is a double-edged sword… Continue Reading A look at the impact of outsourcing — part 2

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A look at the impact of outsourcing — Part 1

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Outsourcing is a subject that often creates strong emotions and, perhaps, justifiably so. For many people, the word conjures mental images of U.S. companies closing their doors, and lost jobs as company operations have been moved overseas. But outsourcing can also be a positive concept that aids American companies and workers. World events and technology… Continue Reading A look at the impact of outsourcing — Part 1

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Anyone who has been in business for any period of time knows you can’t tackle everything yourself. Sometimes you just need some help. But let’s face it, asking for help can be tough. You might be a “private person” and not want to tell someone outside your business about the issues it’s having. Maybe you’ve… Continue Reading Asking for help can be tough for small business owners

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Consider these types of business owners: One is dynamite at cold calling. While most cringe at the thought, he loves it and has a high success rate. Another is a whiz at designing and engineering new products that can solve customers’ needs. One is a master at networking. She uses her skills to connect with… Continue Reading Want to be successful in business? Tap into your greatness

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Take steps to be more productive

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Would you like to be more productive? Most likely you would. In fact, we can’t recall ever discussing this issue with a business owner who didn’t wish he or she could find ways to be more productive. Ways to get more done in a day, have more time off, or have more time to just… Continue Reading Take steps to be more productive

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Many business owners have had to tighten their belts in the past few years and bootstrapping has become a hot topic. In fact, a Google search of the phrase “business bootstrap” showed more than 3 million entries. For those of you who didn’t grow up hearing about people “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps,” the… Continue Reading In hard times, bootstrap to conserve your cash

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I think about “it” every day, but I just can’t seem to get “it” done. I know how important “it” is to my business, but I just can’t seem to get around to “it.” I feel stressed because “it” is hanging over my head. If you’re like most business owners, you’ve got an “It.” We… Continue Reading There are different ways to go about getting “It” done

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Unless you live under a rock, you’re familiar with social media. Everywhere you turn, people are LinkedIn, Facebooked, Twittered and blogged. Virtually anyone involved with modern marketing will tell you it’s a must-do for business. But is it? Clients frequently ask what they should be doing in this area and the answer is almost always… Continue Reading Social media a big help or monumental waste of time?

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Take care when taking on a partner

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“Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.” — Jack Benny. A terrific life partner is a beautiful thing and that’s also true of business partnerships. The challenges are also pretty much the same — making sure you’re actually getting a great partner… Continue Reading Take care when taking on a partner

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