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Spend More Time Having Summer Fun

Summer is in full swing, and it’s time for fun in the sun… unless you are bombarded with work and stuck behind your desk! If this is the case, it’s time to review your workload and start outsourcing. Here are a few questions to answer and help you get started: What are you spending your [...]

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Small Business Grants

Finding Small Business Grants in 5 Steps       In need of  Small Business Grants? We will shed some light and hopefully help you gain some great insight on obtaining a Grant for your Business. For anyone thinking of starting a small business, the biggest concern is always how to find funding for the [...]

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Are You Using SEO Content to Your Advantage?

Content Strategy and You In today’s competitive, business world, content is a large part of marketing and gaining new customers. But if you are busy like most entrepreneurs you may fall into one of the following categories… Do you: Have lots of content but don’t know what to do with it? Write and post content [...]

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Your Bank Balance Is Not Your Cash Flow

Unearned Revenue is revenue that the company has received in advance of providing the goods or services. Some companies require customer deposits and/or advanced progress payments prior to beginning or completing the sale. Accounting dictates that revenue is only recognized once the sale is complete; therefore, the money collected through deposits and/or advance payments is [...]

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A Sales Managers Checklist

If the company has the internal structure to provide formalized sales training (or the money to invest in outside consultants), the company can afford to hire inexperienced sales people. One advantage to this approach is the ability to train “fresh” employees to adapt to the company’s unique culture and processes. However, if the owners and/or [...]

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Competitive Advantage

3 Ways to Boost Buzz for Your New, Business Investment

How are you boosting buzz for your new, business investment? It’s more than sending out an SEO press release Whether you are a venture capitalist, angel investor or entreprenur, you’ve spent long hours developing, researching and investing in a new business. Now, it’s time to tell the world about your products and services and start [...]

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Keeping The Brand Fresh – Apple Improves Its Shelf Life

Apple Tunes in on its Core Strengths When it comes down to it, brands are built on one of two foundations… their products/services or their strengths/attributes. Most startups, in a rush to go to market, unwittingly choose the former, wrapping their company identity tightly around their (then) current products. While doing this has short term [...]

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Top 7 Things To Do When You Can’t Get Motivated

A few years ago, I had a business partner who simply couldn’t make himself get things done. He told me he had the best intentions but simply couldn’t make himself do the things on his to-do list. At the time, I didn’t have much empathy. We were under deadline and I could not at all [...]

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Strategic Conversations: Maximizing Your Impact

In our fast-changing world, leaders are increasingly confronted by messy, multifaceted challenges that require collaboration to resolve. But the standard methods for tackling these challenges — meetings packed with data-drenched presentations or brainstorming sessions that circle back to nowhere — just don’t deliver. Great strategic conversations generate breakthrough insights by combining the best ideas of [...]

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How to Give Your Customers What They Want

Grow your business by giving your customers exactly what they want!  If you are a small business owner, you know how difficult it can be to compete. You not only have competition on a local level, but you may be struggling to win new clients from large, national corporations as well. Being an entrepreneur is [...]

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Five Reasons Companies Fail on Execution

Most organizations fail on strategy execution, not formation. Setting unrealistic expectations, including initiatives, measurements and milestones is one of the major causes of failure. The remaining most common reasons for failure are: lack of discipline and planning, rigidity- not allotting for situational shifts, lack of understanding and lack of buy-in or company-wide implementation. Lack of [...]

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StartupNation Radio Blog

Jeff Sloan Weighs In On the June 28th Radio Show

This past weekend’s show focused on how entrepreneurs are figuring out a way to break out in highly competitive, firmly entrenched business sectors. We had the privilege of interviewing two such entrepreneurs who are breaking big with their startup businesses. The first was Jason Raznick of Benzinga. They provide financial information to, as Jason put [...]

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Small Business Success | Company Performance

Why You Should NOT Hire Content Strategists

Did you know these 5 things can happen when it comes to content strategy? You are bombarded with work. There are looming deadlines, big meetings, employees, and phone calls to manage. Plus, you need to be home in time to attend a family softball game, sneak in a workout, take out the garbage, and prepare [...]

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5 Tips For Chasing Late Invoices From Valued Clients

Every business wants its invoices paid in good time or at least within the scope of terms agreed ahead of work being undertaken or services being provided. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. In fact, chasing unpaid invoices can often come to feel like a full time job in itself for small business bosses and freelance [...]

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StartupNation Radio Blog

Important Takeaway from Home-Based Hits Radio Show

  This past week’s StartupNation Radio show focused on home-based businesses. We covered a lot of the pros and cons of starting and operating a business at home, and interviewed several successful entrepreneurs who all started in their homes and have gone on to great success. Most illuminating for me however was the realization that [...]

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How do you define success?

  How do you define success?  Success is all about having the right mindset. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of a dozen quotes about success from some of history’s most successful people and one inspirational movie character. Together they paint a clear picture of the mindset they had when achieving their success.   “Success is going from failure [...]

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