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Business Mistakes

7 Mistakes To Avoid & Help Your Business Grow

Let’s face it: none of us are perfect. While we might have been smart enough to start a business, that doesn’t make us immune to making mistakes. But I always say, mistakes are in the eye of the beholder. You can hang your head in shame every time you make an error, or you can [...]

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Business Hero

5 Common Mistakes in Generating Leads

Lead generation starts with self-awareness: knowing what your company does best, and knowing which companies are the right fit for what you sell. There’s much to consider as you evaluate your sweet spot and determine which companies and players to pitch to. Make sure you do your homework and know your target organization’s structure and inner workings. Find the right internal partners with which to align yourself. Each new organization might call for a different pitching method. Once you figure that out, you can focus on building relationships, building trust, and eventually closing sales.

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How Getting Sued Helped HireAHelper Grow Its Business

It was 2008 and Mike Glanz, CEO and cofounder of HireAHelper, had just grabbed a quick lunch at the burger chain Carl’s Jr. The entrepreneur and recent college grad was busy growing a company that matched homeowners with moving companies when a man stopped him in the parking lot to deliver a package no business owner [...]

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online marketing trends

How Klooff Grew Its Facebook Following To 1.2M In 17 Days

Looking at cute animal photos on the Internet isn’t just fun, it’s good for your health and can boost your productivity, studies say. For Alejandro Russo, it’s also good business. In July 2011, he launched Klooff, the first user-generated online pet channel, where animal lovers can upload and share their favorite pictures. “Consuming pet content [...]

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Business Goals

Clearing the Entrepreneurial Brain Fog

Starting a business is an exciting, yet overwhelming time for entrepreneurs. Our days our long, rivaled only by our ever-growing to-do-lists. One minute we’re accomplishing the impossible. The next, we’re feeling overwhelmed and unproductive. The inevitable entrepreneurial brain fog creeps in, clouding our ability to think, produce, or create. It this has recently happened to [...]

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How Businesses Can Save Money with GPS Tracking Software

While GPS software for fleet tracking isn’t necessarily a new technology, advanced systems and features have been created that can truly help trucking businesses save money and increase efficiencies. Learn how these devices can make a difference when it comes to your business, and see if investing in advanced GPS tracking software is right for [...]

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Money Management

Ten Ways To Build A Company With Almost No Money

When I started my first company, I was 21 years old and still in college. I had absolutely no money. If I did have any money, it instantly got spent on beer. (Didn’t I just say I was a 21-year-old college student?) Fast-forward three short years, and I now run one of the top five [...]

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How to Start An Ecommerce Business Without Spending Any Money

When most people think about starting an ecommerce business, they have a vision of selling some amazing product that will enable them the freedom to work on something they truly enjoy. But despite early enthusiasm, sometimes they end up not taking action. So what happens to these people? They don’t have any idea of what [...]

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Cash Flow

How to Start a Business with No Money

In these times of tight bank credit, aspiring entrepreneurs may wonder how to start a business with no money. If you have a great idea, but worry about your lack of capital, there are a number of ways to begin your start-up business with little or no costs to you. But you will need to [...]

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Small Business Success | Company Performance

50 Side Businesses You Can Start On Your Own

In the past, I’ve discussed how it’s a good idea to spend your spare time dabbling in entrepreneurship: it fills your time with something that you choose (and thus you enjoy) and sets up a potential long-term revenue stream. I also discussed how I got a side business going myself. Since then, lots of readers have written to [...]

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How to Create a Customer Centric Culture

• Customer centric companies are more successful than those focused on products or profits. • Creating a customer centric culture requires the commitment of everyone involved: from management and through all departments. • Creating a customer centric culture must be coupled with cultivating that culture. Wouldn’t it be great if your startup could become the [...]

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Must-Have Paid Tools For SEO Success

In order to increase search rankings in SEO work, tools are a must. Whether you are working independently or for a firm, it is critical that you have the ability to measure your success; so having an appropriate toolbox for this line of work is essential. Many useful tools are free and open-sourced SEO tools, [...]

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Team Work

How To Inspire And Grow Your Team

Small ideas can quickly snowball into lucrative ventures. You might not think it now, but your business could be five steps ahead of your rivals in a few years’ time. However, getting to that stage is going to be tricky and you can’t do it alone. So how do you build a team you can [...]

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business strategy | business planning

Loosen Up Or Lose Out

There appears to be a gene that we entrepreneurs share, one that gives us a propensity to be control freaks. But unless we learn to delegate and relax our grip on things our businesses can only grow to a point. As a business grows, you must grow with it.

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