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5 Ways Business Owners Scare Their Employees

5 Ways Business Owners Scare Their Employees

Whether you know it or not, being a business owner also requires being a leader – especially if you have employees. If you don’t display good leadership skills, you won’t get the most from your employees, and your business will suffer. Despite good intentions, many business owners and managers unknowingly strike fear into employees simply […]

4 Technology Keys to Guiltless Getaways

4 Technology Keys to Guiltless Getaways

It’s an ongoing dilemma for millions of business owners: How to take vacations or other time off and still keep business on track. Not only do Americans take far fewer vacations than workers in other countries (hundreds of millions of vacation days go unused in the U.S. annually), but studies show that business owners take […]

12 Tips for Naming a Business, Brand or Product

12 Tips for Naming a Business, Brand or Product

When it comes to finding a great name for a business, brand, product or service, it really comes down to this:  A good name should make someone smile or nod, not scratch their head in confusion. But this notion, mind you, is not universally held. Many businesses – and the branding agencies they hire to […]

8 Keys to Re-energizing Your Business

8 Keys to Re-energizing Your Business

It’s a tough world out there. Customers are demanding more. Competition is keen – sometimes from unexpected places. Your business must work harder and smarter to improve profits. And on top of it all, there always seem to be new taxes and regulations to deal with. Sometimes however (not that this includes you, of course), […]

How to Hire Teens While Staying Sane and Legal

How to Hire Teens While Staying Sane and Legal

Soon, teenagers by the millions will be seeking summer jobs – the vast majority at small businesses coast to coast. An estimated 18 million U.S. teens will work this year, one of the highest totals in the developed world. Speaking as a parent of teens, this is a good thing.  But in its song Teenagers, the […]

6 Lessons on Becoming a High Impact Business

6 Lessons on Becoming a High Impact Business

Uncle Sam wanted to know:  What kinds of companies are America’s true growth generators? Is it corporate giants like Apple, Amazon or GE? Is it startups? Is it relative newbies such as Facebook. After some exhaustive research, the answer was clear: “None of the above.” As it turns out, the real economic spark plugs in […]

The 10 Bookkeeping Basics You Can’t Ignore

The 10 Bookkeeping Basics You Can’t Ignore

Millions of business owners and startup entrepreneurs are masters at creating great products and services, building awesome teams and winning over customers. Many of them, however, would probably flunk basic bookkeeping. But if you don’t understand the different types of “accounts” your bookkeeper uses to organize your finances, measuring the success (or failure) of your […]

4 Reasons to Ban the Yearend Bonus

4 Reasons to Ban the Yearend Bonus

Sure, nobody wants to be labeled a Scrooge. But if you’re among the roughly 50% of U.S. businesses (and shrinking) that still offer traditional yearend bonuses, it might be time to join the 21st century – and plan for something different in 2013. Too many small business bonus plans operate on autopilot, under “conventional wisdom” […]

Why Google AuthorRank is a Game Changer

Why Google AuthorRank is a Game Changer

The arrival of Google AuthorRank, and its cousin Google Authorship, reorders the digital universe in a way that can send digital importance and social influence soaring for business owners, journalists, writers, bloggers, entrepreneurs and executives active in social media. Authorship and AuthorRank are part of a new and rapidly evolving Google initiative with immediate game-changing […]

8 Places to Find Your own Free Business Mentor

8 Places to Find Your own Free Business Mentor

No matter what type of business or startup you run, having a “mentor” to help guide you can increase your odds of success, big time. Having a wise, loyal advisor – especially one who’s “been-there, done-that” – is like money in the bank. Mentors can’t make decisions for you.  That’s your job.  But their expertise […]