Lean business practices

The Surprising Ways a Distributed Team Can Help Your Company Succeed

Arielle | February 10th, 2016

I love working with people from around the world and truly believe that distributed teams provide huge benefits for small businesses and startups. I’m not alone to think so – according to a study updated in September 2015, the number of people working remotely risen 103% in the past year. Still, even as the number […]

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Your Small Business Will Not Succeed Unless You Build a Strong Brand

Ross | February 8th, 2016

A brand is the sum total of the experiences your customers and potential customers have with your company. Your brand lives in everyday interactions with customers and prospective customers, the images you share, your company website, the content of your marketing materials, and in your posts on social networks. Today, no company can control all […]

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The Science of Productivity and Happiness: Why Your Office is Hurting Your Company

Arielle | January 27th, 2016

Working in a cubicle is my worst nightmare. The idea of being confined in such a small space with little variation for many hours a day sounds unbelievably boring. Thankfully, I am fortunate to work in an open, flexible environment. Unfortunately, most offices aren’t built with our well-being in mind (or for getting actual work […]

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8 Smart and Practical Ways To Increase Your Small Business Profits

Ross | January 18th, 2016

Every small business owner has a lot to do but little time to accomplish everything. In the long run, successful small businesses find ways to improve their profitability (the amount of money remaining after all business expenses are paid). But short of raising prices and alienating customers, it’s not always easy for a small business […]

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Three Awesome Tools for Small Businesses and Startups

Arielle | January 13th, 2016

It’s not easy to start and run a successful business. After all, business owners must manage many different things and wear different hats in operating their business. From developing products and services to hiring to payroll, owners have a lot on their plates! Fortunately, there are some terrific mobile and web tools that entrepreneurs and […]

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The Logo Store Nightmare: Ready Made Logos Harm Your Business

Ross | January 11th, 2016

You might be tempted to buy a “ready-made”, generic logo you found at an online logo store. After all, it costs only $99 and you can personalize it with your business name. Don’t do it. A custom logo design for your business is an important part of creating a brand identity. The best logo designs […]

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The Insider’s Guide To Great Customer Service

Keri | December 9th, 2015

As consumers, we regularly measure our experiences by the quality of a company’s products, services, and customer service. Ironically, many companies forget that customer service often reflects how the world views their business. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been stuck on the phone with a company for what seems like an eternity, […]

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Five Strategies To Help You Succeed In Business Meetings

Ross | November 16th, 2015

I do not love meetings. They typically take far more time than necessary, involve more people than necessary, and often lead to more meetings. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to run a successful company and not meet  with your team. After all, meetings can help resolve problems that could otherwise take too long or be too difficult […]

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Lean Business Tips: Marketing Channels on the Cheap

Mike | July 13th, 2015

Startups and small businesses face a steep learning curve when it comes to online marketing. The options are rich, the ROI can be cruel, the capacity investment can be significant, and the results can often be questionable. At crowdSPRING we have experimented with virtually every online marketing strategy and tactic available, often with negative results. The […]

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Lean Business: Unleashing the (task) Force

Mike | January 26th, 2015

When I think about the word “taskforce,” what comes to mind is a small group of people charged with accomplishing a specific duty or chore. However, it’s when I looked more closely at the word, in its component parts, that an insight began to take form. A task is an activity that is to be accomplished within a defined […]

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