Lean business practices

The Psychology of Hiring Great People

Arielle | May 18th, 2016

Building a great team is nearly always the key difference between the success or failure of a business. Each person we hire contributes to not only the development of the product, but also to the productivity of the team and overall company culture. When we make a bad hiring decision, we not only affect the […]

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Fight of Flight: The Science Of Business Success and Failure

Arielle | April 20th, 2016

According to Walter Cannon, a renowned physiologist, humans have two pre-programmed responses to stress: fight or flight. Cannon’s extensive research of people in stressful situations revealed two distinct patterns in how people chose to deal with stress. Some of the people he studied “fled” from stress, doing their best to avoid it in hopes of […]

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How The Cloud Is Reshaping Small Business Productivity And Profits

Arielle | March 30th, 2016

The business world changes frequently and quickly, making it difficult for small businesses and entrepreneurs to keep up with new trends. But if small business owners and entrepreneurs fail to keep up with these trends, they will be left behind in the dust as the technology, organization, and marketing techniques in their industries change. A […]

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5 Strategies To Increase Productivity In Open Offices

Ross | March 21st, 2016

More and more companies, especially startups, are adopting open office floor plans. Today, nearly 70% of all offices have open floor plans. Companies of all sizes see open offices as an opportunity to reduce real estate footprint and costs – you can put more people into an open layout. In fact, as more companies embrace […]

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4 Toxic Behaviors All Successful Leaders Avoid

Arielle | March 15th, 2016

The most successful entrepreneurs and business owners are good leaders. Notice I didn’t say good managers or bosses – good leaders. This is because good leaders are often good bosses. Good leaders know what has to be done and who should do it. They work to put their team in the best position to succeed. […]

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3 Steps to Becoming a Networking Ninja

Arielle | March 2nd, 2016

Ninjas are agile, fast, and efficient. Business networking is typically the exact opposite. It’s often slow, confused, and discombobulated. Yet, while many people avoid it, networking is one of the most important tools in a business owner’s toolkit. When we network, we increase our knowledge and opportunities, and we also amplify the messages we spread […]

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Small Business Customer Service Tips: The Art of the Short Reply

Keri | February 25th, 2016

When I first joined the customer support team at crowdSPRING, I was convinced that every customer or creative needed detailed replies; the next great American novel in email response form. More content means good customer service, right? Boy, was I wrong about that. Think about your own experiences as a customer. Would you rather save […]

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Busted or Confirmed? 3 Common Myths About Starting A Business

Arielle | February 17th, 2016

There are many myths about what it takes to start a business. Time and time again, experts in entrepreneurship and business (often with little to no operating experience of their own) offer formulaic advice on what startups must do to succeed. The truth is that there is no one way to “correctly” start a company. […]

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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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