Small business

Small business Congress-watch: Three Pending Bills and Why They Matter

Mike | February 24th, 2014

I have written occasionally about legislation in Congress and how it impacts small businesses and startups, and three proposed laws have recently caught my attention. Congress makes a lot of noise about the importance of small businesses to our society, but their track record over the past few years has been abysmal, at best. Proposals […]

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5 Smart Ways To Do A Better Job In 2014

Ross | February 18th, 2014

Doing great work in a job you love increases your happiness and personal satisfaction. I’ve written previously on this topic, including Seven Habits of Highly Effective Employees. Many people, especially after their annual reviews, resolve to do a better job “next year”. But a broad resolution to do better rarely helps unless you take specific […]

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Body Language, Non-Verbal Cues, and Small Business

Mike | February 17th, 2014

In high-stakes poker games it is not uncommon for the players to wear dark shades to hide their eyes from the others at the table. Players at the highest level of the game are skilled at reading the competition’s “tell” and using this to their advantage. The very best poker players rely on their skills and […]

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Word Science: How To Influence Others To Share More Of Your Content

Ross | February 11th, 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve read hundreds of posts and articles about content marketing. That’s not a coincidence. Content marketing can be a powerful tool to help grow your business. But even the best marketers sometimes struggle to come up with consistently good content for their blog posts, whitepapers, social media posts, […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Slopestyle

Mike | February 10th, 2014

The opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is a great opportunity to think about competition, performance, and creativity. Winter athletes dazzle us with their skill and endurance, and amaze us with their ability to perform under intense pressure. This isn’t the first time I have written about the Olympics, but  the debut of a new […]

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You Can’t Beat Habit

Mike | February 3rd, 2014

I am a complex and ever-changing creature of habit. I wake up every work-day morning at 530am, am at the computer drinking my morning coffee and answering emails before 6,  starting to think seriously about lunch (and aware of gnawing stomach) at 1130, yawning for afternoon coffee at 3pm, and heading home for dinner and […]

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Small Business and Startups: 5 Tips For Keeping the Books

Mike | January 27th, 2014

The first quarter of the business year is a great time to put in place or review your accounting and bookkeeping systems. Every entrepreneur needs to have a bit of the comptroller in their personality, but relatively few have the skills or patience to learn them. Enter the accounting team: you, your bookkeeper, your CPA, […]

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Small Business and Startups: Managing the I, You, We

Mike | January 20th, 2014

The smallest of small businesses are operated by one or two people, and are wildly efficient. When one are operating a business out of your kitchen or spare bedroom, she tends to be master of all domains, have everything within reach, and gets done whatever it is that needs to be done. However, as soon […]

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Four Important Small Business Insights – Marketing in 2014

Ross | January 14th, 2014

A new 2014 State of Marketing Report from ExactTarget presents the results of a survey taken by approximately 2,000 marketing managers. The report contains four important insights for small businesses and startups: 1. Social remains an interesting but unproven channel. Forty-six percent of marketers claim that social is core to their business, but only 34 […]

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Small Business and Startups: Thinking About Business Plans (again)

Mike | January 13th, 2014

I am thinking about starting a new business and beginning to focus on planning, financing, marketing, launching and operating the thing. I have already done a fair amount of market research and determined that there is a demand for it, created a spreadsheet with financial projections that I am confident in, put together a bunch of […]

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