Start ups

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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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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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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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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Small business and the Affordable Care Act: It’s Here!

Mike | January 6th, 2014

About six months ago, I wrote in a post here reasons why Obamacare could prove helpful to small businesses and startups. This past summer the Supreme Court determined that the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (dba Obamacare) was indeed constitutional and could proceed to implementation. And, despite the god-awful rollout of the Healthcare.gov website, last week saw […]

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Breaking the Ice: Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Jay Leno

Mike | December 16th, 2013

This is the season of holiday parties, get-togethers, casual drinks with colleagues, and networking events galore. It is highly likely, nay inevitable, that you will find yourself at some event, chatting with somebody who you may not know well or may not even know at all. This is where your networking prowess should kick in, […]

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Small Business and Startups: End-of-Year Mishegoss, 2013!

Mike | November 25th, 2013

Every year I have to sit you down and explain to you the importance of preparing for the end of year madness that every small business is required to experience. There is a ton of work to be done, myriad details to attend, and fun that must be had; this I need like a loch in […]

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Content Marketing: Beastie Boys And Girls

Ross | November 20th, 2013

If you’re struggling with your content marketing strategy, read How To Grow Your Business With Content Marketing. But more importantly, watch the video below. More than anything else, great storytelling differentiates successful content marketing from noise. I’ve previously shared some outstanding examples of storytelling in content marketing. Here’s another good example from GoldieBox, a company creating […]

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