Posts Tagged ‘startup’

Facebook, Cookies, and Marketing: How To Prevent Your Small Business From Stagnation

Arielle Kimbarovsky | February 24th, 2016

At some point, even the most successful businesses hit a wall. Sales plateau, the customer base stops growing, morale is low, and revenue is either flat or falling. The best companies – and the best entrepreneurs – find ways to overcome such stagnation. The challenge often isn’t in finding ways to quickly increase customers and […]

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Busted or Confirmed? 3 Common Myths About Starting A Business

Arielle Kimbarovsky | 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 Kimbarovsky | 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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How to Avoid Failure: Two Common Small Business Mistakes

Arielle Kimbarovsky | February 3rd, 2016

We all experience failure at some point in our lives. As business owners, failure is common to us- not every idea can be a winner. As entrepreneurs, the looming fear of failure is all too real. According to Forbes, nine out of ten startups will fail within their first few years of operation. This means […]

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

Arielle Kimbarovsky | 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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Five Public Speaking Tips and Tricks for Small Businesses

Arielle Kimbarovsky | January 19th, 2016

 Conferences, meetups and other public events offer many unique opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners to market their business. Yet many people turn down opportunities to speak in public. If the thought of speaking in public causes you to panic and sweat profusely, you are not alone. 74% of people fear public speaking. […]

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Small Business Tips: Document Your Business Processes

Mike | October 5th, 2015

As managers or owners of a business, we usually think about succession planning in the context of who will take over the company once we leave. This is critically important for any business large or small, and the negative impact of poor succession planning can be devastating if something goes wrong and a very fast transition occurs. Think […]

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We Entrepreneurs Can Learn a Lot From Pope Francis (and VW)

Mike | September 28th, 2015

I am not a religious guy. I do not come from a religious family. I am a business guy, so I don’t usually pay a lot of attention to religious leaders, no matter what flavor of spirituality they represent. But Pope Francis’s visit to the US this past week has been very hard to ignore and, as someone […]

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From the Vault: Labor Day! TCB and TCP

Mike | September 4th, 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in 2012. Next month crowdSPRING will move from a 60% remote work environment to around 90%! This means that the team will gather together on just one day per week, the rest of the time we will be working remote from our homes, hotel rooms, Starbucks, front porches, or […]

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Small Business and Startups: When a Customer Deserves to Be Fired

Mike | August 31st, 2015

Last week we fired a customer. Yep, you heard me right. We asked one of our customers to please take their business elsewhere. Why would a small business do such a thing? Who in their right mind would turn down revenue and earnings? Well it’s really not that complicated. Some customers simply drain resources, strain […]

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