Lean business practices

Three Awesome Tools for Small Businesses and Startups

Arielle Kimbarovsky | 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 Kimbarovsky | 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 Kimbarovsky | 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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Small Business and Startups: Hold Hands and Leverage Your Customer Service

Mike | January 19th, 2015

From Day One we viewed crowdSPRING as the ultimate light-touch, self-serve, highly scalable internet business. We determined that we would build the product and out website such that even the least sophisticated visitor could learn for themselves how the system worked and could then take self-led actions to source the creative services they came looking for. Our […]

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10 Best Practices For Email Marketing For Small Business and Startups

Ross Kimbarovsky | October 21st, 2014

Marketers are seeing an alarming trend. Although 122 billion emails are sent every hour, a large and growing percentage of emails are never read. This is not surprising – most marketing emails are simply pure spam without any creative or substantive value. Even worse, really bad marketing emails can easily destroy a company’s reputation and […]

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Review. Rethink. React.

Mike | October 6th, 2014

“Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you’re in control, they’re in control.” – Tom Landry Every so often a small business owner or a startup entrepreneur has to take a step back, breathe a deep breath, and look at your company with eyes wide open. […]

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These 44 Apps Will Make Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners More Productive

Ross Kimbarovsky | September 30th, 2014

Entrepreneurs and small business owners must manage many different tasks in a short amount of time. The most successful entrepreneurs and business owners find ways to maximize their time and get more done. Here’s a useful infographic highlighting the pros and cons of 44 tools that every entrepreneur and small business owner should review and […]

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