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13 Quotes on the Joy and Importance of Giving

by Jonathan Michael

Will your business end the year strong? Are your employees staying productive? How will you get a jump on next year? Amid these concerns, don’t forget to enjoy this season and share joy with others. Generosity is good for you and your business, and some of the most successful people have tapped into the power of giving. That’s... Read more »

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2014 Top Articles

Our 10 Most-Read Articles of 2014

by Jonathan Michael

  2014 is on its way out. I don’t know about you, but as the year comes to a close, I love looking back to consider how the year unfolded. Did everything go as planned? What things were unexpected–good or bad? What did I learn from my experiences? Finally, what can I take with me to help... Read more »

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How to Bring the Holiday Spirit of Giving into Work

by Angelique O'Rourke

With the holiday season in full swing, you might be looking for some creative ways to liven up old traditions in your office. Maybe your office needs a fresh way to bring the giving spirit of the season into your typical holiday activities. Here are some simple things your company can do to foster a... Read more »

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The Abu Dhabi Skyline at dusk.

It’s Not All Progress in the World of Business—Although We’re Making Strides

by Angelique O'Rourke

Which venture capitalist thinks that middle-income workers aren’t making enough overtime? What recent Supreme Court decision could affect your manufacturing business? From a summit on media in the Middle East to a huge new funding opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs in Nigeria, here are fascinating business news stories from the U.S. and around the world. The... Read more »

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13 Ways to Make Customers Desperately Want to Open Your Emails

by Scott Gerber

With so much inbox clutter these days and especially at this time of the year, how can you get more customers to open emails from you, especially emails containing important account information? We asked 13 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share their tips. 1. Do a drip email campaign Your email might not reach everyone on the first send:... Read more »

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The Best Free Apps and Online Tools for Entrepreneurs and Obsessive Collectors

by Candice Landau

As we head toward the new year, you’re likely thinking about setting goals and getting things organized. To help you prep, I’ve collated a list of tools—for both web and mobile devices—that have helped me and others get things done, save time, and work more productively. I should preface this list by saying that I... Read more »

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A Guide to Crafting Your LLC Operating Agreement

by Matt Kaufman

An operating agreement is the document that sets the rules for your LLC. You’ll be able to choose your management structure, lay out who’s responsible for what, and many other important issues. In this article, we’ll talk about how to create your own LLC operating agreement, what you should include, and where you’ll need to... Read more »

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Jennefer Witter - PR Expert

Public Relations Tips for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs [Webinar Recap]

by Jonathan Michael

To grow a business, most entrepreneurs know that they should be implementing PR strategies. But where do you start, and what are the best approaches to public relations for an entrepreneur? For this webinar, we were joined by Jennefer Witter, CEO and founder of the Boreland Group, and author of the new book, “The Little... Read more »

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Target Marketing 101 [Infographic]

by Jonathan Michael

The term “target marketing” has been around for decades, but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows what it is or how to apply it to their business. If you’re just starting out, or if marketing your business has been something that you do without fully understanding it, then getting a grasp on target marketing will... Read more »

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What Big Name Brands Can Teach You about Content Marketing

by Brittany Klontz

For small business owners who are not 100% up to speed on the online marketing world, all this talk of content marketing may be a little confusing. Your business is online, and you’re on board the social media marketing bandwagon, surely that’s enough to keep up with your competition? Perhaps it is. But who wants... Read more »

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Image via Pantone, featuring the Color of the Year, Marsala.

The Latest Business News to Help You Plan for the Future

by Angelique O'Rourke

Every week we select some of the more interesting news stories. The ones we pick are aimed not only to keep you abreast of what is happening in the world, but that will hopefully give you inspiration and ideas that you can use to start, run or manage a better business. And of course, that... Read more »

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Got Clutter? 5 Ways to Streamline Your Business

by Anton Fraga

Cyber week has ended and Black Friday is behind us, and so are some great deals. This may be the season of gift giving and making year end purchases, but do you know what you actually need? Have you asked yourself: What do I already have, and do I have too much? This past Black... Read more »

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How to Create a Unique Selling Proposition

by Lisa Furgison

Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or thinking about joining the ranks, one question you’ll have to answer is: What sets your business apart? The answer to that question usually leads entrepreneurs to define their unique selling proposition, or USP. To help entrepreneurs create a unique selling proposition, we’ve written this handy guide to walk you... Read more »

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What New Payment Options Can You Offer Customers?

by Kristen Gramigna

Whether consumers will pay by credit or debit card, check and cash are no longer the only payment consideration for merchants—particularly as payment technology has evolved to include EMV credit cards, contactless payment, and mobile wallets. Though accepting the latest payment method that consumers prefer is an important aspect of delivering a positive customer experience,... Read more »

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Queenstown, New Zealand, where the Lord of The Rings movies were filmed.

The Best Places to Start a Business in 2015

by Angelique O'Rourke

You’ve no doubt heard what they say in real estate: location, location, location. When you’re looking to start a business, it rings just as true. Knowing the easiest place to set up shop with the highest chance of success, is key no matter what field you’re in. Over time, through development and expansion, the best... Read more »

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How to Fine-tune Your Small Business Finances—from Funding to Growth [Webinar Recap]

by Jonathan Michael

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner with questions about funding your small business? Maybe you are wondering which metrics to track, or whether or not you should take out a loan for your business. If so, stick around—in this webinar, we featured a panel of experts to answer questions about funding your small... Read more »

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What Successful Freelancers Wish They’d Known from the Start

by Nick Chowdrey

The idea of starting your own business may sound daunting, but the reality is that the economic downturn has forced a lot of Americans to start working for themselves, either by setting up their own venture, or working as a freelancer. In fact, recent research predicts that 40% of America’s workforce will be self-employed by... Read more »

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6 Creative Ways to Figure Out If You’ve Got a Good Business Idea

by Angelique O'Rourke

So you have a great idea for a business, right? This is the one that will change everything, and put you on the map. You’ll become a sought-after investor, or maybe you’ll buy a vacation home in a sunny, tropical locale and bask in your newfound fame—and it’s all thanks to this game-changing business idea.... Read more »

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Things You Should Never Ask Job Applicants

by Steven Cook

Disclaimer: This article is intended to be general information only. Nothing in this article constitutes legal advice. Please consult with an attorney before making any legal decisions. Because some employment laws vary from state to state throughout the country, some of the information that follows may not be applicable to a particular business or employer.... Read more »

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How Do You Know If You Have a Good Idea for a Business?

by Noah Parsons

How do you know if you have a good idea for a business? One of my biggest challenges at Palo Alto Software is figuring out which ideas to pursue and which ideas to put on the back burner. I have the luxury of working with a bunch of really smart people, so new ideas for... Read more »