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Are you micromanaging your employees? It might be time to cut the strings.

3 Reasons Why Micromanagement is a Macro Hindrance

by Ashley Coolman

“I’m just trying to help!” “I want to ensure our success!” If these lines sound familiar, you should know that they’re classic micromanagement warning signs. And, unfortunately for the well-intentioned micromanager, the results are rarely positive. For his book “My Way or the Highway,” Harry Chambers organized a interesting study about micromanagement. According to the survey... Read more »

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Why Businesses Fail

What is the Biggest Cause of Business Failure?

by Arlene Soto

There are many reasons businesses fail: lack of money, changes in the economy, ineffective management, employee turnover, theft, illness, or death of the owner are just a few. According to SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), the main reason businesses fail is ineffective management, whether it be poor planning or not understanding all that is required... Read more »

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10 Apps to Save Time on Administrative Tasks

by Lisa Furgison

In a business, administrative chores can stack up. It might only take 20 minutes to send an email, or five minutes to answer your business cell, but all of these little tasks can take up a significant amount of time. Before you know it, your day is nearly over and you haven’t done half of the... Read more »

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Isaiah Thomas led the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back NBA championships. Chris Webber and The Fab Five narrowly missed NCAA championships.

Bad Boys and the Fab Five: Business Lessons from Basketball History

by Jonathan Michael

In 2009, to commemorate their 30th anniversary, ESPN released a new sports documentary series called “30 for 30.” The series included 30 full-length documentary features that highlighted sports history’s most memorable moments and personalities. The series was so popular that ESPN decided to release a second volume of 30 more documentaries, produce 30 new digital... Read more »

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What Is the Future of Retail?

by Candice Landau

If you own a brick-and-mortar business, or are thinking of setting one up, you’ve likely seen plenty of reports that imply the future of shopping is online and that it is also “mobile.” You’re right to be concerned about what this means for your business, but perhaps not in the way you may think. Firstly,... Read more »

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The Future of Mobile Security for Small Business

by Brittany Klontz

For most businesses, smartphones and tablets have already become regular pieces of office furniture, chirping and buzzing beside an employee’s computer. Under a workplace protocol called BYOD, or “Bring Your Own Device,” employees tote their own tech with them into the office, using them to complete their tasks. BYOD is already quite common. The Forrester... Read more »

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Running a business can be like running a marathon- goals can be your mile markers a long the way.

The Importance of Setting Goals in Business

by Arlene Soto

Why is it important to set business goals? Goals are powerful—they can focus attention on achieving desirable outcomes. In business, one desirable outcome would be profitability. Profitability does not happen without making sales, plus correctly managing expenses. Employees prefer to know what management expects them to accomplish, and goals provide that direction. The human brain... Read more »

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When ice.com – a Top 500 Internet Retailer – Uses Mentors, You Should Too

by Candice Landau

For fine-jewelry ecommerce website, ice.com, access to mentors has helped the company build brand awareness, gain industry-relevant knowledge and improve site-wide conversion rates. Learn more about where you can find mentors for your business and what to look for in a good mentor-mentee relationship. Read more »

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Are You and Your Business Partner on the Same Page?

by Cassy Parker

Disputes over money can drive a wedge between the strongest of relationships, whether you’re part of a married couple weighed down by debt, or business partners disagreeing over the best use of the company credit card. When it comes to business, partners on opposite sides of heavy issues can stifle the ability of the company... Read more »

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How to Accept Payments From Your Customers

How to Accept Payments From Your Customers

by Keah Kalantari

We all know how challenging it is to take a great idea and turn it into a real business. You need funding, a business plan, a website, a business model—the list goes on and on. But have you thought about the little things, like how you’re actually going to take payments from your customers? You... Read more »

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Top CEOs Reveal Their Secrets to Innovation and Growth [WEBINAR]

by Caroline Cummings

Join our free webinar with Adam Bryant, The New York Times bestselling author and “Corner Office” columnist, to learn the secrets of top CEOs and how your small business or startup can create a culture of innovation. Read more »

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8 Tips For Getting into Retail Channels

8 Tips For Getting Your Product Into Retail Stores

by Tim Berry

No matter what kind of retail sales channel you want to get your product into, there are a few key things you should know. Read more »

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The Sad Truth About Small Business Decision-Making…

by Tim Berry

Problem: One of the things I really like about startups and small businesses is also a frequent problem with the way they make decisions. Let me explain. Read more »

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Aron Susman, the co-founder of The Square Foot, offers advice on vetting vendors.

Lessons Learned: Not Vetting Vendors Can Be a 5-Figure Mistake

by Lisa Furgison

The co-founder of a New York-based startup offers advice from his experience working with bad vendors. Read more »

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Don’t Let an Unsecured Credit Card System Bankrupt Your Business

by Kurt Metzler

If your business accepts credit and debit cards, do you know about the security risks? Are you properly protecting your business from the potential of tens of thousands of dollars in fines? Read more »

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10 Unique Benefits to Offer New Hires

by Scott Gerber

Companies like Facebook and Google are known for the extraordinary benefits they offer employees. Although you may not have that kind of budget, you can get just as creative—for less. Read more »

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How to Manage Quiet, Introverted Employees

by Glori Surban

Introverts have strengths that are often seen as weaknesses in a world where the loud and bold are lauded. Manage them well and your business will be rewarded. Read more »

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How to Manage Virtual Employees

by Erik Neilson

Considering hiring a virtual team? Be sure to follow these tips on how to run an efficient distributed office. Read more »

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8 Key Design Tools to Maximize Traffic to Your Website

by Emily Green

Use these eight tools to make sure you don't lose traffic to your website just because your design is behind the times. Read more »

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The Secret to Greater Productivity

by Matt Rissell

The truth about how time and productivity in the workday have evolved, and how to maximize productivity in today’s workplace. Read more »