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How to Get a Partnership Deal for Your Business

by Scott Gerber

A good partnership deal can take your business to the next level, and no business is too new or too small to start looking towards the future and considering potential partnerships. Read more »

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How to Find the Perfect Business Partner

by Alexa Garthwaite

You probably have an idealized image in your head of the type of like-minded individual you would like to launch your venture with, but as with a lot of aspects in life, things don’t always work out the way you planned. The stark reality is that you will most likely work your way through multiple business partners as you embark down your desired career path, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Due to the continued and rapid growth of the internet and social media, there are more ways than ever to find a partner who shares your goals and aspirations. Below we've collected some of the best ways to find your perfect business partner. Read more »

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Why hiring an editor is a solid investment

by Chris Lyman

When trying to start a new business, the last thing you want is for a typo in your painstakingly crafted materials to stand between you and potential funding. Read more »

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Do I need cofounders

How many business partners should you have? Maybe zero

by Michael Dolen

When the chemistry is just right, it’s true that going into business with others can be a blessing. But don’t think that’s the only way to do it. If you have the drive, you can succeed on your own, too. Read more »

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Beware of Business Plan Writers Who Oversell

by Tim Berry

Entrepreneurs, beware of business plan writers who oversell. There are people who sell business plan writing as if the business plan itself — the formatting, the structure, the editing, the production values — will or won’t get investment. And that’s not true. Nobody real will invest or not invest because of the production values of a... Read more »

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Preparing for the Affordable Care Act: Advice for small businesses

by Erin Osterhaus

Are you trying to figure out how best to prepare your business for the the impending implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Read more »

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4 Questions to Ask Your Prospective Recruiter

by Dave Cannon

Have you ever considered hiring a recruiting agency to source a high-impact or hard-to-find employee? Our friends at Software Advice have a few guidelines to help you weed out the wrong type of recruiters. 1. What is the internal turnover rate at your recruiting firm? If an agency can’t source their own internal talent effectively, how do you... Read more »

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Did You Pay to Invest Your Time in the Right Payroll Provider?

by Dave Thomas

You run a business and wear many different hats, one of which is making sure that those you employ are both productive and satisfied with their jobs. So, imagine the feeling in the pit of your stomach when you come to realize that the payroll provider you hired to make sure all your workers are... Read more »

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Listen Up Newbies: Best Advice for First-time Entrepreneurs

by Tim Berry

You find yourself standing on the brink of your first try starting your own business. Looking downwards into confusion. Passion? Perseverance? The idea? The plan? What comes first? What’s most important? There’s a world of advice out there, lots of it conflicting, contradictory advice. Far too much to use and digest. I just discovered Jim Price‘s... Read more »

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7 Interview Blunders and Bonuses

by Caroline Cummings

I’ve been interviewing several candidates over the last few months to fill positions on my marketing team at Palo Alto Software, and I am amazed at the number of people who show up for an interview unprepared. Some may say that it’s generational, but that’s not the case. I’ve interviewed candidates from seniors in college... Read more »

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Take a CopyWriter to Lunch and an Editor to Dinner.

by Tim Berry

I’m a good writer. I know that. I’m proud of that. I write relatively fast, relatively finished non-fiction business writing. I have degrees to prove it, but of course they don’t. And I have published works to prove it, and they do. Google me. However — and this is the point — I am not... Read more »

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Seven reasons your company needs a professional writer

by Danielle Rodabaugh

If your business relies on its online reputation, you know how important credibility is to your success. Hiring a professional writer is a great way to maximize your company’s online branding potential. Unfortunately, not every small business has the funds available to hire a full-time writer. However, if you do have the financial flexibility to... Read more »

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Everything you always wanted to know about cofounders

by R. Paul Singh

Do I need a co-founder? How do I chose one? What do I do if the relationship doesn’t work out? These are some of the most frequent questions about co-founders that I have heard from entrepreneurs over the years. In this post, I’ll try to answer these, and a few other important related questions. Do... Read more »

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How to build a better training program

by Tara Hornor

As a small business owner, you may never see the need to grow your company so that you have more than a few employees. Or maybe you never plan to hire even one employee. So, does this mean that you will never have to develop a training plan? Probably not. Even if you never hire... Read more »

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Hard lessons lead to success – the story of RealLead

by Palo Alto Software

A few years ago, LivePlan customer Caroline Cummings considered herself an “entrepreneur in recovery.” After her first tech startup dissolved in 2009 (costing her a significant amount of money), she knew she needed some time to figure out what her next venture would be. “I’m an entrepreneur at heart, so I knew I’d eventually jump... Read more »

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How to Negotiate with Prospective Investors

by Alan Gleeson

Raising finance is a time consuming process and can also be quite stressful (particularly as time progresses). There may be some date in the future where your current trading position is no longer sustainable (which has brought you to the table in the first place). It is worth remembering that you need to recognise that... Read more »

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Is It Wise to Rehire a Former Employee?

by Dave Thomas

As employees come and go, some employers are forced to deal with a sometimes uncomfortable situation down the road: Should they rehire an individual they fired? Well, the million dollar question—of course—is whether or not that individual left your employ voluntarily or involuntarily. If it is the latter, then you definitely have some extra thinking... Read more »

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New Employee? Make a Positive First Impression!

by Susan Solovic

So you’ve decided to add to your team. Good for you. You’re focused on growing your business. And now that you’ve found the right candidate and sealed the deal so to speak, you may think the hard work is over. Let me assure you, the work has just begun, and it’s important you get it... Read more »

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Partnerships: Six Things You Need to Know Before You Say “I do”.

by Susan Solovic

So you want to go into business with someone.  Good for you.  Maybe your potential partner is a family member, long-time friend, investor or business associate.  Whatever the relationship, the start of a partnership is much like the beginning of a romantic relationship.  The parties are euphoric and it may seem as though nothing could... Read more »

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Talent or Trainability: Five Pivotal Points Often Overlooked in Hiring

by Kenneth McCall

You run a great business and you want to hire the best people. And who can blame you? You have a lot riding on the choices you make. Their performance reflects not only on your success as a manager, but on the fortunes of your business, too. If your new employees perform well, you succeed... Read more »