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Elizabeth Saunders

13 Ways to Surprise and Delight Your Customers Today

by Scott Gerber

From handwritten notes to just-baked cookies, a simple gesture can go a long way toward shoring up customer loyalty in a competitive marketplace. Even just a quick phone call can do more to earn your customers’ long-term trust than any coupon or discount code—really. To find out which methods have been most effective for my... Read more »

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9 Reasons NOT to Crowdfund Your Next Project

by Scott Gerber

It may seem like everyone is a proponent of crowdfunding now, but sometimes, it’s actually not the best option for your business. Turns out asking a large group of strangers for funding isn’t all it’s cracked up to be—depending on your business, of course. We asked a panel of nine entrepreneurs the following question: What’s one good reason... 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 One Entrepreneur Started a Company With His Credit Card and Became a Millionaire

by Alisa Vilabrera

I had the opportunity recently to ask Sam Jain, the CEO of Fareportal, about his experience as growing his business from an idea to a multibillion-dollar organization. Read more »

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10 Ways to Turn a Business Idea into a Reality

by Scott Gerber

Coming up with great ideas is easy. It's putting those ideas into action that's difficult. Read more »

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Online Credit Card Processing: Everything Your Business Needs to Know

by Pete Real

Thanks to low startup costs, online retail has exploded in popularity. In order to sell online, you’ll need to accept credit and debit card payments—here's how. Read more »

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How to Prepare Your Small Business for Growth

by Emily Miller

Few people are prepared to grow a local company into a thriving medium-sized or large company. Here are three things you need to do to grow your small business right. Read more »

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Dress Codes and Set Working Hours: Beneficial or Outdated?

by Scott Gerber

Flextime options and casual dress in the workplace are hallmarks of modern business—or are they? I asked ten new and successful entrepreneurs for their take. Read more »

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10 Tips From Successful Entrepreneurs on Achieving Your Company’s Long-Term Goals

by Scott Gerber

Having long-term vision is one of the keys to good leadership, and necessary for any successful business. With long-term visions come long-term projects—and the longer-term the project, the harder it is to manage your team's progress towards completing it. Read more »

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Measuring Your Startup’s Progress, or Not

by Tim Berry

Ah yes, sales. Early sales are the best financing you can get. Early sales are the best validator of sales to come. And early sales are the best way to measure a startup’s progress. But then that’s the ideal, and the world is full of less than ideal. So what do you do if you... Read more »