Operations

The Importance of Setting Goals in Business

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...

By Arlene Soto |

When Ice.com—a Top 500 Internet Retailer—Uses Mentors, You Should Too

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.

By Candice Landau |

Are You and Your Business Partner on the Same Page?

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...

By Cassy Parker |

How to Accept Payments From Your Customers

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...

By Keah Kalantari |

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

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.

By Caroline Cummings |

8 Tips For Getting Your Product Into Retail Stores

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

By Tim Berry |

The Sad Truth About Small Business Decision Making

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.

By Tim Berry |

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

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

By Lisa Furgison |

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