A Father's Day Gift That Benefits Everyone

Father and child Guilherme Lemos on Unsplash A whopping 85% of fathers would do anything to be very involved in the early weeks and months after their child’s birth or adoption, according to State of the World’s Fathers: Unlocking the Power of Men’s Care 2019 by Dove Men+Care and Promundo. Yet, fewer than half of […]

Why working hard and working smart is a waste of your time

A reader asked me why he’s making so little progress with his business, even though he’s working hard and working smart. Here’s my answer. It’s not what you’re expecting! Hard work is not the answer The problem here is that from childhood we’re told to study hard. Then we start our career and we’re told […]

Essential Legal Documents for Your Business

Photo by Helloquence on Unsplash These useful tips are worth going over for any new business owner looking to find out which legal documents apply to them. Starting a business is an exciting time for any budding entrepreneur. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer range of challenges involved with getting a new venture off […]

Get a Killer Ecommerce Presence Using BigCommerce and WordPress

Starting a new ecommerce business is exciting. However, building your shop’s online presence involves navigating an overwhelming array of options. For instance, you need to choose a website platform, a commerce engine, and a hosting service before you can even begin to pick a website theme or template. RELATED ARTICLE: HOW TO START A SUCCESSFUL […]

Could a Merchant Cash Advance Help You?

Photo by Colin Watts on Unsplash If you’re looking for a short-term solution for your company’s money worries, a merchant cash advance could be just what you need. Managing your cash flow when you’re running a business isn’t always easy. Quieter months, late-paying clients, and unexpected expenses can wreak havoc on your bank balance. All businesses struggle financially […]

4 Ways To Quickly Acquire And Onboard New Users For Your App

Getting an app off the ground is hard, but following the numbers and investing in acquisition channels that reliably pay off will keep you ahead of the curve. Neil Soni on Unsplash It’s finally done—or is it? Your new mobile app is finished. It’s quality tested, capable and ready for rollout. But it’s missing one […]

Why HR Managers Need To Know About ACICS

A “Now Hiring” brochure for home health aides is displayed during a New York Career Fairs event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Photographer: Sarah Blesener/Bloomberg © 2017 Bloomberg Finance LP ACICS is the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and it’s an accreditor of colleges – one of the organizations […]

This Entrepreneur Wants To Makes Periods Fun

Reusable cloth pads Precious Stars At the age of just 15 Bryony Farmer started her own business, while confined to her bed with lyme disease. “I realized having your period when you’re bed bound is miserable, and so I decided to search for a solution. “Not only that, but I wanted to try and make […]

How To Run A Happy, Profitable Business With Your Spouse

Would you run a business with your spouse? Credit: Getty Royalty Free Would you go into business with your spouse? Olivia Skuza and Heath Wells have started three businesses together over the past twenty years. They are currently co-CEOs of B2B e-commerce platform NuORDER. The company enables brands and manufacturers to create digital catalogs of their […]

Social Security Expansion Could Shrink Economy by $1.6 Trillion

Looking down on a pile of 100 dollar bills and Social security card Getty Congressional Democrats are poised to pass the first Social Security reform bill in 35 years, with House passage predicted by Congress’s summer recess. But unlike the 1983 reforms, which were evenly split between tax increases and benefit cuts, the Social Security […]

Selling Your Business Later: 5 Must-Do's Now

Most entrepreneurs dream of one day selling their business, cashing in big, and just maybe, drinking daiquiris on the beach. But most don’t get there. Getty Most entrepreneurs dream of one day selling their business and cashing in big. In reality, here’s how most business owners will end up: Dropping dead at their desks Mumbling to the […]

California's Cannabis Banking Moves Forward

State Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, urges lawmakers to approve his measure to create a state-backed bank to handle the billions of dollars from the newly legal recreational marijuana market, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. By a bipartisan 29-6 vote the Senate approved the measure and sent it to the Assembly. (AP Photo/Rich […]

What Apple's New Confidence Means For The Creative Industry

Apple CEO Tim Cook.  photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS The company at the crossroads of Technology and The Liberal Arts is on a roll. A week after Apple’s most recent keynote, things are starting to settle in. Here are four key takeaways that might not have been top of mind at first: Apple announced a new operating system, a […]

The Single Question That Every Strategy Should Answer

In one sense, strategy is very complex. As discussed in my previous article, strategy consists of no less than ten elements that are all related, constantly changing and even complex in and of themselves. Gaining good insights into these elements and their relationships, managing them and changing them is a real challenge, especially in today’s VUCA market conditions. In another sense, […]

4 Killer Strategies for Boosting Your Brand

Photo by Fancycrave.com from Pexels Raising awareness for your brand is an essential component of getting a new business off the ground. However, it’s not always easy to become a nationally recognized business on your own. You may need some killer strategies, like the following, to keep things moving. 1. Get Help from a Company That Specializes in […]

On CRM: Pipedrive's LeadBooster Is The Reason Why We Don't Have To Worry About AI

Pipedrive logo pipedrive If you’ve been following CRM technologies at all the past few years you’ve likely been inundated with stories about artificial intelligence (AI), bots, and other ways software is doing things automatically and without human intervention.  To give an example, take a look at Pipedrive’s new product. Founded in 2010, Pipedrive makes a […]

Master Data: Why It’s Important to Your Business

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels According to Wikipedia, master data “represents the business objects that contain the most valuable, agreed-upon information shared across an organization.” Master data can be almost any kind of data, then, that’s of chief importance to your business. As a matter of fact, master data is the primary focus of IT, and there is […]

How to publicize your biking trails before they’re finished

Bike tourists. Photo by Baker County Tourism Have you got a “coming soon” biking trail? Or a biking trail that is not completely finished yet? Well, don’t keep it a secret! A couple of places I’ve visited lately, I’ve heard about trails that are in the partially-finished stage. Some segments of the trail have been […]

Monday Wake Up Call: Whose plan are you following today?

I shared an idea recently with some entrepreneurs, which I think you may find useful. It’s a powerful, yet very simple difference in how the most successful business owners run their day. It’s about the need to plan your work and work your plan. Note: I’ve also included a tip, which you can use to […]

The New Luxury in Customer Service Is The Human Touch

Certainly, workaday customer service has been heading toward more and more automation and self-service. But the new luxury in customer service is human delivery. As Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Institute, recently told the New York Times, “What we are seeing now is the luxurification of human engagement.” The human touch, in other words, has become the […]

Three Signs That You're Under-Managing Your Employees

Businessman with eyes closed relaxing in chair against empty wall. Copy space. Getty Taking a “hands-off” approach to leadership can work well, especially when leading a team of skilled experts who are motivated and capable of working on their own. But when hands-off leadership goes too far, or when it’s used with the wrong kind […]

What A Hollywood Insider Can Teach Companies About Great Storytelling

Storytelling. It’s one of the hottest topics right now. Research has shown that stories can enhance empathy, increase the ability to identify and recall key messages, and improve engagement. It’s powerful. From Hollywood to politics, storytelling has been a tool used to sell. Now marketers are jumping on the bandwagon, trying to figure out what […]

Overdrawn At The Bank Of Time?

Overdrawn at the bank of time? Getty Do you feel as though you have enough time for the people you care about – your partner, your friends, your family? How about for yourself?  Do you have the time you want for the activities and travel, meditation and reflection, which bring you joy, peace, and ease? […]

The Luxury Fashion Brand Saving High-End Waste Materials From Landfill

Founder of The R Collective Christina Dean The R Collective The R Collective is a clothing brand using some of the industry’s highest quality materials, but with a difference: it rescues excess materials from world-leading luxury designers, and upcycles them to create something entirely new. British entrepreneur Christina Dean founded the company in 2017, inspired by […]

Boost Profitability with a Mobile Application

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay  The popularity of the smartphone gives people a new means of staying in touch with their world, and this has totally changed customers’ habits. Notably, they prefer to use mobile applications. This article points out the benefits of having a custom mobile app for your business. Advantages of Having a Mobile Application […]

How The Uber Change Agent Survives His Own Change

Uber Change Agent Dara Khosrowshahi Getty Images The headlines include “Uber leadership shake-up,” “Uber executive reshuffling,” “Uber Operating, Marketing Chiefs Leaving in Leadership Shake-Up.” While this may be the result of some bad behavior and poor results, may have been Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s plan to survive his own change. Khosrowshahi stepped into an organization […]

Here’s how to have the business you’ve always wanted

Why do we start a business? It provides us with interesting puzzles to solve, which we find extremely compelling. We’re very well rewarded financially, allowing us to enjoy the lifestyle we want. We get to spend every day, working with wonderful clients or customers. Our working environment is a hive of creativity, fun and productivity. […]

Print Design Jargon You Need to Know

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Are you dreaming of starting a business as a desktop publisher, a production artist, a graphic designer, or another type of visual artist? Then you’re probably going to need to know these print design terms. Print design language will be complete gobbledygook to someone not familiar with the basics. Without an understanding of […]

Learn Spanish and Work Abroad

Photo by Marcel Parramon from Pexels Spanish, the third most-spoken language in the world, is also a language that’s highly regarded in the business world. However, if you want to find work in a Spanish-speaking country, you’ll have no choice but to learn to speak the Spanish language. If you’re hesitant, here are some reasons that will convince […]

Preventing Common Conference Call Disruptions

Featured image from Christina Morillo on Pexels Technology has transformed the modern workplace in recent times. For instance, instead of spending a fortune on travel costs and relying on unproductive face-to-face meetings, businesses now utilize instant messaging, cloud work spaces, and screen-sharing platforms to encourage continuous collaboration. More importantly, they can seamlessly bring entire teams […]

Come add your good news to the Brag Basket

The Brag Basket is open! This one is for June 7-9, 2019. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying […]

12 Small Business Podcasts That Will Help You Sell More

Running a business is often about setting goals and putting in the long hours and hard work to achieve them. Regardless of what type of business you run, it’s likely that “selling more” has a frequent, if not long-term, place on your to-do list. It’s a goal that requires staying up-to-date on new techniques, honing […]

A Day In The Life Of A Franchisee: Drew Lessaris of uBreakiFix

Drew Lessaris is co-owner of six locations of uBreakiFix in the Detroit area. He plans to open more in the future. Courtesy of Ubreakifix. Few franchisees get into the game to run one shop—they generally aspire to own many, growing their mini-empires within an established business concept. But more outposts mean more responsibility, and learning […]

Content: Build Your Business on a Solid Foundation

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels The chief aim of content marketing is the formation of a loyal audience. What’s more, it really works. In this post, we offer a simple step-by-step guide. Why Your Business Needs Content Marketing Why does your company need content marketing? Is your company one of those in which the client needs some time […]

Basel III Rules Have Not Hurt Lending To Small-Medium Enterprises

The Financial Stability Board resides at the Bank for International Settlements. BIS To date, the Financial Stability Board has not identified “material and persistent negative effects on SME [small-medium enterprise] financing in general” due to Basel III “although there is some differentiation across jurisdictions.” Banks are the primary providers of external SME financing, hence the […]

5 PR Tricks Most Freelancers And Small Business Owners Don't Know About

Newspapers Stacked on Computer Keypad. Open Laptop and Magazines with Headlines and Articles. Tabloid Journals with News and Notebook Connected to Internet – Concept for Information and Communication Getty When it comes to selling your product or service, you need to find a way to reach your audience. You can do this by spending loads […]

Why Referrals Are The Most Valuable Form Of Marketing (And How To Get More)

Which marketing or sales tactic do you think has the highest ROI? Inbound marketing? Email campaigns? PPC ads? The truth is this: there’s a standout winner that can’t be touched by any other method. That winner is referrals. Referral sales require almost no financial investment, but they bring in very valuable warm leads. Unfortunately, most […]

The 10 Ingredients That Every Strategy Should Have

In a recent post, I asked the overly pretentious question “What Does Strategy Really Mean?” and I answered this question by giving the following definition: an organization’s strategy is its unique way of sustainable value creation. This definition tells you that a strategy explains how an organization creates value for its customers in a way that is distinct from its […]

Here’s what your prospective customers really want from you

So, what are your prospective clients (or customers) looking for from you? The answer to that question remains the same, for every business owner. And it holds true for every industry and in every economy. They want a bargain. That’s it. They want something from you, which is being sold for less than its value. […]