Entrepreneurs Reveal Tips on Jumping Ahead of Your Competition in the Battle of Business

No matter where an entrepreneur turns there will be competition. There will always be another business trying to hone in on your product or lure some of your clients over to their team. They might have loyalty programs or better sales than you. So what do you do to bring clients back over to your side? While you may have ...

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Getting Your Teen Started with Entrepreneurship

Today’s rockstars are the entrepreneurs. Teens look up to the Mark Zuckerbergs, Steve Jobs and Richard Bransons of the world because its entrepreneurs are shaping the world of the future. In this volatile economy, entrepreneurship is a huge asset for your teen. I started my first company in high school at age 15. The company sold a coupon subscription to ...

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Criminal Background Checks As A Catch-22 For Employers

The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued Enforcement Guidance (Guidance) on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII). Employers need to revise their use of criminal background checks in light of this guidance. Background.  Ninety percent of employers perform criminal background checks on applicants. The ...

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The Battle of Titans: PC vs. Mac – Which is Better for Business?

The world of technology has more rivalries than one could ever keep up with. The products are endless and fans of each are diehard in claiming their item is the best. But there is one rivalry a head above the rest. It invokes battle cries from each side and endless debates to which is the superior. This rivalry is none ...

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Creating a Culture of Succession Readiness

Over the next 18 years, 8,000 people will turn 65 every day in the United States. Astonishing to consider the exit of collective wisdom and skill from the workplace embodied in that number. AARP estimates that only about 37 percent of companies have considered what this brain drain means to them in the coming five to 10 years. Yet, of ...

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Taking Advantage of a 'Shopping Cart' for Your Business Website

The purpose of any shopping cart is to increase productivity, make the selling of products easier, and increase overall volume of sales. If your shopping cart is failing in even one of these areas, you are losing money and wasting time. A shopping cart system allows you to automate the entire purchase process which means less work for you and ...

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Tips on How to Approach and Get the 'Big Sale' Closed

Sales are a tricky area for some to master. You might be good up until the point where you need to close the deal and get a client signed on, and then the worst happens. A client gets cold feet, starts looking elsewhere, or perhaps even senses you might be hesitant or unsure of yourself as far as your selling ...

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How NOT to Inspire a Startup: Employee Motivation Mistakes that can Kill Your Productivity

Everyone knows that keeping your employees motivated is crucial to growing a startup. However, the best way to accomplish this remains a topic of some debate. There are multiple schools of thought on the subject, each with its own record of successes and failures.  However, in my experience, it’s not what you do to motivate your employees that matters so ...

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Figuring Out the Right Time to Ask for Help and Hire a Consultant

As much as an entrepreneur does for his or her company there are times when even an entrepreneur has stepped outside the bounds of their knowledge. This is when a consultant can be called upon to ride up on their white steed and help any entrepreneur sort things out. Sometimes, though, it isn’t clear when a consultant needs to be ...

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The Future of Freelancing – Survey: Caliber of Independent Creative Talent Rising

MENLO PARK, CA — The freelance talent pool has grown stronger, a new survey suggests.  Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of advertising and marketing executives interviewed by The Creative Group said the caliber of independent creative professionals has increased in the last five years; among those, nearly one-third (31 percent) said it has increased significantly. Respondents cited “access to specialized skills ...

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