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How to Make Your Home Office More Productive

Not surprisingly, home offices are very common among self-employed business owners. In fact, 59% of all U.S. entrepreneurs run their businesses from their home according to the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report. By working from home, you can save both time and money. This includes eliminating long commutes, rental fees, andRead More

3 “Clichés” That Are Actually Best Practices

A cliché is defined as “a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.” This repetition and sometimes over-simplification of these phrases makes many people cringe – especially when used in relation to their careers or businesses. However, often they exist and are still usedRead More

Ownership, Accountability, & Success in Business

When you’re employed, there’s always the “they” to blame. When you’re self-employed “they” is you! There’s no one else to point your finger at but yourself. This means that you need to take ownership of your business in every way. Every accomplishment, every mistake, and every to-do on your to-doRead More

6 Habits of Highly Successful Business Owners

Throughout our lives we all pick up habits, good and bad. Good habits are what make some of the most successful business owners stand out from the crowd and thrive in their careers. It’s not just the decisions they make that got them to where they are, but the wayRead More

5 Dos and Don’ts of Good Customer Service

In business, the customer is always right. While this may be hard to take at times, this is the foundation to good customer service. Customer service is about making sure customers are happy and satisfied at every phase of the sales process. Happy and satisfied customers lead to happy andRead More

4 Ways to Leverage Business Networks to Succeed

Being self-employed does not mean you must go at it alone. Far from it! A strong network makes all the difference when running your own business. You can solve problems faster, build new relationships, expand your audience, and grow your business in highly profitable ways. The opportunities – and benefitsRead More

Attention Business Owners: Why Even You Need a Summer Vacation

School is out and the first official day of summer has passed. That means it’s time for people to plan their summer vacations! However, people aren’t having as much “fun in the sun” as they used to. Since the early 90’s, vacation time has drastically decreased from an average 20Read More

Why It Helps To Be a Minimalist in Business

Minimalism as defined by Merriam-Webster is “a style or technique that is characterized by extreme sparseness and simplicity.” You may not realize it, but this approach can actually help you run a better business. In essence, it’s about being more organized and more efficient, which in turn, will help youRead More

4 Tips to Streamline Business Operations

Being business owners, we get to wake up every morning and be excited to go to work because we love what we do. While the love for our products or services drives our motivation, there are certain essential tasks that must be done to keep the lights on and theRead More

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Success Journal

No matter what you do for business, or how large or how small you are, as a business owner you want to keep a success journal. This is a place where you take the time to make note of everything you view that day that is worth celebrating. While youRead More