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4 Tips for Beating Productivity Killers in Your Business

Emails, messes, and Facebook – Oh my! It seems like it’s easier than ever to get distracted and derailed from our work, today. If you’re running a business, however, every minute counts. You can’t afford to let productivity drop, or else you and your business suffer for it. It’s upRead More

When It’s Okay to Turn Down Business

Many business owners can relate to having worked with a customer that seems like one big headache after another. Still, we’ve also been taught to not turn away business as the economic and competitive market can change on a dime (…and often does). However, when it comes to succeeding inRead More

Do Your Really Need Business Insurance?

Chances are you have had a, “Thank goodness for insurance!” moment at some point in your life. A tree falls on your roof. You lose a tooth in a sporting injury. You rear-end someone at a red-light. There are many opportunities for understanding why having insurance in our personal livesRead More

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