:: Why Over Sharing Might Be Hurting
We all know someone who divulges a little too much
information on the Internet. Whether it is the friend who
Instagrams every meal or the relative who constantly posts
updates on how Fidos doing, this phenomenon seems well on
its way to pervading all the social media we use. Maybe
you have even caught yourself posting a bit too much. While
something that everyone seems to be doing may appear harmless
enough, oversharing can have some negative consequences
of which all social media users should take note.
Over Sharing Might Be Hurting You
:: Why You May Be Hiring
for All the Wrong Things
Sadly, the resume is often full of fluff that really
does not tell you very much. Do you really care where the
candidate went to school, or how many years he or she spent
at the last job? Do those qualities really help you predict
this candidate's potential to succeed at your company? Or
do they only tell you whether or not this person was capable
of warming a seat in relatively inoffensive fashion for
the past 5 years?
:: Social Media and Your Small Business
Facebook. Pinterest. Google+. Instagram. Twitter.
LinkedIn. YouTube. So many social networks, and so little
:: Business Plan Tools for
Startups and Small Businesses
Have a killer business idea? A killer business
plan can help you turn it into a successful business. Creating
a well-crafted business plan is no easy task, however. You
will need to not only flesh out your idea, but also have
a deep understanding of the different aspects of running
a business — before you even start one. Figuring out how
to do this correctly is hard enough, but there are several
tools available to make this arduous task a little bit easier
for would-be entrepreneurs.
:: Tips for Performance Reviews
Whether your business is just getting off the ground
or you are a well-established small and growing company,
managing employee performance is a key ingredient to a productive
and happy workforce.
Managing Employee Performance
And yet without a formal human resources department, many
small business owners lack a formalized way to manage employee
performance. The good news is there are simple practices
a small business owner can start to successfully manage
:: Is it Time to Update
Your Business Card
To succeed in todays world, one must adapt to todays
developments, including the ever-expanding implementation
of technology. One small way to do this is to modernize
your business card; because the means by which businesses
communicate have expanded, you may want to rethink what
is included on your business cards. By doing this, you can
unite your offline marketing with your online marketing
efforts. Below are a number of tips for updating your card.
it Time to Update You Business Card
:: 5 Tax Planning Tips for Your Small
Here are some tips to discuss with your tax pro
to improve your tax situation and hopefully keep working
capital in your bank account rather than in Uncle Sams pocket:
Start a retirement plan. If you are finally a few bucks
ahead and don’t have a retirement fund, now is the time
to start one. Here is the bonus: it is deductible!
:: Addressing Productivity
Ever look up and see one of your employees texting
or chatting on his cellphone when he should be working?
If the answers yes, you are certainly not alone.
One in five workers admitted that during a typical workday
he or she spends at least an hour on personal calls, emails
or texts, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey on
the top productivity killers at work.
:: Over Come Your Fears to Start a Small
Many of us dream of starting a small business.
Whether it s the romantic ideal of being your own boss,
or the desire to build something from nothing, having a
dream is different than actualizing it. Often, it is the
fear of failure or the daunting amount of work that keeps
us from being bold enough to launch that next brilliant
An effective way to build confidence and remove the fear
of failure is to break down the basics of starting a small
business into smaller tasks. By completing these tasks one
at a time, you may soon find you’re well on your way to
laying a solid foundation for your bold, lean startup to
:: Marketing Tips from Big
Forget about David vs. Goliath. Marketing mavens
say small companies can and do learn valuable lessons from
their muscular, deep-pocketed rivals. In conversations with
Mashable, several executives pointed to experiential marketing,
real-time marketing, brand building, storytelling and social
sharing as tactics that startups are cribbing successfully
from the big guys. Those that aren’t yet mimicking the
A-list marketers like Apple, Nike, Starbucks and Mercedes
might want to take note of some best, most adaptable practices.
:: 20 Reasons to Start Your Own Business
Need a reason to start your own business? Here
are 20 of them.
:: 8 Steps to Wildly Productive
1. Manage your energy, not your time.
If you take a moment to think about it, you will probably
realize that you are better at doing certain tasks at certain
times. For example, my creative energy is highest in the
morning, so that is when I do my writing each day.
:: When Entrepreneurs Micromanage: A
Even experienced managers can suffer from this
tendency, so don't beat yourself up if this is your first
time managing people and you find yourself slipping into
these bad habits. Just like anything else, the first step
is recognizing that you have a problem.
:: How to Identify Passionate
Life Is Good CEO Bert Jacobs reveals the most effective
interview questions he uses to select ideal candidates for
:: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Entrepreneurship
In July 1776, our founding fathers joined together
and signed this countrys Declaration of Independence, declaring
every American citizens access to certain inalienable rights.
The document was adopted by the Continental Congress on
The spirit of that message and the rights to which we are
all entitled seem particularly embodied by entrepreneurship.
While the landscape of America has changed in ways those
men could never have imagined, they still had at their core
the same principles that mark the entrepreneur of today.
:: 4 Tips for Growing a
• Embrace Perspective: No matter how much you
love your company, there will be days when balancing the
books creates anxiety. Remind yourself what fueled you to
launch your business.
• Find Balance: Sometimes it might seem impossible to
relax, but devoting even 60 minutes weekly to non-business
related activities will help you recharge.
• Become Resourceful: Find ways to save money, time and
energy. Try multitasking, such as purchasing business supplies
while waiting for a prescription to be filled or patronizing
retailers with special early shopping hours for business
owners. Consider streamlining home expenses by eliminating
cable or cooking more at home.
• Make Changes: Stay motivated by experimenting with new
methods and tools. Attending trainings or online webinars
about your industry can help re-ignite your creativity and
even lead to business growth.
:: The Not-So-Small Business Administration
Under the new guidelines, for instance, a travel
agency with annual revenues of $20.5 million qualifies as
a small business, and so does a family clothing store that
brings in $38.5 million a year. In some industries, a business
is still considered small if it employs as many as 1,500
people. Companies classified as small businesses can compete
for government contracts, and can access SBA loans, which
are often cheaper than private alternatives.
:: How To Find Great Keywords
Have you ever used a technique for years, only
to find out that it blows people away? For SEO purposes
I use a very quick and simple system to find the right keywords,
that factors in how popular a keyword is with the level
of competition. It only takes a few minutes and helps you
tap into the gold that lies buried in the rubble
that Google give you.
:: Even Small Business Owners Can Use
These Tax Breaks
Two recent news clips caught my attention. One
involved a company trying to avoid the IRS. The other involved
the IRS trying to avoid trouble. Taken together, I can see
how a small business owner might cynically ask if a small
business has a fighting chance as far as taxes.
:: SBA Changes Definition
of Small Business: What Does It Mean?
What is a small business?
It is getting harder and harder to tell. Last week, the
SBA adjusted its size standards that determine if a company
is a small business. The definition varies by industry and
is derived by annual revenue or by number of employees.