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05 Jan 5 Ways To Build A More Productive Workspace

As a business owner, investing in your company starts with investing in the home front. This means building an environment where you and your employees can thrive. Taking the time to create this space is well worth the effort, as the end results can produce higher levels of productivity, staff loyalty and better client interactions. While you may be at a loss for how to start creating this haven of productivity for your business, the first step is to assess what you’re working with. There may not be an exact formula for creating a space that’s as unique as your business,...

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22 Dec Chew Toys and Treats: Dogs in the WorkPlace

  As the millennial generation gets ready to take their place as the largest workforce demographic, they’re making some changes to their office cultures, along the way. And as a way to incentivize younger generations, more and more companies are beginning to lax their rules about allowing dogs in the workplace. In fact, it’s now more common than ever to see four-legged friends within a professional work setting. Is this trend something that your business should consider getting on board with? Let’s take a look at the pet-friendly culture shift that’s happening in the work world, and see whether pet-friendly is a...

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16 Dec Year-End Planning: A Checklist for Small Business Owners

Pop quiz time.  It’s December, have you reviewed your company’s finances yet? (A) No, what’s the point? (B) Definitely not - I don’t have time! (C) Yes, and I’m already making plans for next year. If you answered anything other than C, this article is for you. As a small business owner, it is sometimes easiest to simply go through the motions of running a business.  Maybe you’re dealing with the holidays or you’re handling all the extra work that a year-end rush brings with it.  Regardless of how life is keeping you busy, if there is any downtime, you probably want to spend it...

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10 Dec Five Tips For Balancing Work And Everyday Life

In today’s technologically fast-paced world, it’s easier than ever to take work home with you. From email notifications popping up on your phone, to the peer pressure that makes so many salaried employees feel like they need to regularly work more than the standard 40-hour work week—finding balance between life and work is becoming harder than ever to maintain. The good news is, it’s not an impossible feat to overcome. Many people who are the most successful at managing their lives, in and out of the work sphere, follow simple rules for making sure they live balanced lives. Discovering these tools to...

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04 Dec Meet the Entrepreneur: Cynthia Cortina, Founder of BEING

While occasional spa visits proved to be a decent temporary fix for the former marketing manager, Cynthia Cortina, to cope with the exhaustion of her then stressful career - she realized there had to be a better way. Her search for a self-care regime that didn’t use harmful chemical-infused treatments pushed her to create, and eventually foundBEING, where she now delivers wellness and indulgent experiences to others.
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06 Nov Interns: Why You Need Them And How To Get Started

how to hire an intern

As a business owner, you've probably briefly entertained the idea of hiring an intern.  However, the process of actually offering an internship can seem a bit overwhelming for a smaller company without a team of lawyers and HR specialists to set the program up.  You’re probably expecting this next line to read “the good news is it’s quite simple.” While that’d be a great way to rope you in, the truth is that hiring an intern isn’t as simple as posting a ‘want ad’ in your local college newspaper or on Craiglist.  Stick with us, and we'll tell you exactly how to hire...

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26 Oct Thinking Inside the Box: How to Start a Subscription Box Business

Start a Subscription Box

In 2010 a little company known as Birchbox started offering customers a box of beauty-related goodies that they could have delivered to their doorstep once a month for a small fee. Five years and about 800,000 worldwide subscribers later, Birchbox has become wildly successful and the subscription box business model was created.  Since then the industry has exploded.  These days you don’t have to look further than your social media feed or your television to hear about the newest box being offered. It seems like you can get everything from paleo-friendly goodies to STEM projects for your kids delivered on a monthly...

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22 Oct 9 Essentials for Accepting Credit Card Payments Online

Processing Payments on your Website

Question: When was the last time you wrote a check (a real, physical check) to pay for something that wasn't rent? If you're like most consumers, the answer is probably somewhere between "Maybe a few weeks ago?" and "I can't even remember." Which brings us to our second question: When was the last time you paid for something online? Chances are the time frame for this answer is closer to "this morning" or "yesterday." In today's increasingly mobile world, consumers are expecting businesses to offer the convenience of paying for products and services online. They would much rather be able to go to...

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19 Oct SumIf, VLOOKUP and Pivot Tables: 10 Powerful Excel Tools for Business Owners

Excel Tips for Business Owners

Excel is one of those business tools that you either absolutely love or you tolerate because it's useful for making lists or tracking information. Truth be told, most people, from business owners to teenagers, fall into the latter category. Sure, you felt like a programming genius when you figured out the AVERAGE formula but you’re only using a fraction of its true potential because there’s simply too much to learn and who has time for that? Well, we want to help you take your Excel game to the next level. We've compiled 10 of our favorite shortcuts, formulas and tools that...

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12 Oct 7 Productivity Apps to Take you from Busy to Productive

Productivity Apps to take you from Busy to Productive

Don't mistake movement for achievement. It's easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing What?" –Jim Rohn   Have you ever had a day where it felt like you were going non-stop from the time you woke up until your head hit the pillow that night?  As a business owner, you're probably nodding your head and remembering that you've had more than one day like that in just the last week. Here's a second question for you then: How much did you actually get done? Before you answer, really sit and think.  Did you get everything on your to-do...

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