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30+ Ways for You To Use YouTube Effectively

YouTube is one of the hidden gems in online marketing. It is a terrific way for small business owners to compete with the big brands. But creating …

The Link Between Thought Leadership and LinkedIn

The topic of thought leadership has been hot and heavy over the last year or two. Often discussed, speculated about and outright claimed by some, it …

15 Things That Could Cause Small Business Failure

It’s sad. 8 out of 10 businesses fail. And many of the causes can be prevented. This list can help you put together a plan to make sure your business …

12 Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Business

Startups are usually strapped for cash. But that shouldn’t stop you from building your dream as effectively as possible. So how can you do both and …

Why You May Have Waited Too Long to Talk to Your Accountant

If you’ve waited until tax time to talk to your accountant, you may have waited too long.<p>Keeping regular contact with your accountant throughout the …

How to Create a LinkedIn Profile That Rocks At Generating Leads

If yours is a B2B business (meaning, your customers are other businesses versus consumers), then by now you probably know the value of LinkedIn. Not …

The Amazing Reason to Include Video in Your Next Email

If you include a video in your next email, there’s a 96 percent greater chance the recipient will click through. Also, when someone looks you up …

How Do You Optimize Facebook And Twitter Accounts?

Whether you need to promote your brand, share event pictures, connect with your clients or create a buzz, social media marketing is a necessity and …

Strengthen Your Small Business by Using Subcontractors

Dealing with the ebb and flow of workloads can be challenging for small businesses. How do you address those extra busy times without adding regular …

Automate Your Business Where Possible and Boost Employee Productivity - Small Business Trends

It’s time again for our Small Business Trends community news and information roundup. Much of the talk lately on small business blogs and communities …

Survey: Multi-Channel Marketing Leads to Customer Engagement

A Constant Contact survey by the email marketing firm suggests multi-channel marketing – email, social, mobile, and Web – increases customer …

5 Possible Outcomes in Franchise Ownership

It always helps to have a goal or two in mind when pursuing something big, like becoming the owner of a franchise business – any business. Do you …

Talk About Bad Company: The True Cost of a Bad Hire

Hiring the wrong person for a position is an expensive mistake for a company to make. In a recent Career Builder survey 42% of companies reported …

How to Use Email Marketing to Segment Customers and Generate Loyalty

You may have heard the saying “the money is in the list” and I’m willing to bet that the first place your mind went is to thinking that a bigger list …

Tax Deductions You and Your Business Can't Take

While most business expenses can be written off, the tax law contains some pesky limits or bans on deducting legitimate business-related costs. …

Free Skype Group Video Calls Introduced for Up To 10 People

Your next video conference on Skype may now be free. Skype announced this week that its Skype group video calls service is now free for up to 10 …

10 Siri Alternatives and Digital Assistants for You

Ten years ago it might have seemed impossible that someday you might have a digital assistant that lived in your phone. And that assistant would …

Any.Do Makes Managing Tasks Simple

Most productive people will tell you that they stay productive, getting stuff done, because they maintain some sort of system. Usually, at its core, …

13 Things You Can Do With a CRM System to Increase Sales Numbers

Customer relationship management software makes it easier to handle your whole sales process. This goes for any business, whether you have a sales …

10 Things You Need To Do After Forming An LLC

If you recently formed a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or incorporated, you have taken an important step toward setting the legal foundation for …

6 Pillars are the Foundation of Small Business Success

“Small business success happens here.”<p>This was pretty much all over banners, handouts, programs, marketing materials and infused into conversations …

How to Strengthen Your Social Media Content Marketing Strategy

Setting up a Twitter account or a Facebook page is not a difficult task. However, fostering authentic conversation with a community through those …

Quantify Lets You Shop For Your Next Business Consultant Online

If your company has a problem and needs expertise your staff doesn’t possess, one option is to go to a consultant.<p>Similarly, if you have expertise …

A Guide to What You Should Be Doing NOW for the Affordable Care Act

Between the time President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010 and today, there have been a number of adjustments and …

9 Ways The American Home Has Changed Since The 1970s

The U.S. Census Bureau provides information on different characteristics of newly built houses from the 1970s to 2012. We looked at how those characteristics have changed over the last few decades.<p>Houses are getting taller, with an increasing share of new houses having at least two stories. …

This One Thing Can Make or Break Your Consulting Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This excerpt is part of Entrepreneur.com's Second-Quarter Startup Kit which explores the fundamentals of starting up in a wide range of industries.</i><p><i>In Start Your Own Consulting Business, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Eileen</i> …

To Be Results Focused, Stop Focusing On Results

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For many entrepreneurs, success is measured by profitability and achieved by increasing revenue and decreasing expenses. But just focusing on those desired outcomes is a mistake that will yield little change to the bottom line. The reason …

The Top 10 Audio Books That Every Entrepreneur Must Listen To

With a million and one things on an <i>entrepreneur’s agenda</i>, it is almost next to impossible to find the time to read a book from front to back. Well …

6 Changes Organizations Should Make Today

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In today's competitive landscape, companies need to be efficient or get left behind. That said, companies are often stuck in their ways, leaving opportunity for growth out cold. Here are some things I would do if I took over your business …