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5 Technology Tips for Small Businesses

Having your own website and online store and making things as responsive and customer-friendly as possible all add up to a few good reasons that will …

Why more small businesses are choosing cloud phone systems

<i>This sponsored post is produced in association with ShoreTel Sky.</i><p>If your company has multiple employees, you need a PBX (Private Branch Exchange) system to route incoming calls — especially if you want to maintain a professional image. But for small companies, the initial price tag of traditional …

How Non-bank Lenders Can Serve Small Businesses Better

Non-bank lenders are going mainstream with LendingClub's IPO!<p><i>LendingClub is going IPO</i> <i>today. At this historic moment for peer-to-peer lending, we get a chance to interview Ethan Senturia, Co-Founder/CEO of non-bank business lender</i> <i>Dealstruck</i><i>, who</i> <i>connects profitable, small- and medium-sized businesses</i> …

Array

Cloud accounting is here to stay. It gives you remote accessibility, mobility and control at all times. It makes your business accounting quick, …

The Best (and Worst) States and Cities to Own a Small Business

When you're deciding to start your own business, where you live and the rules governing small businesses is one important consideration. Some states …

BYOD, WiFi and What Small Business Need to Know

Welcome to the BYOD arena. In the red corner, we have freedom and productivity, and in the blue corner, we have security threats. All joking aside, …

New Merchant Cash and Capital Study Shows that 40 Percent of Small Businesses Choose Alternative Financing Over Bank Loans - Press Release

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study released today shows that 40 percent of small business owners choose alternative financing …

Small Business

Despite Apple Pay's Promise, Still Plenty Of Pitfalls For The Mobile Wallet

The mobile wallet was pitched as an innovation that would entirely replace the countless credit cards and loose change in your pocket or purse. And …

Picking Winners? Intuit Picks Revel For QuickBooks Point Of Sale

Ecosystems are difficult. Platform vendors navigate a difficult path between treating all ecosystem members as equals, and picking winners who can help them meet their platform goals. Intuit faces this issue every day as it executes upon its opportunity to bring the QuickBooks small business …

QuickBooks Online Review: Best Small Business Accounting Software

Quickbooks Online is our favorite accounting software for small businesses because it can grow with your business. Read our full review.

What Needs to Go on Your 'Stop Doing' List?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Most business owners think about creating a “start doing” list, with its endless recitations of things they could be doing more of in order for the company to be bigger, better or more profitable.<p>But there’s just as much value in asking …

Minimize the Impact of Your Mistakes With These 6 Strategies

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s a fact of life: Everyone makes mistakes. People who are at the very top of their game make mistakes. If you’re trying something new, there’s an even better chance you’re going to make a mistake.<p>Should you let that stop you? …

5 Unconventional Techniques for Improving Your Company's Culture

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Organizational culture is comprised of consistent practices that build into a company’s cadence. Every business has a cadence -- the pulse at which the company operates on a day-to-day basis that includes how and when things get …

5 Unhealthy Workplace Habits to Break in 2015

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While building a new business, you might develop habits that have a negative affect on your health. The time you once might have devoted to keeping fit and cooking healthy meals is dedicated instead to spreadsheets, presentations and …

The Brain

10 Reasons to Remain Inspired When the Wind Blows

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>This month marks the five-year anniversary of the death of motivational speaker Jim Rohn. I wanted to write an article that would pay homage to a man that I never met but whose ideas have had a great impact on my life.<p>I listened to an …

5 Steps to Align Your Reward Process and Reach Your Company Goals

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As 2014 rapidly draws to a close, businesses everywhere and of every size are starting to plan for 2015. The pace of business has accelerated drastically in the last decade. As such, businesses need to update their goal-setting practices …

Lacking Capital, Talent or Connections? That's Just the Fear Talking.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When my colleagues and I launched our business, we were quickly reminded of how easy it is to fail.<p>We were trying to launch a remote-server-admin service, and though our idea originally attracted a lot of attention, working on the project …

4 Tips to Optimize Your Time as an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Each morning people wake up and choose how they will start the day. For some, this may mean a quick workout before heading to the office and for others it could mean spending some time with their kids, reading the morning news or catching …

How to Make Your First Ecommerce Sale (Infographic)

Successfully selling products online isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it sprint. It’s more like a marathon.<p>Setting up a competitive, lasting ecommerce business is typically a lengthy, multi-step process. Plenty of patience, planning and training are required. To see your hard work pay off (literally), …

10 business words to stop saying immediately

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Your word choices say a lot about your understanding of the nuances of language. Some people pick longer words that may lose those individuals who don’t understand. They also risk coming across as self-important types.<p>Then there are …

Crack Down on Late Payers -- 7 Tips for Small Business Owners

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Customers who don't pay on time have always been the bane of small business owners' existence. But in the past couple of years, the late-payer problem has grown into a lifethreatening condition for some small business owners.<p>I have one …

Which Type of Entrepreneur Are You?

In a passage from Upanishads, the ancient and sacred texts of Hinduism, the writer proposes this thought about desire:<p>“A man whose mind wanders and longs for objects of desire, goes again to life and death according to his desires. But he who possesses the End of all longing, and has found …

Need a Bank Loan for Your Small Business? Timing Can Make or Break Your Chances

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Imagine a small-business owner walks into his or her shop one day and sees water gushing from the company bathroom, turning the entire place into a giant swamp. In this emergency scenario, the business owner doesn’t have much time to …