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55 Free Digital Marketing Tools for Small Businesses

Updated July 17, 2018<p>Successful small businesses are known for their ability to manage money efficiently. This includes collecting on outstanding …

Small Business

10 ways to beef up your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn has become the preeminent platform for professionals.<p>What started as a simple networking and job search tool has blossomed into an essential …

Marketing

When It Comes to Achievement, There's Good News and Bad News

It really doesn't matter if you have natural ability or not.<p>You want to dominate in your profession, perfect your skill as a performer, or impress the world with your writing, artwork, or athletic achievements. There's just one problem: You're not very good at whatever it is you seek to do.<p>Should …

Self-improvement

The Ivy Lee Method: A 100-year old, 15-minute routine for stress-free productivity

In the early 1900s, Charles M. Schwab, President of Bethlehem Steel Corporation — a steel and shipping company — wanted to increase the efficiency of …

Time Management

Your Résumé Has Only 5 Seconds To Grab Someone's Attention -- Here Is What You Should Do Now

I’d like to offer you some counterintuitive advice: don’t spend too much time worrying or stressing out over your résumé. Yes, I know everyone else tells you to spend an inordinate amount of time writing, rewriting, correcting, asking people to proofread it and offer their comments and advice to …

Employment

You Can Thank Us Later – 11 Employee Record Retention Requirements you MUST Follow

There’s a responsibility most small businesses owners would probably like to forget. But it’s imperative for anyone running anything larger than a …

5 Investing Apps That Make Money Without You Thinking About It

It's time you got a rounding-up, socially responsible, Wall Street-occupying investment app.<p>Making money without thinking about it has never been …

Webinar Set for May Will Teach Small Businesses to Cope with Greatest Security Threats

Security, whether it is in the physical or digital world, is a big issue for businesses of all sizes. With data breaches costing companies millions …

MailTag Chrome Extension Introduces Free Tracking and Auto Follow-up for Business Email

When you send an email for business, knowing the actions your recipient has taken provides valuable information about how you should follow up. The …

Ditch Distractions and Get Productive With a Method Called "Deep Work"

I first heard about the idea of "deep work" while listening to a podcast on my way to work. NPR's Shankar Vedantam interviewed Cal Newport, a computer scientist and Georgetown professor, about his research and insights on the subject.<p>Newport shared how he manages to get a seemingly impossible …

Time Management

Microsoft Teams is now used by 200,000 organizations, up from 125,000 in September

Microsoft has never shared how many individuals are using Teams, its chat-based collaboration tool that’s part of Office 365 and competes with Google’s Hangouts Chat, Facebook’s Workplace, and Slack. It’s therefore impossible to make an apples-to-apples comparison, but at least we know it’s growing.<p>…

Twilio launches Flex, a fully programmable contact center

Earlier this year we reported that Twilio was going to launch a full contact center solution called Flex on March 12 — lo and behold, today is March 12 and Twilio today announced the launch of Flex at the Enterprise Connect conference in Orlando. Flex brings together virtually every part of the …

Microservices

Knowing These 6 Statistics Could Change the Way You Think About the IoT

Still not sold on IoT tech? Check out these facts.<p>The Internet of Things (IoT) helps drive a reliable mode of interaction with customers, providing real-time insights to help streamline operations and make for greater personalization in the consumer experience. As a result, understanding the IoT is …

Internet of Things

Microsoft releases its LinkedIn resume helper for Word

Microsoft is now ready to polish your job applications -- the company has released its LinkedIn-powered Resume Assistant for Office 365 subscribers. The AI-based helper sifts through LinkedIn profiles to find prominent examples of work experience and skill listings for your dream job, giving you …

32 Simple Daily Habits That Separate High Achievers From Everyone Else

To be highly successful, you need to be highly disciplined.<p>Anyone who has achieved great things in business and life knows that to be highly successful, you need to be highly disciplined. I've asked hundreds of executives and entrepreneurs about the things they do every day that help them succeed, …

Customer Service

9 Tips About Remote Workers You Can’t Afford to Miss (INFOGRAPHIC)

With almost 40 percent of the U.S. workforce identifying themselves as freelancers, working remotely from home is an employment practice no employer …

Your Company Culture May Be Suffering From Poor Office Design

Your office design literally sets the stage for employee wellness, productivity, daily interactions, overall morale, and guest perceptions. Are you forcing people to work in an outdated design?<p>Currently, you're most likely to hear the words "company culture" in terms of internal marketing and …

The Workplace

Want To Make $75,000 A Month And Quit Your Day Job?

Have you ever wanted something so bad you can taste it? You know what I’m talking about. It’s like the “burning desire” Napoleon Hill told us about in his business classic, <i>Think & Grow Rich</i>.<p>Maybe it’s something you wanted for so long, but life got in the way. The desire faded away and never …

Entrepreneurship

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song for 15 Seconds Will Instantly Make You More Creative

Want to be more creative and feel a little happier? Play this song for 15 seconds.<p>Innovation matters. Creativity matters. Finding new solutions to old problems is what businesses -- and careers -- are often built on.<p>Sound therapy is a popular way to relax and reduce stress. But now you can use the …

Creativity

Science says the happiest couples have 13 characteristics

Romantic relationships are challenging, rewarding, confusing, and exhilarating—sometimes all at the same time.<p>Should you take things slowly at the beginning or dive right in? Can things stay hot in the bedroom even after years of being together? What happens when one of you wants to use a holiday …

Apply These 5 Tips to Get All Your Employees Involved in Social Media Marketing - Small Business Trends

Hopefully your small to mid-sized business is already using social media to drive and keep business.<p>Today, a lively social presence isn’t just a …

Social Media

Crush Your Competition with these Website Building Basics

<b>Sponsored Post</b>Let’s start this off on the right foot — your website is really important.Once a customer chooses you over your competition in search, …

59% of Small Businesses Need Two Calls to Track a Late Payment - Small Business Trends

Late payments can lead to more than just delayed revenue for small businesses. They can lead to a loss in productivity as well. A recent survey from …

Small Business

Not Following Through? 3 Steps to Building a System of Accountability

Who calls you out when you miss an important item in your to-do list? The best leaders build systems of accountability to ensure their most important issues are resolved without delay.<p>As founders, it's up to us to decide what we focus on. This is sometimes a problem - because we all have biases. We …

Management

Feline Food Issues? ‘Whisker Fatigue’ May Be to Blame

Moon was having eating issues, familiar ones to many cat owners: He batted food out of his bowl before he would eat it. Some days he seemed terrified even to approach his feeding dish.<p>Moon’s owner, Cheryl Anne Gardner, did some internet research and found the likely cause: whisker fatigue.<p>As soon …

Why You Should Schedule for Energy, Not Time

Get more things done, with more energy, in less time.<p>Most of us schedule our tasks based on when we're free.<p>When you forget to complete a task, you schedule it for first thing in the morning. When there's free time in the afternoon, you use it to write a new article.<p>You're probably thinking, this …

Language Learning

6 Cool Things To Do If Someone Hurts You

Have you ever felt so upset with someone for hurting your feelings that you didn't want to ever speak to them again? It's a common scenario: someone says something that's rude, accuses you of doing something wrong, or in some way makes you defensive. But does harboring dislike, revenge, even hate, …

20 Things that Will Matter a Lot Less to You in 20 Years

Too often we let the little frustrations of each day blind us to the beauty in front of us. We get caught up in our own heads, and literally don’t …

Social Media

The Number One Cause of Suffering According to Buddhism (and What You Can Do About it)

Ever heard of the four noble truths of Buddhism? If you haven’t, it’s basically the four principles of life that govern Buddhism philosophy. They are:<p>…