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How Small Business Culture Can Create Success

What do you think of when you think about small business culture? It can mean many things depending on who you talk to. It can be a “brand,” motto, …

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How to Motivate and Retain Employees - Essentials Every Organization Should Know

It is imperative for any business organization to retain the top employees by means of motivation. An engaged workforce is a productive workforce. …

Employee Engagement

How to Handle External Forces in Order to Maintain A Cohesive Workplace Environment

External and internal forces create conflict for employees within the workplace. With a struggling economy and ever increasing prices for gas, food, …

When it Comes to Employee Benefits, One Size Doesn’t Fit All

As you think about your company’s benefits options, keep in mind that it’s not simply a benefits package, but a lifeline for your employees’ physical …

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How to Claim a YouTube Custom Channel URL

Hey video creators, would you like to set a new YouTube custom channel URL for your YouTube channel?<p>Now YouTube is letting users claim custom URLs …

Want to be "Where It's At"? 100 Business Sites to Follow

Where do you get news and information for running your small business? If one of the places is on the Internet, you’re certainly not alone.<p>Journalist …

How to Keep Your Business Running During Holiday Vacation

The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes vacation time for many entrepreneurs. If you’re on the fence about shutting down your business …

Little Book of Big PR: The Biz Owner's Guide to Domination

For most businesses, public relations is something that happens when you have the budget or a big name. When you think of public relations, you think …

7 Ways to Make “Write a Business Plan Month” Work for You

December is National Write a Business Plan Month! Every business owner needs a plan — whether you’re in startup mode, seeking financing or preparing …

How to control a lawn irrigation system with Android and Arduino

Those crazy Googlers (s goog) are at it again.<p>Two of the company’s engineers created a way to control a lawn irrigation system using a number of …

Hydros Smart Irrigation System Saves Water and Slashes Your Bills by 60%

Water is a valuable resource – and it will only get more expensive if we continue use wasteful old-fashioned irrigation techniques such as …

Eve Smart Home Irrigation Systems Save You Money And Time (video)

Plaid Systems has this week unveiled a new range of irrigation systems they have created called Eve, which have been designed to provide homes with …

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Review: Rachio Iro

The simple act of watering your lawn is not always so easy. In hot climates, for example, you might use a timer that's hard-wired into an irrigation …

100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs

Whether you're seeking advice on raising capital, scaling your business or looking for general industry insight, these sites are worth reading.

Trust Your Workforce To Work Remotely

Since 30 June 2014 employees can make a statutory application to request their legal right for flexible working hours.<p>This is a great idea especially for those who may need to take an hour out from work for their child’s school appointment without taking a holiday day. Or for an employee who is …

9 Inexpensive Ways to Get Your Business Noticed Online

Congratulations on launching your startup business. The only problem is, no one knows about it. So how do you get the word out online, without having …

How to Attract and Keep Great Employees

Having a company that people want to work for requires a culture where employees get along with one another, trust management, and feel their work is meaningful.<p>I can't imagine anyone saying they want to work for an "OK" company. As entrepreneurs, we all want to create a great company that people</i> …

Employee Engagement

The Secret to Outstanding Customer Service

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every small business owner knows how expensive and time-consuming it is to acquire new customers. Sooner or later we figure out that the best customer is a repeat customer and outstanding service is the key to customer satisfaction and …

Customer Service

The 5 Tools for Entrepreneurs on the Go

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For entrepreneurs, staying connected is no longer an advantage, but an absolute necessity. The structured 9-to-5 life is a thing of the past, and new digital capabilities have dramatically changed what we are expected to accomplish on any …

Entrepreneurship

Integrating Social Media into Unexpected Parts of Business

It’s hard to believe that Facebook is now more than a decade old. In a few short years, the platform evolved from a small network of Ivy League students to an identity management resource for people around the world. Today, Facebook touches the lives of more than 1 billion people …

5 Simple Stress Relievers for the Small Business Owner

There's no getting around the fact that running your own business is hard. It can be, at once, scary, overwhelming, and stress-inducing.<p>But it can--and should--also be rewarding, productive, and enjoyable.<p>You don't have to live your life as a veritable ball of stress when you own a business. There …

56 Time Saving Social Media Ideas for the Time-Strapped Business Owner

(#WorkloadWednesday) I’m a “list” person. I make lists for almost everything I do. My lists run the gamut from; To Do, To Call, Grocery, Chores, Need …

To Keep Your Employees Longer, Just Tell Them to Quit

Counterintuitive, sure--but often effective. And at the very least makes for a more open dialogue.<p>Employee retention is a problem for most companies--especially startups that tend to hire millennials. After all, it's hard not to lose customers when your employee entrance is like a revolving …

10 Things Great Leaders Say Every Month

A monthly meeting or report can provide the missing link between your team's day-to-day performance and how it fits into the overall goal. Here's how to make it effective by focusing on the words you share.<p>Great leaders understand that their words are among their most powerful tools.<p>They're how you …

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How to Shed Your Introverted Ways in 6 Simple Steps

Don't let extroverts have all the fun. Here's how to ever so slightly break out of your shell.<p>In a world where extroverts seem to get all of the attention, standing out as an introvert can be an even heavier lift.<p>I should know--in the Myers-Briggs assessment, I fell squarely into the introvert …

The Secret to Winning an Argument Is Ridiculously Simple

The only way to get someone to agree with you is get them to rethink their own position.<p>If you want to change someone's opinion, ask the person <i>how</i> he or she would do something instead of <i>why.</i><p>The insight comes from University of Colorado psychologist Philip M. Fernbach in a paper with the telling …

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