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Small Business Top Tips: Employee Benefits Open Enrollment

You know it better than anyone: One of the defining characteristics of small business owners is that you have to wear many hats. At this time of the …

7 Ways to Pump Up Employee Engagement In Your Office

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Employees have an enormous impact on the success of virtually every business. If they do an incredible job, the business thrives. Conversely, if employees perform poorly, the business tanks. So, how do you tell if your employees are …

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How Women Decide

Photography: Courtesy of George Cott<p>Artwork: Janet Echelman, Line Drawing, 2006–2007, high-tenacity multifilament polypropylene, 36-degree ellipsoidal spotlights, colored dichroic glass filters, 408′ x 56′ x 33′, Tampa, Florida<p>In 2005 seven partners and senior staffers at Deloitte (including the …

Don’t Tell a Suffering Coworker “It Could Have Been Worse”

After being subjected to the upsetting experience of receiving negative feedback on a task, research participants felt particularly badly, scoring an average of <b>4</b> on a 7-point positive-affect scale, if they were indirectly told that getting a low score on a task was a “not serious” event. By …

Don’t Sugarcoat Negative Feedback

The old rap against coaches and consultants: they borrow your watch to tell you the time.<p>And yet I’d bet anything that 90% of the coaches reading this hung out their shingles with an eye toward helping executives grow and overcome impediments to success. So why do they bear the stigma of being a …

Nice or Tough: Which Approach Engages Employees Most?

It’s probably no news to most people who work that poor leaders produce disgruntled, unengaged employees. Our research also shows convincingly that great leaders do the opposite — that is, that they produce highly committed, engaged, and productive employees.<p>And the difference is cavernous — in a …

HR for Neophytes

It’s a worldwide trend that has been under way for nearly a decade: Responsibility for talent management is shifting from HR to frontline executives. The transition is driven partly by cost cutting—head counts in HR departments fell sharply during the Great Recession—but it is also fueled by the …

11 Tips for Avoiding Startup Legal Battles

When starting a new business, planning for potential legal issues is essential. The last thing you need to be focusing on is damage control, …

3 Ways to Use Online Video in Small Business Marketing

If you’re not using online video content to draw in traffic and new customers for your small business, you’re behind the online marketing curve. …

17 Hiring Secrets for Entrepreneurs

We asked Inc. readers to give us their best hiring advice. Here's what they said.<p>Last week, Inc. asked our Twitter and Facebook readers an important question.<p>Two pieces of advice quickly rose to the top of the list: <b>"Hire slow, fire fast"</b> and <b>"Always trust your gut."</b><p>Readers also were adamant checking …

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Millennial Marketing: 3 Reasons It’s Not All About the Millennials

If you want to feel old, then turn on the television – seriously.<p>Whether it’s the restaurant industry or the latest fashion designer, every brand in …

Male vs Female Shopping: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

Do men and women shop differently? “Of course,” answers anyone who’s ever witnessed a married couple on a trip to the mall. Typically, when it comes …

NALA Introduces Press Release Service for Small Businesses - Small Business Trends

Small businesses need public relations … PR. But when you’re busy running your business, it’s hard to get your story out to the world. It can be …

Calendar vs. Fiscal Year: What’s Right for Your Business?

Upon launching a new business, you might be faced with the question of choosing a tax year for your business. Should your accounting period be …

2 Types of Video to Build Your Business

Online video is exploding. It’s now the most popular online advertising format, beating out Facebook and Google Adwords. If you have anything to …

Social Media Engagement for Dummies is a Smart Book

If you’re a fan of the “…for Dummies” books, then you will want to grab this one.<p>Social Media Engagement for Dummies is by Aliza Sherman and Danielle …

How to Create a LinkedIn Company Page that Drives Sales

There’s no better time to create or update your LinkedIn company page. With the July 31, 2013 launch of LinkedIn company page analytics, and new …

Tawki Develops One-Click Video Production

Small business owners realize the value of online video in marketing these days. The rise of Vine and Video on Instagram demonstrate video’s role in …

5 Ways to Build a Better Team

These tips will help you build teams that deliver better results for your company and your customers.<p>The only way to move mountains for your business is by leveraging the collective brainpower (and, sometimes, muscle power) of a group of employees. But it can't just be any old group. To truly move …

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7 Powerful Words of Advice for Entrepreneurs

We asked Inc. readers to give their best advice for new entrepreneurs--in exactly seven words.<p>If you had to distill your best business advice for new entrepreneurs into just seven words, what would they be? We asked Inc. readers this question, and you rose to the challenge, offering up wisdom on …

Entrepreneurship

7 Top Social Networks Among American Teens

This week on <i>Mashable</i>, we heard from one 13-year-old who claims none of her friends use Facebook and a 15-year-old who said all of her friends use …

12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013

This set of inspirational thoughts for the new year will galvanize you into action.<p>At the start of every year, I create a list of quotes to guide and inspire me for the next 12 months. Here are the quotes I've selected for 2013:<p>"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your …

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The 20 Most Powerful Words in Business

This simple sentence should be your new personal motto. It will keep you productive and your business on track.<p>Success in business is relatively simple: Make good decisions more often than you make bad ones, and you win. Make bad decisions too often, and you lose.<p>Simple? Yes. Easy? No. Particularly …

Management

Want Loyal Customers? Do This.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Everyone in your company, from the summer intern to the CEO, has opportunities to communicate with individual customers. But few companies understand how to leverage these one-to-one marketing opportunities.<p>Twenty years ago, Don Peppers …

Customer Experience

11 Ways to Make Your Instructional How To Content Stand Out

Most how-to articles and videos start to look the same after a while. But informational content is a valuable and powerful tool when executed with …

12 Tips for Merchants to Fight Credit Card Fraud at the Point of Sale

It’s well documented that accepting credit cards is good for business, but there is one snag to accepting credit cards that every retailer knows and …

5 Ways to Win Your Share of the Federal Government’s Year End Budget - Small Business Trends

September 30th marks the end of the federal government’s fiscal calendar, which means that the year-end buying season is upon as we continue through …

Social Media Business Tips: Socially Savvy on a Budget

<i>[Click for full size infographic]</i><p>For small business owners, social media is a great way to connect with customers, potential customers, build brand …

Obamacare Answers a Few Clicks Away

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Don't know whether your firm is big enough to be subject to Obamacare's main provisions? Confused about how to count your seasonal workers in determining your business's size? Many of the answers to your most pressing questions about the …

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