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Sense is a glowing sphere that watches over you while you sleep

This sleek sleep tracker analyzes your bedroom, and your sleep patterns<p>At age 19, Londoner James Proud decided to skip out on college and move to the States.<p>As one of several "Thiel Fellows," Proud received a $100,000 grant from esteemed venture capitalist Peter Thiel to skip college, move to San …

Amazon Echo Spot Brings Alexa, Audio, & Video to a Small, Desktop Device

Posted in Gadgets and Tech<p>Amazon’s forthcoming Echo Spot is an Alexa-enabled wireless 2-watt speaker with a screen. Use it to stream videos via …

Cocoon Home Security Device

To keep your house safe, you could go the traditional route and have an elaborate security system installed. Or could just grab a Cocoon Home …

15 Holiday Promotion Ideas To Keep The Register Ringing

The holidays are right around the corner. Are you prepared?<p>The beauty of a small business is, we can be light on our feet. Besides, you still have a …

Shopping

The Pros and Cons of Friends and Family Financing

<i>By Rieva Lesonsky</i><p>The types of business success stories that make news typically involve hot young startup entrepreneurs landing millions of dollars …

Small Business

Amazon.com Opens NYC Store. How Is Your Local Store Different. 5 Tips.

Wal Mart was a disruptor for local small businesses. Amazon.com was a disruptor for Wal Mart and of course ANY other retailer. With Amazon.com …

Create a Memorable Business Card That Nails Your Brand and Gets You Noticed

If you still have a perfunctory business card, you know just something thought of at the last minute and maybe even worse; printed out on your …

How to Manage Your Business's Online Reputation

<i>“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well”—Jeff Bezos</i><p>The importance of online …

3 Ways to Get More Likes on Facebook

October 15, 2014<p>It’s no secret that many small-business owners have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. As the Big Daddy of social media with a …

When and How to Sublease Office Space You've Rented

Thinking about subleasing it to offset the cost of your rent? Here's what you need to know before subletting that space to someone else.

8 Ways to Improve Employee Performance in Your Small Business

Lazy employees? Before you give up on finding anyone with a good work ethic, check out these eight things you should be doing to motivate and inspire …

16 Ways to Find Customers

Finding customers is hard for many new and established business owners. Here are 16 ways to find customers for your small business.

What to Put in a Newsletter

What newsletter content will interest your customers? Use these ideas to write newsletters clients and customers will look forward to getting and …

How to Get More People to Like You on Facebook

If you want to get very far on Facebook, the first thing you need is a lot of followers. Here's a back-to-basics guide for building your Facebook fan …

Why This Cuban Bakery Beat Dunkin Donuts With Niche Marketing

Recently I parked my car in front of a Dunkin Donuts to use their WiFi while I waited for one of my children to finish taking some tests at a local …

Top 10 Business Tips From This Week's OPEN Forum

October 18, 2014<p><b>1. Listen to your customers.</b> Who knows more about your business' opportunities for growth than your customers? Ask your customers …

Small, But Fierce: How Tiny Firms Can Pack a Big Punch

This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine<p>If you compare the American economy to an automobile, then 2009 was the year it careened off the road.<p>We’ve since towed it out of the ditch but, make no mistake, we’ve still got engine trouble. And there’s no better way to understand this fact than …

Small Business

The Secret to Getting More Repeat Customers

<i>It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Rachel Daley– Enjoy!</i><p>So you’ve made a sale. “YES! I sold my product! …

Deal With Angry Social Media Users With These 4 Easy Tips

Handling complaints is a part of business; Handling them well is part of excellence.<p>Even the best of businesses occasionally have disgruntled customers. Sometimes, consumers have unrealistic expectations and sometimes businesses make mistakes. Either way, dealing with upset customers is a part of …

17 Ways to Know You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur

It can be hard to explain to non-entrepreneurs why you choose such a challenging journey. Here's what to tell them.<p>Being an entrepreneur is hard. <i>Really</i> hard.<p>You put everything on the line: your talent, your creativity, your ideas, your money, and yet you still do it, sometimes again and …

The Complete Guide to Creating the Perfect Facebook Page for Your Business

This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>As small business owners and brand managers, you’ve probably heard that you need to be on Facebook.<p>Great! So where should you start? And is there an easy blueprint to follow?<p>We’ve experimented a lot with various Facebook marketing tips over the past several …

Social Media

The Beginner’s Guide to Launching a Food Truck Business

<i>This article is part of our Food Cart Business Startup Guide—a curated list of articles to help you plan, start, and grow your food cart …

For Some Small Businesses, Winter Means Preparation--and Profit

After last year's brutal winter, businesses are making sure they're ready to capitalize this time around.<p>What do you do in the midst of mountains of snow? If you're like some small business owners, you try to profit from it.<p>After last year's rough winter and with forecasts of another snowy season, …

Small Business Saturday: Become a Neighborhood Champion

In 2014, consumers spent an estimated $14.3 billion at small independent businesses on Small Business Saturday. Nearly 3,000 small businesses across …

Small Business

How To Deal With Company Growing Pains

Every company goes through growing pains. They suck. And no matter the company size these problems will always exist. It’s just that the pains will be different as the business grows. A 300 person organization feels the same pressure that a 10 person organization does, but early stage companies …

Leadership Training for Employees

By Karleia Steiner<p>Legitimate and effective management training requires a thorough evaluation and an immense amount of time and effort; many small …

Why big box stores are getting smaller and what that means to small towns

Big boxes are looking to smaller stores. The natural extension of this trend is to even smaller stores, like the ones in your small town. Photo by …

Use Your Small-business Advantages

Holder Drug by Becky McCray via Flickr<p>When asked if they have any advantages as a small business, many owners respond negatively.<p>The fact is,</b> …