3 Productivity Tricks to Save You From Procrastination

You can start by first recognizing that you actually are procrastinating. Procrastination. We’ve all suffered from it in one form or another. It basically happens when we put off things that we should be focusing on at the moment in favor of doing something else we’re more comfortable, or would rather be, doing. Sound familiar? […]

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3 Ways Professional Organizations Can Benefit Any Startup

Participation helps establish reputations and uncover opportunities for partnership Making the decision to jump out of the corporate world and build your own business takes guts. Depending on your source, the attrition rate for start-ups is somewhere between 30 and 95 percent. Access to venture capital is, by many accounts, starting to dry up. Getting […]

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Apply For a Trademark Before It’s Too Late

With trademarks, the early bird gets the worm. I’m often asked when is the best time to trademark a new business or product name. On one hand, entrepreneurs feel pressure to register a trademark right away before anyone else starts using the name. On the other hand, registering for a trademark can seem expensive and […]

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5 Ways Mindfulness Will Turbocharge Your Career

Dr. Travis Bradberry shows you how mindfulness reduces stress, improves focus, boosts productivity, and makes you a better person in the process. Mindfulness is an increasingly popular notion in the workplace, with companies such as Apple, Yahoo, Starbucks, and Google using it to their benefit. Google, for example, offers employees a 19-hour course on the […]

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How Criticism Can Save Your Small Business

Don’t let your mistakes get you down. Instead, use them to your advantage. Mistakes are critical to business growth. We learn the most when we’re faced with trickier problems and customer complaints that force us to get creative. Whether you’re a booming tech leader like Facebook or a local mom-and-pop, your team should always have […]

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7 Ways Successful People Have Better Mindsets

A successful person is not someone in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of smart attitudes. It’s interesting to wonder why some people are more successful than others, especially if you yourself are aiming high. What do people like Richard Branson, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates have that feeds […]

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Taxable Pay Strategies for Business Owners

If you’re an entrepreneur, you know that running a business requires ongoing work and planning. For your business to succeed, the most fundamental elements are to grow revenues and maximize profits. (For related reading, see: A Defined Benefit Plan for Small Business Owners.) One of the most tempting ways to keep your company expenses low […]

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Leadership

What is ‘Leadership’ Leadership is the ability of a company’s management to set and achieve challenging goals, take swift and decisive action, outperform the competition, and inspire others to perform well. It is tough to place a value on leadership or other qualitative aspects of a company, compared to quantitative metrics that are commonly tracked […]

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Explaining What Your Company Does? Keep it Simple.

How clearly and concisely can you explain what your company does? It might be harder than you think, as Entrepreneur describes: Abianne Falla and JennaDee Detro are sisters, and their family has a ranch west of Houston. Like many places in Texas, the land had become dotted with yaupon, a little holly shrub that cattle […]

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Challenges of Getting a Product Made in the U.S.A.

For companies that choose to manufacture American-made goods, there are many pitfalls. The NY Times has documented one company’s journey: Many manufacturers perform a cost-benefit analysis when deciding whether to move production abroad. Others, however, are determined to make their products in the United States, even when the costs are higher. It was craftsmanship rather than […]

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