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How to Go From Hobby to Small Business

Many believe that if you truly want to be happy with your work, you have to do what you love. Often, what we love becomes our hobbies, such as crafts, golf, food, dancing, etc. Part of the issue with trying to do what you love for an income is you may have to start your own small business. It can be hard to find someone willing to pay you to do your hobby full time. However, blogging about it or turning your hobby into an online store is very possible. If you want to take your hobby and turn it …

Is the Internet Killing Small Business?

In a time when shopping can take place from home, in seconds, without all the distractions and annoyances that normally accompany a shopping trip, eCommerce is a solution that many embrace enthusiastically. The internet made it possible for retailers to sell products and services online to people they’ll never meet or even be within 3,000 miles of. But is it killing small business? Is the Internet Killing Small Business? Selling to such large audiences makes it practical for exclusively-online retailers to sell a wide, diverse range of products (like Amazon) at almost unbeatable prices that small brick-and-mortar businesses struggle to …

Building a Tech Startup? These 10 Tips Are For You

Building a tech startup is a complicated process. You have to move quickly, and if you’re planning to disrupt an existing sector of the industry, it’s essential that you have strong, relevant relationships and connections. There’s a lot of advice startup owners have to share about building a tech startup, but it’s difficult to get all the good information in one place. That’s why we compiled the best 10 tips we’ve seen about building a tech startup. Read on and learn something that could make a difference in your startup! 10 Tips for Building a Tech Startup Do you have …

How to Negotiate Like a Pro in 6 Steps

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We all face situations that require us to negotiate. While looking out for yourself is always important, when it comes to a business negotiation, it’s absolutely essential. The other party is bargaining for a deal that will benefit them the most, and in order to make sure you’re not slighted, you have to go to bat for the terms you want. Negotiation isn’t a natural talent–it’s something that we learn over time. People that appear to be natural negotiators often pick up on negotiation tactics through nontraditional means–attending auctions, having a parent in small business, or simply by associating with …

The 6 Types of Employees You’ll Find in Any Office [Infographic]

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You’ll come across many different types of employees in your office. All types are required to make the world run smoothly (and sometimes, a bit unpredictably). Every office is different, but there seems to be a careful balance: In almost every office across the U.S., you can identify a few people that roughly fit the types we’ll describe below. Tell us which types of employees you recognize from your own office–and which type you think you might be! The 6 Types of Employees in Every Office Vocoli put together an excellent infographic outlining the 6 types of employees you’re likely to run …

5 Employee Motivation Techniques That Are Proven to Be Effective

Motivating employees that seem to have lost their drive can be a challenge. Many business owners and supervisors are tempted to give exuberant raises, undeserved promotions, and implement expensive workplace changes in attempts to motivate employees. But research has proven that money and other extrinsic (outside the self) motivators simply don’t work long term to recharge employees. In fact, they can condition employees to continue the un-driven behavior that you want to change. Luckily, you can rely on motivation techniques that have already been proven to be effective. There’s no guesswork involved–if you want to boost productivity and workplace morale, …

The Recommended Times to Post on Social Media

Running the social media channels for your business or blog? You’re likely using a scheduling program’s optimized posting time suggestions or assumptions like “post at lunchtime” to schedule your posts, but that’s not netting you the results you’re looking for. People tend to use social media in predictable patterns throughout the day, and a lot of research has gone into finding the best times to post on social media – no matter who your audience is. Without spending a dime on expensive research or trial and error, schedule your posts at the times you’ll see below to get the most …

3 Steps That Make Your Content Go Viral

What is viral content? Viral content starts out like all other content–it’s written or created with an audience in mind. What makes viral content different, however, is the way it’s received by the audience. Instead of drawing a few clicks and likes here and there, viral content takes on a life of its own once it starts being shared by a small group of people and grows. At the heart of viral content is share-ability, or how appropriate readers deem the content for sharing. A lot of great, well-written or designed content fails to go viral simply because it’s not …

10 Ways to Help Your Home Based Business Succeed

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Owning a home-based business can be stressful. Without the traditional office/home boundaries, it can be difficult to stay on track and be productive with your time. It’s a challenge to stay connected to your employees and create a harmonious company culture. But operating your business from home doesn’t have to mean it’s doomed to be disorganized or chaotic. The fact that you’re reading this article shows that you are invested in your business and want to make it work against all odds. “When there’s a will, there’s a way.” We scoured the web and came up with a list of …

7 Keys to Small Business Success

Running a small business doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be successful. If you look at small businesses that have proven to be successful over time, you begin to notice a trend. Successful small businesses follow a process and adopt a mindset that seem to hold the keys to success for business owners that pay attention. In this post, we’ll outline what we consider to be the 7 keys to small business success and provide some actionable tips for implementing all 7 keys into your own small business. 1) Start small. Don’t spend everything you’ve got on your small business. Play it …

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