Strategy

How To Ace Your Videoconference Interview

These days, you might find yourself in a job interview in the comfort of your own home. Interviewing over Skype or a similar service isn’t all that different from interviewing in person, but there are some things you need to keep in mind. Here’s some good advice on the topic:
How To Ace Your Videoconference Interview
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Small Businesses Could Face New Credit Squeeze

Business owners could face a new credit squeeze as early as next month, in what amounts to a gap period between the expiration of two popular stimulus provisions and the ramp-up of President Barack Obama’s plan to boost loans for small companies.
Small Businesses Could Face New Credit Squeeze
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Lessons From Saturn’s Implosion

General Motors’ decision earlier this month to scrap its Saturn brand triggered frequent retellings of the many ways in which GM missed an opportunity to recast itself and the auto industry. But other manufacturers did adopt some of Saturn’s innovations, according to Wharton faculty. Indeed, they say, the Saturn story […]
Lessons From Saturn’s Implosion
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Does Your Brand Tell a Powerful Story?

From Entrepreneur: One of the best ways for an entrepreneur to get a leg up in this competitive climate and distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack is to tell your brand story.
Does Your Brand Tell a Powerful Story?
Strategy

How To Disable Backspace As A Shortcut In Firefox

Every major Web browser has come to the conclusion that the backspace key (or delete, for Mac users) should work as a shortcut to the back button — sending you back to the previous page. ‘Backspace’ starts with ‘back’, after all… what’s not to like?
How To Disable Backspace As A Shortcut In Firefox
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The Secrets To A Smooth Succession In A Family Business

If you want your business to live on long after you’ve retired to the links or a nice, sandy beach, you need to approach succession as carefully as you do your will. This starts with having a plan, then making sure all your family members and those with future ownership […]
The Secrets To A Smooth Succession In A Family Business
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How To Build Up A Credit Rating For Your Small Business

In the early days of a business, an entrepreneur has no choice but to rely on his personal credit rating. But if you don’t start working on a credit rating for your business right away, it won’t be there when you need it a few years down the line.
How To Build Up A Credit Rating For Your Small Business
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10 Tips For Keeping Your Regulars Happy

From Entrepreneur: Some small business owners are so focused on attracting new customers they forget to take care of the ones they already have. And neglected customers will certainly be ripe for the picking by the competition. Bob Green, president of The Verdi Group, an advertising agency in Rochester, N.Y., […]
10 Tips For Keeping Your Regulars Happy
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How To Make Gmail Ad-Free

Gmail, like most Google products, is free, making money through advertising. But if looking at ads is too steep a price for you to pay for great email, there’s hope for you.
How To Make Gmail Ad-Free
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How Not To Run A Business

If you are a CEO, you shouldn’t be thinking about running your company. Your goal, really, should be to do as little as possible, according to Isaac Getz and Brian Carney’s new book Freedom, Inc.: Free Your Employees and Let Them Lead Your Business to Higher Productivity, Profits, and Growth […]
How Not To Run A Business
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How To Succeed In Business: Liberate The Workplace!

At a time of economic distress, it is all too easy to imagine that supposedly wise leaders and elite experts—usually, for some reason, residents of Washington, D.C.—should take charge of major decisions and put things right, imposing order and correcting the errors of a chaotic free market.
How To Succeed In Business: Liberate The Workplace!
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Set Your Employees Free And Watch The Profits Roll In

Brian Carney’s new book, Freedom, Inc.: Free Your Employees and Let Them Lead Your Business to Higher Productivity, Profits, and Growth , explains how innovative companies are embracing radical approaches to employee freedom. The companies he describes in the book have seen profits rise and have a happier workforce.
Set Your Employees Free And Watch The Profits Roll In
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Marketing Locally? Think Globally

: It’s a paradox: So many online merchants, yet so few willing to reach for the stars by thinking beyond the American market. They don’t call it the World Wide Web for nothing–as an online merchant, you are but a few mouse clicks away from a global customer base.
Marketing Locally? Think Globally
Strategy

Stop Multitasking And Pay Attention!

Pay very close attention to this post. Ignore the seven other open tabs in your browser, the IM window that just lit up, and the television in the background. Multitasking is all the rage, but it might be bad for you.
Stop Multitasking And Pay Attention!
Strategy

5 Ways To optimise Your Website For Bing

From Entrepreneur.com: After all the rumours and last-minute botched deals over the years, it’s finally happened: Microsoft and Yahoo have reached an agreement to merge their search services in hopes of finally being able to compete with the grand search overlord, Google.
5 Ways To optimise Your Website For Bing
Strategy

Promise Your Employees The Moon

Making promises you don’t expect to keep to reel in prospective hires might not be the most ethical recruitment strategy, but research suggests it might not be bad for morale.
Promise Your Employees The Moon
Strategy

Shrink Your Debt

From Entrepreneur.com: In general, the best choices for debt negotiation and settlement are unsecured loans and credit cards. Since there is no collateral that can be attached to satisfy the debt, creditors are more likely to negotiate to avoid writing off the entire debt.
Shrink Your Debt
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5 Questions Every Boss Should Ask

From Entrepreneur.com: The downturn has brought about many woes, especially in the corporate sector. Balance sheets are in distress, stocks are down, layoffs are up, revenues are off, and employees are extremely worried; and so are employers. The shockwave that’s been hitting the world economy demands that entrepreneurs react, and […]
5 Questions Every Boss Should Ask
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10 Critical Cash Flow Rules

From Entrepreneur.com: Cash flow problems can kill businesses that might otherwise survive. According to a U.S. Bank study, 82 per cent of business failures are due to poor cash management.
10 Critical Cash Flow Rules
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5 Financial Rules for Startups

: “You’re not spending enough money.”   That is what the corporate honchos told me in my previous startup, which was an intrapreneurial startup inside a large corporation.  That was in the midst of the Dotcom era, when everything online was about getting eyeballs. We had equity partners and a […]
5 Financial Rules for Startups
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The Venture Capital Infusions

: It’s not often that America’s small businesses get $2 billion in federal funds set aside just for them. But that’s what happened when President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act this February.  Better known as the stimulus bill, the ARRA changed the rules for a little-known SBA […]
The Venture Capital Infusions
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Avoid Legal Time Bombs

: If you own a business in the U.S. long enough, there’s a strong likelihood that your business will be sued. When that happens, it will cost you a fortune to defend that lawsuit. And that’s if you win.
Avoid Legal Time Bombs
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7 Steps For Generating New Business

: Entrepreneurs often live with the hope that if they build it, customers will come. But in today’s economy, it takes a lot more than hope to get people to purchase your products or services: New business-building practices are a must if you want to expand.
7 Steps For Generating New Business
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Why Should Your Employees Like You?

From Entrepreneur.com: When a couple of employees were habitually late to work at Oceanside Photo & Telescope in Oceanside, Calif., owner Craig Weatherwax refrained from harsh words or disciplinary action. Instead, he opted for a heart-to-heart discussion, explaining the reasons behind their start time and how their tardiness was affecting […]
Why Should Your Employees Like You?
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5 Ways To Fire People Without Being Hated

: In January, David Johnson realised that all of his budget cuts weren’t going to be enough to keep his business profitable. As CEO, he had no choice but to lay off a third of his workforce at Summitville Tiles, an Ohio-based tile factory that Johnson’s family has owned for […]
5 Ways To Fire People Without Being Hated
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Build A Social Media Hiring Strategy

From Entrepreneur.com: This downturn is a great time to develop a social-media recruiting strategy if your company doesn’t have one yet. Here are some basic tips for getting started:
Build A Social Media Hiring Strategy
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How To Cope With Overnight Success

From Entrepreneur.com: You’d think that getting discovered by Walmart or Oprah would be every small-business owner’s dream come true. Yet, too often, overnight success can quickly become a company’s worst nightmare. A small business that lacks the capital, staff, or infrastructure to handle a big order or nationwide publicity can […]
How To Cope With Overnight Success
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Innovate Every Day

In the sink-or-swim environment of startups, daily innovation can weigh heavily on your mind. Here are three ways to think creatively–well past your startup stage.
Innovate Every Day
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Books For Entrepreneurs

From A VC: Last week an entrepreneur named Stephen who reads this blog regularly asked me for recommendations that budding entrepreneurs should read. I gave him a list and then forwarded it to my friends Brad Feld and Jerry Colonna who I knew would appreciate the list.
Books For Entrepreneurs
Strategy

How To Set Priorities

, I argued that the key to success in a small business is to focus on doing one thing extremely well.  A small company simply doesn’t have the resources to compete with bigger, richer companies if it’s trying to be all things to all people. While trying to do one […]
How To Set Priorities
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When Is Your Product Ready To Launch?

Small companies face a constant tension between shoving new products out the door too early, when they’re not quite ready for prime time, and too late, when the company has invested so much time, effort, and resources that it overdevelops the product and loses revenue and mindshare that it can […]
When Is Your Product Ready To Launch?
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The Key To Small Business Success

For most entrepreneurs, the single biggest business challenge is not finding a promising opportunity to go after.  It is eliminating the dozens of promising opportunities you could go after and keeping your focus on just one or two.
The Key To Small Business Success