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Adding new tools to the toolbox doesn’t mean the old classics are useless; you will find that your hammer and screwdriver remain useful even if you buy a new drill or LED flashlight. Newer technology doesn’t always push aside the tried and true tools of the trade. In the same way, new online networking methods are valuable, but don’t cancel out most of the traditional offline networking methods. In-person networking opportunities help develop opportunistic professional…

A 20% chance of success…would you take that bet? Only 2 out of 10 new businesses survive the first 18 months. With odds like these, it’s a wonder that anyone even tries to start a business. What those statistics don’t tell you is what caused these businesses to fail in the first place. Was it poor management? Lack of clients? Ineffective marketing? Or was their entire business model flawed? With a million different variables, we can’t really determine why each business fails. Each…

Wise business owners quickly realize that there is only so much they can accomplish in a day. That moment is the time to decide what you are best at and what tasks someone else could perform. The goal is to delegate common tasks so that you can focus on growing your company. The question is: who do you delegate those tasks to when you own a small business? You have two basic choices: an employee or a freelancer. It may seem as though an employee and a freelancer are the same things. The…

It is easy to write about the complexity in the business environment and how that has an impact on decision making. Several economic and business researchers have argued that the pace of business has been increasing in speed and complexity since the late 80s and early 90s. This complexity and quickened pace may speed up the decision making process to some extent and produce circumstances where rational thought is not enough. Call it intuition, a gut feeling, educational guesses or what have you…

Keeping up productivity throughout the work day is no easy task. Not only is it pretty difficult to keep concentrating from 9am to 5pm, but there’s loads more distractions ready to fill any lapse in work. You might try some techniques such as hiding your phone away or blocking Facebook on your computer, but in fact, getting away from your desk might just save the day. Getting exercise Being sat at your desk for hours on end isn’t healthy, but that’s not exactly news. We know that…

I spent a great deal of 2014 writing and talking about best practices for entrepreneurs, marketing and startup creation. We explored the cult like following of Game of Thrones, asked how companies can leverage intrepreneurs, compared your entrepreneurial mindset to Jay Z and Benjamin Franklin, and debated the topic of entrepreneurship education in a 3 part series for Forbes and TweakYourBiz.com. We also discussed motivational factors for entrepreneurial, best practices for crowed sourcing and…

For small business owners with a loyal fan base, a small advertising budget and a yen to boost online reputation scores, review sites like Yelp are absolute treasures. By asking loyal customers to write reviews, these businesses can get the exposure they’re looking for without spending a whole lot of time or money. But if you’re a social worker, therapist or counselor, review sites can’t help your reputation. That’s because the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and…

We’ve just gone through a month of NFL playoff football and we’ve seen some teams that were heavily favored by the “experts” tank while other teams posted unexpected wins. There’s a lesson for those of us in business – it doesn’t matter what the commentators say; what matters is the quality of the people you have in the game and those who do the coaching and planning. That puts a premium on getting the best talent on your team. That’s obvious. However, some of the strategies to…

Have you ever glanced at the clock and thought, “where did the time go?” There are only so many hours in each day. If your to-do list looks overwhelmingly impossible, you might be guilty of spending too much of your day on time wasting tasks. Here are the top 10 time wasters for any small business owner. #1. Meetings Meetings are a necessary evil. You need to keep your team on the same page. You need regular updates on what’s happening in each of your projects. But too often, meetings…

These days, many firms hire business consultants. This is understandable because these consultants offer many services that can help your business learn better ways to develop its assets and expand your employees’ skills. Check out these top tips from Scott Gelbard, that can help you choose business consultants intelligently. #1. Compare their Educational Backgrounds: Most reputable business consultants have completed college-level coursework in Consumer Science, Economics and other…