3 Ideas to Help Turn Social Media Engagement Into Profit

This appeared at www.asbdcbizblog.blogspot.com and was written by Ron Cates. If you are like many small businesses, then you’ve already begun to integrate social media activities into your marketing efforts. But marketing on social media and driving results through social media do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. It’s entirely possible to grow an active following online- with lots of […]

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8 Essentials to Get the Most Out of Working From Home

This appeared at www.entrepreneur.com and was written by Stephen Key. Working from home isn’t for everyone. To be successful, you must be disciplined, motivated, and — above all else — a self-starter. It’s been relatively easy for me, because I’m motivated by the reality that my success or failure rests directly on my shoulders. If […]

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4 Tips for Getting Paid Speaking Gigs

This appeared at www.carolroth.com and was written by Carol Roth. Getting booked for speaking engagements (especially paid ones!) is something that many would-be speakers struggle with, especially when they are first starting out. So, here are 4 tips to help make this often arduous process a little less challenging: (1) Build Up Your Rep It’s […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Are Wasting Time On

This appeared at www.carolroth.com and was written by Brad Shorr. Time is the entrepreneur’s most valuable commodity, and great entrepreneurs know how to make every minute count. Do you? Many small business operators teeter on the brink of failure because they are not using their time wisely – i.e., productively. Here are five of the […]

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Improve your business website with simple changes to the header and footer

This appeared at www.asbdcbizblog.blogspot.com and was written by Whitney Frost. Say you’re a mom whose kids badly need haircuts. A search for “hair salon for kids” offers some options, and you click to learn more. When you arrive at a website, you see a bright, cheerful homepage with photos of a kid-friendly salon, complete with […]

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Crowdfunding

This appeared at www.asbdcbizblog.blogspot.com and was written by Mary Juetten. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Hard work is the key to success. You would be hard pressed to find someone who hadn’t heard these lines growing up. But some of these erstwhile truisms need altering ever since online crowdfunding has taken the world by storm. For a case in point, look at […]

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How to Handle Negative Online Comments

This appeared at www.asbdcbizblog.blogspot.com and was written by Gina Watkins. Even if your business has never been vilified online, you likely know someone who has that can testify to how detrimental negative comments can be. Whether or not the complaints are valid, they’re now on the record for all to see. When faced with this […]

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Find out what’s trending on Google search

 This appeared at www.asbdcbizblog.blogspot.com and was written by Whitney Lemon. Google Trends isn’t just for monitoring the search trends of your favorite television shows, it can also be used for your business. It’s a free online tool that can help you learn about your customers’ interests. You can use it to answer questions like: How […]

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5 Things No One Tells You Before You Start a Business

This appeared at www.inc.com and was written by Jessica Stillman. Sometimes the best gift others can give us is their mistakes and misconceptions. We’re all hesitant to share our screw-ups and embarrassing moments, but if we can bring ourselves to be honest about what we failed to understand, we can help others avoid those pitfalls (though only, of […]

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How to Tell Whether Your Idea Is Worth Investing In

This appeared at www.startupcollective.com and was written by Bobby Grajewski. Is this business idea really worth your time? Calculate your ROI in real dollars to figure it out before you dive in. Do you have a great idea for improving your industry? For most people, inventing a new product is foreign territory. There are multiple […]

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