Chad Brooks
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Chad Brooks

Chicago, IL
I have been a writer and editor for more than 20 years. I cover a range of topics, including time and attendance, payroll and business phone systems.
About Me

Chad Brooks is a writer and editor with more than 20 years of media of experience. He has been with Business News Daily and business.com for the past decade, having written and edited content focused specifically on small businesses and entrepreneurship. Chad spearheads coverage of small business communication services, including business phone systems, video conferencing services and conference call solutions. His work has appeared on The Huffington Post, CNBC.com, FoxBusiness.com, Live Science, IT Tech News Daily, Tech News Daily, Security News Daily and Laptop Mag. Chad’s first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014.

Business Description

At business.com, our mission is to help people grow their business, plain and simple. This is why millions of professionals in growing companies rely on business.com to acquire the knowledge they need to run and advance their businesses and careers. Additionally, our vibrant community of business owners, marketers, and sales experts help further that knowledge through first-hand advice and engaging discussion.

Editor at business.com
June 2017 - Present
Senior Staff Writer at Purch
April 2014 - June 2017
Account Executive at Fishman Public Relations
October 2008 - October 2010
Reporter at Daily Herald
September 1999 - October 2008
Indiana Unversity
Bachelors of Arts
Field of Study:
Chad's Product and Service Reviews
Our team conducts an independent analysis of products and services that can help manage your business.
Updated 05.24.22
The Best Online Payroll Services of 2022
Our team has compared the best online payroll services for 2022....
Updated 02.04.22
The Best Video Conferencing Service Reviews of 2022
Looking for a video conferencing solution for your business? Read...
Updated 02.04.22
The Best Business VoIP Phone Systems for 2022
Our team of experts has compared the best VoIP services for 2022....
Updated 12.21.21
The Best Internet Service Providers of 2022
Need an internet service provider for your business? We've...
Chad's Activity
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Why Professional Growth Is Critical to a Successful Career: Talking Shop
Reasons why everyone in an organization should seek out opportunities for professional growth.
June 26, 2019
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Send and Deliver: Constant Contact Shares How to Get the Most Out of Your Email Marketing
We recently spoke with Constant Contact’s general manager, Jonathan Kateman, about how businesses can get the most out of their email marketing efforts.
December 17, 2018
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AIG Review
Read our unbiased review of AIG. See how AIG compares to the best Business Liability Insurance.
Updated December 17, 2021
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Skype Review
Skype is an excellent phone system for solo entrepreneurs needing something basic and affordable that allows them to make and receive calls and conduct video chats.
Updated December 17, 2021
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Xfinity Review
Xfinity from Comcast is a residential ISP that provides high-speed internet to home-based businesses. Its service plans' internet speeds range from 25 to 2,000 Mbps.
Updated December 17, 2021
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How to Hire for Your Business
Not having enough employees can seriously hinder your business, while having too many staff members can cut into your bottom line.
Updated July 31, 2020
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The State of the B2B Sharing Economy
More and more businesses are sharing resources to cut down on costs. We looked into how this B2B sharing economy impacts businesses.
June 26, 2017
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Vonage Review
Vonage offers cloud-hosted VoIP phone systems for businesses of all sizes. Vonage Business Cloud is designed for smaller businesses, while Vonage Enterprise is for midsize and large businesses. Both options are full of valuable features.
Updated May 11, 2022
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FluentStream Review
FluentStream is a cloud-hosted VoIP phone system. It doesn't require any special hardware or wiring and is managed via online portal. Businesses can choose from three different service plans, which range from 40 to over 100 features.
Updated December 17, 2021
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Phone.com Review
Phone.com is a competitively priced, cloud-based business VoIP system with more than 40 features. The system requires no hardware or maintenance, and its setup is almost instantaneous. Phone.com provides free adapters so you can use your own phones.
Updated December 17, 2021
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Cisco Review
Cisco's phone systems are best for enterprises because they are available as on-premises or cloud-hosted solutions and can support thousands of employees. All of Cisco's systems can be configured with calling, mobility and collaboration features.
Updated December 17, 2021
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Buddy Punch Review
Buddy Punch is a powerful solution for tracking and managing employee time while still being easy to navigate and use.
Updated December 15, 2021
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ClickMeeting Review
ClickMeeting is a top-notch video conference service for any size of business. It offers every essential feature and some additional ones that are nice to have. It is easy to learn and use, and its service is reliable.
Updated April 01, 2022
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Attendance on Demand Review
Attendance on Demand is time-tracking software that can be customized to meet your business's needs.
May 08, 2019
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GoToMeeting Review
GoToMeeting is a robust video conference service that allows small businesses to host everything from one-on-one meetings to large conferences with hundreds or even thousands of people at one time. The service supports up to 25 camera feeds at one time. This could be a webcam or a camera in a conference room that has video functionality.
Updated December 17, 2021
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ADP Payroll Software Review
ADP offers payroll services for businesses of all sizes. While the size of your business will determine the platform you use, each offers the same core payroll services, including the ability to run payroll online, over the phone or via mobile app.
Updated December 17, 2021
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OnPay Payroll Software Review
OnPay is our top choice for very small businesses. It handles all payroll and payroll tax needs, has an easy-to-use online platform, and is reasonably priced.
Updated February 15, 2022
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The Best and Worst Excuses for Getting Out of Work
Some employees use some pretty creative excuses to get out of work. Here are some of the best excuses we've heard.
Updated February 16, 2022
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What's the Best Office Design? Staples Executive Offers Insight
Staples executive Chris DeMeo discusses current trends in office design and the elements he believes are critical for a successful workspace.
October 23, 2018
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Zoom Review
Zoom is a comprehensive, inexpensive cloud-based video conference platform that is intuitive and effective. It delivers high-quality HD video and audio to up to 1,000 participants, and has a variety of pricing plans suitable for businesses of all sizes.
Updated December 17, 2021