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Massages and Pets and Beer, Oh My! Creative Perks for Improved Morale
By Skye Schooley | April 16, 2024

Add these creative benefits to your employee benefits package to attract and retain staff, reduce stress and burnout, and improve company morale.

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10 Inspiring Entrepreneurs Under 40
By Sean Peek | April 16, 2024

Check out our list of inspiring entrepreneurs under 40 who have paved the way for themselves and many others with successful businesses.

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5 Tips for Setting SMART Goals in Your Business Plan
By Jennifer Dublino | April 15, 2024

SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. Learn how to apply SMART goal principles to your business to boost success.

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Best Business Podcasts of 2024
By Skye Schooley | April 11, 2024

Podcasts are a great way for business owners and entrepreneurs to get business advice, learn about trends, and find inspiration. Check out our favorites.

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8 Reasons Why the Cash-Only Model Doesn’t Work for Small Businesses
By Jennifer Dublino | April 10, 2024

Customers want payment options, making the cash-only model inconvenient. If your business doesn't accept credit cards, here are eight reasons you should.

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RFID for Retail: Know the Pros and Cons
By Joanna Furlong | April 10, 2024

RFID (radio frequency identification) can identify and track inventory. Learn how RFID is used in retail and what you need to know to use it effectively.

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Business Decision-Making: Gut Instinct or Hard Data?
By Sean Peek | April 10, 2024

When it comes to business, your decisions matter. But it's important to recognize whether your choices are based on intuition or emotions.

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How to Stay Motivated to Start a Business
By Simone Johnson | April 10, 2024

What makes a good entrepreneur? Characteristics such as flexibility, control and motivation all help. Here is how to stay inspired when starting your business.

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How Much Does Insurance Cost for a Small Business?
By Kimberlee Leonard | April 10, 2024

Small business insurance costs depend on many factors; every policy serves a different risk-protection purpose. Learn about small business insurance costs.

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Small Business Statistics: The Most Interesting Data of 2024
By Mike Berner | April 10, 2024

This list of small business statistics provides a snapshot of the most important business trends

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Learn by Example: 7 Great Mobile-Friendly E-Commerce Websites
By Mark Fairlie | April 10, 2024

Boost your mobile website conversion rates by emulating excellent mobile-friendly e-commerce websites. Learn how to create a great mobile user experience.

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Starting an Advertising Agency
By Sean Peek | April 10, 2024

If you have a background in marketing and communications, an advertising agency could be a smart startup option. Here's what you need to know.

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Do It for Me: The Next Evolution of the On-Demand Economy
By Jamie Johnson | April 10, 2024

Consumers want convenience, which often means they want someone to do something for them on demand. Learn how to take advantage of the DIFM movement.

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Visualizing Success: How to Set Up Effective Quarterly Goals
By Julie Thompson | April 10, 2024

Breaking goals into small, actionable initiatives allows your employees and clients to become more productive over shorter time frames.

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Digital Disrupt: What We Can All Learn From the Netflix Model
By Chad Brooks | April 10, 2024

Just as Netflix disrupted the media landscape to find success, other businesses must innovate or risk obsolescence. Learn what Netflix's path can teach us.

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Is Your Small Business Achieving Profitable Growth?
By Emil Abedian | April 10, 2024

Small businesses must understand if their growth is profitable. Learn about the profitability-growth relationship and achieving profitable growth.

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Fast, Good or Cheap — The Iron Triangle?
By Jamie Johnson | April 10, 2024

Trying to decide between making a product fast, good or cheap can be difficult. Here's how to accomplish all three.

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Tips for Setting Better Business Goals
By Simone Johnson | April 10, 2024

Learn how to create better business goals that can help guide your company.

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Things to Consider Before Presenting Your Idea to Investors
By Jennifer Dublino | April 10, 2024

Investor presentations require careful planning and organization. Learn what to consider before presenting an idea to investors and signs you're not ready.

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Is Wholesale Over? The Death of the Middleman
By Jennifer Dublino | April 10, 2024

The internet has reduced the need for wholesalers that act as middlemen in the sales process. Learn the pros and cons of direct-to-consumer transactions.

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Elevating Expectations: 5 Ways Product Quality Affects Your Brand
By Sammi Caramela | April 10, 2024

Ensuring your products are high quality is crucial to your business's bottom line. Learn how to create products that meet user standards.

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Writing a Business Growth Plan
By Jennifer Dublino | April 10, 2024

A business growth plan outlines where a company sees itself in one to two years. Learn what to include in a business growth plan and why a plan matters.

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Differences Between an Angel Investor and a Venture Capitalist
By Will Jiang | April 10, 2024

To know which financing option is right for your business, it's important to understand the differences between angel investors and venture capitalists.

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Why You Need to Develop Your Own Unique Product
By Jared Haw | April 10, 2024

If you sell products anyone can get, you'll never become a leader in your market. Here's how to develop unique products instead.

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6 Steps to Improve Your Organization’s Performance
By Jennifer Dublino | April 04, 2024

Continuous improvement is crucial for businesses. Learn the types of organizational improvements and 6 strategies for improving organizational performance.

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The Pros and Cons of Virtual Offices
By Jennifer Post | April 04, 2024

Virtual offices haven’t lost their popularity but do they have more cons than pros at this point? Here is what you need to consider.

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How Does a Workers’ Comp Settlement Work?
By Kimberlee Leonard | April 04, 2024

A workers' compensation settlement covers several costs incurred when an employee is injured. Learn about the workers' compensation settlement process.

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How to Successfully Launch a Legal Cannabis Business
By Adam Uzialko | April 04, 2024

Cannabis is a big business. Here is a startup guide for how you can enter this industry legally.

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A Crash Course in the Business Legal Terms You Need to Know
By Mark Fairlie | April 04, 2024

From comparable worth to torts, here's the legal lingo all business owners should know.

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What Is Subrogation in Insurance?
By Mark Fairlie | April 04, 2024

Subrogation lets an insurance company recover money for insurance claims from a third party. Learn how subrogation works in various insurance types.