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What's the best book on leadership and motivating your team?
By Mary-Alice Miller | 67 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020

There are a ton of books out there on the subject, but does anyone have any recommendations. I've heard the Balanced Scorecard is good, as well as Seth Godin's Tribes, though they probably are...

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What payroll service do you use and what do you like about?
By Chad Brooks | 7 Answers | Last Activity on October 29, 2020

Trying to learn more about what payroll services your businesses are using and whether you like the service or not. What do you like about it? What is the service missing?

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How to Increase Your Small Business Market Share
By Joshua Stowers | October 28, 2020

Looking to increase your small business market share? Find out how to calculate and improve your share of the market.

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How to Become a Freelancer
By Arjun Kohli | October 28, 2020

Freelancers have a ton of freedom in their careers. Here are seven steps to take to become a freelancer.

Advice
How much capital would I need to start an ecommerce business from home?
By Kevin Elias | 24 Answers | Last Activity on October 28, 2020

I recently graduated with a Business Computing degree and would now like to apply my knowledge and skills to starting my own ecommerce business from home. How much capital would I need?

Article
HSA Guide for Business Owners
By Andrew Martins | October 27, 2020

If you're considering setting up health savings accounts for your employees, now is the time to learn more about them.

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How to Find Business Investors
By Matt D'Angelo | October 27, 2020

Need an investor to help you grow your startup? Here's how to find an investor and which types to look for.

Advice
Any recommendations for a web based HR software?
By Prashant Telang | 19 Answers | Last Activity on October 27, 2020

We are looking for a web based HR software with all features like payroll management / employee self help portal etc. So far we have seen all windows based software which are good, but we would like...

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Leading With Transparency Promotes Customer Loyalty
By Austin Mac Nab | October 26, 2020

Companies that embrace transparency as a core business value find that it leads to consumer trust, loyalty and business success. Here are four areas businesses can be transparent with customers.

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Advice
What's the best way to deal with non-paying or late-paying clients?
By Colette Hamilton | 118 Answers | Last Activity on October 26, 2020

I've recently had to deal with clients who pay extremely late or simply avoid paying us entirely. I'd like to try to avoid lawsuits, and I'd also like to maintain as positive a relationship as...

Article
P90X Creator Tony Horton Is Building a New Business From the Ground Up
By Adam Uzialko | October 26, 2020

The renowned fitness expert has left behind the resources of a large company to launch his own venture, Power Nation.

Advice
What is the best project management app you are using?
By Josh Nicholson | 7 Answers | Last Activity on October 25, 2020

I want to know what web or mobile app and software you are using to manage your daily tasks and projects. There are many task management app available in the market but want to know what works best...

Advice
What do you look for in an investment deal?
By Adam Uzialko | 3 Answers | Last Activity on October 24, 2020

Securing funding can be a challenge, so it can be tempting to jump at the first offer. But how can you tell a good investment deal from a bad one? What are the things you should look for in a...

Article
What Each Presidential Campaign Is Proposing for Small Business
By Andrew Martins | October 23, 2020

Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have a plan for the future of the country. Here's how their plans could impact small businesses.

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What Health Insurance Benefits Are You Legally Required to Offer?
By Joshua Stowers | October 22, 2020

Is your small business legally required to provide health insurance benefits? Here's what you need to know about offering health benefits to your employees.

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Elevating Expectations: 6 Ways Product Quality Affects Your Brand
By Sammi Caramela | October 22, 2020

Improve your customer retention, build brand trust and boost your ROI by focusing on your product quality.

Article
Pad That Bank Account: 6 Strategies for Companies Raising Capital
By Faizan Raza | October 22, 2020

Whether you run a startup or a Fortune 500 company, you need capital to grow. Here are six strategies for raising capital as a small business owner.

Advice
What are your best time management techniques?
By Kobus Myburgh | 76 Answers | Last Activity on October 22, 2020

In most careers, time management is of paramount importance. As your time is a finite resource, scheduling your work in order to stay within budget, within scope and within the deadline can be a...

Advice
What is your favorite business book?
By Anonymous User | 139 Answers | Last Activity on October 22, 2020

It may not be a book directly related to business but whose underlying principles, themes or statements have proved invaluable to your career/business/personal development.

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What Small Businesses Need to Know About IRS Form 1099
By Dock David Treece | October 21, 2020

If your business pays independent contractors or vendors for freelance work, rent, or other items, you'll need to fill out IRS Form 1099.

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How the EEOC Impacts Small Businesses
By Skye Schooley | October 20, 2020

Learn what the EEOC protects so your small business can maintain compliance.

Advice
How do you manage to-do tasks at your company?
By Josh Nicholson | 10 Answers | Last Activity on October 20, 2020

How you manage to-do items on your tasks/checklist? Please let me know if you manage the task checklist manually on writing pads or you use any to-do list apps.

Advice
I am relocating to Europe in August. Any recommendations on how to develop business contacts?
By samantha Patel | 31 Answers | Last Activity on October 20, 2020

I am currently in Australia but moving to Europe for family reasons in August. Although I relocated from Europe to Australia in 2000, I am really in need of creating a wider network in Switzerland,...

Advice
How do we improve the quality of customer service?
By Armando Ortiz Valencia | 50 Answers | Last Activity on October 19, 2020

How do we get better results around customer service? Is this something that is more about the training or about our hiring? Can good customer service be taught or is a certain personality a...

Advice
How to find new clients for IT Outsourcing Business?
By VIVEK PANDEY | 18 Answers | Last Activity on October 19, 2020

We have an IT Outsourcing company & we basically work on various job portals to get projects from global clients. I am looking for an effective alternative way to get new clients & prospects for our...

Advice
Professional speaking is an industry I am interested in, any favorite resources others have used to build this area of expertise?
By Tina Beal | 32 Answers | Last Activity on October 19, 2020

Looking to be more active in public speaking on both social media, marketing, and branding; but also on women entrepreneurship, women business leaders. Where do you begin? I have spoke a dozen...

Advice
Have any of you contributed to business.com, and if so, would you mind sharing some tips?
By Faisal Rehman | 3 Answers | Last Activity on October 19, 2020

Hi guys, I would like to contribute and write some articles on business.com. Is it mandatory to have some previous business experience to contribute? If you have contributed here, would you...

Advice
Does happiness cause productivity in the workplace?
By Joseph Gedgaud | 21 Answers | Last Activity on October 18, 2020

This seems fairly easy, but are we mixing up causation? Does productivity cause happiness instead? I think there might be more to this situation such as long-term versus short-term outcomes. Making...

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7 Essential Components of Excellent Customer Service
By Megan Totka | October 16, 2020

The longevity of your brand rides on the outcome of each interaction your team has with your customers.

Advice
Should I hire an independent contractor or a full time employee?
By Deborah Jacobs | 20 Answers | Last Activity on October 16, 2020

I have reached the point where I can not handle all the work by myself anymore and I need to outsource some of it. I am not sure if I should outsource by a per project basis to an independent...