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Unlike a large corporation, which can absorb the loss of almost any employee smoothly, small business owners rely on each and every employee to help keep the business functioning. The cost of replacing an employee weighs more heavily on small businesses and their smaller budgets, too.
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Whether you’re getting ready for your 1,000th business trip or heading to your very first, there are a few things you can do to ensure that it’s a successful and productive trip, for both you and your clients. You don’t have to spend hours preparing, but a little time spent from your everyday office can go a long way when you’re working from a hotel, far from home.
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Explore the rise of women business owners over the past few decades -- and the obstacles they still face.
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“Bad” clients can drain you both financially and psychologically. Heed these four warning signs that it may be time to fire a client or customer:
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Spring has sprung! Those super storms that packed punches in the Midwest and Northeast to start the New Year are continuing to add to the area’s already taxed weather relief efforts. But, regardless of where your company is based or if you’ve been affected by these recent storms, it’s critical to be prepared and have a plan to handle employee relations and pay issues that may arise if your business is forced to close due to inclement weather – wh...
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Cloud computing can change your small business
Interviews can provide great insight. But do you know what a potential new hire is really thinking?Sometimes you don't. That's why the undercover interview can be a great tool.Here's how it works. Most interviews include some form of tour, even if the tour is just a quick stroll around the office area. Handle that tour correctly and you might learn a lot more than you ever imagined about a candidate's motivations, interests, and fit for your busi...
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Data breaches are on the rise and in the news. Home Depot and Target are just a couple of the global companies that have had sensitive data stolen during the past several months. Hearing that huge corporations are victimized can make small-business owners feel as if securing their online business data is futile. In reality, there are many simple safeguards that businesses can—and must—take.
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Proposed changes to domain name privacy rules could put your business website and your security at risk. Here's what you need to know to fight back.
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All web designers need right tools for doing their job perfectly. Web designing reverberates very familiar in the era of digital marketing but it is not a simple task especially if you don’t have the right tools to make your website outstanding and more click worthy amidst your rivals in this cutthroat environment. To create well-designed websites with unique graphics and features certainly needs a combination of knowledge and user-friendly tools
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As part of the quarterly planning process for clients, we ask leaders and their team members to think back on the highlights and low points from the last quarter. What happened that was great? What are some issues that need to be addressed? Often, it’s surprisingly difficult to remember everything that had happened over the past three months.
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CEO GrowBiz Media. SmallBizDaily.com, editor, writer, speaker, author
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  • GrowBiz Media
    CEO, 2008 - present
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
    SVP/Editorial Director, 1983 - 2008
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
    Research Assistant, 1978 - 1980
  • Doubleday Book Publishers
    Jr. Research Analyst, 1975 - 1978
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Brooklyn born, Long Island raised. Living in southern California for over 30 years. 

Dedicated to helping aspiring and current entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. 

Author of several books, and hundreds of articles about business ownership.
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  • University of Missouri–Columbia
    Journalism, 1971 - 1974
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Running in Circles? | Small Biz Daily
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My father taught me an important lesson when I was in high school. Like this reader, I was overtaxed: I was taking seven classes a day (incl

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As a small business owner, you might not always have the time to sit down and hash out a plan of attack – but it’s important that you do. By