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Berrak Sarikaya
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This month we're talking about #WorkLifeHarmony. It's not about balancing work and life, but rather finding joy in both.

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A little time off goes a long way! Vacations have been shown to make you not just healthier and happier, but more productive and effective at your business.
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Kirill Kniazev

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Any #Chiropractors here? How about some off the top of my head ideas for generating leads?

Make connections with personal trainers, have them recommend clients to you for a small referral fee. Just go to gyms and talk to trainers directly.

Host a free session at your local rec center, explain what you do and give people some tips on how to maintain a healthy back. When they fail, they will come to you.

If you work with an insurance company, make sure they list you as a provider. That's how I found my most recent chiropractor.

Set up a good website - it doesn't cost much and will give you professional appearance.

Get an address - your clinic - and list yourself in various directories, like Yelp and Google Pages.

Join local personal trainer and physical therapist groups in your area, meetups and social media. Get to know your community.

Go to various physicians and nurse practitioners and ask if they can recommend you to their patients.

Go to retirement communities and offer free educational sessions.

Go to massage clinics and ask them to recommend you.

Contact unions for jobs doing physical labor - police, firefighters, paramedics, ask them to refer you.

Also, check out local sports leagues - like baseball, basketball, volleyball - these are sports where back injuries are common - and either join them or offer a free consultation
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Suzanne S

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Hello,

I'm new to the community, and interested in connecting with people, who are interested in hearing more about a home-based business opportunity, in health and wellness.

Thank you.
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brenda patience

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my dream is to have international market.i have only sold my stock to only ugandan and Rwandan customers.i grew up in those two African countries.i but wish to have people from all over the world.i deal in African crafts i wish to share our african culture with non Africans too.just like we wear clothes from UK, china here in Africa.we are all one and i hope to get non Africans buy my stock.one love.my email address is brendapatience08@gmail.com.you can contact me.
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Girish Chander

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My wonderful friends, i am looking to build partnerships with companies in US and Europe for our IT services firm. Happy to connect and discuss if you are interested.
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Some helpful social media tips for small business owners. Remember you don't need to be everywhere, just where your target audience is looking
  #smallbiz   #socialmediamarketing  
Social Media For Small Businesses. by Robert Cox. Posted on October 14.2014 at 10:37 AM. VIDEO BLOG - Social media is a great, cost-effective way to increase awareness and build a community of customers. By thinking strategically and posting relevant, engaging content, you can start building a ...
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IMS Cloud

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Do you really need annual performance appraisals in your small business?  I think not...
IMS Cloud originally shared:
 
Small Business Lesson: How to Keep Key Employees from Quitting©

I worked for a previous employer for eighteen years and never, ever had a “performance appraisal”.  Was I a high performer?  I believe so.  Was I a stellar performer?  Yes, I believe I was.  Why didn’t I ever receive a performance review? Probably because my performance was closely tied to the performance of my unit.  If I was doing a good job, I would stay in compliance and balance my budget.  An exceptional job?  I would stay in compliance, balance my budget and develop a new method to track issues and report on them easily.

It was reported in Fortune on June 16, 2015 that Adobe Systems had apparently reached the same conclusions. “How Adobe Keeps Key Employees from Quitting” explains how the company has moved from the traditional annual review to a “Check In” system which, while not monitored by Human Resources, works like this: “At the start of each fiscal year, employees and managers set specific goals. Then, at least every eight weeks but usually much more often, people “check in” with their bosses for a real-time discussion of how things are going. At an annual “rewards check-in,” managers give out raises and bonuses according to how well each employee has met or exceeded his or her targets. Managers are empowered to make those decisions. Donna Morris, Adobe’s global senior vice president of people and places, reports that there is no ‘matrix’.

Not only that, but more frequent talks between managers and underperforming staffers have led to a marked increase in what Morris calls “involuntary, non-regrettable attrition, because team leaders are no longer putting off having tough conversations with people who aren’t cutting it,” she says. “It’s not just about retaining talent. It’s about retaining the right talent.”

Morris continued: “The new approach has required extra training for managers, who have had to adjust their schedules to ‘allow for setting expectations and giving feedback in real time’”.

Can this work for your small business?  Absolutely!  Consider your startup and your key staff.  Was it difficult to recruit the right personnel?  Are you concerned about losing them to other companies (perhaps even your competition)? How much time does it take to prepare for your current evaluation system?  

While I am not suggesting you take on the system of “stay in compliance and balance your budget” that my former employer used. Perhaps a more formal approach, driven by your company’s or unit’s goals like Adobe System’s “Check In” would work.  Why not take the plunge and try the “no-evaluation, check in” approach?  What have you got to lose? 

For more information on small businesses, click here to subscribe to our series or contact us directly at info@imscloud.com.

IMS Cloud- 2015©
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Jose Victor Castellanos

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My latest blog post is up about 5 tweaks to your website that will help improve your websites #SEO  - #DigitalMarketing  
Before we can get into the 5 tweaks we need to know what people are actually typing into the search engines when searching for your products and services. Here are a few tools that we use for keyword research: Google Keyword Planner – https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner Lets you see what ...
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George Kao

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Strengthen your "time awareness" — practice Time Logging

A key to successful time management is having a more precise "time consciousness."

Just as a muscle will atrophy when not used, many people have a weak "muscle" of time awareness.  

You'll know if you frequently find yourself saying "Where did the time go!  How did I just spend 30 minutes on Youtube/Facebook/Google+?"  

Or you get to the end of the day and you hadn't done half of what you planned to do…

Muscles can be revived.  Your awareness about time can be dramatically improved through the practice of Time Logging.

I have been time logging for years and it has greatly increased my ability to be more disciplined and conscious in how I use my day.

Your most valuable resource is your time.  I hope you will pay attention to this practice and really give it a go!

Every 3-6 months, re-calibrate your "time awareness" by doing time logging for 1 full week, except the weekends if you like to relax.  

From the time you wake up, to the time you go to bed, do this:

Every 2 hours, take 2 minutes to write down, without judgment, what you did in the past 2 hours, and what you plan to do in the next 2 hours.

The simple act of writing it down will naturally make you spend your time wisely.  By becoming more aware (that's what this practice does) you will find yourself having more self-control.

It's like a food journal that dieters keep.  By simply writing down everything that is eaten, one naturally starts to eat healthier.

If you have a smartphone, a great app for time logging is aTimeLogger, available on both iPhone and Android.  I've been using it for years, whenever I do my time logging. www.aTimeLogger.com

One challenge you'll find with time logging is to remember to do it!  Try setting an alarm every 2 hours.  When it chimes, do your time logging, then set it to chime again in 2 hours.

If you use the aTimeLogger app, you can set automatic reminders by going to Settings then Advanced.

May this practice will improve your time management… over time :)

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Thanks for your time, George
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ECHOtape

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By identifying the interests and values that your ideal customers share and demonstrating that your brand shares those values through the conversations you start, join, and share, you bring about stability and growth for your brand. #branding   #business   #businesstips  
No matter where your followers live, your company's values are what bring that community together. Here's how to spread the message.
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ZFAN Leather Industry

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Hello everyone i m new here.. Any body tell me how i run my business or how i sell my product over here.. If any one is importer of leather products then contact me.. 
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Cory Holliman

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Has Anyone Else Noticed That Google Is Tethering Google +?: YouTube and Google's Knowledge Panel Detached Yesterday

Have noticed over the last couple of weeks that slowly Google is detaching its services from Google +.

Just yesterday YouTube and The Knowledge Box were let go from Google +

YouTube / Google+ Detachment Article:

http://techaeris.com/2015/06/29/google-being-detached-from-youtube-comments-10-new-features-coming-for-creators/

The Knowledge Panel / Google + Detachment Article:

http://www.thesempost.com/google-removes-brands-google-posts-from-knowledge-panel/

From these actions it appears that Google Plus is really just going to be "social" and that's it.

What do you think about Google + just being social and being used with Google Products

Please comment below.... Thanks!
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Lisa Milbrand

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Hi! My company, Moxie Workshop, focuses on helping small businesses rock their online presence. (My business partner and I each have nearly 20 years of experience in digital content strategy and creation for Fortune 500 companies.) We were both shocked to see that only 51% of businesses have a website, even though 97% of customers look for products and services online! Whether you need a site built, SEO help or some social media strategy, we're here to help. http://www.moxieworkshop.com
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Welcome to the community, +Lisa Milbrand. We're very happy to have someone with small business experience; it sounds like we're on the same mission. Our community members will definitely benefit from any advice and feedback you have to share.
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Michael Heiligenstein

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An auto attendant is a phone recording that gives callers a menu of options, such as pressing 1 to speak with sales or pressing 9 to leave a voicemail. This technology used to be fairly expensive, but recently it has become much more affordable and viable for small businesses.

Modern auto attendants often offer advance features, such as call recording, voice-to-text transcription, and caller analytics, and typically start around $40 a month.

Have you ever used an auto attendant? Do you think they can be useful for small businesses? What are your best methods for handling calls?
Need an auto attendant for your business's phone system but not sure where to start? Read this guide to the best auto attendant services on the market.
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Michael Johnston

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If you use Google Adwords and make use of Location Extensions in your ads those ads can now show your customer ratings in your ads! Pretty cool development.
 
*Location extensions can now show ratings from local Google My Business listings *

Last year we made it easier to manage location extensions by automatically linking your Google My Business location information to your AdWords accounts (http://goo.gl/e8Mnby).  Starting today, ratings from your Google My Business listings are eligible to appear in ads with location extensions enabled on desktop and tablet. People increasingly rely on the opinions and experiences of others to help make decisions like which pizza parlor to visit, where to get your tires rotated or which dentist to make an appointment with. Local ratings make your ads more useful to consumers searching for local information, and can improve your ad performance.   To showcase your Google My Business reviews in your ads, make sure to have location extensions enabled in your account. Learn more (https://goo.gl/zuUWZt) 
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Bala S

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Hey all. I am a UX designer / growth hacking rookie. I tweet about Growth Hacking & User Experience everyday. You can follow me @leanux_bala or http://www.leanux.io
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Welcome, +Bala S. Be sure to bookmark the main community stream at http://g.co/GSBC so you don't miss a post. Can you tell us more about the services you offer?
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Yvette Washington

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Hi my nme is Tameka Davis. I have given birth to an idea that's been brewing in my heart for some time now. A transportation service, that's not only affordable but people friendly.I look forward to any extra input and ideas for my new company known as T's Looking Ahead Transportation Service. 
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Congratulations on your new business idea, +Yvette Washington. Have you written up a business plan yet? +LaShon Anthony has shared some great resources in this thread: https://goo.gl/VNlQZd.
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AmeriCommerce

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Even though 80% of people actually want brands to tell more stories, it's often overlooked by many companies.

#branding   #marketing   #business  
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Cloudswave

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Looking for some inspiration and education to grow your small business?

The Top 25 Small Business Blogs that every owner should read in 2015 By +Fit Small Business 

+Cloudswave is so honored to be featured in this ranking !

  #smallbusiness   #entrepreneur   #smallbiztips  
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