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How to Actually Have Fun at Work and Enjoy Running a Small Business!

August 28, 2014 / by Vicky Zancanella

posted in Business Development, Passion & Provision

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Do you want to be in a business that you enjoy, brings you a profit and doesn’t suck you dry in more ways than one?  We have your solution: You need a Passion & Provision Company.

Running a successful small business can sometimes be exhausting, overwhelming and just plain NO FUN. That’s not why you started this business in the first place! You want a business that provides for your needs but also feeds your passion. You want to do something with your life that is life giving, not life sucking. You started because you LIKED doing what you were doing. You were passionate about it. You were fueled to be creative, motivated and fulfilled.

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Creating a Passion & Provision Company is What Makes Employees Happy

August 26, 2014 / by Paige Gilbert

posted in employee happiness, Passion & Provision

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Remember that feeling when you were just beginning college? The world was at your fingertips. You could do anything. Be anything. Go anywhere. Maybe you had no idea what that was exactly, but you knew you wanted to create your own successful small business.

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Should You Follow Your Passion When Choosing A Career?

August 25, 2014 / by Raquel Royers

posted in employee happiness, Passion & Provision

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Passion in the work place is something that many people think is hard to find. Passion is something that comes about after following a set of skills that you have into a career that you develop passion for and fall in love with. However, passion is often thought of as something that is concrete and finite. Really, it’s not. Passion is measurable—it can be gauged.

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5 Challenges Leaders of a Successful Small Business Face

August 23, 2014 / by Vicky Zancanella

posted in Business Development, Leadership

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Small Business Leader in a MazeThe things involved in starting and running a successful small business are not secrets, but so many small business leaders struggle. Why? Why do 50% of small businesses fail in the first 5 years? If you can begin to understand and put a name to the important pieces of a business and name the challenges, this will be a good start to the future of running a small business. A great investment to running a business for the long haul!

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Dream of Having A Successful Small Business? Make it a Reality

August 22, 2014 / by Raquel Royers

posted in small business

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You just lie there wide-eyed at night and think about what this can become. This can become something big. This can become the kind of something big that can put the kids through college, create your retirement, give you financial freedom and actually be fun. This is the kind of thing where you can work on projects that YOU think are amazing and that you couldn’t work on when you were working for someone else.

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How To Finish #1 in the Successful Small Business Race

August 21, 2014 / by Jessica Miley

posted in Business Development, Grow Your Business

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We know that you have the passion for your business. Right now you eat, sleep and breathe your business. But guess what? So does every other CEO who wants to be a successful small business owner. Let’s look at where you stand in the race to find out what you can improve to get back to that #1 spot.

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The 2 Things You Need to Think About Now to Run a Successful Small Business

August 19, 2014 / by Paige Gilbert

posted in Passion & Provision

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You’re an entrepreneur. You have to focus on what needs to be done now so that you can achieve your dreams and have a dollar sign attached to them later. In order to do this, running a successful small business includes two things: passion and provision. If you start focusing today on having both as part of your business you'll actually enjoy going to work. When you’re passionate about what you do it spills over into other areas of your company and helps fulfill the reason you started a small business in the first place: to have more freedom and opportunity.

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TED Talks That Will Inspire & Help You To Think Outside The Box

August 18, 2014 / by Raquel Royers

posted in Business Development

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Have you ever watched a TED talk? If not, you’re probably now asking, “What in the heck is a TED talk?" TED is a non profit that is devoted to spreading information and knowledge through powerful talks that are usually 18 minutes or less.

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6 Factors People With Good Business Ideas Need to Consider

August 15, 2014 / by Raquel Royers

posted in small business, Business Development

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So you think you have a good idea? Sure, you might. But, have you thoroughly thought through everything you need to make a good business idea actually successful? Here are 6 factors you need to consider and make sure you have in order to make your good business idea actually work.

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Creating a Marketing Plan for Small Business is as Easy as 123…456

August 14, 2014 / by Vicky Zancanella

posted in Inbound Marketing, Content Marketing, Marketing

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So I am not here to tell you that creating a marketing plan is so easy that anyone could do it. But there are steps that you can learn to create a plan you can implement to market your small business and increase your profits.

We know Inbound marketing is a very effective long term marketing strategy for small business to use when marketing online. Building your online presence with customers who rarely turn off their electronic devices is a smart marketing plan.

But where do you start? How do you reach all those googlers?

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6 Reasons an Online Strategy Should Be Part of Your Marketing Plan

August 13, 2014 / by Jessica Miley

posted in Internet marketing, Grow Your Business

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In the wonderful age of technology your customers have access to the internet in the palm of their hands. This means that your traditional marketing strategy isn’t the only top dog any more. Internet marketing, also known as online marketing or e-marketing, is becoming more popular in the world of marketing. But why?

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5 Things to Put in Place for Effective Organizational Development

August 12, 2014 / by Paige Gilbert

posted in Business Development, Culture

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Systems. Processes. Details. This is what organizational development is made of. It takes a certain type of personality to naturally be good at and even joy these processes and systems. Finding the right person will make your small business successful. The key to this is establishing a business culture as your putting these processes in place. What does that look like?

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Don’t Let Tough Times Take a Toll: Help Your Small Business Grow

August 11, 2014 / by Raquel Royers

posted in Grow Your Business

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We know it’s hard. Owning or managing a small business in a time where people are struggling for money is difficult. You’re already a small business, fighting to stay alive amongst all the big box stores. The last thing you need is a failing economy. We feel your pain. Just like you, we are a small business and understand the daily struggles. We’re here to help you and give you tips that will allow you to see the light at the end of the tunnel and ensure your small business continues to thrive. 

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Hashtag Mistakes Your Business Should Never Make

August 9, 2014 / by Raquel Royers

posted in Social Media

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Hashtags can be confusing. There’s kind of an unspoken rule about them when it comes to using them in marketing in social media. But to efficiently and effectively use Twitter for business you need to know what you’re doing and even more importantly, what not to do.

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Where Were You 40 Years Ago When President Nixon Was Being Impeached?

August 8, 2014 / by Michael Redman

posted in Our Thought Bubbles

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Forty years ago this week President Nixon was in the process of being impeached and led to his public resignation. It was one of the few times a president of the United States, the most powerful man in our country, has been removed from office. Technically he resigned but the vote had already started. Everyone involved was uncertain, scared, or both in the shadow of uncertainty that our country was standing in.

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You Started Your Small Business to Provide for Your Family, Didn’t You?

August 7, 2014 / by Vicky Zancanella

posted in small business

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But if you are like most business owners, or the average small business leader, you’re not getting rich. Because it’s not as easy to make a profit as we dreamed it would be.

We started our small business to make a profit and provide for ourselves, as well as our families, and that is a really good thing!

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Zappos Knows How to Motivate Employees

August 6, 2014 / by Jessica Miley

posted in employee motivation, employee happiness

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Do you know how to motivate employees? Have you heard the saying that happy employees are productive employees? Well, CEO Tony Hsieh of Zappos knows how to keep his employees motivated. Hsieh focuses on making sure that his employees are happy. Here are a few things that Zappos does to motivate its customers by keeping them happy.

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3 Ways to Get Your Sales and Marketing Teams on the Same Page

August 5, 2014 / by Guest Blogger

posted in Lead Generation, Marketing, Sales

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For many companies, the sales department and the marketing department are often set worlds apart in both goals and structure. Sales often thinks of marketing as the arts and crafts department while marketing feels that the sales department is all about numbers and no creativity. If this sounds familiar, than your business isn’t meeting its full potential and your numbers may be lower than they should be.

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No More Messing Around—How to Get Quality Leads Online

August 4, 2014 / by Raquel Royers

posted in Lead Generation

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Are you tired of people calling who really aren’t ready to commit to a service or ready to buy? Are these calls and meetings you think are going to be potential leads, when they really aren’t, wasting your time and money? We’ve got some tips for you that may help!

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The Employees You Hire Shape Your Business Culture

August 1, 2014 / by Raquel Royers

posted in small business, employee happiness

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Business culture is a vital part of having a successful small business. Yes, it’s true—many businesses are completely lacking this. That’s corporate America folks, and there are huge companies that will survive even if they treat their employees like, well, crap. But, as a small business, if you really want to rise to the top, have happy employees and overall a more successful business—you need company culture. Heck, you should want it!

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