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The Pros and Cons of Internal Communications Systems

Life would be simpler if people communicated better. Miscommunication is one of the biggest causes of stress and tension in the workplace. If managers would just communicate tasks clearly, staff would be more confident about their responsibilities. If staff would just...

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5 Tips For Finding The Perfect Staff Member

The ongoing recession has put a strain on businesses everywhere. Smaller companies in particular may be struggling more than usual to find and attract suitable and dedicated staff, with whatever capital that might have been available for recruitment and employee...

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6 Tips on How to Build your Online Presence

If you have a website, you must have an online community to support that website. With traffic in the form of blog entries, events, member weigh-ins, comments, or social media, you will have more than enough to drive the discussion about your products and services and...

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Tips for Keeping Your Most Valuable Employees Happy

Nothing about managing a workplace is easy. Problems arise quicker than they can be solved, and it often seems as though you're battling some kind of business complication hydra that grows two new heads every time you cut one off. Keeping your employees happy is...

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How to Pick the Perfect Name for Your New Business

Your new business is your baby, and as such you really want to make sure you pick out just the right name for it. A new business is a blank slate of possibility, and it's a great way for you to really express yourself and what you're all about, if that's...

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The Most Revealing Job Interview Questions

If you are someone who has the responsibility of conducting job interviews, this is the perfect article for you. That's because the purpose of it is to equip you with the kinds of questions that can reveal the most when it comes to discerning who would be the best...

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5 Fun Team Building Activities for the Workplace

When you really stop to think about it, the people who we tend to spend most of our waking hours with are our co-workers. For eight hours a day (give or take a few), we share an office with many different kinds of personalities that have many different kinds of...

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How to Choose between Two Equally Qualified Job Candidates

If you are a small business owner and need to hire some additional help, or if you manage the hiring for a company's human resources department, you're more than used to making tough decisions. It's rough out there for people looking for jobs, and while you...

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The Top 5 Reasons Your Business Should Be Blogging

You've finally broken out of the wage world and started your own business. Congratulations! You'll love the flexible schedule, and your family will love seeing you less stressed and more passionate about your work. But while you've done the social...

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Tips for Resolving Customer Conflicts Quickly and Amicably

When you're running a business and dealing with the expectations of many different kinds of customers, you're almost sure to run into some form of conflict at one time or another. Maybe a customer didn't get what they ordered on time. Perhaps they were...

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Top Five Ways to Improve Communication and Teamwork in the Office

Our understanding of communication and teamwork in the office has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few decades. Professors at top-tier universities like Northwestern and Syracuse have conducted groundbreaking studies about how communication and teambuilding affect...

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What to Wear and What not to Wear to the Office

Many women struggle daily with the decision of what to wear. With the summer heat practically melting everyone in the country, some of you might be tempted to take that "business casual" idea a little too far. Grant it, there may be environments where you...

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Pin It to Win It

Social media newcomer Pinterest has stolen the spotlight when it comes to online marketing. One early 2012 report from Shareaholic indicated that Pinterest drives more referral traffic than...

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5 Ways to Prevent Hiring Catastrophes

Everyone knows that hiring is the pits. It can be extremely disheartening to sift through stacks of applications with nary a qualified candidate among them. And even if you do find someone who looks great on paper, you may find yourself contending with all kinds of...

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The Benefits of Having a Toll Free Number for Your Business

If you run a small business, you probably understand you're fighting an uphill battle. Not only are you going up against the big boys in your industry and the hundreds of other small businesses clamoring for customers, but you're also working incredibly hard to...

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Are You Tracking Your Social Media Performance?

The term "social media" is a broad one that may refer to any number of internet applications that are used as tools for communication. So while you might instantly think of Facebook and Twitter when you hear the term, it could also be used in relation to your...

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Major Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Web Host for Your Business

If you want to compete in the workplace, there's no way (even legitimate reason) to get around the fact that you'll need a website. It's highly-effective when it comes to showcasing what your business has to offer, networking with other companies and...

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Why Your Business Needs a Solid Email Marketing List

As social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter continue to grow, some people wonder if having (and needing) an email address will soon be a thing of the past. That's not something that we should be too concerned about. Matter of fact, there was a recent...

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Top 5 Social Media Monitoring Tips for Your Small Business

Whether you're new to the idea of using social networking on behalf of your small business or you've spent the last couple of years busily learning the ins and outs of search engine optimization while doing all you can to beef up your Facebook, Twitter, and...

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The Pros and Cons of Having a Virtual Office

Modern technology has made it possible to have a lucrative career without being tethered to a traditional office. With the prevalence of smartphone technology, video and tele-conferencing, networking and cloud computing, professionals can handle all of their business...

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How to Improve Your Communication Skills in the Office

We all know that guy at the office who mumbles and stumbles over every word (you could have sworn you heard him say he would burn down the building when you swiped his red stapler). Or there's the lady that talks too loud at the water cooler, sharing the office...

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9 New Places to Seek Professional Talent

There are some top places where I'd recommend recruiters find top talent. These job board and professional profile sites are a good starting "launchpad" to find savvy and well-trained staff. That said, a more in-depth understanding of your target area...

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Expanding Your Manufacturing Base

Producing your products in your own workshop is dependent upon your management abilities, your time constraints, and your facilities. At some point your product line will simply outgrow those dynamics, and that’s a good thing. You can expand, increasing volume...

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A Successful Woman in My City

We're rolling out a city features section where you'll be able to post stories, business resources, or your own listing for your specific city.

We invite you to join us as a new member and contribute your own items...

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Four Priorities for Women-Owned Businesses Contracting with the U.S. Government

For small, women-owned, and minority-owned companies, consider government contracting as a way to expand your existing business. If you're wanting to break into the market of supplying federal and state needs, here are four items to review during your pre-planning...