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5 Ways to Beat the Fear of Failure

Wed, 28 May 2014 05:35:33 +00002014-05-28T05:35:33Z

(image) Having a fear of failing is a very real challenge when it comes to starting a business, or doing anything outside of your comfort zone. Your fear can make you unsure about what you're doing, and it can chip away at your confidence.

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How to Take Your Work with You This Summer

Thu, 22 May 2014 10:14:41 +00002014-05-22T10:14:41Z

(image) Summer vacation isn't just for school-age kids; we all need a break from the daily grind to refresh our perspectives and renew our motivation. Unfortunately, though, not every small business owner is in a position to walk away from the business, even for a few days.

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Small Business Week: Marketing Tips

Fri, 16 May 2014 04:34:33 +00002014-05-16T04:34:33Z

(image) This is our final post this week, celebrating National Small Business Week. Today, we're focusing on marketing.

A Marketing Plan

Regardless what type of business you have, a marketing plan can help you identify your marketing goals and create a strategy for achieving them. A well-developed marketing plan becomes your company's playbook, guiding your actions and measuring them against the goals you identified.

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Small Business Week: Money Management

Thu, 15 May 2014 04:16:12 +00002014-05-15T04:16:12Z

(image) During this week-long Small Business Week series, we have covered business ideas and start-up tips and business planning and goal setting. Now, we're turning our focus to money management for small business owners.

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Small Business Week: Business Planning and Goals

Wed, 14 May 2014 03:36:21 +00002014-05-14T03:36:21Z

(image) In case you haven't heard, this week is National Small Business Week, and we're celebrating with a week-long series packed with resources to help you start and grow your small business.

Yesterday, we focused on developing a business idea, and shared a handful of articles to help you start your business. Today, we're discussing business planning and goal setting.

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Small Business Week: Business Ideas and Start-Up Tips

Tue, 13 May 2014 03:52:46 +00002014-05-13T03:52:46Z

(image) As part of our special series honoring National Small Business Week, today we're talking about business ideas and the start-up process.

Developing a Business Idea

Business ideas can come from anywhere -- hobbies you are passionate about, a problem you are trying to solve, or even an unexpected opportunity. Our first set of resources includes several lists of business ideas that you can browse for inspiration and to get your creative juices flowing:

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Happy National Small Business Week!

Mon, 12 May 2014 07:58:29 +00002014-05-12T07:58:29Z

(image) Congratulations if you are one of the millions of small business owners being celebrated this week. Pat yourself on the back for all of your hard work and dedication, and make sure you high-five your colleagues, too.

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Choosing the Right Domain Name for Your Small Business

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:55:17 +00002014-04-29T12:55:17Z

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If you are just starting a business, you are probably thinking about business names. And if you're thinking about business names, you should also be thinking about domain names.

Whether it's for online marketing purposes, or simply to protect your brand, every small business owner should take some time to explore the options when it comes to domain names.

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5 Articles to Help You Provide Better Customer Service

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:20:18 +00002014-04-23T09:20:18Z

Customer service is an important part of every business, regardless of what you sell and who you sell it to. Providing good customer service is also a challenge for many small business owners. Part of the challenge is limited time and resources, but perhaps the larger problem is not knowing what to do to provide excellent customer service.

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Three Ways to Tame the Email Monster

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:02:53 +00002014-04-18T12:02:53Z

(image) If you rely on email as much as I do, you may have experienced having half of your day devoured by the email monster before you even see it coming.

It can be a constant struggle, but here are a few things you can do to keep the email monster in its place.

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