6 High-Tech Gadgets for the Connected Business Traveler

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Guest Article If the hardest part of travelling includes leaving all your favorite toys behind, worry no more. The next time travel takes you away from home, try taking these cool tech gadgets along for comfort. They weigh next to nothing. They're portable, practical and full of functionality. Bring them along once and you'll never be able to leave them behind again. International Sim Card  A cell phone is one thing. A global cell phone that lets you connect to anyone from anywhere in the … [Read more...]

5 Best Moments of #SmallBizChat

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Have you ever had a million dollar idea?  Well that’s how I felt the day I launched #SmallBizChat. My initial idea was to create a peer-to-peer mentoring program online for small business owners, but what it has turned into over the last five years is a movement of people focused on small business excellence. This week marks the fifth anniversary of #SmallBizChat. I call it my Twitter talk show.  Every Wednesday night from 8-9pm ET, for five years straight I have interviewed a small business … [Read more...]

How to Manage Work and Family as You Grow Your Small Business

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Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @AmyWalkerCoach.  Amy Walker is a Business Family Balance expert - with a husband, 5 little boys and 2 companies to run, she has to be.  Amy is passionate about assisting women to create strong businesses that bless and benefit their families.  Her mission is to teach women the specific … [Read more...]

The Lifeline of Your Business: 5 Rules to Loving Your Sales CRM

5 Rules to Loving Your Sales CRM

Guest Article Don’t hate your sales CRM.  It’s your friend.  Really it is.  An effective CRM – Customer Relationship Management – system can be the lifeline of your business.  I have had the pleasure of using five different CRM systems (plus spreadsheets, notebooks, and my good old memory) over the last 15 years.  Quite frankly, I think CRM systems are required by law to bring some level of pain and misery to all of their users.  However, learning to live in harmony with your sales CRM will … [Read more...]

The Daily Deal Isn’t Dead Yet

The Daily Deal Isn’t Dead Yet

We all know that consumers are not as excited about the Groupon emails that land in their inboxes as they used to be, and we’ve all heard the horror stories of businesses that were overwhelmed or even destroyed by a poorly planned campaign. But, some businesses are making them work. Here’s one. 24-year-old Jacomo Hakim, known to his friends as DJ Jacomino, was instructed by his father to get a real job. Inspired by the lap band surgery his dad underwent, he created a business to tailor clothes … [Read more...]

Creative Ways To Leverage a Virtual Assistant in Your Small Business

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Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Rebekah Quintana @BekahQ. Rebekah owns Sidecar Executive Support, a Virtual Assistant company. She wants nothing more than her clients to succeed, and LOVE their business. When she’s in the “sidecar” of her client’s business, she’s able to help them stay on target, and grow their … [Read more...]

Small Business Tax Tips for Last Minute Filers

Small Business Tax Tips for Last Minute Filers

Guest Article Depending on where you live, a good majority has already witnessed wild weather patterns since the New Year. According to most calendars though, spring has officially sprung! And according to Uncle Sam, the time of the dreadful deadline draws nigh. Now, hold your horses, before you gallop into a frantic frenzy, we’d like to share a few valuable tips to help you in tax planning, preparation and preventative maintenance: 1. Filing Extension.  The IRS requires each taxpayer to … [Read more...]

What Do I Really Need to Start My Small Business?

What Do I Really Need to Start My Small Business

I always get asked the question – what do I really need to start my small business? To get started, focus on the basics. The key is to generate revenue as quickly as possible. You can add all the bells and whistles as the company grows. If you think you’re ready to become your own boss, here are the basics of what you’ll need to do to launch, find your first customers and start building a business: 1) A logo: When presenting yourself to customers, make sure your brand is strong. That starts … [Read more...]

How to Grow Your Small Business Outside the U.S.

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Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Chris Folayan @MallforAfrica. Chris has over 15 years of experience in marketing, technology development, and acquisition roles in various high-tech companies and startups and has managed multi-million dollar projects global with clients in over 50 countries.  Chris has developed a … [Read more...]

5 Common Sales Tax Mistakes in Small Businesses

5 Common Sales Taxes Mistakes in Small Businesses

Guest Article One of the easiest ways to burn through hundreds of thousands of hard earned dollars without a match, lighter or incendiary device is by simply not paying attention to your sales tax filings. If you run a startup, and you are selling some products or services and you aren’t managing your sales taxes, eventually you will burn hard-earned cash on penalties, fines and back taxes. Unlike with income tax, which you have to pay out of pocket regardless of when it is remitted, with … [Read more...]