Lessons From the Frontlines with Brian Smith, UGG Australia Founder

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Guest Article I recently had the opportunity to pick the brain of a business legend Brian Smith, the founder and creator of UGG Australia, which is a billion dollar brand here in the US. I asked him to share what they don’t teach you in business school about running a small business. Here’s what Brian […]

How to Shorten the Sales Cycle in Your Small Business

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In business, sales never come as fast as you want or need them to. You must learn how to weed out unqualified leads, have confidence and remove your fear of selling for good.  But, to do this you must have a sales process. The key lesson I learned is the gap between getting a prospect […]

How to Stand Out on Small Business Saturday

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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 8-9pm ET. This week’s guest is Gene Marks @Genemarks. Gene is a nationally recognized management columnist and speaker specializing in small and medium sized businesses. He writes regularly for the NY Times, […]

Why Passion Alone Isn’t Enough to Succeed in Business

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Guest Article Passion may inspire your business, but planning will save it. Passion is an overused buzzword for small business owners: “I have a passion for coaching/financial planning/auto repair/marketing/real estate.” Is your passion enough to build a thriving business? No, you need to make sure your business has a profit center and a plan for […]

How to Develop a Sales Funnel for MAXIMUM Profit

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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 @michellepippin, B. Michelle Pippin. There’s certainly no shortage of business “gurus” vying for your attention, promising you the world on a […]

5 Leadership Traits That Do More Harm Than Good

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Guest Article Smart companies know that the x-factor to success starts with great leadership. Systems, products, services and branding count, but when there’s no one to drive the massive vehicle of business properly, a crash is soon to come. Oddly enough, leadership has been under fire, especially in America. Last year, Forbes’ Steve Denning openly […]

How to Network to Promote your Small Business

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90 percent of all small businesses get business from referrals, which means your network is your net worth in business. Sales are the lifeblood of your business. Not only that, repeat business and word of mouth referrals are what will make your business sustainable. But what if your personal network is drying up and you […]

How to Get MORE Clients, MORE Money and MORE Love

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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 @briellaarion. Melissa Krivachek is the President of Briella Arion, Inc. As a two time international best-selling author and award winning entrepreneur, […]

How Google My Business Works for Your Small Business

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Guest Article Google recently rolled out an upgrade to the Google+ dashboard called Google My Business.  Active Google+ users may have noticed this upgrade in the top right hand corner of their Google+ page next to the +Name and before the notifications bell.  The icon appears as a small set of nine squares and when […]