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The Gap Between Social Media and Business Impact: Introducing the 6 stages of social business transformation

The Gap Between Social Media and Business Impact: Introducing the 6 stages of social business transformation | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
In business, social media is becoming a lot like email: every company has it. But, unlike email, organizations haven’t mastered how to effectively communicate through the likes of Facebook or
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Nice Framework to look at your social business.

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8 Tips to Take Advantage of The New Google My Business - socialmouths

8 Tips to Take Advantage of The New Google My Business - socialmouths | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Google My Business: How to make the most of the new platform to be found online and increase customer interactions.
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While I normally only share General Financial and Operational Business advice since there are a lot of social media channels out there, this was too good to not share with you.


8 Tips to Take Advantage of the New Google My Business

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Hey, founders — before you name your startup something stupid, read this

Hey, founders — before you name your startup something stupid, read this | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
GUEST POSTImage Credit: Johan Larson/ShutterstockEncapsulating a business in a single word or phrase can be a daunting task.
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Must-have Software for Small Businesses

Must-have Software for Small Businesses | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Software for small businesses are becoming one of the essential nutritions for a healthy business. Here are must-have software for small businesses.
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Solid suggestions on the types of Software every small business should have to manage and secure their business.

1)Accounting Software

2)Point of Sale and Invoicing Software (I am still surprised by the number of small businesses that don't have this with low cost options available-lets of information can be gleamed here)

3)Customer Relationship Management Software

4)office Efficiency Software

5)Email Software

6)Phone Call and Conferencing Software

7)Contact Management Software

8)Backup and Recovery Software

9)Antivirus Software

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Lot’s Of Activity, No Results!

Lot’s Of Activity, No Results! | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Everyone I encounter is very busy.  Virtually everyone I meet works long hours.  Their schedules are filled with meetings, calls, all sorts of things.  Many people seem to wear their “busyness” as a badge of honor, as if “real business people do a...

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3 Steps To Effective Marketing

3 Steps To Effective Marketing | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Did you know that marketing is cited as a key point of failure by over 70% of failed businesses. When I talk with entrepreneurs, most of them bemoan the lack of sales their marketing efforts produce. Marketing is a huge concern for small business.
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Nice Tips and Graphs for small businesses to be more effective marketers.  Marketing is identified as a key point of failure for failed businesses

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The Startup Story You Didn't Hear About: The Billion Dollar Company That Was 4 Days From Going Bankrupt » Growth Everywhere

The Startup Story You Didn't Hear About: The Billion Dollar Company That Was 4 Days From Going Bankrupt » Growth Everywhere | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Mark Organ boostraps Eloqua and sees it sell for nearly a billion dollars. Hear what he's doing to grow his advocate marketing company, Influitive.
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Lots of nice insights on a variety of topics.  I really like reading about the behind the scenes inner workings.  


  • Gives three tips for success: 1) Vision, 2) High standards in recruiting, 3) Don’t run out of cash.
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6 Great Ways to Learn Payroll

6 Great Ways to Learn Payroll | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Learn about payroll basics using great resources available to business owners.
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The No-Brainer Strategy for Getting Clients | She Owns It

The No-Brainer Strategy for Getting Clients | She Owns It | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
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Tips on getting Clients in this social age.

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7 Systems Every Entrepreneur Must Have in Place in Order to Build Their Business by @darnyellejervey | She Owns It

7 Systems Every Entrepreneur Must Have in Place in Order to Build Their Business by @darnyellejervey | She Owns It | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
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Key Systems, Entrepreneurs need to have upfront:

  1. Operational Systems
  2. Customer Management Systems
  3. Financial Systems
  4. Sales Management Systems
  5. Marketing Management Systems
  6. Talent Management Systems
  7. Legal Systems
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Has Access to Capital Really Improved for Entrepreneurs? (Infographic)

Has Access to Capital Really Improved for Entrepreneurs? (Infographic) | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
A look at the financing landscape for business owners, plus some tips for finding alternative funding opportunities.
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Financing Landscape for Small Businesses

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5 Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

5 Mistakes Small Business Owners Make | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
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When running your small business, it is likely that you work hard to avoid mistakes like shipping the wrong product or missing deliverables.
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Top 25 SlideShare Presentations For Small Business Owners -

Top 25 SlideShare Presentations For Small Business Owners - | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Slideshare presentations are a great way to learn new things quickly. Here are the top 25 slideshare presentations small business owners can learn from.
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Nice Slides referenced here for Small Business Owners

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Creating a Working Budget: FIVE KEY Questions - Entrepreneurs Questions

Creating a Working Budget: FIVE KEY Questions - Entrepreneurs Questions | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
When you start a business or have only a small, steady stream of income, creating an annual budget may seem like a pointless exercise. After all, if your income and expenses are predictable, why fill in a spreadsheet? Instead of … Continue reading →
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Nice Five considerations when creating a working budget for your business.

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Top 10 Legal Mistakes Small Businesses Make

Top 10 Legal Mistakes Small Businesses Make | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
One of the last things that is on an entrepreneur’s mind when they start a company are legal issues. Unfortunately, it is exactly these types of things that trip them up and can sink their company.
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Good summary of key legal mistakes I have seen for Small Businesses.  It is important to address these issues upfront.

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Starting a Business: 5 Checklists You Might Have Missed | Biz Penguin

Starting a Business: 5 Checklists You Might Have Missed | Biz Penguin | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
This blog post will enlighten you with 5 startup checklists you might have missed during your search for starting a business guides.

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Entrepreneurs take note: 

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Getting started means one step in front of the other using FOCUS -- but a checklist sure can be helpful!

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17 Business Models Shaking Up the Marketplace

17 Business Models Shaking Up the Marketplace | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
There are 23 million small businesses in America, and 543,000 more are started every month. So if you've got a business idea and you want to stand out from the crowd and succeed, you better have a unique value proposition and diverse revenue streams.
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10 Ways Small Business Can Compete in a Big Business World! | The Marketing Nut

10 Ways Small Business Can Compete in a Big Business World! | The Marketing Nut | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
How does a small business compete in a big business world? Small business leaders must know what levers they can pull to ignite their success quickly.
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These 5 Decisions Define You As An Entrepreneur

These 5 Decisions Define You As An Entrepreneur | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Most aspiring entrepreneurs are convinced that the strength of their initial idea somehow defines them as a leader, as well as the success potential of their derivative business. In my experience, it's a lot more complicated than that. It takes leade...
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Five Steps in the Entrepreneur Process discussed in this post:
  1. The launching decision.
  2. The turning point decision. 
  3. The tipping point decision.
  4. The recommitment decision.  
  5. The letting go decision. 
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Strategic Planning Tips for Small Business Owners [Free eBook Download]

Strategic Planning Tips for Small Business Owners [Free eBook Download] | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
By Matt Zajechowski
The benefits of strategic planning in your business are something that can’t really be overstated, simply because they are so diverse and tactically sound.
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Entreprenuership, Corporations cuts | She Owns It

Entreprenuership, Corporations cuts | She Owns It | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
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5 tips for pitching your start-up to investors | Cox BLUE

5 tips for pitching your start-up to investors | Cox BLUE | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Whether you're entering one of our Cox Business Get Started pitch events, or searching for funding on your own, your presentation skills must be sharp. Here are five tips for pitching your start-up to investors.
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3 LinkedIn Search Tricks That Will Make You Dangerous

3 LinkedIn Search Tricks That Will Make You Dangerous | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
This article reviews 3 LinkedIn search tricks that will make you dangerous.
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Tips on Boolean Searches and some examples of more powerful search capabilities with Linkedin's other paid tools.

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14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO

14 Ways To Be A Great Startup CEO | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Everyone thinks that being a startup CEO is a glamorous job or one that has to be a ton of fun. That's what I now refer to as the "glamour brain" sp
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Tips Discussed are:

Absorb The Pain For The Team

Find The Smartest People And Defer On Domain Expertise

Be A Good Link Between The Company + Investors

Be A Good Link Between The Company + Product

Be Able To Learn On The Job

No Experience Almost Preferred

Have An Uncanny Ability To Say No

Have Some Technical Knowledge And Skillset

Be Able To Break Things Down Into Sizable Chunks + Milestones

Have The Ability To Call An Audible

Can Motivate The Team Through Despair

Be A Great Communicator

Don't Be A "Fake CEO"

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10 Tax Solutions for Small Businesses - BusinessNewsDaily

10 Tax Solutions for Small Businesses - BusinessNewsDaily | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
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10 Tax Solutions for Small Businesses
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Small business owners shouldn't have to do their taxes on their own. Tax solutions provide a do-it-yourself way to easily prepare and file taxes — without all the guesswork.
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Why I Became An Entrepreneur - Forbes

Why I Became An Entrepreneur - Forbes | Small Business Issues | Scoop.it
Why I Became An Entrepreneur
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But more important, there are a lot of misconceptions around entrepreneurship and one of the biggest is that people who start their own companies were born with an entrepreneurial gene.
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