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What To Do When Business Is Slow

If you’re starting your business, it’s likely that your clients are creeping in slower than a sleepy snail. For others, certain times will be sluggish due to weather, tourism, holidays, etc. When it happens, don’t despair – and don’t drown your sorrows by binge-watching an entire season of Downtown Abbey! Embrace this slow time as… [Read More…]

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Marketing Basics: 4 Essentials

When you’re marketing to clients, no effort you put forth will get off the ground unless you understand some very simple marketing concepts. These tips will help you connect and understand your clients and connect with them in a meaningful way. Once you get your mind around these, conversations with clients and prospects will suddenly… [Read More…]

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Are You Ready For Uncle Sam?

There’s only a little time left before tax day. Are you ready? Do you have all your documents in order? This includes just about every piece of paper (or digital document) related to your business finances. Look for: Expense receipts Client invoices and payment statements Bank interest statements Vendor 1099 forms Any tax credits Charitable… [Read More…]

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Tick Tock! Countdown To Tax Day!

Like sand through the hourglass, so go the days until April 15… Are you ready for tax day? Filing small business taxes sounds pretty simple. Just enter the number for your income, the number for your expenses, and boom, you’re all done! But the reality is just not that easy. When you get down to… [Read More…]

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Stop Procrastinating In 4 Steps

What’s your favorite way to procrastinate? A friend of mine finds herself cleaning every horizontal surface she can find. A client likes to bury herself in little errands such as going to the post office. Another winds up wasting hours on email, responding to or sorting every single message. These are all very good ways… [Read More…]

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Prep For A Real Vacation In 5 Easy Steps

When you’re the boss of your own business, it can feel impossible to take a vacation that truly feels like you’re getting away from it all. But if you don’t get a break, you’ll burn out, and that can ruin your year. There are some simple ways to prepare for a vacation in advance –… [Read More…]

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Autosave It And Forget It!

One of the most annoying problems my clients face is when they lose hours of work because they don’t save their documents as they work. But did you know that you can set up an automatic function in Word to save your work for you? Here’s how: Under the Word pull-down tab, select Preferences. A… [Read More…]

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Back It Up, Baby!

Do you back up your computer files regularly? If not, you’re vulnerable to computer crashes, file loss, and serious destruction to your business. It’s really important to back up your files to an external hard drive or online back-up service, but sadly, too many people don’t even think about it until it’s too late. Windows… [Read More…]