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When should I look for bank financing for my business?

When most small businesses owners hand their shingle, they have a certain amount of money they plan on using to get started.  Perhaps it is money they have saved or borrowed from friends and family but in any case, it is usually limited.  While not true in every case, a business often takes longer to Read more about When should I look for bank financing for my business?[…]

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Unlimited vacation time? Really???

There is a trend in small businesses to offer employees unlimited vacation time.  The reality is that for many small businesses, they would essentially do this for their good employees anyway.  While there is usually a policy that indicates how many days or weeks an employee would get, if you have employees who are going Read more about Unlimited vacation time? Really???[…]

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Can I use robotic process automation (RPA) in my small business?

The concept of automation is not new. Neither is the idea of using “robots” to do things that humans were previously required to do.  However, the idea of being able to afford any of this in a small business has been far out of reach as automation was widely considered an “enterprise” concept.  Good news Read more about Can I use robotic process automation (RPA) in my small business?[…]

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Why does it feel like it takes so long to gain momentum in my new business?

Do you remember the old UPS commercial about the company that launched their new website and suddenly they had too many orders to handle?  Unfortunately, with most things in business, you do not gain momentum at that pace.  In all reality, in the beginning it can feel like any change in a business is moving Read more about Why does it feel like it takes so long to gain momentum in my new business?[…]

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Do I need a server in my office anymore?

Cloud! Cloud! Cloud!  It’s the buzz word of the times but is it really right for my business?  Let’s start by defining it. In short, when something is “in the cloud” it is simply on a server which is sitting somewhere else as opposed to in your office, and it is accessed over the internet. Read more about Do I need a server in my office anymore?[…]

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What things should I consider for my new office space?

For today’s employees, an office space is more than simply a place to show up for 8 hours per day to do a job and then go home.  People have learned that for a place that you spend such a large portion of your waking hours, you need to want to go there, enjoy being Read more about What things should I consider for my new office space?[…]

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How do I keep track of all my passwords?

Passwords are important, I don’t think anyone would dispute that. And in today’s day and age, most sites are requiring that passwords are “complex”. A complex password is one that has multiple nuances to it making it harder to crack by a hacker.  Examples of those nuances are upper case letters, numbers and special characters.  Read more about How do I keep track of all my passwords?[…]

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What should I do about email for my new business?

Managing email can be a daunting task for a new business owner.  In a future series we will discuss proper email etiquette tips, but for now lets discuss how you should set yourself up.  While some people still pick up the phone and call someone when they are looking for a product or service, most Read more about What should I do about email for my new business?[…]

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How do I track expenses when I am on the road?

One of the easiest downfalls in a new business is forgetting what you spent and losing receipts.  If you fail to properly record your expenses, you will miss out on tax deductions as well as lose sight of what it takes to properly deliver your product or service.  Fortunately, the days of the shoe-box of Read more about How do I track expenses when I am on the road?[…]