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Should I ask my family to make an investment in my business?

Financing a small business can be very difficult and very stressful.  When you have a great idea and want to get started, you need to determine how much startup capital you will need, and you will likely need more than you anticipate.  It you have family members with financial means, it can be tempting to Read more about Should I ask my family to make an investment in my business?[…]

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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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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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How long does it take to build a new website?

Having been in the website business for years, it was always amusing to me when a prospect for a new website would delay their decision to go forward with our web proposal, but then would hound us about how quickly it needed to be up and running as soon as they signed.  While this may Read more about How long does it take to build a new website?[…]

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What should I expect from my website?

While it may seem obvious to people in business today that they need a website, many don’t understand exactly why or what they should expect from their site.  As is true with most business tools the answer to this question depends upon your business and your target audience but here are some goals you should Read more about What should I expect from my website?[…]

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What is inbound marketing and how can I use it for my organization?

With the number of options available to consumers today, many of the traditional marketing techniques get filtered out as “white noise”.  Because of this and the importance of the web, many businesses are using newer techniques called “inbound marketing” to achieve their lead generation goals. The basic concept behind inbound marketing is that you draw Read more about What is inbound marketing and how can I use it for my organization?[…]

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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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What are core values and why are they important?

Every business has a set of values by which they operate each day.  In business with solid leadership, these values are consistent day after day and do not change in times of financial trouble, business difficulties, or employee turnover.  The best leaders make these values known to the organization and work to promote them every Read more about What are core values and why are they important?[…]

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6 Questions to ask when deciding how to backup your data

Most businesses know that its important to backup your company’s data, but there are a lot of different strategies for doing so.  How do you know if you have done enough to ensure you will not lose any data in the event of a disaster?  A good rule of thumb for data backup is called Read more about 6 Questions to ask when deciding how to backup your data[…]