5 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Entrepreneur Should Use

5 Keyboard Shortcuts Every Entrepreneur Should UseDoes all that time clicking here and there on your keyboard really add up? It can if you’re an entrepreneur who follows the “time is money” adage. Most small business owners and their team members spend unnecessary moments clicking several times to get what they want when they could use simple keyboard shortcuts to get to their end results faster.

To be fair, there are plenty of keyboard shortcuts into its software that you’ll probably never use. However, that isn’t to say that that all keyboard shortcuts are irrelevant. The shortcuts below are not only practical, but can make your life a whole lot easier – there are more than just copy-paste basics that everyone knows.

1) Use Your Windows Key

We’re starting off simple. The Windows key is located in the lower left of the keyboard. It contains the Windows symbol, which is a sort of four-paneled flag within a circle. Yes, most people know what this looks like. But do you remember to use it, or do you reach for the mouse and aim for the lower corner of your screen instead? A simple tap of the key and all your programs’ names will instantly appear.  If you start typing the first letter or main name of the program you want, such as “Cal” for calculator, that program will appear. No more searching through “All Programs” under the Start key. If you have a Mac, the Command key (⌘) does a similar task.

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Why Infographics Still Work

Why Infographics Still WorkInfographics have been around forever. Yes, that’s an exaggeration, but it’s not that far off from the truth.  If you really think about it, they’ve been around for tens of thousands of years. They’ve become modernized recently and are extremely popular.  They work well for a number of reasons, primarily due to their accessible and visual-friendly incorporation of various graphs, charts and illustrated data.

In addition to still serving well as a useful way to present data, infographics remain an integral part of effective content marketing. Infographics have an indisputable tendency to go viral, which is a great way to effectively promote services, a business or a specific set of data. They also have a substantial leg-up on boring, text-heavy approaches trying to get the same points across.

And yet, there are a lot of people out there who hate infographics. Why? Because more often than not they’re been completely misused, and tend to be poorly designed. Don’t let this hate scare you off from making one, though. Here are some areas to keep in mind when it comes to creating great infographics that work in your favor.

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Everything You Need to Know About Running a Business Can Be Learned From Your Cat

Everything You Need to Know About Running a Business Can Be Learned From Your CatThere are roughly 95 million cats in the United States that are currently allowing their owners to think they’re in charge.  That’s because they’re smart – really smart. As entrepreneurs, we could learn from their innate savviness.

There’s a reason the Egyptians worshiped the feline, and the most ordinary domestic cat can still get what he or she wants using some Cleopatra-inspired shrewdness. Today, we’re going to consider five of the ways our furry little friends can help us get a leg up in business and make some “scratch.”

#1:  Cats Are Incredibly Independent.

If you’ve ever tried to get a cat to change its mind about anything, you know you’re debating with the wrong species.  Cats do what they want, and woe to the human who stands in the way!  As the owner of a company, you should likewise operate full-steam ahead and avoid distractions by toxic friends or family members who want to steal your thunder or excitement.  The more focused you are on your end goal, the better the chances you’ll reach it.

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10 Best Apps for Entrepreneurs

10 Best Apps for EntrepreneursYou know what it’s like to start and run your own business.  After all, you’re an entrepreneur, and you’re in good company.

According to an recent article from Forbes, the ranks of entrepreneurs around the United States are continuing to grow.  As they change the face of the working world as we know it, they need the latest technical gadgets and gizmos to help them stay on track, provide great customer service and, most of all, keep those profit margins climbing.

This is where apps come into play.  Some are free, while others have nominal price tags.  Most are never used, or used just once, after they are downloaded. However, there are a few valuable apps out there that entrepreneurs around the country couldn’t imagine their lives without.  Those are the apps you need to have on your smartphone or tablet, especially if that’s what your competitors do.

Here are 10 of the hottest apps that men and women who have started their own companies wouldn’t leave home without.

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Is the Customer Always Right?

Is the Customer Always RightWe’ve all heard the mantra, “the customer is always right.” You and your business are constantly geared toward making customers happy and keeping them coming back. Like many other mantras, however, that mentality can go too far.

In most circumstances, it makes sense to focus on customer satisfaction. Still, there are times when this attitude may cost you more than you expect. In situations like the ones below, “the customer is always right” doesn’t apply. In order to keep your business running smoothly, you need to take steps to keep problem customers in check. Here’s some examples of a few times when the customer is wrong:

When They Abuse Employees

People are generally kind and polite, but they can get hostile when they feel like their needs aren’t being met. Putting a thorough customer service process in place prepares your reps to address issues before they become problems. It can also help them in handling angry callers. It is extremely important to stay positive throughout the interaction. Every now and then, however, the rudeness, abuse or even threats toward employees go too far.

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