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Experts Weigh In: What’s the luckiest thing to happen to you and your business?

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, we’ve got luck on the brain! Running a business takes a huge amount of work, but, ask any entrepreneur, and they’ll always tell you that there’s a little bit of luck involved.

We asked our small business owners what the luckiest thing to happen to them and their business was. Here’s what they had to say…

“My small business was lucky enough to acquire a massive client right at the end of our launch. As I finished my speech he asked, “Are you accepting paying clients?” Needless to say, he is now a client. It put the icing on the cake that was the launch of my business.” –Bryant McNamara, Initial PR (more…)

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Your Small Business Finance Timeline

They say timing is everything, and nowhere is that phrase truer than in the world of small business — especially when it comes to business financing. If you’re relying on some type of funding to get your business off the ground, your opening date is completely dependent on when you’re able to secure start-up capital. So before you commit to a deadline, make sure your expectations are realistic by understanding the small business financing timeline: (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: How are you growing your business?

Okay, so you’ve taken a risk and started your own business. You’ve done the hard work (starting), and now the ball is finally rolling. Your business is growing. So what’s next? How are you adjusting to suit the expansion?

We asked our small business experts how they’ve expanded their businesses once they started taking off. Here’s what they had to say:

“As Doubledot Media grows, we’re expanding our staff to include a global group of telecommuters who fill various roles. Hiring remotely expands our team and gives us access to the world’s best talent without requiring us to move to a bigger office.” –Simon Slade, SaleHoo  (more…)

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How Social Media Activity Promotes Your Business SEO Activities

There are three things that businesses cannot afford to lack nowadays and they are related to each other. The first one is a website. You cannot do without a website in this day and era. The second one is a social media account- actually several social media accounts. Thirdly, you cannot afford to do without search engine optimization services today. SEO is the reason why some businesses are very successful and others are not all that successful. To some extent the search engines run your business. They decide who is going to get to the top of their results pages and who will lag behind. (more…)

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5 Documents Every Startup Needs

Starting your first business is a thrilling experience, from concept to reality, it can be a surreal and often overwhelming undertaking. As much as it is a creative process, it is also a legal one, so you should be sure to have everything you need to start out as smoothly as possible.

Follow along as we explore five of the most-used documents by small businesses and why you may need them. (more…)

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6 Items to Focus on Before Selecting a Web Host

Nowadays, having a website is an indispensable requirement for every small business. A website allows you to reach a wider audience with your products and services. You could even set up an e-commerce site which allows customers to buy items directly from you. When setting up your site, one of the things you will need to decide is where you will host it. With the numerous Web hosting companies out there, choosing the right host for your business can be very difficult.

Here are some guidelines which will help you make the right decision: (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: What do you love about your business?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, entrepreneurs! MyCorporation is celebrating with their #ILoveMyBusiness contest! To enter, all you have to do is submit a photo showcasing why you love your business to contest@mycorporation.com along with a description of what’s going on in the photo in 25 words or less, the name of your business, and your company URL for a chance to win $500.

We’re so excited to read about all the ways you love your business!

To help get into the spirit of things, we asked our small business experts what they love about their business. Here’s what they had to say:

1.“I’m building a productivity tool, and I love it because it solves problems I face myself daily. Not only does that make it much easier to understand and be invested in, it also means that I get the satisfaction of seeing the benefits and power of it directly reflected every day in my own work.” –Tim Perry, Build Focus (more…)

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The Biggest Threats to Your New Startup

One of the most positive results of the last economic recession was the revival of the entrepreneurial spirit. The scarcity of jobs and the desire to be their own bosses inspired many people to start their own small businesses. Some of them, such as Uber, gained the attention and backing of investors which helped them become wildly successful. However, according to a recent article in Forbes, an astounding 90% of startups fail. (more…)

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Business Basics: State Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance, at its root, is pretty easy to understand – it’s just a program meant to protect workers that become involuntarily unemployed. But because it is run on a hybrid state-federal system, and is often calculated based on weird variables like experience ratings, the entire concept quickly becomes muddled. Most states also change rates and maximum taxable wages on a year-by-year basis, so what was paid last year may not be the same this year. Thankfully, as long as you learn a little bit about unemployment programs and stay on top of those annual changes, UI shouldn’t cause too many problems. (more…)

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Tips for Writing Effective Email Subject Lines

When it comes to email marketing, the email subject line is probably the most vital element. A well crafted subject line will grab the attention of your audience and compel them to read the content. However, a poor headline will cause your email to be ignored or even deleted. Therefore, the quality of your subject lines can make or break your email marketing campaign.

Here are some tips for writing email headlines which will enhance your open rates: (more…)

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