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Building a Winning Team

There’s a certain pioneer spirit that can go along with starting a new small business. An ambitious owner may feel a sense of bravery in attempting such an endeavor. It’s not easy to strike out on your own, become your own boss and follow your passions.

But it’s often just as crucial to build a winning team around you. Attracting and assembling the right combination of talent and personalities may help a business get off the ground quickly and on the path to success. Here are a few tips on assembling the right kind of support staff.

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How to Improve Maternity Benefits at Your Small Business

Balancing work and motherhood has been a hot topic in the news recently. First, working mom Katharine Zaleski wrote an open letter to “all the mothers [she] used to work with” apologizing to them for her attitude towards their work-life balance.

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Small Business Owners Increasingly Optimistic

Optimism among small business owners is at its highest point in seven years, according to a recent poll by the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. Among the reasons for the spike: increases in revenue, hiring, cash flow and access to credit.

Lisa Stevens, head of small business for Wells Fargo, said this about the positive results that many small businesses experienced last year, according to Business Wire: “With the economy improving every day, many business owners are seeing stronger revenues, and are feeling a renewed sense of confidence and expecting an even better year ahead.”

So, what to do with all that optimism? Here are some tips and techniques to maximize and enhance the good vibes.

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How to Sell Your Products and Services

Being an entrepreneur usually requires wearing many hats, and the role that seems the scariest to a lot of people is sales.

As a business owner, you need to make people think you’ve got what they need, and that requires putting yourself out there and being persistent. That can be a daunting proposition, but it’s essential.

Here are some tips that will help you succeed as a salesperson:

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Lessons from Undercover Boss

The CBS show Undercover Boss, now in its sixth season, is an entertaining look at how different businesses operate and offers some insights for business owners.

Each episode focuses on an executive of a different company who goes, you guessed it, undercover to take a lower-level job within the company or assume some other fly-on-the-wall vantage point. The purpose of the disguise is to allow the executives to observe the uninfluenced efficiency and productivity, or lack thereof, of their employees. But they often emerge with opened eyes for other reasons.

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How to Have a Successful Meeting

For a lot of employees, meetings are just obligatory formalities they’ve learned to accept. Too many meetings are filled with more hot air blowing, thumb twiddling, clockwatching and daydreaming than anything else.

That’s not just a harsh reality for the employees who have to struggle through them. It’s also a harsh reality for the business managers and owners who are faced with lost productivity because of poorly planned or completely unnecessary meetings.

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Advice for Female Entrepreneurs

The number of women choosing to start their own businesses is increasing constantly. Last year in the U.S., there were nearly 9.1 million businesses owned by women, according to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, up from about 8.6 million in 2013. Furthermore, these businesses employed about 7.9 million employees (other than the business owners) and generated about $1.4 trillion in revenues.

So how can women aspiring to continue these trends give themselves the best chance to succeed? Here are some considerations:

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Boost Your Productivity in 2015

Your to-do list keeps growing longer, but with so much to do, the days only seem shorter. Keeping your productivity up can get harder and harder to do as you get more overwhelmed with assignments.

We all know we’re supposed to work smarter. But how?

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Female Entrepreneurs Motivated by Work-Life Balance

The idea of work-life balance can seem like a joke when you’re juggling full-time work and family responsibilities.

Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide Seek Work-Life Balance…

That’s why entrepreneurship has become an appealing option for increasing numbers of women.
In fact, 55 percent of American women entrepreneurs said they started or want to start their own business to achieve work-life balance, according to this article from Business News Daily, which cites a new survey by PayPal.

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Entrepreneur Goals for the New Year

Most of you have probably made New Year’s resolutions aimed at improving yourselves. But what about your businesses?

You haven’t made any?

No problem. This article on Inc. offers some great suggestions that could help any entrepreneur, including:

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