Welcome to BlogNotions' Small Business Blog

The BlogNotions Small Business Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by thought leaders in the world of small to medium sized business. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the technologies being used by successful and growing small businesses, discussions of common problems and solutions faced by small businesses, best practices for scaling your business, tips and tricks for successful marketing, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

12 Business Books to Read this Summer

This is the time of year to step back from your business and get new ideas. One of the best ways to do that is to review the latest small business books on the market. Here is what I am reading this summer: Surge: Time the Marketplace, Ride the Wave of Consumer Demand, and Become […]

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The 10 Office Supplies You Need for Your Office

This post is sponsored by the Staples brand products that help your small business stock up for less. To be effective these days, a small business owner still needs more than a computer or a smartphone. Consumable office supplies still are required to complete daily work. I’ve teamed up with Staples brand products to create […]

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Your First 10 Steps to Start a Small Business

Your First 10 Steps to Start a Small Business This post is sponsored by Comcast Business, but all opinions are my own. A founder has a long winding road just to launch a business and any mistakes will be expensive. Here are ten steps to take for making the journey a bit easier. Determine the […]

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THE Small Business Expert

By Dan Coughlin Silent mentors are people you’ve never talked with, but who have influenced you in some meaningful way. Don’t try to emulate the whole person, just one or two positive parts that you perceive in that person. The key is to look for good characteristics that you admire in people and then try to […]

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Why Self-Service Is a Critical Part of Customer Service

This post is sponsored by Staples Business Advantage®, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. Giving great customer service used to mean having employees available to help on the phone, in person or by mail. A lot of that has changed with the option of self-service to either save costs or expand hours of operation. This […]

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This Week in Small Business: Spring Cleaning, Moms, and Many Marketing Tips

’Tis the season to be spring cleaning (even your financials) and honoring moms everywhere (including those who found million-dollar companies). Add in a passel of marketing tips, and you have enough bedtime reading to last all week. Leadership, management and productivity Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo, Lisa Stevens, lays out three tips for giving […]

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Asking for Business Referrals: 7 Proven Ways that Work Today

In business some things never change, like the power of a personal referral or word-of-mouth advertising. Then again, some things in business are constantly going through changes, like the way those personal referrals are gained and communicated. Let’s take a quick tour through current best practices for winning those ever-so-powerful personal referrals. 1. Ask. Simply asking […]

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