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Discover Low-Cost Tools and Ideas to Grow Your Small Business Small Business Marketing Tools is your guide to free or low-cost tools, resources and strategy ideas for budget-conscious small businesses to improve their marketing and overall productivity.

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7 Principles That Predict What Steve Jobs Would Do

Steve Jobs was one of those entrepreneurs who seemed universally either loved or hated, but not many will argue with his ability to innovate in the technology product arena over the years. He was instrumental in creating Apple, which has pioneered a dazzling array of new products, and even surpassed Microsoft, to become the world’s […]

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Ready to Make the Move From Your Home-Office?

A home-based business has lots of advantages. You can work in your pajamas if you like. There’s no long commute to the office, and it’s much less expensive than renting office space. However, many home-based business owners find there are disadvantages about working from home too. For example, you never get a snow day.  You […]

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Ask the readers: Is it realistic to double your consulting rate?

Start My Consulting Business – Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. If you’re just starting out consulting, going from your salaried rate of, say, $30/hour, to a consulting rate of $60/hour–or even $80/hour or $125/hour–usually seems crazy and unrealistic. If you’ve been consulting for a while, doubling your consulting rate may […]

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Why We Lie at Work

  There is was an interesting article this past month in Business Week about why so many people lie at work in the name of making the company better. If we are being honest, most of us have lied somewhere along the line. Studies show that the average American tells 1-2  lies a day and most […]

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Even Virtual Startup Teams Must Work Closely

Almost every startup is a virtual team these days, since most don’t start out with dedicated office space, and some or all members of the team work part-time or out of their own home. It’s a small world, so these team members may not even be in the same town, or the same country. Outsourcing […]

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Cyber-loafing. Good or Bad for Small Business?

New research from Kansas State University finds the average worker spends 60 to 80 percent of his or her time on the Internet engaged in activities unrelated to the job.  It’s known as cyber-loafing or cyber-slacking and many business owners believe it’s affecting their bottom line due to lost productivity. You might think it’s younger […]

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Do VCs Find Mobile Interesting?

It has been a while since the last time I had a guest post on VentureBlog.  But it seems only natural for Howard Hartenbaum, my partner at August Capital, to be posting here.  Howard and I do a podcast together called VentureCast that is really fun (at least fun to do — I’ll let you […]

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