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.

ERP Questions and a Move to Cloud Computing

At what point does a small business owner get questions about ERP software answered?.  (Enterprise Resource Planning Software)  ERP software is NOT simply accounting software.  With enterprise software, business leaders attempt to analyze the business quickly with one commonality in reporting.  To get the questions answered about enterprise resource planning software, we have turned to […]

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Resistance is Futile

    I encounter tough resistance every single business day.  It’s never what you think.  It’s not resistance from the heavy demands of my customers or prospects.  it’s not the long days of travel or presenting in front of an audience.  It’s the battle going on inside my own head.  It always goes something like […]

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Many Startups Stumble on International Cultures

By Ernst Gemassmer Most of us have travelled abroad and experienced the challenges and frustrations of getting what we want without being laughed at or insulting our hosts. Similar issues prevail when doing business in other countries, cultures and languages. Even if you think your business is all local, multi-ethnic sensitivities are more relevant than […]

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What have your friends done for you lately?

Your ability to be successful hinges largely on who you surround yourself with. If your friends are all super-achievers, its going to be easier to become a super-achiever yourself. It’s tough to change your friend circle, so you should work on getting the most out of your network. Here’s some tips I’ve used myself. Bill […]

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Great Lawyers Are Worth More Than $5,000

If you want people to leave lots of comments agreeing with you, write a blog post saying that something is too expensive. And if you read the comments to Fred Wilson's latest post — "A Challenge to Startup Lawyers" — you'll see a whole lot of agreement. Fred argues that it should cost less than […]

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Blogging for Business with Metaphors

Learning how to blog and get found in search engines is not too difficult.  If there is not a limitation of creativity, titles can be confusing or misleading. (Apple might be in reality an apple.)  Getting to the point:  Metaphors, abbreviations, parables and acronyms may entice but not engage. When choosing titles for blog articles:  […]

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Get New Business By Asking Your Customers

Looking for ways to increase your sales? A lot of people overlook the fact that the best way to grow their business is through their existing clients. Send out an email or make a call to your existing clients and ask them if they can refer anyone. Offer them free services in exchange for referrals […]

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Building Great Startups in Europe

In the last month or so I have spent a fair amount of time in Europe, first in London and Cambridge, England with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK, and then in Paris, at the Le Web conference. I have judged two startup competitions, participated in a SeedCamp demo day, and met with dozens of […]

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The One Question To Ask Before You Start

There are a lot of entrepreneur books out there. I even wrote one! However, this new book from Carol Roth is special. The Entrepreneur Equation discusses the questions you should ask BEFORE starting.  She takes a step backward and talks about: Should I be an entrepreneur ? Why do you want to be an entrepreneur? Carol talks […]

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