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December 21, 2012
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  • What to do when your business strays off course
    It's important to stay positive when your business hits a rough spot; plenty of extremely successful people have experienced setbacks, writes Barbara Saunders. You should try to get a little perspective on the situation and consider whether a new strategy might be better for your business. "Don't sit and stew over the breakdown. Identify what went wrong, fix the problem and get right back out there," she advises. The Secrets of Success blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Post videos then practice some patience
    Web marketers can get plenty of mileage out of online video campaigns, but they need to commit, writes CJ Bruce. Unrealistic expectations of quick results and viral buzz seldom lead to success. "Putting up a single video and waiting for the revenue to start rolling in isn’t a content strategy," he adds. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to lead like Santa
    There's a lot that business leaders can learn from the example set by Santa Claus, writes Lindsay Olson of Paradigm Staffing. You can take a page out of Santa's book by doing extensive planning, offering positive feedback to your employees and focusing on keeping your workers happy. "Slave driving never got long-term positive results, so consider how to make your work environment one that your staff wants to come to each day," she writes. U.S. News & World Report/On Careers blog (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 5 reasons to use an automated payroll system
    There are several advantages to using a direct-deposit system to pay your employees; for example, it can allow you to save money on paper, postage and other items, writes Stephanie Faris. In addition, automated payroll systems can let you access reports that may be useful for your company. "You'll also be able to export your information to bookkeeping software, which helps you more easily manage your budget," she writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The truth about small businesses and taxes
    In some ways, the U.S. tax system can be especially hard on business owners, writes Steve Parrish. One thing to keep in mind is that, because many small companies are structured as flow-through entities, business owners may seem a lot richer than they actually are. "An owner of a flow-through entity may show a high taxable income, but not have much actual cash to show for it in any one year," he writes. Forbes (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Recover from tough times with the power of positive thinking
    Stress and other negative emotions can make it hard to think clearly, but you may be able to counteract this effect through the power of positive thinking. "When people are able to self-generate a positive emotion or perspective, that enables them to bounce back," said Barbara Fredrickson, a psychology professor at the University of North Carolina. "It's not just that you bounce back and then you feel good -- feeling good drives the process." Entrepreneur magazine (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Could Santa just send gifts via FedEx?
    Delivering gifts to every child in the world in a single night would be tricky, but technically possible, say FedEx and UPS officials. About 12 million workers -- the equivalent of 40 times FedEx's global workforce -- would be needed, including 400,000 people to load gifts onto Santa's sleigh, and 60,000 to negotiate his flight paths and keep local aviation authorities notified of his whereabouts. National Public Radio/Planet Money blog (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Remember this: At ALL times, YOU have the power of choice."
--Barbara Saunders, writing at The Secrets of Success blog
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