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November 9, 2012
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  • Is fear of growth holding back your business?
    Many entrepreneurs are afraid of growing their business because they fear getting in over their heads, a tendency that can leave them vulnerable to more aggressive competitors, experts say. But for opportunity seekers like Michelle Isbester and her husband Andrew, taking a chance on developing a specialty in assembling photovoltaic installations helped them become the market leader in Ontario. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The most common social media errors can be easily corrected
    "Fluffy" social media metrics can put distance between marketing and the chief financial officer, Nichole Kelly of SME Digital says. It's one of the five most common social media mistakes outlined in this webinar summary. CFOs can be seduced by connecting metrics to the bottom line, and errors such as failing to repurpose content, not being true to the brand's voice and stressing the marketing department by not using outside content all have simple corrections, Courtney Eckerle writes. MarketingSherpa (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 2 ways to lower likelihood of employees cheating
    The key to curbing cheating in small work environments is to treat them like small communities that encourage employees to see how cheating hurts something they care about within the business, entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan writes. Keeping an eye out for small acts of cheating is also a useful way to eliminate larger problems down the road. Inc. online/Serial CEO blog (free registration) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Bullying is a real problem in American offices
    Businesses of all sizes need a comprehensive grievance policy that helps employees understand what to do if they feel they are being bullied, GrowBiz Media CEO Rieva Lesonsky says. With surveys showing 35% of employees report feeling bullied at work and 17% saying they have left a job because of it, it's important to take employee complaints of bullying seriously and to work to resolve them. Small Business Trends (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What not to do with company credit cards
    Small-business owners can make the most of credit cards by steering clear of common mistakes such as neglecting to hunt for the best deals on rewards and interest rates before deciding which card to get, Deanne Katz writes. Many cardholders also fail to read the fine print on penalties or max out cards constantly and create a bad credit-to-debt ratio that might deter lenders, she warns. FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Advice for paying quarterly estimated taxes
    Even part-time business owners might be required to pay quarterly estimated taxes. Entrepreneurs with gross income less than $150,000 can avoid penalties by submitting payments equal to the previous year's, according to New York tax attorney Julian Block. “Even if you fail to calculate how high your income is going to be, if you pay in a certain amount, you are assured you won’t be subject to any penalties," he explains. Intuit Small Business Blog (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tips & Tools 
  • Adjust your attitude for an increase in happiness and success
    Starting each day with a list of things you are grateful for can help set the tone for the rest of the day, lifestyle teacher Lori Lynn Smith writes. Striving for more patience and more faith in yourself will also help improve your attitude. "Adjusting your attitude and making these changes isn’t easy, but it pays off. Your attitude affects your perspective, what you notice, and what you fail to notice," she writes. (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The right way to use e-invoices
    Small-business owners and self-employed workers shouldn't be afraid to take advantage of the benefits of e-invoices, Internet marketing strategist Andre Klein writes. Still, they should keep in mind that e-invoices have the same legal validity as their paper counterparts, but that they aren't valid without an electronic signature that verifies the invoice to sender and recipient. PDF files are not sufficient without an electronic signature, he notes. B2C Marketing Insider (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What great plays and persuasive presentations have in common
    Many business presentations would be more persuasive if their presenters approached them as if they were three-act plays, presentation guru Nancy Duarte says. Use the beginning to explain the status quo and connect with your audience over current conditions, then lay out your vision. In the middle, continue to contrast the status quo with how you want things to be. The end is to explain how you will accomplish your vision and how much better the future will look as a result. CBS MoneyWatch (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Just for Fun 
  • Resumes highlight experience in dope dealing and "cat-like reflexes"
    Resumes that highlight an applicant's "cat-like reflexes" and "pleasant aroma" are among 21 funny resumes and cover letters collected in this article. Another resume features the two years the applicant was a marijuana dealer. That job, he boasts, made him "good with money" and gave him "an intuitive understanding of supply and demand economics." The Huffington Post (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
No matter how busy you are, make it a point to get out and walk around your business every day and find out what’s going on."
--Rieva Lesonsky, CEO of GrowBiz Media, writing at Small Business Trends
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