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January 18, 2013
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  • How to run your business when you're always on the road
    Lorna Vanderhaeghe spends much of her time traveling to promote her business, Lorna Vanderhaeghe Health Solutions, but that makes actually running the company difficult. "My biggest challenge is managing people while I am on the road -- distance management," she said. Vanderhaeghe can address this issue by developing a strategic plan, delegating responsibility and finding someone to manage human resources, experts recommend. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • 7 ways for B2B firms to shine on Pinterest
    Making an impression on Pinterest isn't rocket science, Monika Jansen writes. Be sure to pin your own original images alongside repins from others, create boards related to your business and add enough detail to draw in potential customers. "You want to grab people’s attention so they’re eager to see more," Jansen writes. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 4 tips for fighting the flu at your office
    The flu outbreak that is sweeping the country could take a serious toll on the health and productivity of your workers. For this reason, it's important to explain your attendance policy, make sure the office is cleaned regularly and get ready to deal with absences, according to Mary Capelli-Schellpfeffer of Loyola University Health System Occupational Health Services. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • When you need to add an attorney to your tax team
    Certified public accountants can handle a lot of your tax work, but you might need to get a tax lawyer for certain tasks, Maryam Ansari writes. For example, you should consider getting an attorney if you are ready for succession planning or if you are interested in pursuing a merger. FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to keep unexpected charges from cutting into your cash flow
    If you aren't careful, your business accounts might be drained by a number of unexpected charges, Joe Taylor Jr. writes. Credit card fees, subscriptions to various websites and communications charges can all make a dent in your cash flow. "Many phone and Internet service providers sign up new customers with promotional packages that expire after six months or a year. If your teaser rate has disappeared, request a new promotion or review competitive options," he recommends. Small Business Computing (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tips & Tools 
  • Why taking handwritten notes is a waste of time
    Using a paper notebook is inefficient and frustrates people who know that technology like tablets are more productive, writes Alexandra Samuel, vice president of social media at Vision Critical. With the help of tools like Evernote, you can easily share notes with colleagues, maintain a digital record of meetings and easily transfer ideas into your task management program, she writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Calculate the cost of convincing a new customer to buy
    Small-business owners tend to underestimate the effort and expense it will take to attract new customers, writes Lon Safko, author of "The Fusion Marketing Bible." It's important to get a better idea of your marketing costs by adding up all of the expenses that go into your campaigns, he writes. Entrepreneur online (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Just for Fun 
  • The Heisman candidate and the girlfriend who never existed
    Manti Te'o was the heartwarming story of college football -- leading Notre Dame to the national title game after overcoming the deaths of a grandmother and his girlfriend. The grandmother was real, but, the investigation by the website Deadspin uncovered, the girlfriend never existed. Te'o and Notre Dame say he was victim of an elaborate hoax, though even that statement is in doubt, as Adam Clark Estes notes. Deadspin (1/16), The Atlantic Wire (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Take your notes in Evernote, and then discover how much more productive you are when you capture everything digitally."
--Alexandra Samuel is vice president of social media at Vision Critical, writing at Harvard Business Review online's HBR Blog Network
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