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The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Small Business Owners
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The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Small Business Owners
17 July 2013

Are you trying to be more productive in your business day, and more effective in how you run your business? (Aren’t we all?) Following good work habits can help. Here are 5 habits of highly effective small business owners. Get regular exercise. Read more…

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: New Size Standards for Small Businesses
Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog, Management

Effective July 22, 2013, more than 17,000 firms not previously eligible for SBA benefits will qualify to receive Small Business Administration aid. That’s because SBA size standards have been adjusted to include more companies. The new rule is based on market shifts, including the average size of companies, within 70 industries.For some industries, the average annual revenue size standard was increased to $35.5 million from $7 million. Read more…

5 Ways to Make Downtime Productive Time
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5 Ways to Make Downtime Productive Time
12 July 2013

Are you using your downtime productively? I’m not talking about personal downtime, like taking an afternoon off. (The whole point of that downtime is not to be productive. ) I’m talking about business downtime. Read more…

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: Treat ‘Em Right
Customer Service, Home Page Blog, Management

A happy business environment means happy customers, so don’t disregard how you treat your employees. A recent survey from Restaurant DemandTracker (by Consumer Edge Insight) asked consumers what was important when choosing which restaurant to visit. The answer may surprise you: Treating employees well is more important to consumers than giving back to the community or utilizing sustainable food sources. Read more…

Most Small Businesses Aren’t Prepared for Disaster. Is Yours?
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Most Small Businesses Aren’t Prepared for Disaster. Is Yours?
11 July 2013

Natural disasters are the number-one safety issue that employees worry about, but the majority (60 percent) of businesses haven’t revised their safety plans in the wake of recent disasters like Hurricane Sandy, a survey by Staples reports. It’s hurricane season, so if you don’t have a safety plan in place, now is the time to develop one. Although three out of four employees feel their employers take safety seriously, that didn’t jibe with the fact that only half say their employers have communicated a safety plan to them. Read more…

Could Ignorance About Health Insurance Cost You Your Business?
current events, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog

Are you putting your own health—and your business’s health—at risk? A recent study by Cigna, My Business, My Health, found that one-fourth of America’s 42 million self-employed small business owners don’t have health insurance. The primary reason (cited by 82 percent of those uninsured entrepreneurs) is that it’s too expensive. Small business owners without insurance admit that they’re prioritizing their business over their personal welfare and health (60 percent of uninsured respondents). Read more…

Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: Will Smile for Business
Customer Service, Home Page Blog, Management

What makes consumers pick your business over another? According to a recent Kingston Business School study, it’s as simple as a smile and a friendly greeting. The study examining the retail behavior of consumers and the business practices of decision makers in small and midsized enterprises found those two actions are all it took to make customers feel much more loyal towards small, independent companies. Yet, surprisingly, just over half those business owners sampled stated their employees regularly smile at and greet customers. Read more…

How Using Facebook Can Make Your Employees More, Not Less, Productive
Facebook/Social Media, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog
How Using Facebook Can Make Your Employees More, Not Less, Productive
3 July 2013

Are you worried your employees are spending so much time updating their Facebook status and checking their friends’ tweets that they’re not getting any work done? Relax. A new study by Ipsos for Microsoft polled nearly 10,000 workers globally and found that using social media in the workplace actually makes employees more productive—at least, that’s what 46 percent of respondents say. The industries where social media was most helpful in boosting productivity were media and travel/hospitality (52 percent of employees in both industries say it makes them more productive). Read more…

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