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Want to fly solo? 4 unique challenges of sole proprietorship
Business News Daily
At first glance, being a sole proprietor sounds like a pretty nice gig. There's no boss to answer to, but no employees to answer to, either. You are in complete control of your clients and work, and the only limits are your own time and creativity. But flying solo isn't without its challenges — you need to be especially driven and motivated to succeed as a business of one. Here are four of the biggest business challenges you'll face as a "solopreneur," and how to overcome them.
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A dozen deductions for your small business
Bankrate via FOX Business
Small-business tax rule No. 1: Don't mess with the IRS. But that doesn't mean you should cheat yourself. Take every legal deduction you can. Here are a dozen that even savvy small-business owners and entrepreneurs sometimes forget.
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How to leverage Instagram and Pinterest for your business
Small Business Trends
A great social media marketing strategy for your brand is essential to building an audience online. If you really want to stand out, there are two big social networks to tap into, and these are Pinterest and Instagram. Would you like to have more influence? Whether you are just beginning your marketing strategy or need to build upon your existing community of followers, these two powerhouses can help bring in more brand ambassadors and attract new subscribers to your website.
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4 key approaches to great decision-making
Thought Leaders LLC
Making great decisions is a key leadership responsibility. If you choose the wrong decision-making style, you could face a disaster. Choose the right style and you'll make decisions faster and more effectively.
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Artificial intelligence is almost ready for business
Harvard Business Review
Artificial Intelligence is an idea that has oscillated through many hype cycles over many years, as scientists and sci-fi visionaries have declared the imminent arrival of thinking machines. But it seems we're now at an actual tipping point. AI, expert systems and business intelligence have been with us for decades, but this time the reality almost matches the rhetoric, driven by the exponential growth in technology capabilities, smarter analytics engines and the surge in data.
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Why your feeling of not having enough time is a lie
Fast Company
If you've ever felt that you had too much to do and not enough time to do it, you've experienced time-crunch stress — that overwhelming feeling that you're running a race that you can't finish. But your stress might not be due to the number of hours in your day — it might be coming from the drama that's playing out on your to-do list, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Marketing Research.
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Find time to better yourself
Business Management Daily
You can become indispensable within your organization by committing to ongoing professional development. However, with your busy schedule and full workload, how do you find the time to focus on learning? Use this advice.
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Don't cheat yourself out of tax deductions
The Detroit News
Every possible tax deduction can help when your money is tight. Yet many available legal deductions go unclaimed each year simply because most taxpayers still don't know the breaks exist. From eyeglasses to airline baggage fees, you might qualify for at least one often-forgotten deduction — and maybe more than one.
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50 books that transformed my business and my life
Entrepreneur
As a teenager I had a period of many years where I stopped reading books completely. I even remember a time where I couldn't imagine reading books at all. After I graduated and started to be interested in business and startups, I realized the immense power and knowledge contained within books, and I started reading more and more. Today, I can't imagine even a couple of days passing by without some time spent reading.
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