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A small-business owner's guide to accepting credit cards
American Express' OPEN Forum
For most small-business owners, operations understandably start small and scale up over time. Unless a business hits the jackpot, this growth is usually slow for a while before it eventually takes off. When business does start to pour in, operations often have to be completely restructured, reorganized or changed in order to accommodate the growth in the customer base. One function that small-business owners are frequently forced to reevaluate at this juncture is how they accept payments.
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10 unexpected body-language adjustments that will boost your career
Fast Company
Good posture not only influences the way that other people perceive you, it changes the way you feel about yourself. An Ohio State University study found that people who sat up straight were more likely to believe the positive comments they wrote about their qualifications for a job. See? Your mom was right telling you to stand up straight all those years.
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How to get someone's time without going to lunch
Inc.
With The New York Times declaring the power lunch dead, Inc. wondered what, if anything, this might mean for the fledgling entrepreneur in search of a mentor's or investor's feedback. When taking a pitch or request for a favor, do people like investor Dave McClure prefer Gchat, WhatsApp, or something else? And more importantly, are these modes of communication any more effective than lingering over scallops at Michael's in Midtown Manhattan? We asked a handful of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and here's what they said about the best ways to get their attention.
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Yelp reviews are getting more positive AND more negative
Small Business Trends
Yelp reviews are getting both more positive and more negative. You might wonder how that's even possible. But it's actually pretty simple. In 2014, more customers left 1-star reviews on Yelp than they did back in 2005. But they also left more 5-star reviews. That's according to an analysis of over a million Yelp reviews conducted by Max Woolf using the Yelp Dataset Challenge.
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Balancing your work-life and personal life
Entrepreneur
Launching a startup or fighting to grow a small company is a tough slog through any number of different challenges that require your full attention. Finding time to live the rest of your life can be a hardship unto itself.
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A good executive assistant will change your life
ThinkAdvisor
Now, before you start Googling "executive assistant," let me warn you that the definitions you'll find online will not be very exciting, writes Angie Herbers, founder and senior consultant Angie Herbers Inc. That's because most of the articles I found were about jobs that are essentially glorified secretarial positions, which I suspect is a commonly held view. I'm talking about a position with responsibilities that are much more than that.
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3 expert tips for achieving hypergrowth in online marketing
Entrepreneur
More than 40 percent of the world's population is now online. As that number grows exponentially, so do the success metrics for consumer startups. Investor Chris Dixon famously blogged that "10 million is the new one million" when it comes to user numbers.
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