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National Association for the Self-Employed awards first quarter small business Growth Grants
NASE
Three small businesses have been awarded $12,000 in Growth Grants from the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation's leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community. Earlier this year, NASE announced they would be expanding their Growth Grant program to award over $48,000 in small business grants in 2015, an increase from the $20,000 awarded in 2014.
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9 bookkeeping apps your small business needs to succeed
Small Business Trends
One of the most common causes of business failure is inadequate financing. But, let's be honest, sending out invoices, keeping track of expenses, doing the weekly payroll and filing taxes can be incredibly challenging when your mind is on business growth. No matter how vital these tasks, they are tedious and can consume more of your time and resources than you would like.
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7 simple ways to start your dream business today
Entrepreneur
Andrew Medal, serial entrepreneur, digital strategist and Web designer, writes: "I have a family member that has been talking about quitting her job for the past five years. I have a friend that has been talking about starting a business for the past 10 years. I see these two scenarios every day, with different people, in different areas of my life."
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How to master the art of taking better notes
Fast Company
A reporter recently interviewed me for an article about a product called the Listening Table. This slightly more sophisticated version of a tape recorder would record meetings, and highlight the transcript in places where someone tapped the table to indicate an important point.
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8 inspiring tips from successful women entrepreneurs
Addicted2Success
In today’s world where business acumen, creativity, and innovativeness shape the landscape of any business. Women with different backgrounds have proven time and time again that being a successful woman entrepreneur is possible.
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5 keys to running a successful business
AllBusiness.com via Fox News
There are a handful of principles that work in virtually every situation when you're trying to establish and grow a business. They work if you're trying to build an email list or close a sale. If you ignore them, you are almost certain to fail. If you do them halfway, you will soon be standing there watching your business as it is eclipsed by someone who is following all the principles, all the time.
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Why work-life balance isn't a reality for the self employed
The American Genius
Listening to a group of fellow freelancers discuss the illusive concept of work-life balance a few weeks made me realize just how out of control my own life had become. To be honest, the thought of work-life balance was part of the problem for me until I heard someone interrupt the conversation with the word "harmony."
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Small business marketing: Social media basics
Business 2 Community
There is no doubt that Social Media is an important marketing tool for any small and medium sized business. It can be a key component in branding and even deliver leads and customer conversions. Social Media is still growing and it’s just starting to hit its potential for providing real value to SMBs. As this aspect of marketing continues to change and adapt, below is a list of social media basics that small to medium size business owners can use for the foreseeable future.
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