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The great debate: Should you let employees work from home?
Business on Main

Extensive research, including a study conducted by Harvard Medical School, suggests that proximity to one’s colleagues is a key driver of innovation. But there’s also research suggesting that employees who work at home can be more productive than their in-office counterparts.  “Work at the office to collaborate with the team,” observes Amy Marshall, chief operating officer of Internet marketing company Fathom Columbus,” and work from home to get things done with fewer interruptions.”

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Make every hire a creative-minded person, even for "non-creative" jobs
Fast Company
Creative personalities are imaginative. They can "see" how a solution might "look" in their mind's eye before it has even been put to paper. Creative people are also innovators. Breaking with norms or conventions whenever possible, they are open to explore and try what hasn’t been tried before. If these are not requirements for the people in your company, you might want to take another look at who’s working for you, or with you.
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Getting a loan while self-employed
NASE

Qualifying for personal loans when you are self-employed can be very difficult, especially in today's economic climate. Most people are looking for mortgages, either a first-time mortgage or refinancing a current mortgage. Many also seek car loans. It was not that long ago that banks would throw money at you as you walked in the door. That has changed dramatically in the wake of the subprime mortgage scandal.


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7 simple social media moves that work
Inc.
Before he started to dole out social media advice for entrepreneurs like you at Inc.'s recent GrowCo conference in New Orleans, Dave Kerpen, chairman of Likeable Media and now founder of offshoot Likeable Local, had a few things he wanted to get out of the way. First, he said, social media is not free. Second, it won't bring you immediate results. And, third, it can't make up for a bad product or service. If you can cope with all that, you're ready to learn how — and why — Kerpen still recommends you get involved:
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Just one thing: Focus
Management Excellence by Art Petty
Focus is a key ingredient on the critical path to success. Focus is frightening. It is a deliberate decision to tune-out everything else and give ourselves to something that we don't know or don't understand. Also, if we focus, we might fail. Few of us are truly comfortable pro-actively inviting the specter of failure to our work activities, and so we strive to do everything but focus.

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Health exchange options for small businesses will be limited until 2015
The Washington Post
The Obama administration confirmed Friday that a piece of the 2010 health-care law aimed at helping small businesses provide insurance to their workers will be delayed by a year. The office in charge of Medicaid and Medicare announced that it was on track for an Oct. 1 launch of the federal SHOP Exchange, an online marketplace where companies with fewer than 50 employees would be able to buy insurance for their workers and get a tax credit.

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IRS focuses audits on small-business owners
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
Worried the Internal Revenue Service might target you for an audit? You probably should be if you own a small business. A new study by the National Taxpayer Advocate used confidential IRS data to look at tax compliance in different industries and found that people who own construction companies or real estate rental firms might be more likely to fudge their taxes than business owners in other fields.

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Why every brand needs custom social media marketing
Small Business Trends
We love our smartphones, laptops and tablets but while new technology is thrilling for consumers, it presents new challenges for brands. Internet users are going mobile and have their own customization options. Chances are that they won’t stumble across your site on their own. This is why it’s so important for brands to invest their content on a variety of social platforms. You need to be able to push your content around without having it tied down to your domain.
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Just one thing: Focus
Management Excellence by Art Petty
Focus is a key ingredient on the critical path to success. Focus is frightening. It is a deliberate decision to tune-out everything else and give ourselves to something that we don't know or don't understand. Also, if we focus, we might fail. Few of us are truly comfortable pro-actively inviting the specter of failure to our work activities, and so we strive to do everything but focus.
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3 things you don't really need to be a great leader
Inc.

We all do what we do because of deep-seated needs. Most founder-owners, for example, start businesses because of a need for freedom and autonomy. Most leaders arrive in leadership positions driven by a need to make a difference. Some needs sour, however, taking the edge off otherwise great leaders and dragging them down to the level of the merely mediocre.


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Can I deduct that? Your tax deduction checklist
Business on Main
Tax deductions and credits are crucial to your company's bottom line. But with the federal tax code now stretching to more than 73,000 pages, figuring out what you can and can't claim can be challenging. These tips can help you minimize your tax bill without agitating the Internal Revenue Service
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10 best ways to turn down time-wasters
Inc.
Entrepreneurs are often deluged by requests for their time, input and advice. While these requests are often well-meaning, it has to be said that they're not always worth the effort — whereas tending to matters of your business usually are. We asked 10 successful founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council to share their strategies to politely — but firmly — say "no."
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What to do when an employee cries at work
Harvard Business Review
There are lots of reasons someone might be upset at work, from the personal — divorce, illness, kid troubles — to the professional — a failed project, bad review, or nasty colleague. Given how much time we spend in the office, it seems inevitable that people will occasionally get emotional. But how should you handle tears as a manager? What should you do with a distraught employee?
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