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Online tools that can improve your business
MSNBC via American Express OPEN Forum
Small business owners are constantly looking for ways to make their companies more efficient. They can usually find help in the form of a website or an app. Here are a few ideas from our viewers who shared their favorite Web tools for small business.
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8 business expenses you should stop paying for
The Young Entrepreneur Council via Small Business Trends
In the excitement of starting up, it can be tempting to invest in things you don’t really need. When was the last time you took a step back, examined your business expenses and figured out where your money could best be used?
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3 great books by and for female entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur
There are entire libraries filled with books that cover entrepreneurship for everyone. These were written by smart, successful women sharing their personal experiences of entrepreneurship both in a broad sense and specifically as women for the benefit of their fellow women entrepreneurs. The advice is great and the leadership amazing. Everyone who reads them will benefit.
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Small business is using more contractors
Entrepreneur
When commentators discuss the trend towards increased use of independent contractors at American companies, they tend to focus on large businesses. That's natural since information on what big companies do is easiest to access. However, in recent years, small business owners have also boosted their use of contract workers.
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4 secrets to success Richard Branson learned from Nelson Mandela
Inc.
Let your mission, not your nightmare, define you. "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies," Nelson Mandela once said. Vengefulness and victimhood would not erase the crimes done to him in the past, nor would they help him build a better future.
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How to spend the first 10 minutes of your workday
Business Insider
If checking your email is the first thing you do when you get to work, you may want to reconsider your priorities. Strategy expert Dr. Ron Friedman suggests a better way in order to be the most productive throughout the whole workday.
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10 ways to make reports not suck
ClickZ
Reports are necessary in the world of analytics-based marketing, but they can be extremely boring. Here are 10 ways to make your reports engaging, informative, and interesting to your audience.
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Fun in the sun? Not for many small business owners
Fortune
Small business owners simply aren’t taking vacation in 2014, at least according to one study. In fact, almost half of the people polled — 200 in all, from a variety of industries — said they're not planning to go on one this year.
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