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Mobile technology is catching on with the online shopping crowd. But mobile storefronts are still not nearly as common as online storefronts. Part of the reason behind this has to do with access. Since the technology is newer, it’s not quite as easy for people to set up mobile shopping experiences. Creating an app or even a mobile-friendly eCommerce site can cost more money and take more time than a traditional website. So small retailers especially have found it difficult to keep up. But there are still some opportunities for retailers to take advantage of mobile technology. Spring, a mobile marketplace for fashion more >>
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
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“Dwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.” ~ Shirley MacLaine Successful, happy, likable people tend to be able to set boundaries better than others and are good at speaking up for themselves in a respectful yet firm fashion. For others, especially some who are highly sensitive, it can be a real struggle to set boundaries using assertive speech. Many are often surprised and troubled when they see a highly talented, emotionally intelligent person with a fine personality flounder in his/her work and in their personal life because they’re distracted and/or intimidated by an oppressive person in their life. It may feel awkward or intimidating to confront this more >>
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
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Square has introduced Square Appointments to its suite of services. Square Appointments gives businesses the ability to book clients quickly through an online or mobile app. The addition of Square Appointments is geared toward appointment-based businesses like beauty salons, repair contractors, tutors and other service providers. Using the app, a business’ customers can book an appointment and pay for it within the Square environment. Square Appointments also allows businesses to place widgets on their websites so customers can book directly from there. In an official announcement on the company’s website, Square explained: “Service businesses lose sales to no-shows, waste time trying to book more >>
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
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Pitching your idea to investors can be nerve-racking. Even with lots of practice, it’s easy to find yourself clamoring for the right words. That being said, certain mistakes can mean the end for you and your business. With that in mind, we asked seven members from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question: “What’s one word or phrase that you should never use when pitching an investor?” Here’s what YEC community members had to say: 1. “We Just Need X Percent of Y Industry” “It’s easy to say, ‘If we just get X percent of this $Y billion industry then we’ll make Z.’ If the intent is more >>
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
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When I hear the word “startup,” my mind immediately begins playing a reel of a bunch of twenty-something year old web developers, huddled together in a retro office somewhere in the SF Bay Area. Drinking beer at midday, laughing about the epic, cool culture they’ve got going, and chatting about the fact that they spent... The post What’s the Difference Between a Small Business Venture and a Startup? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment] more >>
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
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Polaroid has introduced a new camera that can go just about anywhere with you. It’s easy to see the tiny little camera tagging along to conferences and events or helping you create video for your website or presentations while on the move. The Polaroid Cube is only 35mm tall, wide, and deep … a true cube. It’s capable of shooting 90 minutes of 1080p HD video on a single charge. And various accessories along with built-in magnets mean it can go or be stuck pretty much anywhere. The Cube also features a built-in slot that can accept up to a 32GB microSD more >>
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
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The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jonathan Murrell TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall. more >>
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
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Unless you are an accountant specializing in small business, you may not be aware of a new trend in the world of sole proprietorships: registering with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a limited liability company (LLC). While LLCs have been around since 1977, their popularity among sole proprietors has accelerated in the past decade, data from the IRS reveals. The figure above shows the fraction of sole proprietorships organized as LLCs along with their share of the revenues of all Schedule C filers from 2001, when the IRS first began to provide these data, and 2011, the most recent year for more >>
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
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You’ve struck stones together and you’ve finally seen a spark. You’ve worked hard to develop your ideas and build something worthy of faith and investment. But finding natural ways to pitch your startup may still seem like the most daunting task you’ve faced yet. Your elevator pitch, for all that it can be perfected,  can come... The post Do You Know How to Pitch Your Startup in Social Situations? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment] more >>
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
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Chromebook sales are on the rise. And their use in the business community is expected to contribute to their continued popularity. New research shows that sales of Chromebook devices rose sharply last year and will continue on that trend in the near future. So far though, Chromebooks have largely been adopted by the education sector. The research company Gartner found that last year, there were 2.9 million Chromebooks purchased. About 85 percent of those were purchased by education companies or schools, though. These are the devices that look like a miniature laptop and often include little pre-loaded software. Chromebooks are really designed to more >>
Mon, Aug 18, 2014
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