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Are Rules Meant to be Broken?

Yes, of course they are–that’s why we recognize and honor small business owners and entrepreneurs who break the rules. We’re back this year–look for how information coming here soon on how you can win a RuleBreaker Award. But first, check out what award-winning journalist John Stossel has to say about entrepreneurs who break the rules. 

Does Your Business Meet Customer Expectations?

A few months ago one of my business partners got an email from the yoga studio she’s been a client of for several years. This place isn’t cheap and she has spent thousands of dollars over the years on classes. So when she saw an email from them saying “Happy Anniversary,” she excitedly opened it, …

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

If one client dominates your roster—that is a cause for concern. In fact, you should immediately start crafting a plan to bring in new clients. Even if you think your major client and your business have an unshakable relationship, the reality is that in business, it’s easy come, easy go. And if that big client …

How to Reward Your Loyal Customers

Loyal customers are every small business owner’s dream. So it only makes sense when you do find those customers, the ones who come back to you month after and year after year, you want to reward them. But how can you do that? Actually, there are numerous ways to reward your loyal customers, from simple …

The 4 Smartest Things You Should Do Every Morning

How do you start your day? Are you already exhausted before you get out of bed, because your brain was in overdrive, keeping you awake thinking about your small business? How productive can your day be, when you’re tired at 7 am? No worries, here are four simple habits to adopt that can transform you …

Exercise Can Boost Your Productivity

Yes, we all know we have to work long and hard to get—and keep our businesses up and running. But are your work habits ultimately putting your health at risk—because you don’t have time to exercise, or just talk a walk? I was surprised to learn that entrepreneurs are actually more likely to exercise than …

Are You a Glossophobic?

Chances are you have glossophobia. Don’t worry, 74 percent of people do—it’s the fear of public speaking. But, the truth is at sometime in your life as a small business owner you will have to make a speech—whether that’s to a local networking group, a trade industry function or to potential investors. Besides having a …

How to Go On Vacation & Keep Your Small Business on Track

Last week we talked about staying productive during the summer when distractions abound. This week, let’s discuss how not being productive is beneficial for you and your small business—let’s talk vacations. Be honest, does going on vacation seem like a fantasy? As small business owners we’re on the job 24/7—and it’s difficult to unplug. But—you …

Fighting Summeritis

The summer season officially kicks off this weekend (though we’re still about a month away from summer itself)—and many entrepreneurs have trouble getting everything done. Warm days and nights (especially after a horrendous winter) can easily tempt us to want to close early on Fridays (or take the day off altogether) and head to the …

6 “Don’t Ask” Questions When Conducting Job Interviews

The path to hiring a good employee is lined with potholes—some obvious and other somewhat. Regardless, you must be careful to avoid certain areas of questioning—since some things are illegal to ask. And those illegal question are often the ones that may seem mundane, or something you’d ask anyone in the course of a natural …

5 Tips for Getting it All Done

How do the world’s most successful entrepreneurs stay productive and not burn out? It’s well known that Virgin’s Richard Branson credits his daily exercise program for keeping him on top of things. But when you’re the only employee, it’s hard to justify taking a break. There’s just too much to do—and you’re the only one …

The Power of Referrals

There’s nothing as powerful for a small business owner as a satisfied customer. They not only continue to do business with you, but if you ask them—they can potentially deliver a lot of new business to you as well. If you’re not asking for and using referrals then you could be missing out on a …

Going Greener

As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day on Wednesday, it’s important to ensure your small business is being as green as possible. There are plenty of ways your can go greener, including: You’ll save on utility costs by sharing office space with another company, renting an office only when needed (there are plenty …

Want to Start a Business? First, You Need a Reality Check

Do you want to start a small business? You’re in good company—many surveys show most American adults have seriously considered becoming entrepreneurs. What motivates people to launch their own businesses? Reasons range from wanting to control your life by being your own boss to wishing for better work/life balance to being so passionate about a …

Creating an Employee Agreement

Whether you’re about to hire your first employee, or already have built a staff, you should create an employee agreement so your employees know exactly what is expected of them, what the job entails, who they report to, etc. An employment agreement is a legal contract between your business and the employee. There are certain …

Are You Listening to Your Customers?

There’s more competition for consumers’ dollars than ever before, so it’s vital you know what your customers want and need. And today, it’s relatively easy to uncover what your clients and customers want—just ask them. Surveying your customers is actually pretty simple. Here’s how to find out what they’re thinking about: Set goals. Your surveys …

Rewarding Loyal Customers

Loyal customers are increasingly hard to come by. So it’s important to reward the customers who are faithful to your business—the ones who come back, despite the increased competition for their dollars. But how should you do this? There are actually a wide variety of ways to reward your loyal customers, from simple paper-based methods …

4 Ways Your Small Business Can Stand Out From the Crowd

Consumers have so many choices about where to spend their dollars these days. So whether your small business is a B2B or B2C, you need to stand apart from the competition. According to the Authenticity Gap survey conducted last year, consumers are losing patience with the companies they do business with. Is it possible to gain …

5 Easy Ways to Improve Customer Engagement

Customer engagement has long been the edge small business owners held over their larger competitors, but thanks to technology, that edge seems to be disappearing. Large companies know how to reach customers through tech tools such as live chat, customized emails and responding to social media quickly and efficiently. To make sure your business stays …

Are You Bored with Your Small Business?

Are you tired of your business? Once their small businesses get past the “romantic” startup stage, a lot of business owners lose their initial levels of excitement. By nature, entrepreneurs are excitement junkies, and when things aren’t changing, we get bored. The good news is that our desire to “shake things up,” to break the …

2nd ANNUAL RULEBREAKER AWARDS HONOR ENTREPRENEURS WHO BLAZE THEIR OWN TRAILS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT: Rieva Lesonsky CEO, GrowBiz Media 4067 Hardwick St., #296 Lakewood, CA 90712 (714) 389-7411 rieva@smallbizdaily.com Entrepreneurs Can Nominate Themselves or Others for Awards and Prizes LAKEWOOD, CALIF., January 26, 2015 – Entrepreneurs who are breaking the rules can get their chance to shine by entering the 2nd Annual RuleBreaker Awards contest, …

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