Office Spotlight

Unlock Creativity

Two Steps Anyone Can Follow for Unlocking Creativity

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 05/22/2015)

Creativity could be the edge you need to stand out from your competitors. Follow these two steps to discover how to develop your creativity on a daily basis 

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5 Super Duper ‘Keep Track Of Your Time’ Apps

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 05/21/2015)

Managing your time effectively can often mean the difference between a failure and a success. If you’re looking for a program that can help keep you on track, try one of these 

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3 Things You Can Do “Right Now” To Make Your Business Better

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 05/13/2015)

If you want to improve your business, you need to begin by improving yourself. Start now with this three tips 

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35 Things to Do When You Have An Extra 15 Minutes

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 05/12/2015)

Have a spare fifteen minutes? Stay productive with one of these 35 tasks you can do in 15 minutes or less. 

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Is Starbucks Really a Good Place to Conduct Business?

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 05/05/2015)

For solopreneurs looking to break out of the home-office rut and set up shop somewhere a little more, well, public, the most common solution is the local coffee shop. But is Starbucks (or Seattle’s Best, or Panera, or your local all-organic, independent brew joint) really an effective office space? 

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10 Negative Habits That Ruin Business Morale

By: SCORE (Published on 04/23/2015)

Does your business have “drainers” sapping the energy out of everything? Get a handle on negativity created by yourself or others with these ten tips 

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Shark Tank

Our 1 on 1 Interview With Lori Greiner of Shark Tank

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 04/21/2015)

What does the “shark with a heart” look for when investring in a business? The answer will surprise you. 

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What Have You Done for Your Administrative Assistant Today?

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 04/19/2015)

There is an unsung hero in your business. No, it’s not your top salesperson. It’s your administrative assistant 

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The Top 100 Quotes Every Self-Employed Person Should Read

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 04/19/2015)

If you’re considering starting a business, or you own a business now, you won’t want to miss these top 100 best business advice quotes. 

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Keeping Things Professional When You Work At Home

By: SCORE (Published on 04/17/2015)

Sometimes it’ s hard to be taken seriously when you work from home. Here are a few simple things you can do to maintain your professionalism 

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5 Steps to a More Organized Office

By: Team TSE (Published on 04/17/2015)

Organizing your office boosts your productivity and can actually make you feel better about working. Learn the 5 steps to have a more organized office today 

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How to Deal With an Angry Customer

By: Admin (Published on 04/15/2015)

Are there some tricks you can use to not only handle an irate customer, but maybe even win them over for life? You bet! 

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6 Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder

By: SCORE (Published on 04/13/2015)

Working hard is fine, but working smart is, well, smart 

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Personal Fulfillment

5 Ways to Find Personal Fulfillment While Being Self-Employed

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 04/08/2015)

There are ways to stay inspired regardless of what work you are currently doing. When you need a little pick-me-up – try one of these ideas 

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Timesavers For The Self-Employed

By: Team TSE (Published on 04/07/2015)

There is no right or wrong system for organizing your time, but it is important that you have a plan of action to guide you through your days 

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5 Simple Tips to Kick-Start Your Day

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 04/06/2015)

Your morning can set the tone for your entire day. In order to get the most out of your mornings, try some of these simple tips

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5 minute motivation

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself in 5 Minutes or Less

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 03/27/2015)

Not feeling it? We’ve all been there. Luckily, these productivity hacks will have you going again in five minutes or less 

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5 Things You Will Love About Going Paperless

By: Matt Peterson (Published on 03/18/2015)

There is a lot to be said about going paperless, including total loss protection, among others things 

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Clever Home Office Tips

5 Very Clever Ideas For Organizing Your Office

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 03/13/2015)

Can’t find your desk underneath your pile of clutter? Wasting valuable time trying to find important items? Control the chaos with these 5 incredibly simple organizational ideas 

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Need To Get Your Business Funded? Head On Over To . . . Staples!

By: Team TSE (Published on 02/24/2015)

Staples just launched the “Staples Business Loans powered by Lendio” service to help small business owners by giving them quick and easy access to capital.  

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5 Powerful Ways To Use LinkedIn

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 02/12/2015)

The LinkedIn SEO is so good that it is often the #1 result people will find when they search for you. You better know how to use it right then! 

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Killer Start

13 Killer Habits for Starting Your Day

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 01/30/2015)

The first few hours of the day are often responsible for how well the rest of your day goes. Use these tips to make sure you’re getting a killer start 

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5 Steps to Quit Being Busy and Start Being Productive

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 01/26/2015)

It’s often quite easy to fill an entire day with “busy” work while not really doing what’s important. Here are a few steps to help keep you focused and on track 

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7 Things Successful People Do Differently

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 01/20/2015)

If you’re looking for some ways to increase your chances of achieving success, try these tips 

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How to Effectively Organize Your Office for Productivity

By: SCORE (Published on 01/09/2015)

While every industry has specific guidelines, there are some common productivity strategies you can deploy to make things more efficient 

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5 Ways To Be Productive, Especially When You’re Not

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 12/29/2014)

If you’re find yourself with a bad case of worker’s block, try a few of these activities to help get you going again 

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The Living Room Small Business Film Festival

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 12/16/2014)

Put on your jammies, call the family into the den, pop some popcorn, and check out these great flicks, all of which have some sort of small business angle 

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Five Misconceptions About Working From Home

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 12/10/2014)

If you’ve been looking at your office job and thinking how much greener the grass is on the other side, here are a few misconceptions you may want to take into account 

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The Difference Between Motivation and Inspiration & How to Use It to Your Advantage

By: Barbara Winter (Published on 12/10/2014)

Inspired entrepreneurs create inspiring businesses that inspire those who interact with them. Are you willing 

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A Restivus for the Rest of Us: Taking Advantage of Downtime During the Holidays

By: Neat (Published on 12/05/2014)

Sure, spending “Restivus” catching up on sleep and binge-watching TV is fun, but it can also be a great time to get organized 

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5 Awesome Tips For Being Successfully Self-Employed

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 12/01/2014)

If you’re serious about making your small business a success story, take a look at these great tips for self-employed success 

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Infographic: Virtual Receptionists 101

By: Team TSE (Published on 11/29/2014)

Get the lowdown on virtual receptionists 

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The #1 Trait That Can Determine Success or Failure In Your Business

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 11/24/2014)

Learn how to harness this trait positively so it can be an active asset for your business and personal success 

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Infographic: Is Creativity In the Workplace Declining?

By: Team TSE (Published on 11/24/2014)

Creativity in the workplace is on the decline. Take a look at the hows and whys in this informative infographic 

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WEBINAR: Holiday Marketing That Really Works!

By: Team TSE (Published on 11/18/2014)

Join Steve Strauss & @Staples for some great holiday marketing tips 

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The True Cost of Bad Customer Service [Infographic]

By: Team TSE (Published on 11/18/2014)

Is bad customer service creating a leak in your business, letting potentially loyal customers slip away 

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Holiday Selling Secret: Have Something Different to Say

By: Team TSE (Published on 11/18/2014)

Yes, there is ample opportunity that abounds right now, but with that, there is equally ample competition trying to snag those holiday dollars. 

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Secrets of Success

What Does Success Mean To You?

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 11/17/2014)

There are a few basic principles that allow you to reach any level of success no matter what area of your life you’re focusing on. To help illustrate some of these key principles, we’re sharing some of our favorite quotes on the topic 

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How to Create a Home Office That Inspires

By: Barbara Winter (Published on 11/14/2014)

Learn the tricks to creating a great home office by tapping in to your most creative side. Read on and let your imagination guide you 

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6 Ways to Stay Motivated When You’re the Boss

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 11/12/2014)

Motivation needs to cultivated daily in order to reach your goals. Here are six tips to help you do just that 

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5 Lunch Break Habits That Will Boost Your Productivity

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 11/10/2014)

Instead of skipping lunch, try incorporating some habits that can make you more productive and still let you take a break 

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7 Great Time Management Apps And Why They Are So Good

By: Mark Feldman (Published on 10/28/2014)

Is your time managing you more than you are managing your time? Here are 7 great apps to get things under control 

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In Praise of Entrepreneurs

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 10/27/2014)

Fear is nothing but a False Event Appearing Real… 

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Infographic: Top 10 Time Killers

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/24/2014)

To help you discover some of your time traps, discover the top ten time wasters and how to combat them 

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Business Science

Unlock the Secrets to Creativity with These 3 Scientifically Tested Principles – We Love #3!

By: Dipti Parmar (Published on 10/22/2014)

Are there ways to encourage creativity? According to scientific research, we certainly can. Here’s how 

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Grow Your Home-Based Business, Right Now!

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/13/2014)

Do you work from home but feel the limitations? Find out how you can really grow your home-based business with just a few key changes like 

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crazy boss

Infographic: Reason #1 To Become Self-Employed – Your Boss Is Nuts

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/11/2014)

Did you know that nearly one third of employees think their bosses should see a psychologist? If you were looking for a reason to break out on your own, or maybe just needed a reminder as to why you’re working so hard for yourself – take a look at this infographic 

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Want to Make More Money? Time to Look for Bigger Fish

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 10/10/2014)

When self-employed businesspeople find that they’re stuck in a rut they can’t get out of, one solution is to try something new, like fishing for bigger fish 

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STAPLES INFOGRAPHIC: 1/3 Of All Small Businesses Want To Spend Extra Cash On . . .

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 10/10/2014)

The latest Staples Small Business Survey contains some fascinating insights 

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Time Saving Tips

9 Freakishly Effective Time Saving Tips

By: SCORE (Published on 10/10/2014)

Save time and money with these awesome nine time-saving tips that you can put to work in your business right away 

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Infographic: Are You Self-Employed or is it a Side-Gig?

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 10/08/2014)

Are you self-employed or is just a side gig? 

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Managing Your To-Do List

10 Ways to ACTUALLY Get Through Your To Do List

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 10/02/2014)

If you’re looking for a few ways to help you actually cut through the fluff and get your real work done, try out these ten tips 

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Where Do You Think You’re Going?

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 09/24/2014)

The latest Staples Small Business Survey suggests that there are 4 very real and tangible benefits that come from creating a roadmap for your business 

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How to Grow Your Small Business, Now!

By: Team TSE (Published on 09/24/2014)

Here are 4 key steps to growing your business in under two years when you’re self-employed. The important thing to remember is 

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Traits of an Entrepreneur

Today, EVERYONE Better Think of Themseves as an Entrepreneur

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 09/23/2014)

Whether you own a business, are unemployed, or are a corporate exec, you better begin to think like – and think of yourself as – an entrepreneur. 

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5 Surprising Tips to Create Your Own Work Revolution

By: TSE Guest Blogger (Published on 09/22/2014)

Want to Create Your Own Work Revolution? Like what? Like “sleep in!” Here’s how 

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Why the Self-Employed Should Love Co-Working Spaces

By: Mylene Dela Cena (Published on 09/17/2014)

Why the Self-Employed Should Love Co-Working Spaces One of the main perks of becoming a freelancer is the ability to stay away from everyday commute and to accomplish tasks in the comfort of your home. Remember how thrilled you were … 

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ASK AN EXPERT: The Fine Art of Turning Business Lemons Into Lemonade

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 09/15/2014)

One of the traits that they don’t teach you in small business school is resilience. 

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Problem Clients

SURVEY: We want to know – what do you worry about most?

By: Team TSE (Published on 09/04/2014)

Take the quick survey – we want to know, what do you worry about most? What would you like to improve upon? 

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3 Ways Women Entrepreneurs Sabotage Their Own Business Success

By: Aimee Cohen (Published on 08/27/2014)

Everyone is guilty of self-sabotage at some point and in some way, but there are three specific ways women sabotage their own success… 

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How to Easily Turn a Bad Customer Into a Good One

By: Frances Kweller (Published on 08/25/2014)

Bad customers don’t have to stay bad. Here’s the secret to turning them around 

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INFOGRAPHIC – Make the Most of Your Meetings

By: Team TSE (Published on 08/22/2014)

Maximize your mundane meetings and make them more magical and meaningful, man! 

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Why Become Self-Employed?

By: Team TSE (Published on 08/19/2014)

There are many reasons why someone would consider the self-employment route, including the fact that it should make your work more interesting, challenging, and fun 

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SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Basics for the Beginning Blogger

By: Yasir Khan (Published on 08/18/2014)

Looking for lots and lots of clicks on your website? Sure you are, so learn the ins and outs of search engine optimization 

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Virtual Assistants: What You Need to Know

By: Rick Klaras (Published on 08/01/2014)

Are you thinking about becoming a virtual assistant? What about hiring one? Not sure where to start? Read this article to learn more. 

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The 7 Critical Questions You Must Ask Before Deciding to Expand

By: Suraj Kumar (Published on 07/24/2014)

Don’t decide to grow your business without knowing the answer to these vital 7 questions 

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6 Tips for Hiring Seasonal Help

By: SCORE (Published on 07/17/2014)

Here are six tips and tactics for a small business seeking to hire seasonal or other temporary help 

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5 Ways to Start Your Day More Productively

By: Team TSE (Published on 07/14/2014)

If you’d like to jump-start your productivity today, try these five techniques to help you start your day more productively.  

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Making Workplace Safety a Priority

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 06/25/2014)

Why are you not prepared for a possible work emergency? Wacky weather alone should alert you to the need. Here’s how to get ready 

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How to Hire Rockstar Interns

By: Jennifer Boutwell (Published on 06/19/2014)

If you are considering hiring an intern for your small business or startup, here’s how to attract top talent 

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Podcast: Small Business Marketing Made Easy

By: Greg Nibler (Published on 06/15/2014)

In this week’s Small Business Success Podcast brought to you by Staples we talk about small business marketing made easy 

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Is Your Small Business Prepared for an Emergency?

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 06/04/2014)

According the 3rd annual workplace safety survey by Staples, the answer is probably no. Here’s what to do about it. 

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Top 7 Productivity Tools for The Self-Employed

By: Gregory Fisher (Published on 06/02/2014)

We will look at some of the very best tools out there that will make your self-employed life considerably easier 

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How to Create a Mobile Text Marketing Campaign

By: Team TSE (Published on 05/08/2014)

Text and mobile marketing is hot. How do you get in on the game?  

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Hey Self-Employed: Work Smarter, Not Harder!

By: SCORE (Published on 04/25/2014)

Routines that you think are helping you succeed may in fact be hurting you. Here are a few easy fixes 

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Getting the Most Out of the “Geeks” in Your Office

By: Tracy Vides (Published on 04/16/2014)

We all know them, and work with them, and try to love them. But what is the best way to manage them? 

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Was Peggy Olson Happier than Don Draper? You Bet!

By: Team TSE (Published on 04/11/2014)

Was secretary Peggy happier than boss Don? One survey says it’s not even close 

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From Corporate Exec to Entrepreneur

By: Damon DAmore (Published on 04/08/2014)

Corporate jobs contain lessons and skill sets that are transferable and add real value to the entrepreneurial path 

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5 Steps to Spring Cleaning Your Business

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 03/21/2014)

This spring, why not try a round of spring cleaning for your business? Here are five things you can do to kick start your efforts 

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work from home rules

5 Work From Home Rules You Shouldn’t Break

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 03/14/2014)

Here are five rules you can use to make sure you’re working to your full potential when you’re working from home 

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20 Simple Ways To Go Green in the Workplace

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 03/12/2014)

Here are twenty things you can do this week to make your company a more eco-friendly place to work 

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5 Positive Work Habits Everyone Should Adopt

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 03/06/2014)

Building positive work habits not only helps you get your work done, but also makes life just a bit happier. To help get things rolling use these tips to build a solid foundation 

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6 Smart Ways to Invest Your Time

By: Barbara Winter (Published on 03/04/2014)

Here are some smart ways to invest your time whether you’re a new startup or simply want to keep your self and your enterprise invigorated 

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How Important Is Leadership? More Important Than You May Think!

By: TSE Guest Blogger (Published on 02/27/2014)

There is a lot to be said about management and leadership, as well as how power is derived in organizations. You may be surprised at just how important it is 

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find a mentor

7 Ways to Find Your Own Personal Business Mentor

By: SCORE (Published on 02/20/2014)

Need some help from someone who’s been there? Here are a few organizations that help match mentors with business owners or startup entrepreneurs 

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6 Tips for Facing Your Fear of Public Speaking

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 02/13/2014)

Get advice for overcoming your fear of speaking with lessons from my own speaking gigs and gifted speakers and coaches with whom I have worked 

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4 Keys To Growing A Home-Based Business

By: Team TSE (Published on 02/08/2014)

There are plenty of great reasons to set up a home office, but as your business expands, you might feel a little cramped. Here are 4 tips for dealing with that 

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fix clutter

5 Simple Tips For Getting And Staying Organized

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 02/07/2014)

If you’re struggling to get rid of the clutter and mess in your workspace, try these tips 

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How Great Leaders Inspire Action [Video]

By: Team TSE (Published on 02/03/2014)

Are you stuck on the what and how of your company, but don’t have a firm grasp on the why? Learn why this is a crucial business success tip 

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hiring freelancers

8 Tips to Hiring Freelancers Like a Seasoned Pro

By: Sandra Lewis (Published on 01/16/2014)

Hiring freelancers – there are success stories and there are horror stories. Here are some insider tips from businesses who’ve been around the block 

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5 Apps Perfect For Team Collaboration

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 01/06/2014)

If you’ve been looking for the perfect tool to keep your coworkers and employees on the same page, check out some of these great apps 

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5 Ways To Stay Productive While Working From Home

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 01/02/2014)

If you’ve been struggling to try and stay productive while working from home, try a few of these tips to get you back on track 

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Top 10 Trends in Small Business for 2014 – Part One

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 12/31/2013)

Every year TSE founder Steve Strauss compiles his annual Top 10 Trends in Small Business list – here’s the top five 

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Four Ways To Be Productive Instead Of Just Busy

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 12/24/2013)

There’s often a large disparity between what we think we have accomplished and what we have actually completed. Here are some tips to fix that 

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Problem Clients

Five Tips for Handling Problem Clients

By: Team TSE (Published on 12/20/2013)

If you’ve found yourself in the situation of dealing with a problem client, give one of these five suggestions for converting your problem client into an ideal client a try. 

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5 Common Self-Employment Blunders

By: Miles Young (Published on 12/17/2013)

There are many benefits to being self-employed, but are you putting those rewards at risk? Make sure you’re not making these costly mistakes 

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5 Ted Talks That Will Improve Your Productivity

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 12/03/2013)

Ready to get productive? Here are few videos that can help you ramp up your productivity when you sit down to work 

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Working on Vacation

How to Make the Most of Your Off-Hours

By: Barbara Winter (Published on 11/27/2013)

If you want to lower the stress in your schedule, here are some working ways to consider that will move you out of sync with the world 

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5 Surefire Signs That You Are A Good Boss

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 11/22/2013)

There are lots of people who take pride in being good bosses, and there are far more good bosses than bad ones. Learn more about being a great boss 

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Thinking Out Of The Box For The Best Gifts For Clients And Colleagues

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 11/19/2013)

Getting the chance to thank the people who make your business possible should not be overlooked, or wasted, because you didn’t take the time to do it right 

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3 Simple Ways to Take Control of Your Paper Clutter

By: Garret Stembridge (Published on 11/15/2013)

Can’t find your desk under those piles of paper? It may be time to declutter permanently by switching over to more digital-friendly options 

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5 Ways to Incorporate Intrapreneurship Into Your Business

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 11/12/2013)

Want to get the best out of your employees? Learn how intrapreneurship could be just the win/win scenario you were looking for 

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How Confident of Success Are Entrepreneurs Right Now? [Infographic]

By: Team TSE (Published on 11/09/2013)

Take a look at the current confidence levels of entrepreneurs in the latest LegalZoom/Kauffman Startup Confidence Index 

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Tips For Starting a New Home-Based Business

By: Team TSE (Published on 11/05/2013)

Starting a business from home? Use these simple steps to separate your home life from your home-office life to ensure your success 

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5 Signs You’re Meant To Be Self-Employed

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 10/31/2013)

If you’re contemplating starting your own business, take a few minutes to examine these signs that you might be ready to take control 

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bad customer service

Infographic: The True Cost of Bad Customer Service

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/29/2013)

Get some insights on how customer service could be helping or hurting your business, with this informative infographic 

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overcome overwhelm

5 Ways to Overcome Feeling Overwhelmed

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/24/2013)

If you’re struggling with feeling overwhelmed while trying to manage all the aspects of your business, try one of these simple methods 

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How Reading Can Help Grow Your Business

By: SCORE (Published on 10/10/2013)

Reading is a magnificent way to get out of the rut of merely running your business – and to get on track to growing your business 

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Starting an Organizing Business for Little or No Money

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/09/2013)

The best office organizers can earn as much as $100,000-plus per year as freelancers, and the barriers to entry are low. Learn how to become a professional organizer now 

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20 Motivational Quotes To Help You Get Back To Work

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 10/07/2013)

If you find yourself slipping out of “work mode” and struggling to get things done, take a minute and read some of these motivational quotes 

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Infographic: Staples Small Business Survey

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/02/2013)

What are the trends for small business owners? That’s what Staples wanted to know. Learn more with this informative infographic 

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5 No-Fail Tips for Growing Your Network Online

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 09/25/2013)

Looking to create or expand your online network? Here are a few tips to help get you started

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breaking bad

9 Entrepreneurial Lessons You Can Learn From Breaking Bad

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 09/24/2013)

From a purely entrepreneurial point of view, Walt was not unlike many of us who start our own ventures 

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achieve your goals

The 60-Second Guide to Achieving Your Goals

By: SCORE (Published on 09/19/2013)

In just 60 seconds, we’ll show you how to get on the path towards successfully meeting your goals and dreams 

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7 Ways to Avoid Distraction

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 09/03/2013)

If you’re finding it difficult to devote all of your attention to a single task, give these tips a try 

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beat jet lag

4 Ways to Beat Business Travel Jet Lag

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 09/02/2013)

Looking for ways to beat jet lag and related travel sleep disorders? Here are a few tips from a seasoned business traveler 

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biz tools

Business Tools That Will Make You More Productive

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 08/28/2013)

Here are a few productivity tools that should make a real difference to any small business

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Video: Small Business Report

By: Team TSE (Published on 08/27/2013)

What troubles small businesses the most? What are the key benefits to owning your own business? Find out in this video report  

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A Back to Basics Business Guide for the Solopreneur

By: Barbara Winter (Published on 08/26/2013)

Proven tips and strategies for creating a successful new business or nurturing the business you already have 

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Making the Most of Tradeshows and Conventions

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 08/20/2013)

Trade shows can be the highlight of your year or a mess of missed opportunities. These tips will help you make the most out of your time 

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the value of taking a vacation when you are in business

Taking Time Off When You’re Self-Employed

By: Team TSE (Published on 08/20/2013)

Most self-employed business people work too much, and underestimate the importance of vacation. Here’s how to get some time off 

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Goal Setting

The Two Sides of Goal Setting

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 08/19/2013)

“Man is a goal seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals.” –Aristotle It seems like there’s always a good amount of talk about goals and goal setting, especially in the … 

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Is A Partnership The Right Choice for Your Business?

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 08/06/2013)

It’s no secret that a lot of entrepreneurs could use some help. The question then is can a partnership be the right solution for this need 

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go green tips

20 Ways To Go Green Today

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 07/22/2013)

Going green doesn’t have to be a huge process. In fact, there are simple changes you can implement right now that will start your company moving down the right path 

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business growth

The 60-Second Guide to Managing Long-Term Growth

By: SCORE (Published on 07/13/2013)

In just 60-seconds, we’ll show you how to develop a strategy for managing the long-term growth of your business 

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Paperless Vacation

How Entrepreneurs Can Get More Vacation Time By Going Paperless

By: Matt Peterson (Published on 07/11/2013)

Learn how to keep your business running smoother and your customers happier, even while on vacation 

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The 60-Second Guide to Finding the Right Business Coach

By: SCORE (Published on 07/09/2013)

In just 60-seconds, we’ll show you how to select a qualified person to help you achieve your small business goals. 

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Productivity Tips

5 Killer Productivity Tools

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 07/08/2013)

Working harder than ever? Your tools may be slowing you down more than you think. Here are a few tips to help keep you more productive 

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take action

10 Quotes for Inspiring Action

By: Team TSE (Published on 07/02/2013)

These little jolts of inspiration may be just the trigger you needed to get started on your next big thing 

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Why I Hire English Majors

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 06/25/2013)

Are employees with English majors a secret weapon for your business? Take a minute and consider these comparisons 

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handling email disagreements

3 Ways to Tastefully Handle Disagreements Over Email

By: Team TSE (Published on 06/14/2013)

Business is a contact sport and email can be at the forefront of many misunderstandings. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the tricky waters of email communication 

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Apps That Rock

5 Apps That Will Help You Rock Your Productivity

By: Matthew Anderson (Published on 06/07/2013)

Five great apps and services that can help you streamline your processes and give you more time to get real work done – or just to kick back and relax 

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Power of Habit

The Irrefutable Power of Habits

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 06/04/2013)

Are your habits hindering your business success? Find out how powerful a simple habit can be and steps to take to create positive ones 

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Giving Back

9 Ways for the Self-Employed to Give Back

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 05/21/2013)

Looking for ways to make a different in your community? Here are nine great ways you can give back while being self-employed 

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Reading Email

4 Steps to Getting Your Emails Actually Read

By: Mark Hopkins (Published on 05/17/2013)

Use these steps to writing and responding to emails the next time you are about to fire off a cryptic and less-than-helpful email. 

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4 Tips to Creating an Environment That Enables People to Perform Their Best

By: Ty Kiisel (Published on 05/13/2013)

Today’s fast-paced “always-on” world can have negative consequences. Use these tips to help create an attitude of courtesy and positivity to get the most out of your team 

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The Super Surprising Staples Small Business Survey

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 05/09/2013)

As a business owner, what one thing would you wish for? Staples asked this very question in their new small business survey. The results are quite surprising 

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Type of Boss

What Type of Boss Are You?

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 05/08/2013)

Steve explores to what degree the kind of boss you are can make a very real difference in the success or failure of your venture 

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The 60-Second Guide to Accelerating Your Focus

By: SCORE (Published on 05/03/2013)

In just 60-seconds, we’ll show you how to really accelerate your focus to grow your business 

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motivates us

VIDEO: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

By: Team TSE (Published on 04/30/2013)

Need to boost morale? You might just be surprised at what truly motivates us… 

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Green Small Business

Tips for Making Your Small Business More Green & Sustainable

By: Team TSE (Published on 04/22/2013)

Joining the sustainability push is smart business – find out how to run a more green and eco-conscious business 

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Success Principles

7 Sure-Fire Success Principles

By: Daniel C. Steenerson (Published on 04/17/2013)

Success is something everyone wants, but only a few achieve. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are seven sure-fire success principles you can start using right now 

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Office Essentials

4 Essential Tools Your Office Absolutely Needs

By: Craig Barnes (Published on 04/09/2013)

Whether you are planning on securing a new office or you simply want to ensure that your current office is more productive, there are things that every office needs 

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organize your office

5 Terrific Tips on Getting More Organized

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 04/01/2013)

When times get financially tough, it’s crucial to return to the basics. For self-employed business people, getting organized should be the priority. Here are a few tips 

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spring cleaning for business

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Business

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 03/28/2013)

Keep your business fresh and inspired with these business spring cleaning tips. 

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What March Madness Taught Me About Business

By: Ty Kiisel (Published on 03/23/2013)

You might be distracted with the tournament going on, but is that really a bad thing? Here’s one business perspective 

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20 Small Business Tips for Going Green

By: Liam Supple (Published on 03/18/2013)

Instead of “going green” for one day, make it life-long goal with these tips for making sure your business is green, too 

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The Top 5 Trends in Small Business

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 03/14/2013)

We’re taking a look at the top five trends in small business. It looks like it’s a great time to be self-employed 

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Four Tips to Finding a Great First Office

By: Peter Ames (Published on 03/13/2013)

Ready to branch out into your own office? Here are a few factors well worth mulling over in your search for an ideal commercial property

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The One Change That Will Make Anyone a Better Entrepreneur

By: Raul Valdes-Perez (Published on 03/04/2013)

The decisions you make can either help or harm your business. Learn how to master this one change and you’ll increase your odds of making the right decisions more frequently. 

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Authentic Leadership

3 Signs You’re An Authentic Leader

By: Ty Kiisel (Published on 02/26/2013)

How important is authenticity at work? Is it better for the boss to be believed than admired? Here are three traits of an authentic leader 

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Office Culture

5 Ways to Create a Great Work Culture

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 02/19/2013)

A great culture gives work meaning. It gives employees direction. Emulate these successful practices other great companies use to create a great work culture and you can’t go wrong 

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The True Meaning of Failure

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 02/16/2013)

What could you accomplish if you knew you couldn’t fail at the task at hand?  

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The Most Common Business Question (And the Answer!)

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 02/06/2013)

When talking with other self-employed individuals it seems there is one question that everyone wants to know the answer to.  

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Home Office

4 Steps to A More Effective Home Office

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 01/30/2013)

Get more work down with a better home office environment! See how a few slight changes can leave you feeling more productive 

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Cable Clutter

5 Quick Fixes to Kick the Cable Clutter Habit

By: (Published on 01/28/2013)

Manage your office cord clutter with these five simple fixes to take back control of your cord management. 

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Hiring a Great Employee

The Three Steps to Hiring A Great Employee

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 01/25/2013)

Finding and hiring good employees is one of the most important things a small business owner and entrepreneur can do. Here’s a three-step process to help you make sure you find the right match for your business 

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Home Office Boundaries

5 Tips for Setting Up Boundaries Between Your Home Office & Home Life

By: Dan Cook (Published on 01/24/2013)

If you’ve found that your dream home office job is turning into an endless cycle of work that needs your attention, it may be time to implement these office job boundaries 

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Stress-Free Home Office

The Stress-Free Home Office

By: SCORE (Published on 01/16/2013)

Working for yourself can bring a fair amount of stress to your life. You can control various factors within your office that can help minimize this stress and improve your productivity with these tips 

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Success in 2013

Nine “Resolutions” for Creating the Best Odds for Success in 2013

By: Bill McBean (Published on 01/11/2013)

Taking a long hard look at a few critical pieces of your business and putting a plan in place right now, you can have a much more prosperous year for 2013. Here are a few tips to get you started 

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Getting Things Done

7 Awesome Tips for Getting Things Done

By: Jennifer Good (Published on 12/28/2012)

If you’ve been struggling with time management and want to focus on getting more organized and focused in the new year, give these seven best tips for getting things done a try 

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Paperwork Clutter

Business Resolution: Conquer Paperwork

By: Mark Druziak (Published on 12/27/2012)

Eight helpful tips for companies or self-employed individuals who are looking to get a handle on paperwork in 2013 

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Balancing Working From Home

3 Keys to Finding A Work-Home Balance When Working from Home

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 12/20/2012)

Three tips for helping you set the ground rules around your “work” life while working from home 

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bad boss stories

The Best (or Worst) Bad Boss Stories Ever!

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 12/14/2012)

Many self-employed people start their own business because of an experience working for a terrible boss. Here are some of the worst, and some solutions.  

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expand home based business

Tips for Expanding from a Home Based Business

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 12/12/2012)

Four simple ways to continue to grow your home based business and still work in your slippers whenever the mood strikes 

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Corporate Holiday Party

Infographic: Holiday Office Party Facts

By: Team TSE (Published on 12/04/2012)

A fun infographic that will help you navigate the usually hectic task of planning a holiday party this season! 

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Differentiate Entrepreneurs from the Pack

3 Skills That Differentiate Successful Entrepreneurs from the Pack

By: Nick Friedman (Published on 11/27/2012)

Ever wonder what traits make some entrepreneurs successful and what inhibits their success? Take a look at these three “must-have” skills 

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leaky bucket syndrome

Are You Suffering from Leaky Bucket Syndrome?

By: Tina Forsyth (Published on 11/21/2012)

Is it beginning to feel like your business is sucking the life out of you? Take a look at these three key elements to running your business to help get things back on track 

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10 Steps to Running A Business

10 Steps to Running a Successful Small Business from Celebrity Designer Robin Wilson

By: Robin Wilson (Published on 11/15/2012)

If you’ve recently started a new business, are thinking about starting one or have been at it for many years, here are ten tips that every entrepreneur should consider  

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Working from Home

The Benefits of Employees Who Work from Home

By: Steve Strauss (Published on 11/11/2012)

Haven’t jumped onto the telecommuting bandwagon yet? If you’ve been considering making the switch consider these benefits of working from home 

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Live Small Business Chat with Steve Strauss

The UPS Store LIVE Small Business Facebook Q&A Chat Follow Up

By: Team TSE (Published on 10/22/2012)

This last Friday, Steve Strauss, founder of The Self Employed website and author of The Small Business Bible, took part in a live Q&A for The UPS Store on Facebook. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights 

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Boost Employee Morale

4 Tips to Build Morale in Your Small Business

By: TSE Guest Blogger (Published on 10/15/2012)

An investment entrepreneurial leaders must make is to build morale in the team. Here are 4 easy and effective tips to build morale: 

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How to Jumpstart Your Business After Taking a Short Leave

By: Team TSE (Published on 09/14/2012)

Get 3 winning tips for how to jumpstart your freelance business after taking a leave due to illness or vacation. Take advantage of these strategies now. 

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4 Great Money Saving Tips for an Office Redesign

By: Rick Klaras (Published on 09/12/2012)

The importance of a well-designed office can’t be understated. Learn how to redesign your existing office in four affordable, easy ways. 

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hiring your spouse

The Pros and Cons of Hiring your Spouse

By: Rick Klaras (Published on 09/05/2012)

There are certain pros and cons which should be weighed by any entrepreneur who is considering hiring their significant other. Learn more now. 

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avoiding office clutter

How to Be More Productive Around the Office

By: Rick Klaras (Published on 09/04/2012)

Keeping yourself productive around the office is a must for the self-employed. Learn how to increase your productivity today, and watch your business grow. 

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4 Clever Uses For Online Meeting Technology

By: Mary Humphreys (Published on 09/01/2012)

These days, online meeting technology can be used for a lot more than just, well, online meetings. Here are 4 other ways to tap the power of this cool technology 

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hiring an employee

Should You Hire An Employee or An Independent Contractor?

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 08/13/2012)

Even solopreneurs need a hand now and then, and especially as business grows. So do you hire independent contractors, or full-timers when you need help? 

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stay cool around the office

How to Beat the Heat Around the Office: Savvy Tips for the Self Employed

By: Rick Klaras (Published on 07/24/2012)

It’s pretty hard to stay productive when you’re going into heat exhaustion. Here are some clever tips for how to beat the heat around the office this summer 

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working from home

From Corporate to Home Office: Making It a Smooth Transition

By: Rick Klaras (Published on 07/11/2012)

Making the transition to working from home can be more challenging than you might think.
Learn how to make it easier in this handy how-to guide. 

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executive office suite

Pros and Cons of Using an Executive Office Suite

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 07/02/2012)

If your business has outgrown your kitchen table, then you might be in the market for an off-site office space. What about an executive office suite? 

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7 Creative And Unexpected Uses For Crowdsourcing

By: Mike Samson (Published on 06/20/2012)

The self-employed and freelancer are increasingly turning towards affordable crowdsourcing solutions instead of hiring expensive marketing or ad agencies. Here’s how, and why 

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office coffee break

4 Tried and True Methods to Keep a Small Office Productive and Fun

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 06/12/2012)

Learn 4 new ways to keep a small office productive and fun, from minimizing caffeine intake to keeping an eye on the thermostat, to  

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Ladies, Go Where The Money Is: The Golf Course

By: Leslie Andrews (Published on 05/22/2012)

You never know where your next big lead or contact will come from but odds are it is more likely to come from the golf course than the keyboard 

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4 Tips for Improving Morale

By: TSE Guest Blogger (Published on 05/15/2012)

Great morale increases productivity, decreases attrition, improves customers relations, and boosts quality. Here’s how to up your team’s morale 

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mobile office

Entrepreneurs: Be Smart With Your Smartphone

By: Team TSE (Published on 05/10/2012)

Avoid the pitfalls and easy traps that access to the mobile office can provide when you own and operate your own business. 

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sharing an office

Co-Working: The New Solution to The Work-At-Home Blahs

By: Marshall Lee (Published on 04/11/2012)

Learn about the benefits of sharing an office space – and more – with another freelance business. When you work at home, there are always plenty of distractions. Co-working is an innovative solution 

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8 Surprising Life Lessons Our Businesses Can Teach Us

By: Barbara Winter (Published on 04/02/2012)

Sure running your own business and being an entrepreneur is fun an exciting, but it also teaches us some great life lessons 

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