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You’ve had the brilliant idea. You’ve analyzed the logistics. You’ve finally decided to start your own business. All that’s left to do now is name it, right?

Easier said than done. Naming a business is an incredibly important first step toward future success, and the importance of getting it right can’t be overstated. Because building a brand takes time and dedication, changing the name of your business is a major undertaking and should be avoided if possible. The best way to avoid a name change? Taking the time to select the right name from day one.

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When you work from home, there’s a bit of a catch 22 we all must overcome. You are delighted to be able to control everything about your workspace, but you may find that you get overwhelmed trying to set up the ideal work-from-home space. We’ve tackled the issue of creating space for a home office before, if you really are starting from scratch. Once you have the space picked out, consider some (or all!) of the following office gadgets for making your home office truly your own:

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Today’s Webs user example site is sure to brighten up your day. The Australia-based Afrobeat African Drumming Company provides truly original teambuilding and wellness programs, as well as other forms of interactive entertainment. And they offer it all on a colorful, well organized website that is chock-full of social proof and customer-centric content.

There’s a lot to explore on Afrobeat’s website—they offer lots of detailed information about what they do; complete with beautiful imagery that really gives visitors a sense of the company. What really stands out to us about this website, however, is the focus on the customer and their needs.

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Did you know that over half of the small businesses in the United States are run out of a home office? According to the SBA, 52% of small businesses are home based—that’s nearly 14 million at last official count. Are you among them?

Most often, a new business is launched from an existing home. That is to say, very few people are starting a business and buying a home at the exact same time. What this means is that many people do not factor a home office in as a priority when house-hunting, and only realize later on that they need one.

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In honor of National Small Business Week, we’re taking a look at a Webs user website that highlights a whole industry of small business owners that most people don’t think about interacting with, but who touch our lives every day: farmers!

Washivore.org is a hub for all things farming in Washington State. Their well-branded, professional website has a lot going for it, but it succeeds in three key areas specifically. Let’s take a look:

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Upon arriving at Washivore.org, you are greeted by colorful imagery that really draws you in. There’s a perfectly-sized header image carousel, images for the links to their highest-value landing pages, a rotating image gallery further down the page, and even some video embeds. But despite the volume of visual content on this website, good layout and tasteful color choices keep it from feeling overwhelming or cluttered.

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Have you ever posted a link on Facebook to a great article that you spent hours writing, only to have the comments devolve into a debate about your word usage? If not, consider yourself lucky.

The thing about being a social media or content marketer is that when we make mistakes, we make them in front of the entire Internet. And if there’s one thing that people love to do online, it’s call people out. While a certain amount of trolling can (and should) be expected by successful content producers, the problem occurs when those mistakes overshadow the otherwise excellent content you’re putting out there.

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Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10th—have you planned your promotions yet? Even if you’re patting yourself on the back for remembering to order flowers for mom this year, if you haven’t planned a promotion for your business, your work is not yet done!

For big brands, turning the wheels quickly enough to get a marketing campaign off the ground in short order can be a challenge, but small business owners still have time pull it off. Here are 10 ways to engage with your audience and make the most of the Mother’s Day marketing opportunity!

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Looking to get started (or start fresh) in content marketing for your small business? You’re in luck – we picked up some great tips at Social Media Examiner’s recent Social Media Marketing World conference and we’re dying to share!

The first session we attended was with content marketing expert Joe Pulizzi. One of the takeaways we most wanted to share with you from the presentation is the idea of creating a content marketing mission statement.

Long before you create a blog, brainstorm topics, or write your first blog post, it’s critical to make sure that you (and anyone else who will contribute) know exactly what it is you’re setting out to do. If you aren’t sure, how can your audience be?

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Everyone knows that in order to make an omelet, you have to crack a few eggs. Apparently that old adage is core to Google’s development strategy, according to a company representative speaking about Google Glass at SXSW.

According to Mashable, Astro Teller, head of the Google X division from whence Glass came, told the crowd “if you want to make a ton of progress, you have to make a ton of mistakes.” He was referring, of course, to the somewhat bumpy ride that Google Glass has had since its introduction.

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Forbes Jargon Madness

Does it crawl all over you when people suggest a deep dive on a certain topic? Will you, in fact, punch the next person who refers to a new idea as disruptive? Whether it’s getting something on the roadmap, increasing your team’s bandwidth, suggesting a paradigm shift, or doing anything via bootstrapping, startup jargon can wear on even the most ambitious entrepreneur.

It’s important to be able to speak the language when dealing with potential investors and partners, but it’s also important to be self-aware and do your best not to overuse jargon. Sure, we might need to ideate on hacks that can lead to deliverables that address clients’ pain points, but let’s have a little fun while doing it, eh?

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