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Small businesses need small goals; that sounds trite, right? While it may sound ‘cute’, it’s actually quite true for businesses of any size. Small goals are not a reflection of the ambition or overarching strategy of a business, but rather speak to the strategic way a business approaches its long-term goals. Small goals enable businesses to chip away at large objectives and celebrate their wins along the way. It takes time and effort to get a business up and running in a sustainable way, so taking time to note accomplishments of any size bolsters morale and helps you refocus on the bigger business goals. Jack Nickell, the owner of Threadless.com, perfectly summarizes what it takes to start a company:

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For small businesses, websites play an integral part in building brand image, awareness and credibility in the marketplace. Crafting a thoughtfully-designed website demonstrates to your audience that you care about your business image as well as conveys a level of integrity that is consistent with a reputable brand. There are certain best practices for small business websites and we’ve gathered them here for your convenience.

Use these six tips as a checklist when you’re building your new website or modifying an existing site.

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Congratulations! You’ve successfully set up social media accounts for your business and are gaining followers and increasing engagement daily. Your hard work is paying off, but do you feel like social media management is becoming a full-time job, on top of running your small business? With the numerous platforms available, all which have different functionalities and requirements – cue Twitter’s 140 character limit for tweets – it can be a cumbersome undertaking. You may find that you spend a shocking amount of time on this one piece of your business. If you’re nodding your head in agreement, then keep reading!

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We’re all guilty of it: toggling between screens and applications; answering emails while talking to someone on speakerphone. These are normal daily activities that eat away at our productivity. The ability to focus on a singular task has become a novel idea; we have forgotten the importance of paying attention to one thing at a time and having complete focus. With increasing responsibilities and deliverables, the average person has resorted to ‘multitasking’ all the time. It is so common that it doesn’t even seem like multitasking anymore.

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Small businesses strive to define themselves in a marketplace filled with competitors. Having a credible website and stellar products and services are the pillars for any business, but in order to succeed, high rankings in search engine queries are essential. But with millions of search results available, how does a small business rise to the top? We’ll tell you: creating content with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in mind. Optimizing your content, through your website and other distribution channels, enhances your business’s position in search results. When you develop content in this way, it drives customer action and increases revenue.

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Whether your business goal is to be a best-kept-secret restaurant or the next big tech startup, you can learn a lot from the highly successful people who came before you. It might be hard to imagine now, but someday your fledgling enterprise could be booming – and you could be really busy. Establishing good habits now will lead to greater productivity and satisfaction as your business grows and changes.

With that in mind, we scoured the internet to find some sage advice for you today. Let’s take a look at 10 habits and philosophies of successful businesspeople and leaders that you can take with you on your journey to bigger and better:

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While big box brands may have the budget to reach a national audience, small businesses have a distinct advantage on the local stage. Not only are people gravitating more and more toward local businesses (48% plan to increase local patronage), these smaller brands are able to leverage local search listings more effectively if they know what to do.

If the hipster movement has taught us nothing else, it’s that people want the things they eat, the clothes they wear, and the places they shop to say something about them as individuals. In that environment, the local business will beat out a national chain in local search results any day. Take advantage of that starting point by making the most of your local listing. How? Check out this research and infographic from Google:

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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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When building a small business website there are a lot of options to consider. For example, should you pay a graphic designer to assist in the layout, should you hire a company to program the site for you, or should you keep 100% control over the design and code by building your own website?

While we may be a bit biased, we think that having ownership of the look and feel of your small business website is essential to showing your brand and demonstrating your dedication to your business.

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We have done our homework on the topic of digital marketing.

We surveyed 2,200 small business owners in the United States, and found that 63% are currently using digital products as part of their overall marketing strategy. We have shared how to integrate digital coupons, videos, and even GIFs into your marketing campaigns.

Yet no matter the amount of digital articles we have written, we are still finding ourselves wanting to demonstrate the pertinence of businesses going digital.

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