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While every small business takes its own unique route, there are some standard exits along the road to success that eventually cause entrepreneurs to ask themselves “am I in this for the long haul?”

Most ventures start as a side project squeezed into the off-work hours of evenings and weekends. But if business is good, the owner will soon have to decide whether they are going to make a full time commitment – or take the next exit. This is when a project usually becomes a sole READ MORE

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The Inbox Diaries is a new series designed to help busy entrepreneurs keep up with all the latest news in small business, marketing, and social media. I’m scouring my inbox every day for interesting tidbits – so you don’t have to.

This Week’s Stories:

One Day Only: Get Your Google Glass
If you’ve been eyeing a brand new face computer for yourself or for a loved one, don’t miss your chance to pick one up tomorrow morning! According to Google, any adult in the US can become a glass owner on Tuesday, April 15 at 9am EDT by signing up to be a Glass Explorer and ponying up $1,500 (plus tax). Spaces are limited, so make sure to be on time when you visit the signup website.

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Last Minute Small Business Tax Tips
Remember back in the day, before you started a small business, when all you had to do READ MORE

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They say time is money, and that’s never more true than for small business owners who wear multiple hats. As the owner, marketer, and employee, any extra time you spend in one role takes you away from another. That’s why we’re always trying to listen to our users for ways we can make site building take even less time.

We have heard feedback recently that the ability to clone certain features from one page to the next would really be helpful. So we put our engineers to work, and we’re READ MORE

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For many small business owners, the biggest motivator for starting a website is selling items online. But what often happens is that they get stalled by the idea that they need to have the virtual shelves fully stocked before they can start an online store. Not so! Even if you just have a few items to show off, it’s never too soon to get your website – and your web store – online.

In the tech industry, you hear people throw around the phrase “done is better than perfect” a lot. And READ MORE

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The Inbox Diaries is a new series designed to help busy entrepreneurs keep up with all the latest news in small business, marketing, and social media. I’m scouring my inbox every day for interesting tidbits – so you don’t have to.

This Week’s Stories:

Avoid The Clichés Featured In This Hilarious Video
Have you ever seen a field full of wind turbines in a commercial for a washing machine and wondered “what does this have to do with getting my whites whiter?” Then the video below might be for you. According to Mashable, this video comes from the stock video provider READ MORE

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By now, you know all about the benefits of content marketing for your small business – improved search ranking, increased social media engagement, better brand awareness, lead generation, etc. And, knowing all this, you are no doubt creating lots of high-quality, relevant content for your audience on a regular basis. But the problem is, you’re not alone. According to the data company Fractl, over SIX MILLION novels-worth of blog posts are being read on WordPress alone every single day.  Will your blog post be one of them?

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You can find this and many other eye-popping READ MORE

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When starting and running a small business, busy entrepreneurs sometimes forget one critical aspect – creating and managing a solid brand. We’ve talked before about the differences between name, logos, and brands, so we won’t backtrack too much here. Suffice it to say that after coming up with a business name, a logo, and stationary, many people think they’re done branding their business. But that’s just the beginning.

A brand is a set of associations that people hold about your business, and because of that, it’s something that you have limited control over. Making sure that what READ MORE

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The Inbox Diaries is a new series designed to help busy entrepreneurs keep up with all the latest news in small business, marketing, and social media. I’m scouring my inbox every day for interesting tidbits – so you don’t have to.

This Week’s Stories:

The Best Offense Is A Good Defense: McDonald’s vs. Taco Bell
When Taco Bell launched its breakfast menu on March 27th, it fired the first shot in the Fast Food Breakfast War against the industry leader, McDonald’s. After watching the launch commercial in which Taco Bell showed dozens of real men named READ MORE

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If you currently have a company page on LinkedIn, you might have gotten a little note in your email from the social network yesterday announcing that they will be phasing out their Products & Services Tab from all company pages by April 14th.

While this will likely elicit groans from busy small business owners who are tired of having to revamp their social media profiles to keep up with the constant updates, I promise this one is actually worthwhile. The Products & Services tab may be going away, but it’s being replaced by something much, much better, READ MORE

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Sometimes when a well-established company decides to take a new direction, the change is so natural that you almost can remember what it was like before. Sometimes, however, the change can feel disjointed, and loyal customers almost feel offended by the departure. The difference between these two scenarios? Good brand management.

When I first read a case study about Starbucks’ decision to test beer, wine, and dinner foods in certain markets, I was skeptical…for about 2 minutes. But once I took a beat to think about the Starbucks READ MORE

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