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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. READ MORE

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Running a small business can be a difficult job. The responsibilities can be daunting, and the tasks can quickly pile up. Running a micro-business can be even tougher. Similar tasks are placed on fewer people, and your to-do list can get crowded in a hurry. Compounding the challenge is the fact that many people simply procrastinate their duties. After all, why do something now when there will be time for it later? There’s no clear reason why some people tend to procrastinate. Research suggests that procrastination might actually be a factor of genetics, something that’s been passed down through the generations. Maybe you even fall into that category. But just because you might be a natural procrastinator doesn’t mean you have to give in to your instinctual behaviors. A variety of productivity tools are out there, ready to help you overcome the urge to delay what should be done right away. READ MORE

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How was your 2014? Thanks to our great users, we had a strong one here at Webs, and we’re excited to continue to grow and improve in 2015!

The turn of the year is a good time to reflect on how you run your business and make any needed adjustments. In that spirit, we’ve put together a list of 5 Easy Rules you can follow in 2015 to set your business on a great path for growth in the New Year.

1. Keep a to-do list that actually gets done
Trello is a quick, easy, and visual way to create tasks and track their progress to completion. READ MORE

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Is there anything you wouldn’t give for a few more hours in the day? With all of the hard work that goes into running a business, sometimes your marketing efforts aren’t as efficient as you’d like them to be. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to save time marketing your business.

While we don’t have any magic way to add time to your day, we can probably help you find a few minutes you didn’t know were there.

1. Optimize Efficiency on Social Media
Social media helps you establish a presence in the digital world and connects you directly with your customers. Without a plan, however, you could be wasting valuable time. Here are some ways you can optimize your time spent in the social media landscape: READ MORE

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I was browsing the internet the other day (because I had writer’s block) and I came across the article 6 Ways To Power Through Writer’s Block. I found the advice to be pretty spot-on for those times when I am staring at a blank screen, drumming my fingers on the keys and not actually pressing them. But the most sure-fire way I’ve found to beat writer’s block is to never get it in the first place.

Before I shifted my career toward content marketing, I had experienced patchy creative blocks here and there while writing college term papers, creating ad copy, or putting together newsletters. I have become much more intimately acquainted with writer’s block in recent years, however. Since joining Webs, I have written around 500 blog posts. That’s 500 staring contests with blank screens – not all of which did I win. But over the years I’ve learned some tricks of the trade that I’d like to share with you here today for avoiding that all-too-familiar situation in the first place: READ MORE

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When you spend 40 hours of your week (at least) at the office, we assume you would want your experience there to be enjoyable. And while we’re sure you have already read our productivity hacks for work, you also need to be cognitive of the space in which you expect that productivity to be produced: your physical office space.

The Washington Post shared an article in how to take an office from an unhealthy to healthy work environment.

Check out the infographic below and see if you can apply any of these small business office tips to keep you and your employees happy and healthy in their workspace: READ MORE

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The Inbox Diaries is a 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 Atlantic Wants You To Go #Tabless
In a tongue-in-cheek video that serves as a public service announcement about multi-tasking, The Atlantic’s senior editor James Hamblin, MD, implores you to join the #TablessThursday movement. Saying that “single-taking is the new multi-tasking,” Hamblin takes a look at how our tendency to leave dozens of browser tabs open while we work is ruining our ability to actually DO work. Interspersed throughout the comical interview are a few hard facts about focus and productivity: READ MORE

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Following up on last week’s blog post about productivity hacks, today we’re featuring a handy infographic that might just help you turn your workday frown upside down.

Created by commercial furniture provider CMD, this graphic offers advice to help workers maintain a positive attitude throughout the day. These tips should also be observed by business owners who are responsible for employees of their own.

Ideas found below include avoiding office politics, using holidays more effectively, and trying walking meetings. READ MORE

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Friday afternoon just feels like an appropriate time to publish a post about productivity, doesn’t it? Today’s article features tips and advice from Chris Bailey, writer of A Year of Productivity. This fantastically helpful blog offers all kinds of things the author learned during the yearlong experiment he conducted after graduating from business school. The blog is definitely worth perusing, but today we’re going to look productivity tips from the article 100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive.  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:

Microsoft Warns of Internet Explorer Security Flaw
If you’re still using Internet Explorer as your primary browser, you might be vulnerable to hackers attempting to gain access to your PC. According to Mashable, Microsoft admitted that IE versions 6 and up are experiencing a security flaw right now that has yet to be solved. Your best bet for secure web browsing until the issue is fixed is to stop using Internet Explorer altogether. Chrome and Firefox are great alternatives. Mashable says that if you want to continue using IE, you can disable the Flash plug-in to stop the bug (also stopping any videos and games though), or activate Enhanced Protected Mode, which has been available since IE10. READ MORE

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