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You’ve failed at being in two places at once, growing that third hand, and having the memory of a full-grown elephant; but on the bright side, some productivity hacks exist that can help your small business thrive in its natural busy and stressful environment.

So take a deep breath, and count to eight to start using these eight productivity tips as soon as you can!

1. Complete your least desirable tasks first
There’s nothing quite like the sensation of crossing something off of your to-do list. But, the tasks that have been sitting on that list for days (cough, weeks) are the most satisfying to eliminate. Imagine if you made an effort to do those tasks FIRST, you will feel more productive instantly.


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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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. 


Today’s article is a guest post from legal blogger Matt Faustman.

While we still haven’t seen those flying cars that we were promised so many decades ago, the fact remains that many aspects of modern life continue to change in ways that seem downright futuristic. The same is true for the contemporary workplace, which looks much different from the same space even ten years ago. From telecommuting to ergonomics, the workplace of the future has new goals and new designs. Read on to learn more about how small business owners can keep pace with the developments of the workplace of the future.


This month we’ve been talking about trends and inspiration, and one big trend in small business is increasing productivity. So today we have a guest post on that topic from Danny Carlson, a business owner who works primarily online and writes about financial topics including entrepreneurship, money/time management, and productivity.

If you recently started a small business, congratulations. You’re already well on your way to enjoying the benefits of entrepreneurship. If you’re going the “solopreneur” route, your chances of success are that much better because your support costs are greatly reduced. However, if you’re “the guy” in your venture, you’re going to have a lot of hard work in front of you. Little distractions in any business can be dangerous, but for a one-person company, wasting valuable time can put undue stress on your venture. Read on for the best ways solopreneurs can get the most out of every day.


Our Small Business Toolkit series continues today with a look at the most important tool in your arsenal: your website! If you missed our kickoff post, learn about online resources for small businesses here.

If you have found your way to this blog, you are most likely already aware of the importance of having a great small business website to market your business. If you’re not already aware of that, here are 5 reasons to create a website for your small business. If you’re not sold right now, please read that post and come right back here so we can all move on together.


Now that you’ve decided to start your own business, explored your financing options, and come up with a name, it’s time to think about your brand.

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Fear not. While branding is a crucial part of your future success, it can also be broken down into completely manageable parts.

When you were coming up with your name, you likely already put a lot of thought into your branding without really meaning to. A great second step is to come up with a tagline or slogan. Even if it doesn’t end up being integral to your logotype or your small business website, it will help you distill down your thoughts about what you want your business to be when it grows up.


It’s been just over a week since Microsoft launched the its newest operating system, Windows 8. The much-anticipated new offering has met with mixed reviews, as do all new tech gadgets, but over all the response seems to be positive so far.

There are tons of in-depth reviews out there (like this one from Engadget) with all the details you could possibly need about this new OS. So what we’re going to do today is a run-down of that’s new with Windows 8, who should get it now, and the nuts and bolt of upgrading.


This is the final post in October’s branding series. So far we’ve talked about defining your unique selling proposition, finding your brand’s tone of voice, and reinforcing your brand in your online spaces. Today we’re going to discuss how to protect your brand once you’ve established it.

First, let’s talk about 3 types of protection companies can obtain which are often confusing to new business owners. These are trademarks, patents, and copyrights. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, they are defined as follows:


In honor of Google’s 14th birthday last week the company launched a new initiative that celebrate their more important core value — innovation.

The new microsite — Google for Entrepreneurs – collects tools, resources, partnerships, and programs that support the spirit of entrepreneurship and address the needs of startups in the marketplace.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor reported earlier this year that at that time there were nearly 400 million entrepreneurs in 54 countries around the world. Are you among them?



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