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Reads of the Week – Nov 21st

Date: November 21, 2014

rp_weekly-news-roundup-5214_1377_616018_0_14095852_500-300x225.jpgWe know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week from topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments.

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Thursday is Thanksgiving and the (very unofficial given the piles of commercials already on TV) start to the Holiday Shopping season. In that end we have a few links for you: the first about how to get involved in Small Business Saturday. Around since 2010, it’s a great opportunity to be involved in your local business community and support others in your area.

Next, you will probably be thinking about sending out holiday cards — for your family, maybe you’ve already put together a cute family picture complete with your cats wearing snowflake sweaters, but do you know the etiquette for business holiday cards? Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind before you send them out.

Many entrepreneurs start off building their business in their homes and often when you truly want to be productive, you can’t because there are too many distractions. There are some great tips for keeping yourself on track and off the couch from Fox Small Business.

As you start out your business, you need to think about how much you’ll need to invest of your own money and how much you’ll need to borrow. Bplans walked through some of the categories to consider here.

You may think of him solely as some guy you hear mentioned by your brother, husband/wife, colleague at work as an oracle or mastermind — often along those always life-sucking words “fantasy football” — but Matthew Berry’s opener this week had relevant advice beyond just ‘should I sit XXX,’ it talked about how to get the job you want in the field you want through a balance of skills and networking. Good tips for more than just faux football managers.

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Studies Prove that Asking for Advice Makes You Seem Smarter, More Confident, More Competent, and More Likable

Date: November 18, 2014

Conventional wisdom holds that asking for help or advice makes people seem dumb, weak, incompetent, and ineffective leaders. This feeling often inhibits asking for assistance in situations when we really need it. (Yes guys, if you are hopelessly los…

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Reads of the Week – Nov 14

Date: November 14, 2014

We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week from topics affecting small business owners including more about health insurance, social, and even breakfast.

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How Automation Delivers Results for My Clients and My Business

Date: November 13, 2014

The following is a guest post from Jonathan Duong, president of Wealth Engineers, an investment management and financial planning firm based in Denver, CO and a customer of PaySimple. Tell me if this sounds familiar: You have an eye for the future,…

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You Don’t Just Deserve a Break Today—You Need One (or more!)

Date: November 11, 2014

A recent study conducted by Staples found that 90% of employers report encouraging their employees to take breaks, and that 86% of workers believe that taking breaks would make them more productive. Thus it is surprising that the same study found tha…

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Reads of the Week – Nov 7th

Date: November 07, 2014

We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week including leadership, Google+ and a hacking checklist. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments.

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Today is Always the Day to Celebrate Your Small Business

Date: November 04, 2014

National Small Business Week and Small Business Saturday are great events, as are the many other National weeks and months dedicated to celebrating, promoting, and helping small businesses.. But you can find a reason to make any day your small busine…

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Reads of the Week – October 31st

Date: October 31, 2014

We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week from topics affecting small business owners like health insurance, social media, and how to (really) be happy.

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Draft the Most-Valuable-Tools for your Business Part 2 – Picks on the Waiver Wire

Date: October 29, 2014

We reached back our experts to come up with a list of the most valuable, all-around tools to make running your business more efficient. Here are our top-ranked tools that you should look at drafting for your business.

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Free Photo and Graphics Software

Date: October 28, 2014

One of the key skills honed by a small business owner is doing more with less. The GIMP graphics software package enables you to create professional looking sales, marketing, and other customer-facing materials at the perfect small business price—…

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