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Happy Valentine’s Day to all you small business owners out there– you work hard every day to make your small business a success, and you deserve some love! Hopefully you have someone to give you cards, candy, caring, and all the sweetness you can handle, as that’s a bit too much to ask from a blog post. But, this week I’ll try to provide the next best thing: A heart shaped box chocked full of sweet small business offers and freebies.
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PaySimple customers are often businesses on the verge of big growth or established businesses that are already growing fast. We talked with a number of these business owners to get their tips and advice for success, which we have combined into our new guide: Growing Up Your Business.Read More »
If you are like many small business owners, cash flow is one of your primary concerns. But for many small business owners, it doesn’t feel simple when their customers aren’t paying in a timely manner and frequently falling way past due.
To help you get paid faster, these advanced tips will stop payment delays, give your customers a better payments experience, and help your bills float to the top of the pile when you customer’s money is scarce.Read More »
One of the ongoing missions for this Tip of the Week series is to provide information about free or low-cost software that can help your small business improve productivity. This week’s tip lets you in on a tool that can help you get that free Windows software quickly and safely, with a single download. It can even enable you to update your freeware in the future, so that you are always running the latest available version—which is particularly important if updates are required to patch security holes.
So, what is this wonder tool called and where can you get it?Read More »
Choosing the right online credit card processing service will save you time, diversify your ability to collect payments and ultimately increase your ability to generate revenue.
Choosing the wrong processor will leave you paying higher fees, confuse your customers and put you on hold for hours waiting for a customer service rep.
When you’re a small business, it’s difficult to find the right online credit card processor with so many options available. One Google search will pull up such an endless list of companies, the research could go on for days – unless you know what to look for.Read More »
While driving into work yesterday, the radio informed me that it was National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. At first I was dubious and couldn’t believe that was a thing; then I wondered why it needed a designated day…as far as I’m concerned every day you get to play with bubble wrap is worthy of celebration. That perverse pleasure in popping shouldn’t be reserved for the last Monday in January.
So in honor of National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, the following tips will help make your small business marketing pop.Read More »
Recurring bills have become a significant and “normal” part of our lives, both in business and in our personal finances. We’re all used to paying every month for our phone service, rent/mortgage, Internet, television, and utilities. Often with these recurring bills, we have the option to set up automatic payments, thanks to recurring billing technology. But when we don’t and we’re forced to resort to the checkbook and post office – we’re left feeling annoyed by the hassle.
Here are 5 tips to get started with recurring billing for your business.Read More »
US companies hold, on average, 11 million meetings per day. That adds up quickly to 55 million meetings per week, 220 million meetings per month, and over 2.6 billion meetings per year. As a small business owner, you probably face many meeting dilemmas– Do you spend too much time meeting with your team? With your customers? With your vendors? Are those meetings productive and a good use of your time (which as we all know IS MONEY)? Do you even know how much those meetings are costing you each year? You should.
The following resources will help you understand the impact meetings have on business productivity and how they directly affect your bottom line, provide tips for how you can make your small business meetings more effective, as well as provide some laughs at common meeting dysfunction.Read More »
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The Game’s the Thing. The marketing thing that is—and a great way to engage your customers with your company and with your brand. This approach goes far beyond simply sponsoring or placing a logo into a game that has nothing to do with your business or your industry. It includes gamification techniques which apply game elements such as leader boards and awards to business goals such as brand loyalty or increasing sales. It also includes the fairly new Advergame, in which branding such as a logo, color scheme, and/or branding concept is made an integral part of an online or mobile game.
Dan Hine has been a small business owner for over twenty-five years. In the early days, Dan owned a cloud-based IT company (ProNet Technologies, Inc.), when the concept of cloud-base was fledgling and new. As internet technology in general evolved, so did his business. Dan continued into a broader digital online space, eventually dropping the IT focus altogether and emerging as a marketing-focused business.Read More »