7 Daily Tasks You Should Outsource [Plus the Cost]

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If you’re an entrepreneur and you haven’t at least heard of Tim Ferriss’s, The 4-Hour Workweek (that’s a reference, not an endorsement), you’ve probably been living a very sheltered life. Why am I bringing up this man and this book? Only because Mr. Ferriss changed the way entrepreneurs do business when, in 2009, he wrote about the tasks you should outsource and what not to outsource. Up until that point, entrepreneurs had been hustling and grinding their way into exhaustion, mental duress, and eventually, failure because they were trying to…

2 of the Best Programs for Managing Small Business Finances in 2017

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If you consider yourself a small business owner, entrepreneur, or solopreneur, you’re probably juggling a lot of balls by yourself. Amongst all those hats you’re wearing, “accountant” is probably one worn more out of necessity than out of a pure desire to be a bookkeeper. But there is good news: with all the technology and software in the marketplace today, and at the most affordable prices ever, there are a lot of options for managing your business’s finances. Let’s deep-dive into the two most popular and robust, not to mention…

How Businesses Can Use Snapchat to Grow Their Brand

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Snapchat, the mobile photo/video messaging app loved by tweens and Millennials the world over, is now a force to be reckoned with in the business world. Although messages sent via the app appear for only 10 seconds once opened by recipients, the platform itself has embraced by major corporations such as Gatorade, Coca-Cola, JP Morgan Chase, Universal Pictures, Verizon, and Vans. According to their own internal data, more than 150 people in the United States use Snapchat every day, and of those users, 60% are actively snapping on a daily…

How to Find and Utilize a Virtual Assistant

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There comes a time in every entrepreneur’s life where business begins to pick up, and all those little ankle-biter tasks you used to be able to manage alone start to get pushed to the back burner, and the larger responsibilities of running the actual business take center stage. But at some point, those smaller tasks must be completed for your business to continue to deliver services. As a busy up-and-coming mogul, how are you supposed to get it all done by yourself? The answer lies in the form of an…

The Best Phone Apps for Business Management on the Go

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You’ve done it. You took an idea, and you ran with it. Now, it seems to be running you. Your business has taken off, and like a snowball, it’s gained so much momentum and grown so quickly that you’re barely hanging on to managing everything. As an entrepreneur, you knew you’d be wearing a lot of hats, but you didn’t know there would be so much administrative “stuff.” You find yourself asking in an inner monolog, “How am I supposed to keep up with all of this?” At this point,…

5 of the Biggest Business Model Mistakes

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We all know that having a business model is the first step to building a business. But many people make some very common business mistakes that could actually hurt their business in the long run. I guarantee that this article will help you catch some of these common mistakes so that you can make sure your business gets off to great start. Not focusing enough on expenses. Our natural inclination as entrepreneurs is to put most of our focus on revenues and while revenues are key to making profits what is…

15 Must Have Free Programs for Startups & Blogs

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Starting your own business can be overwhelming with start up costs. But you are in luck! There are actually 15 amazing free programs for startups. Sometimes it can be difficult to know which free programs for startups are really good or not. So I made sure my list included all the programs that I currently use and those that have worked best for my businesses. Word Press. Having a professional website is extremely important. Though you need to buy a domain and hosting, usually around $10 a month, Word Press is a…

How Six Sigma Can Benefit Your Company

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Six Sigma is a quality methodology that indicates the effectiveness of a process. Of course, quality control/improvement programs are nothing new. Companies have always implemented systems and methodologies to ensure top quality. At least, the good ones have. To earn Six Sigma status, your process must return fewer than 3.4 defects per 1 million chances. Let’s say you’re a shipping company. That means that, for every 1 million pieces delivered, you have fewer than 3.4 misdelivered items. Six Sigma’s two sub-methodologies are DMAIC and DMADV.   What Is DMAIC? DMAIC…

Putting Big Data to Work for You

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Big data: it’s one of those trendy marketing terms with more than one meaning, and it’s everywhere. The first meaning is the sheer amount of data available. Technology makes it easy to know seemingly everything about your customers, as well as your potential customers. Where do they live? How do they buy? What’s their buying history? How many times has your company interacted with them before they make a decision? It goes beyond your customers. You can parse data in so many ways that it’s mind-boggling. Which campaigns generated the…

A Simple Yet Highly Effective Tool For Accountability

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A good friend and mentor of mine once made a comment that has really stuck with me over the years. She said “people don’t rise to the level of their potential they rise to the level they are managed”. This resonated with me as I have had a front row seat to witness a few great managers raise that bar for those around them and when it happens its awesome. However, more often times than not I have watched managers employ a strategy of “hope” that resulted in the performance…