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Most small business owners hang out their shingle without having a clue about what’s required to be successful on the money side of their business. They see a bunch of numbers on a sheet of paper and groan about how they wish they’d paid more attention to math in school. But cash flow in a small business is about much more than math. It tells the story of your business and can be adjusted by simple actions any small business owner can take to move the business from failure to success. … [Read more...]

The Guide to Getting Paid – Interview with Michelle Dunn

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Have you ever had that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach that your small business has extended credit to the wrong customer? It's happened to plenty of small business owners and is becoming more frequent because of the impact of the economy. Someone who had previously been a consistent payer all of a sudden disappears into never, never land. What in the world can you do when this happens? According to Michelle Dunn, author of  The Guide to Getting Paid: Weed Out Bad Paying … [Read more...]

List Building for Bloggers Book Teaches Proven Techniques (Review)

List Building for Bloggers

I don't know about you, but I have really neglected my email list building. I'm not saying I bought into the idea that email is dead like some people try to convince you to believe (more on that below), but I sure have been slacking when it comes to using good list building techniques. It's no wonder important tasks fall by the wayside. If you look at all the things you need to do to maintain your blog, it can be really daunting. But the thing that's really cool is that you can put your blog … [Read more...]

Dealing with Customer Deductions


Please enjoy this guest post by author Michelle Dunn. You have a credit approved customer that has been doing business with you for a couple of months now. They have been paying on time and placing steady orders. Suddenly you receive a check with a deduction on it. It might just be a negative number listed on the check stub or maybe the check is just for a bit less with no explanation. Deductions can impair your cash flow and take up valuable time, so you want to always address them right … [Read more...]

Facebook Marketing Book Review — It’s Hot! Are You There?

Facebook is the fastest growing social site in the world. If you are in business and don't have a presence there, you are making a huge mistake. The Facebook Marketing Book is a good guide to help you get started. As with any online property, things have changed a bit since this book was published, but the information is still valuable and will help you get on board the Facebook train. It will take you step by step through what you need to know. Here's my quick video review. If you … [Read more...]

Get Rich Click! The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet Book Review


It's rare that something lands in my USPS mail box around the same time as I'm getting emails on the exact same topic, but that's what happened with this book Get Rich Click! The Ultimate Guide to Making Money on the Internet by Marc Ostrofsky. I was intrigued by the book before it arrived and wondered if it was another of the "same old thing" about making money online. But it's not. It looks to be a good solid guide to help you navigate your path online. … [Read more...]

Make Amazing Changes In Your Business – Author Tom Connellan Interview

Are you making the progress you had hoped for in your business? I suspect you may have answered that question with, "not quite." It's always been a struggle to be a small business owner, and in today's economic climate the challenge is huge. If you are serious about making change to improve your business, read on. You are probably like most small business owners. You set big audacious goals and then fail to reach them. In other words, you are like most of the population! :) All that really … [Read more...]

Lower Your Taxes (Big Time!) Book Helps Small Business Owners

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Yes, it's a fact of life that you have to pay taxes. Whether it's for personal tax or business tax, it's going to come due at some point in time. It's how we keep our government rolling along so we can get the goods and services from them that make this country great. But it's not a painless process. We all pay various taxes throughout the year and then, once a year, on April 15. we have what many people call, the "dreaded tax day." … [Read more...]

Scott Stratten Says UnMarketing Will Serve Your Small Business Better – Blog World Keynote


I've known Scott Stratten since the early 2000s when we both hosted small business networks on Ryze. Back then he was a big advocate of the UnMarketing concept. In other words, don't sell to your prospects and clients, engage them. Scott has done a lot over the years to spread that message -- which should be universal for all small business. As I've said before, people want to buy but they don't want to be sold to. Follow that message and you'll surely have success. … [Read more...]

Expert Identifies How to Power Your Way Through 2011 Using The 1% Solution


Over the past few years, world renowned performance expert and NY Times bestselling author Tom Connellan became fascinated with the exquisitely small differences in performances demonstrated by top performers in business, academics, and sports. He looked at the success patterns of Olympians, Rhodes Scholars, astronauts, CEO's, female world leaders, elite Canadian athletes, top students, top performing sales reps, military achievers, U.S. presidents, and others. His findings showed what we … [Read more...]

Best iPad Apps Book Review


If you've made the leap into the iPad fans group and bought yourself one of these amazing tools (or someone else was kind enough to get you one!), the Best iPad Apps book is a must have. With thousands of apps in the iPad market, it's hard to figure out what to get unless you have hours and hours to figure it out. This book will streamline your efforts. You'll find everything from business apps to fun apps, to game apps, to foody apps and more in this gorgeous full color book. It has saved me a … [Read more...]

Small Business Tips from Gary Vaynerchuk The Wine Guy


Let me first say right out of the gate that I am not a Gary Vaynerchuk fan. I'm not a prude, but Gary can barely speak a few words without dropping the *F* bomb. I can't even listen to what he has to say most of the time because his potty mouth overrides his message. And that's sad because he does have some good business knowledge to share. I received Gary's book Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion when it was released earlier this year and had all good intentions of … [Read more...]