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Business Planning Happens in Various Ways

Business planning isn’t only about an annual plan, nor about an official document, it happens in many various ways. Planning can be used in almost every area of business and since it comes natural to me, it has always been an important part of my personality and life. In this article, I’m talking about all…

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Planning Ahead: Make your Efforts Work for You

Planning Ahead for Your Business Business masters do it religiously. Investors bank on it.  Vision can limit or extend it. And, to the level it is applied and maintained translates directly into its success. Planning – an intention or decision about what one is going to do. It’s not just a word.  It’s a mission…

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3 Steps to Successful Competitive Market Research

As the saying goes, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. When you’re a business owner, it’s critically important for you to be aware of what your competition is doing. Of course, this is important when you’re in the startup phase, but even once you’ve been established in business for years it’s still a…

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A New Perspective on Your Market: Market Research

When you started your small business, you more than likely spent hours performing market research to better understand the market size, needs of the market, and your competitors. You gathered as much information as possible prior to the development of your brand and communication strategies. Who is your market? How old are they? Is your…

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Outsourcing: It Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Photo by Marvin Meyer on Unsplash What is your first thought when someone mentions, “outsourcing”? For some of us, it may call to mind examples such as the call centers that are located overseas. However, outsourcing has become – and continues to be – so much more. Entrepreneur.com provides the following definition of outsourcing: The practice of having…

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Presentation Matters

Blogging is one of the best tools you can use to share ideas and connect with customers. Whether writing a blog for your small business or sharing professional ideas, content is ultimately King. However, the formatting and presentation of your blog is incredibly important to the success of your endeavors. When developing a website, functionality,…

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4 Ways to Manage Your To-Do List

With life and work pulling in you multiple directions, it’s easy to lose track of things. Making to-do lists and task lists are awesome ways to keep everything straight. The old fashion pen to paper technique is still very affective however there are some great tools available to help keep you organized. Here are a…

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Research Tips For The Rest Of Us

Researching Articles The Internet is an endless sea of reliable and unreliable sources. Wading through it is not only overwhelming and time-consuming, but also one of the hardest stages of writing articles and blogs. What I’ve done to remedy the anxiety of this step is to create a simple process with strategies on how to…

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Annual Business Planning: Jamie-Style

If you know me, odds are good that you know about my annual business planning ritual. Every year, I go through a six step process that brings clarity and purpose to my business for the upcoming year. Because I consistently get questions about what I do during my retreats, how I do it, what I…

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Spring Cleaning – Small Business Style

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The small business spring cleaning checklist Every year about this time the sun breaks through, temperatures warm up, and new life starts sprouting. While the natural spring cleaning guidelines apply to your personal life (home, yard, vehicle, fridge, garage, closets), a small business owner has their own list of guidelines to follow. These 6 simple…

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