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Phantom Equity v. True Equity

By Eric J. Gyllenborg There is an alternative to companies giving away “true” equity and that alternative is phantom equity. When it comes to equity incentive plans for employees, consultants and directors, you can provide the same economic benefits with phantom equity, without all of the cumbersome entanglements and downsides that come along with “true” equity (for example: voting rights, fiduciary duties, right to receive dividends, rights to inspect the company’s records, dilution of the curr...
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The 6 Benefits of Integrated Credit Card Processing for Small Businesses

By Jeff Blackman Today’s consumers expect convenient shopping experiences and credit cards are the go-to payment method when it comes to spending, especially for millenials. With over 183 million credit card holders in America, it is imperative that small businesses fully assess the benefits of integrating credit card processing into their business and, in turn, become aware of all the ways to use it to its fullest potential. Small businesses unsure of whether credit card processing is right for...
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How Can You Set Up an Online Business?

#sponsored It has never been easier to give up your day job and go it alone. Without the need to rent a bricks-and-mortar store and invest large sums, it is quite possible to start up a new online business on an extremely limited budget. If you have any difficulties with funding, payday loans from a direct lender can give you that all-important helping hand to get started. Click here for more information about the easy streamlined online application. Once you have access to the funding you need,...
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How to Combat eCommerce’s Annual Losses of $500 Billion

By Vit Endler There’s no doubt that eCommerce will continue to grow and grow. Unsurprisingly, 2018 was its best year yet, and it’s expected to reach $3.4 trillion in revenue in 2019. However, as good as this all sounds, merchants and eCommerce stores are still losing a shocking $500 billion per year between chargebacks and returns. This is an especially hard hit for small and medium-sized sellers that aren’t in a position to dispute or deny these claims. So, how can eCommerce combat these charge...
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Help Your Team Succeed: Mastering the Art of Constructive Feedback

#sponsored The ability to encourage growth in others is a crucial skill for any manager. While many managers find the practice challenging, constructive feedback is ultimately one of the best competencies a manager can master to improve employee performance. What Is Constructive Feedback? Offering constructive feedback means giving an employee criticism in a way that encourages growth. For feedback to be constructive, it shouldn’t just focus on what an employee has done wrong. Instead, it shou...
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Ways to Build a Healthy Office to Promote Better Well-being in the Workplace

By Liyana Perry For some business owners, the workplace is a stressful environment. If you are someone who feels like this, and you would like to make your business space a bit more harmonious, there are many ways that you can do just that. Instead of feeling frustrated at the office, here are some useful tips to make sure that you try out the following tips and tricks. Some of these can really help to turn around a toxic office atmosphere. 1. Start cycling to the office Depending on how far y...
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Transparent Truth of FinTech Services in Digital Era

By Helen Cartright Technology is the driving force in the world today. Technology drives every aspect of our lives including our finances and the financial world in general. Technology is used by small midcap and large financial companies and startup and established companies. Fintech has automated financial systems and as a result, made the financial world secure and financial systems faster and more efficient. At first, fintech was used only by companies and large institutions. Today fintech i...
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Sparking the Joy of Storage

Storage and organization businesses are cleaning up thanks to Marie Kondo. By Rieva Lesonsky Organizing guru Marie Kondo is everywhere. Americans can follow her advice on her TV show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, in her books and via numerous media appearances (in print, online and on television). Kondo’s primary advice about purging household (or business) items that don’t “spark joy” is one of decluttering. But in order to successfully organize your belongings, you may need to buy more product...
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Marketplace for Local Activities: What to Consider When Starting a Local Business

By Julie J. Neel Starting a Business Starting up a business can be a very rewarding experience. When you start up a local business, you will be able to be your own boss, control your own destiny and maximize your potential. You will also be able to provide the local area with a product or service that is in demand. Anytime you plan on starting up a business, there are a number of steps you will need to take to ensure that it is successful. Taking these steps will allow you to make your busine...
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5 Ways You Can Save Money When Buying Online Software

By Irina Vasilescu If you would like to save money when buying online software subscriptions, you have come to the right place. The costs can add up when you purchase online software subscriptions while living the frugal life. Whether you need to buy antivirus programs, image editing software or something else, you can do so without breaking your budget or pulling money out of your savings account. This guide explores the top five ways you can keep a little more money in your pocket without givi...
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The Importance of Self Reflection for Entrepreneurs

#sponsored From facing competitive markets to working on budgets for marketing, insurance and taxes, you’ll need to overcome several hurdles to create a successful business. Half of new businesses fail within 5 years, according to the Small Business Administration, but the right combination of skills, knowledge and execution will increase your ability to reach your goals. Preparation is often seen as the key to a successful new business launch, but don’t stop there. You should assess and reas...
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5 Accounting Tips to Make Your Small Business More Successful

By Sharad Acharya Business is all about numbers. Right from the number of sales to finances and expenditures, and overheads – all are significant for the success of a business. Of course, these aren’t the only necessities either, as inventory costs, return and profit also play an important role while determining a firm’s financial position. Unfortunately, most of the small business owners are missing the bigger picture as they are more focused on usual routine tasks. While this can be important ...
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What Employee Benefits Matter Most to Your Team?

What types of employee benefits do you offer your workers? By Rieva Lesonsky Employee benefits are becoming an increasingly important part of the package that employees consider when taking—or deciding to stay with—a job. But fewer than half of small businesses currently offer employee benefits, according to a new survey by Clutch. Are you selling your business short by not providing the benefits your team wants? Here’s what you need to know. The most common employee benefits The most common ...
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Productivity: How Employers Can Help Reduce Stress in the Workspace

By Raymond Chiu Stress is an unfortunate consequence of people living their lives. Although they make people stronger when dealt with in a healthy way, too much stress can be a detriment to one’s health as well. Many symptoms show stress in a person. You may see a decrease in energy levels, frequent headaches, a lack of or an increase in appetite, insomnia, and many more. If a person has work stress, it can lower work quality and motivation. Thus, it is crucial that employers find ways to reduce...
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Earth Day Manifesto: Education. Empathy. Togetherness. Tenacity.

By Jennifer L. Jacobson We are on one planet. We can no longer afford to look away. The world is changing and we are changing the world at a radical pace. Climate change, social disruption, machine automation, economic upheaval, war, and the takeover of politics as we know it are here, and they are getting harder and harder to ignore. But what can you do? If you’re not one of the super-rich individuals out there, you’re probably busy working on your education, your career, feeding your family, s...
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Free Sales Tax Calculator, Scholarships for Diverse Entrepreneurs, How to Stop Procrastinating, Improve Your Cash Flow and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

22 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—Trademark Tool More than 81% of small businesses were hit with trademark infringement issues in 2018—costing thousands and taking months (or even years) to resolve. This stat courtesy of a great resource that just launched: Trademark.com—an all-in-one trademark research, registration, and watch tool specifically for small business owners. Check out more in their infographic below.   2—Number of Small Businesses Changing Hands...
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The Key Elements of an Influencer Marketing Strategy

#sponsored You may not have noticed, but we’re actually seeing fewer ads than we used to. That’s thanks to a combination of ad blockers, DVRs, and paid streaming. For consumers, the loss of ads often feels like a win. For marketers, though, it limits opportunities to expose the public to new messaging. Companies are having to search for different strategies, and many are finding success with influencer marketing. Research shows that 92 percent of people trust individuals over brands anyway, acco...
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7 Google Search Hacks to Maximize Business Online Visibility

By Michael Zhou Optimization is essential today, because there is so much competition online between businesses. Google is the most used search engine among all, and if your business website is not optimized to the fullest, you are losing customers and conversions to your competitors. The good news is that optimizing your business site is not all that hard. In fact, even the smallest changes can add up down the road to better Google rankings. You can take Google’s word for it, “Search engine opt...
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Want to Start a Home Based Business? What You Need to Know

#Sponsored Newer technology has driven growth in home businesses, but some of the most successful companies can trace their roots to founders’ homes. Technology giants Apple and Hewlett Packard began in garages, and the Mars chocolate company began in a home kitchen, according to Home Business magazine.Thanks to high-tech tools and a healthy online market, people are taking advantage of this opportunity. Inc. reported that less than half of all small business ventures last five years, but app...
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Small Business Owners and Online Marketing

I spent two days in Grand Central Terminal talking to small business owners about online marketing and here is what I learned By Dave Charest, Director of Content for Constant Contact Small business owners never cease to amaze me. Even after 13 years of working with them, I’m always inspired by their energy, determination, and overwhelming desire to be their own boss. I’m honored to talk with small businesses about online marketing on a regular basis. It’s clear that even though they know online...
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Is Your Business Getting a Fair Service From Its Merchant Service Provider? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

By Drew Sementa Settling on a payment solution may not immediately spring to mind as one of the bigger strategic decisions a company needs to make, but it’s an unavoidable one that business-owners often make too hastily. In fact, selecting the right solution can mean saving thousands of dollars in the long run, so businesses need to carefully weigh their options and not be reluctant to get into the contractual nitty-gritty. For example, there are merchant service providers (MSPs) out there that ...
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Marketing B2B: How to Succeed and Beat the Competition

By Jacob Dillon B2B marketing has changed drastically in the last couple of decades, taking the vast majority of activities from the real world to the digital environment. Today, social media gather over two billion daily active users, while there are more than 50 million business pages on Facebook alone. At the same time, running a successful small business without a website or email marketing is unimaginable. But how can you combine all these channels to create a comprehensive B2B marketing pl...
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5 Business Lessons from Bruce McLaren

By John Allert Bruce McLaren, the founder of the Formula 1 team that bears his name, is the ultimate business role model. His achievements prove that determination, innovative thinking, belief and a passion for what you are doing can create success. In a short space of time he achieved what most could not do in multiple lifetimes, successfully building what was to become a globally admired brand synonymous with the highest levels of performance. There are many lessons to be taken from Bruce, and...
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Want to Open up Your Own PI Law Firm? Here’s a Few Things You Need To Know

#sponsored Perhaps you have been working under a personal injury law firm, and you feel it’s time to break free and start your own. Taking the path to career freedom is a significant milestone. If you are a personal accident attorney and have the experience and knowledge, then you are halfway there. Here are a couple of other things you need to know. Crunch the Numbers Numbers are not a cup of tea for many of the personal injury lawyers. However, you need to master the numbers because business...
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Technologies That Will Drive Entrepreneurship in 2019

By Manish Bhalla E-commerce is based on high-level technologies engaged in automated data collection systems, digital marketing, m-commerce, electronic data interchange, and supply chain management systems. Every eCommerce technology is evolving around customer-centric shopping experience. Technology is giving e-commerce stores new ways to connect with their customers by opening up new channels.  Investing in the following emerging technologies is undoubtedly an intelligent move when it comes to...
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How are Retailers Using Chatbots to Boost Their Customer Service

Boost your e-store’s revenue and be there for your customers whenever they need you. Build a sophisticated chatbot for your online store right away. By Albert Smith One of the most amazing and yet underrated technologies to come out in the recent times are the Chatbots. They carry the potential to replace the tasks of many human workers with Artificial Intelligence programs robust and dynamic enough to hold fluent conversations with humans or customers. Today, Chatbots are on the top of retail I...
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10 Great Tips to Get More Out of Your CRM System

By Jacob Martin By now, most businesses have experienced the benefits of a CRM system–better customer relationships, enhanced marketing results, improved productivity across the organization, to name a few. But for many companies, extracting the maximum value from their CRM solution is still challenging. Nearly 30% of all customer relationship management projects fail, according to a CIO report . So why Rely of a CRM System? From increased customer retention to marketing ROI and proce...
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Selling Your Website? 5 Tips to Do It Safely

By Karen Evans For most, selling a website can be a tough decision. But the decision to sell is, more often than not, the right one, especially if you are having trouble keeping the business afloat or just want to move on to bigger things. Once you’ve made the decision to sell, you want to make sure you do it safely, for there are ways you can easily be scammed or ripped off. We have five tips for you to help you avoid such risks and to sell your site safely. Sell through the proper cha...
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Aim for Success With an International E-Commerce Platform

#sponsored The business arena in which most businesses are competing today is no longer restricted to as many geographical bounds as it was before. Most businesses, including small businesses and start-ups, are being forced to compete with other companies from around the world via international e-commerce. Because of this trend towards globalisation, it is more important than ever before to invest in an  international e-commerce platform . Are International E-Commerce Platforms Suited to Smalle...
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