Archives: June 2007

The Costs of an eBay Store

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 28

There are many benefits to having an eBay Store, including discounts on fees and services. In order to take advantage of these benefits, sellers pay a subscription fee. In addition...

Reducing Tech Headaches

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 27

Small-business owners know they need technology to survive in their competitive business environment, but the challenge of understanding, implementing, and managing their technology can be constantly overwhelming. Even if they...

Understanding Workers' Compensation

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 26

Last year, workplace injuries affected thousands of employees and cost U.S. companies more than $110 billion. Chances are, your firm will eventually have to deal with a workplace injury—which means...

Eight Steps to Successful VoIP Phone Implementation

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 25

Many small businesses are looking to VoIP-based services in order to save money, gain access to high-end features, or unify a multi-site or at-home worker environment. While such services can...

Handling Extended Hours for Sales and Support

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 22

In order to reach a growing customer base across the country or around the world, many smaller businesses are faced with the challenge of hiring staff to take sales and...

Nine Tips for Separating Your Home from Your Business

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 21

Working from home can make you long for the days when you had an actual office. Dealing with daily family issues and running a business at the same time can...

Developing a Failure Standard

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 20

A small business owner will typically work hard to develop a clear standard for achieving a successful outcome, which makes it possible to recognize success when it happens. Yet it's...

Conflict-Friendly Leadership

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 19

A business owner who supports constructive conflict creates an effective environment for sustainable innovation. A culture that is too friendly—one that goes overboard on building consensus and feeling good together—can...

Challenge Your Patterns

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 18

Familiar beliefs and behaviors that once produced great results can, if left unchecked, interfere with your own ability to lead. As circumstances change, even highly effective entrepreneurs can undermine themselves...

Avoiding Cash Crunches

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 17

A company's cash flow is its lifeblood. Without a steady stream flowing in and out, you run the risk of damaging your credit and stalling the growth of your business....

Fulfillment Firm Fundamentals

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 14

In direct-selling lingo, "fulfillment" covers everything from taking the order to packing, shipping, and processing the purchase for payment. You can fulfill orders yourself or you can outsource these duties...

Resolving Problems at Work

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 13

When I'm working with a small business owner, I like to notice how he or she evaluates a situation, particularly a dysfunctional or non-productive one. When things aren't going well,...

Top 10 Public Relations Mistakes

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 12

The goal of public relations is to portray your business in the best possible manner. This can range from establishing yourself in the market to damage control. Unlike advertising, your...

Dealing with Tough Situations

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 11

When facing a truly difficult situation, important questions naturally arise. If we identify and reflect on them, they can provide a goldmine of information, shedding new light on what's holding...

Successful Debt Collection

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 10

A key to successful debt collection is the assumption that most people are honest and want to pay you. That means you need to treat customers with respect during the...

Improve the Conversion Rate of Your Internet Marketing Campaign

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 07

The success of an Internet marketing campaign can be measured by its conversion rate. Depending on your site and your type of business, your conversion rate may be based on...

How to Be More Efficient

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 06

What small-business owner wouldn't like to get his or her company running more smoothly? But increasing efficiency isn't always as easy as it might seem. Here are a few tips...

Seven Low-Cost Marketing Ideas

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 05

Growing companies trying to figure out how to make a splash in the marketplace sometimes pay consultants thousands of dollars for advice on the subject. And they get suggestions that...

Be On the Same Page, Even If You're Not in the Same Time Zone

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 04

Launching a geographically distributed company is increasingly common these days, especially for small businesses that find it extremely cost-effective to tap remote expertise, wherever that talent may be located—around the...

Let Your Employees "Have It Their Way"

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on June 01

Small business owners across the world will spend thousands of dollars this year to upgrade servers and buy faster computers in the hopes of improving worker productivity and efficiency. More...

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