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How Small Businesses Plan to Grow in 2017

90% of online small businesses expect to grow their revenue in 2017. 45% expect to grow more than 25% year over year. This data, collected from a survey of 596 BigCommerce customers, mirrors that of the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ report, which found small business optimism and confidence in the economy is at a

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Controlling Spending is Key for New Startup Businesses

The revenue side of a new startup business can be the one that gets the lion’s share of attention from the beginning. Bringing money in can naturally be top of mind for any small business owner. The money going out is just as crucial. Taking a realistic and analytical approach is a smart move, and

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What Hollywood Can Teach Entrepreneurs About Running Successful Businesses

What Hollywood Can Teach Entrepreneurs About Running Successful Businesses

When you dig deep enough, you will always uncover a unique story behind every successful brand. Entrepreneurs and small business owners often look to different elements in everyday life for inspiration when it comes to building and running a business, whether it’s the need to solve a problem in the community or to establish a

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5 Qualities Successful Businesses Have in Common

5 Qualities Successful Businesses Have in Common

Did you know there are tens of millions of businesses operating in the United States? Did you also know that a high percentage of businesses fail? If you want your business to succeed, if you want to keep your doors open for many years to come, it is essential to implement a plan you can

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Selling to big businesses

Winning a contract to sell to a big company can be just what you need to grow your business, but getting your foot in the door can be nigh on impossible. Tom Whitney finds out what steps you can take Whether you are an independent food manufacturer trying to win an initial order from a

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10 Tips for Home-Based Businesses

10 Tips for Home-Based Businesses

Starting a home-based business is never easy. From advertising to zoning, there is always something that will require your attention. Here are ten tips to keep you focused on your quest to make your home-based business a success. 1. Set a schedule and stick to it. The allure of working from home is powerful —

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50 Low Tech Businesses You Can Start

50 Low Tech Businesses You Can Start

So, you have the entrepreneurial spirit but not a lot of tech know-how? Despite all of the high-tech startups that have popped up in recent years, there are still plenty of small business options out there that don’t require you to know the difference between CSS and QR codes. Below are low tech business ideas you

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8 Tips from Entrepreneurs Who Grew Startups into Successful Businesses

8 Tips from Entrepreneurs Who Grew Startups into Successful Businesses

The difference between a startup and a hugely successful business is often a few years (or more!), tons of hard work, a pinch of luck, vision, and timing. The vast majority of successful businesses, corporations and entities were at one time a startup. That’s right–the Starbucks and Walmarts of the world were once mom and

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Summer Time Energy-Saving Tips for Businesses

Summer Time Energy-Saving Tips for Businesses

The bottom line of running a successful business is to make all your dollars count. Cutting back unnecessary energy use keeps hard-earned money in your pocket. Here are many ideas, including some you can put to work in minutes at no cost to you to good energy saving investments when you are ready to replace

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5 Essential PR Tips for Small Businesses

5 Essential PR Tips for Small Businesses

Elaborate public relations campaigns can often be an expensive undertaking. Creating a PR campaign to fit the needs of your small business will require focused time and effort, but doesn’t have to break the bank. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when considering a public relations push: Create a press kit. Your press

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