What Will You Do for $5? Buying & Selling Five Bucks at a Time on Fiverr

In the United States most of us have heard of the Dollar Store or Dollar Tree, where you can get various things like placemats and plastic food containers for $1.  Cost cutting creativity is a critical skill in the current global economy.  In the world of service creativity, let me tell you about a website where people post offers of what they will do for $5.  It’s called Fiverr and it is changing the way worldwide freelance gigs work.  For the average small business person who has some tasks she needs done (think social media) but doesn’t have the time, you might be surprised at what you find. Read More…

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Herding Cats with WordPress Plugins

Hurray!  Open Source Software!  We love it!

Really?  I’m not a tech guy nor do I play one on TV, but all the hype about how easy WordPress and other similar stuff makes your life easy is overstated, at best.  My latest escapade into herding cats is trying to manage the umpteen plugins I have running on my site by myself.  Kill me now, but outsourcing is for me. Read More…

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How to Catapult Your Blog to Stardom

Guys and Ladies, you’re going to love this Vlog post.

This week I had the opportunity to interview Chris Ducker, President and CEO of the Live2Sell group of companies based in the Philippines, and evil originator of the Virtual Business Lifestyle blog.  This 15 month old blog that started as a personal mission statement for Chris now has over 11,000 fans on Facebook, 13,000 Twitter followers, and gets about 15,000 readers a month. This post gives you some insight as to how he did it and how you can get started. Read More…

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Business Process Outsourcing Strategies for Small Business

These ideas are a subset expansion of the blog post, US Small Business: Cash Flow Strategies for 2011, originally posted 4/14/2011, to elaborate on BPO strategies

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Now isn’t this a fine pickle we find ourselves in?  I mean for US Small Businesses, who want to believe oh so badly in an economic recovery, but hear and see conflicting accounts of what is happening in the world.  In the midst of uncertainty, my dad always told me to look to myself and control what I can and don’t worry about the rest.  Easy for him to say, yet sound advice.  What we as small business owners can control is our cash, and that means having a cash flow and cost reduction strategy to service customers and not take on the water of unnecessary expenses. Read More…

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US Small Business: Cash Flow Strategies for 2011

To believe or not to believe, that is the question.  Of course, with regard to US Small Business, I’m talking about the economic recovery, or the purported economic recovery.  One side in Washington says things are coming around, yet seems to consistently do everything possible to punish small business.  This small business owner says cash is king, and if you don’t have a cash flow strategy, it’s high time you get one. Read More…

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