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Economic Recovery or Not?

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If you read the conventional wisdom in the newspapers and look on most of the traditional media sources, you know that we’re in the midst of an economic recovery, however slow.  The stock market hit record highs in 2012, although many would say that government money printing from the Federal Reserve has created that artificial bubble.

But this isn’t the world of the small and mid-sized business owner, the guys and gals who deal with real customers, real suppliers, and face every day the challenge of selling their goods and services profitably above costs.

Whether it’s rising costs pressuring your margins, extra time at the office, or sales channels that seem to have stagnated or dried up, perceptions vary as to just how REAL this recovery is. Read More…

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Employment Laws Every Small Business Owner Should Know

It seems silly to state, but the number of implemented laws in the U.S. at both the state and federal levels is far beyond what any human being could know.  Laws that affect businesses alone are far beyond what any law enforcement, business owner, or consumer could know.  However, there are some that every business owner should be aware of and adhere to in order to prevent committing illegal business practices.  Here you’ll find 4 of those laws and how to comply: Read More…

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Get Your Cover Letter Noticed: Best Practices

This is a guest post on the Smart Growth Strategies blog for those in career transition.

As you know, there is a huge increase in the amount of unemployment these days with 2 out of 10 people looking for employment, day in and day out. If you are looking for a position, this could be a daunting task that you may not even feel confident with, but it really doesn’t have to be that way if you learn how to get noticed more than others in front of possible employers. The most common way to get your resume noticed and to get more job inquiries is to become an expert at writing a cover letter. Read More…

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7 Simple SEO Tips for People Like You

The following Guest Post is a nice 7-Step SEO outline for the average small business person…like you.

search engine optimization, SEO, SEO tipsSEO (search engine optimization) is often painted as something that is extremely difficult, with warnings about messing everything up if it’s done wrong. These are scare tactics in many cases – most people are perfectly capable of handling a little SEO on their own. You just need to be smart about what you’re doing and educate yourself before hand. Here are some great SEO tips to help anyone get started with their new campaign. Read More…

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Monetizing Your Small Business Blog

This is a guest post to the Smart Blog for Small Business.

Creating and running a blog is not a hard task to accomplish. In addition, driving traffic to your blog is not that difficult either. Blog monetization appears to be the thing that bloggers find difficulty with these days. The intent of this article is to help you find the best ways possible to make money on your blog. Read More…

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Getting Your Website Indexed Quickly

This is a guest post on the Smart Blog for Small Business.

Getting free, high quality traffic to your site is very valuable as every webmaster knows. Even though there are tons of methods to get exposure to your website or blog, nothing comes close to the kind of traffic you can generate from search engines like Google. If you get ranked for the right keywords you can expect thousands of visitors to your every day. Before you start working on getting your site ranked, you first need to get them indexed with the search engines. Here are some steps to help you get your site noticed and indexed by the search engines. Read More…

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