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Small Business Secrets from the Lemonade Stand

I was driving down the street in my neighborhood on a recent sunny Saturday when I spotted an odd sight. Two groups of neighborhood kids had set up lemonade stands on opposing sides of the street, each group waving vigorously at me as I cruised past. I thought to myself I’d never seen that before, […]

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Running a Small Business On-The-Go, Like a Pro

Just about every small business owner travels for business at some point, and has to do business on the road, from a hotel room or an airport lounge. But what if your business is mobile all the time? Maybe you own a mobile accounting service or dog grooming van. Maybe you and your sales team […]

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Eight Easy Ways to Create More (and Better) Content

Every business today needs to rely on content as a significant driver to influence existing and prospective customers. But, as I’m sure you’ve come to appreciate, producing content, writing things like blog posts, email newsletters, direct mail pieces and articles, takes time. The key to baking content production into your daily and weekly routine is to […]

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Keep Co-workers Cohesive with Perfectly Planned Potlucks

My team at work is a little food obsessed. Okay, truthfully, we’re a LOT food obsessed. We start talking about lunch around 9:30 in the morning. So when it comes to team builders, we find there is nothing better than a potluck. A little time with colleagues with good food and good conversation can really […]

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Creating a Great Business Brochure

Recently, my cousin asked for help proofing a brochure she created, and as a student of journalism, I was happy to help. Upon first review, I noticed several layout and design elements that needed improvement. And that got me to thinking — I bet a lot of small businesses face the same issues. Making custom […]

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How to be Productive When Outside the Office

 Ah, winter. The days feel shorter, the cooler weather is approaching, the kids are in school and a holiday retreat is beckoning. But what about your responsibilities at the office? No worries! We here at the Out of Office blog have some tips to help conquer the frenzy that always arises in the days leading up to that glorious […]

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How One NYC Start-up Turned Party Planning into Profit

There is always that one event we remember as the best we’ve ever attended or hosted. Whether it was a birthday party, wedding or retirement dinner, these events become a memory that we cherish for a lifetime. For those who have planned events, the idea of hiring a dedicated person to make it stress-free and […]

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Summer “To-Dos” for Plowing Through a Seasonal Slump

When summer heats up, some businesses cool down and with staff rotating in and out of on summer vacations, it’s easy to fall victim to the “lazy days of summer.” But you can make the slower pace work for your small business by taking time to re-organize and plan for the busy fall season. Here […]

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Taking Your Wedding on the Road

Easy Tips to Pull Off a Flawless Destination Wedding Brides and grooms across the country are re-thinking typical nuptial traditions.  For some, a hometown wedding is perfect.  For others, exchanging vows on the beach or atop the hills of a vineyard is a more desirable option.  With June on the horizon, wedding invitations have been […]

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Get Your Employees and Customers Summer-Ready

With June in full swing, so come the “dog days” of summer.  Why not bring the lemonade, cookouts and sunny day adventures to the office as a way to reinvigorate your employees and customers. Potlucks present a great opportunity to bring your staff together. Getting everyone to share a favorite dish is an easy way to […]

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