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Rewarding your Small Business MVPs

Being a small business owner comes with its fair share of challenges and rewards. One of the most persistent challenges is how to manage resources and limited budgets. Unlike larger companies, small business owners must think very carefully about every dime they spend and every choice they make. This can make rewarding and motivating employees […]

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An “Employee-First” Approach

Every entrepreneur dreams of expanding their business, hiring more people and of course making more money.  If they were to prioritize these goals, I’m confident the majority would say making a profit is the most important vision. I would imagine a number might even view some employees as a hindrance to that goal. I don’t […]

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Does Your Marketing Strategy Need Auditing?

March and April are here again and that means one of life’s sure things is making its yearly arrival. That’s right, it’s time to file your taxes. You, like most business owners, spend countless man-hours combing through expenses and income statements in order to file your taxes and once filed, you hope to avoid an […]

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Shipping Holiday Gifts? Pack and Ship at FedEx Office and Give to the Red Cross

The following is a guest blog from Richard Reed, senior vice president, Disaster Cycle Services at the American Red Cross The holiday season is a time of celebration and reflection, but most importantly, a time to give thanks and to give back. For the American Red Cross, it’s one of our busiest times because of […]

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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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Balancing a Small Business and Your Social Strategy

Managing a small business means you have a unique place in the world – not only are you doing what you love, but you also hold a lot more responsibility: marketing, finance, HR, and more. It’s a tough place to be, but worth it if you’re an entrepreneur at heart. I learned the most about […]

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Business Tips and Tricks from a Successful “Mompreneur”

According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, more than nine million businesses are owned by women. These businesses employ nearly eight million workers and generate $1.4 trillion in sales. What’s more, the number of women-owned businesses has increased by 59% since 1997. As a “mompreneur”, professional success can easily come at the expense […]

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DIY Rewards for Chores Printables

It’s time for spring cleaning and what is more fun for kids than cleaning? Of course, I’m joking! That’s why I’m getting creative this year with a chore chart to motivate my kids to want to help out around the house. I think the key to getting them excited is to provide fun rewards for […]

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Spring Forward with Renewed Focus

March is in full effect, and soon it will be time for spring cleaning. For most of us, this means cleaning out the garage or reorganizing the basement and closets. We take this time to examine the clutter in our homes and re-evaluate its value. If you don’t use or need something, it may be […]

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