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Dealing with emails

As a business owner, I’m sure you get a ton of emails every day just like I do. Keeping up with emails can take a good chunk of time every day. Dealing with the junk The first thing I do is clear out the junk. I set up rules (which you can do on a Mac) to send mail from spammers to my junk or trash folder and they’re gone

11 tips to make the most of your Facebook posts

Grow your following We all have Facebook pages, but getting new followers is can be tough. Here are some tips to increase your following and engagement of your posts. 1. This one is obvious. You can buy page likes. However, when you buy followers, they might not remain followers. Some will follow for a short period of time and then disappear. 2. Using the correct demographics for your business when

How do you define success?

After watching the Barbara Bush funeral on Saturday, I have been thinking about legacies. What will your business leave to the world? How do you measure whether or not your business, and you as a person, are successful? How do you define success? We had a discussion in my networking group today about this topic. Of course, there is the money definition. A successful person is one who has a

There’s something to be said for networking in person

I love social media and doing everything online. At the same time I see the benefits of networking and meeting people in person too. Social Squids can do work anywhere in the world as long as people pay in US dollars. Consider that talking to people in the flesh, seeing their body language and shaking their hands creates a connection that just isn’t possible online. Meetup and Eventbrite are good

Twitter analytics

Using Twitter analytics in business Using Twitter for business purposes is a vital part of sales in today’s marketplace. Twitter analytics gives you insights to the people who are visiting your profile, looking at your tweets and responding to them. As you use Twitter analytics month after month, trends begin to develop. Who is retweeting my tweets? Who is my most popular follower? Which post did the best in the past

Website promotion tips

Entrepreneurs of all industries have websites, but many business owners have no idea how to draw attention to them. While certain marketing like SEO (search engine optimization) is best left to professionals, you can do some things on your own to help put your website on the map. Some of these suggestions may seem like no-brainers, however business owners are not always well versed in the ways of self promotion.

Freedom of speech

In the wake of the events of the past few weeks, many people throughout the world are realizing just how precious the right to freedom of speech is. As Americans, we sometimes take this right for granted. Between the terror events in France and the Sony movie The Interview, we are now seeing how some other people view our freedom. In my business, I have the opportunity to write about a

How do you telecommute when the “tele” is not working?

I found myself in a bit of a dilemma yesterday when my &#%$ cable/internet/phone went out right in the middle of a phone call with a client. With a large deadline looming, I was in a panic. It seems that every time I do have a problem with my internet, it happens during a big deadline. What to do… I refer to my neighborhood Starbucks my “branch office.” The branch

Dealing with the computer illiterate

Yesterday I had a meeting with a prospective client about setting up a website. He is a very nice man, but really had no idea what a website does or why he should have one. He never thought about it before because he doesn’t really use a computer. I see less and less of this type of person. Most people, even many of my relatives over the age of 80,

We need more brains!

No, this is not a post about zombies. Sorry if you thought that! Have you ever had a great idea, but after pondering it for a little while, you are not quite sure if it will fly or not? It happens to me all of the time. I get all excited about some business or plan and then once I think about it for a day or two, I lose

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