Category Archives: Tips & Advice

What Motivates Top Performance?

We’re not as predictable as you might think. The RSA has put together a great animation explaining motivation, incentives, and top performance. Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, shows that many traditional motivational schemes, especially bonuses and financial incentive, don’t really work.  In fact, study after study shows that [...]

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Simple Websites = Best for Small Business

When we’re talking about small business websites, it’s useful to remember that usually, less is more. Customers aren’t coming to your website for any other reason than to find the things that they want.  It’s really that simple. Whether they want directions to your shop, a printable lunch menu, or the monthly calendar of company [...]

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JC Penney’s Busted for “Black Hat” SEO

Today’s New York Times has a fantastic piece about search engine optimization, especially “black hat” SEO and an excellent explaination of JC Penney’s alleged attempts at manipulating search engine rankings. JC Penney’s was, until last week, consistently ranked #1 in Google’s search results for highly lucrative and competitive terms like “dresses,” “bedding,” and “area rugs,” [...]

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AgileZen for Productivity Bliss

Right this instant, my personal kanboard board’s “Now” column says I need to write a blog post about AgileZen. Since I’ve begun mind mapping my personal and professional goals, I’ve started adding them to my backlog of tasks and visually prioritizing them using AgileZen.  It has transformed my productivity. I’ve used personal kanban for the [...]

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Cashless Society Gets Closer

Now just about anyone can accept credit cards through a cell phone. Do you have a cell phone and a bank account?  San Francisco-based SquareUp is banking on it, and now allows just about anyone (US residents only) to accept credit cards.  It’s quick and easy, and could be quite a boon for small businesses [...]

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How To Publish A Book on Kindle

Step 1: Write a Book

Step 1 : Write a book. Business Insider has an easy to follow, step-by-step guide for publishing to the Kindle.  Basically you just write the book, paying special attention to certain formatting quirks like bullet points and bold.  Then save as a .doc file, convert it to a web page,  and run it through Mobipocket [...]

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18 Minutes To Productivity

Step 1:  Set your plan (5 minutes) Step 2:  Refocus (1 minute every hour) Step 3:  Review (5 minutes) There’s a little more to it than that, but these tips for effective time management from the Harvard Business Review can help any small business be more productive.

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