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5 Crucial Mistakes Made by Bad Leaders

Good leaders inspire others. Bad leaders can have the opposite effect as people will not easily put their faith and trust in a bad leader. We all want to be good leaders and with practice, many of us can be. So in this article, we look at 5 crucial mistakes that bad leaders make that can make them ineffective and put the business at risk. However, it takes time and effort as leaders are made, they are not born. However, it takes time and effort as leaders are made, they are not born.
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How to Be an Effective Small Business Leader

small business leadership
When you run your own business you are a leader whether you like it or not, and it does not matter whether or not you have people working for you, when you startup your own business you must be a leader. These 10 characteristics are key to being an effective leader.
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Marketing to Millenials

Millenials make up a huge target market and their buying behavior differs from previous generations. To be successful at marketing to millenials we need to understand them. Here are 7 Gen-Y behavior traits to help you with your marketing.
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The 7 Top Issues That Keep Self-Employed Small Business Owners’ Awake at Night

What keeps self-employed small business owners awake at night? We did some research and here is what we discovered what seem to be to find the top 7 concerns. We explore each of these issues in more detail and offer some suggestions if you are experiencing any of these issues.
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Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

Don't put all your eggs in one basket
A frequent cause of small business failure is having too few customers. Not from the point of too few customers to make sufficient sales, but having one or two customers who you totally rely upon for your business income. These case studies show what can happen and are a warning to all.
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Too Big for Your Britches

Too big for your britches
Being "too big for your britches" is one of the main reasons that small businesses fail. A small business owner by the name of George had always wanted to be an entrepreneur, even from his school days. George has turned a down and out gas station into a thriving business and gives his thoughts on what it takes to be successful.
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Peter Proud vs Harry Humble

Pride comes before a fall in business
The majority of entrepreneurs are often described with words such as ‘brave’, ‘strong’ and ‘courageous’, just to name a few. So, if that is a regular characteristic, then why do so many small businesses fail. Well, many entrepreneurs can also be described as ‘stubborn’, ‘pig headed’, and ‘prideful’ and this can lead to their downfall.
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Andrew's New Business

Andrew' new business lessons
There is more to starting a business than knowing how to do the work. A good place to start is knowing why so many small businesses fail and what you need to know to be successful in your chosen business. Andrew had considerable experience in doing the work but needed to learn about running a business.
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11 Crucial Factors for Small Business Success

business success factors
Success or failure of a small business depends on a variety of factors. Some businesses have fantastic products and services yet do not succeed. In this post, we address 11 essential factors for local business owner that are vital for business success.
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Golden Steps to a Successful Franchise

keys to a successful franchise
Franchising has become a popular way to get into business, but you must do your homework. There are many different types of franchises - large ones like McDonalds and small ones like carpet cleaning. The truth is that they all require due diligence before you commit your time and money. Here are some golden steps to ensure you have all the bases covered
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7 Life Saving Solutions to Help Avoid "Working From Home Depression"

work from home depression
Humans are social animals and being isolated is not good for us. For example, they use isolation as punishment in prisons! Even before COVID, there was a rise in home based businesses which leads to more 'working from home depression'. Here are 9 tips on how avoid it. The fact is that as much as you love your business, it can be terribly problematic for you if you allow depression to set in.
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9 Tips to Stay Positive and Save Your Business Through This Pandemic

Staying positive
Businesses and especially small businesses are closing every day during this pandemic. So it is important to stay positive. But how do you do that when you are faced with such a constant barrage of negativity? Here are some tips to help.
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Covid-19 Small Business: How to Survive and Thrive

Covid business survival
The road to survive and thrive for small business after this pandemic is full of curves & potholes. A major shift is needed to focus on the Customer. Learn how to avoid disaster & give yourself a chance to come out the other side thriving.
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Business in the Post Quarantine Era: 5 Tips to Help Put Customers at Ease

Put customers at ease
People's buying habits have changed through this pandemic! Self-employed small business owners have to be ahead of the game and adapt, or we will just become a statistic. Here are 5 great tips to help put customers at ease in the post-quarantine era.
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Small Business Lessons from a Country Singer

Randy Travis business lessons
It is a wonderful experience to meet one of your music heros live and in person. Read about my meeting Randy Travis and the lessons for small business when it comes to handling rebranding, facing challenges and overcoming them.
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$825 Billion in Unpaid Invoices? WOW!

unpaid invoices
The simple truth is that many self employed small businesses fail miserably in collecting money from their customers. Avoid these 5 costly mistakes to get paid quickly and side-step deadly cash flow problems in your business.
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