13 Steps to Find Your Profitable Niche for Free Using Long-Tail Keywords

Recently, I was teaching a course, “Going Pro – Moving from Hobby to Business” and one of the students was a jewelry designer looking to take her hobby of making jewelry, mostly as gifts for friends and family, and turn it into a paying business. I suggested she focus her jewelry design on a profitable niche or risk becoming [...]

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Small Business Stories – Pick of the Week March 11, 2017

In-House or Outsourced? How Do You Decide?

Entrepreneur By: Thomas Smale [caption id="attachment_4552" align="aligncenter" width="822"]in-house or outsource Image credit: Shutterstock[/caption] Because the internet has connected people worldwide, the outsourcing industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Another reason for this growth: Outsourcing gives entrepreneurs access to a greater pool of talent [...]

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Our Fragile Monetary System

Understanding monetary policy is critical to understanding why our lives are the way they are. Unfortunately, economics is often viewed by the vast majority of citizens with confusion and boredom. Financial jargon coupled with intimidating mathematics quickly deters people from any attempt at understanding it. That said, our established monetary system exists as one of the most unquestioned forms of faith [...]

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Small Business Stories – Pick of the Week March 4, 2017

4 Simple Questions to Ask Before Getting Excited About Your New Business Idea

Inc. By: Serhat Pala [caption id="attachment_4538" align="aligncenter" width="970"]Not all Business Ideas are Brilliant Not all business ideas are brilliant. CREDIT: Getty Images[/caption] You've probably come up with at least one seemingly brilliant business idea in your life but then after some sober thought, [...]

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There Is No Prize for Originality

Earlier today, I was reading a reddit.com post about a young man ready to graduate college this summer who was desperately looking to start his own business. He didn't have a business idea and was looking to the readership to help him come up with one. I often suggest to clients with a desire to start [...]

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How Amazon’s Alexa is the Flint that Will Spark a Business Revolution

In the Agrarian Age, there was no mechanization; farm businesses were limited by the number of unskilled labors (slaves) they could employ and by the length of the growing season. The stronger and faster the worker was, the more valuable he was to the business. However, as the tractor and other farm equipment were developed, they replace the [...]

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Curiosity: The Fundamental Attribute of Successful Entrepreneurs that No One talks about

Most business articles neglect to discuss one fundamental attribute that is a critical part of a successful small business owner's personality. This dimension of their personality is so important that some say it is the linchpin to business success. Yet, rarely do you see it discussed in any business books. So, what is this attribute? It [...]

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