Serendipity Always Rewards the Prepared

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It sometimes seems some photographers get all the good shots. Some writers get the best gigs. Some people find, create, or invent the next big thing. Some great discoveries in science, technology, and business might seem like an overnight success, but often it is due to years of preparation that finally pays off. [Tweet "Serendipity Always Rewards the Prepared - Katori … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts Nov 23 – Nov 29, 2014

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Week in Review November 23 – November 29: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcasts The repurposing of content to reach new audiences and extend the shelf life of your efforts is something we always coach. One way to do this is by combining your blog posts or other content into a week in review on SlideShare. SmallBiz Tracks Week in … [Read more...]

Grapple Leads to Breakthrough

Grapple Leads to Breakthrough with Boy Figuring Out Camera

Thomas Edison once said, Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged. If Everything is an Experiment, and Mistakes are Tuition, don't give up - even in the hardest of times.  In almost every struggle to accomplishment, Grapple Leads to … [Read more...]

Better Inventory and Content LIFT Slides 11-29-14

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As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few decks on SlideShare that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - How to Manage Inventory How To Manage Inventory For Small Businesses from Fit Small Business IMPROVE - … [Read more...]

Captions, Responses, and Inside-Out in LIFT Clips 11-29-14

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We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - How to Add a Caption to ShareAsImage [tentblogger-youtube 6hKYdZiueeI] IMPROVE - Record Responses to FAQs with TechSmith [tentblogger-youtube 3UYX7FqoTDo] FIND FLOW - … [Read more...]

Big Lists for Big Planning, Launching, and Reading

Tons of Tips

We share lots of lists and tips we find along the super information railways, but these big lists are doozies!  Loaded with handfuls, and dozens, and even hundreds of tips in some of these great tomes of tips: 35 Tools You Can't Blog Without - The tools are categorized by special need, from writing to marketing and many other cools tools. 175 Top Habit Books - Good living … [Read more...]

8 Tips to Creating a Small Business Holiday Marketing Plan

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Written by Lewis Robinson Whenever the holidays roll around, anyone hawking anything is always in a tizzy to sell as much as possible. This impulse is understandable, given the rampant fervor surrounding the end of the year. Holidays provide a quick shot of adrenaline and a potential long-lasting brand boost to any small business. Crafting a marketing plan before the … [Read more...]

A Poem of Gratitude for Small Business

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Almost a decade ago, I was driving through a small, rural town in Central Iowa about this time of year. There was a store having a Going Out of Business Liquidation Sale. When you think about it, things must have been really tough. This time of year, a retail business should thrive - or at least be busy enough not to have to liquidate. It broke my heart. It still happens too … [Read more...]

Giving a Gift of Growth

Give a Gift of Growth

As part of the season of thanks and giving, consider gifting your favorite small business owner a gift of growth. On December 23, 2014 we will award five business owners with a 3-month subscription to SubCLUBs. Each month the winners will receive a report on their current web and social media status, access to premium content, 90 minutes of one-on-one coaching … [Read more...]

Coaching Calls Designed for a LIFT

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One of the best part of being a member of SubCLUBs are the coaching calls. Each month, active members receive 90 minutes of one-on-one coaching by phone, Skype or Google. These calls can be scheduled in 15, 30, 45, or 90-minute segments. During these coaching calls we cover each point of our LIFT practice: LEARN Something New IMPROVE on Something Old FIND FLOW and avoid … [Read more...]