GUEST: Common Business Startup Pains & How to Remedy Them

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Written by Roy Rasmussen One out of five business startups fail within the first year, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data. These trends have held steadily over the past two decades, illustrating the challenges that startups constantly face. Fortunately, these trends have also helped experts identify the common causes of business failure and develop … [Read more...]

DEVOTIONAL: Strength for Today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow

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Each Sunday afternoon on this site, we share a short devotional message.  If this kind of post is of no interest to you, feel free to skip it and return on Monday. As we pointed out earlier, our post will close with a hymn or spiritual. Strength for Today, Bright Hope for Tomorrow One thing I'm sure of ... well, several things really. The longer I live, and with every stumble … [Read more...]

GUEST: The Power of SEO for Small Business

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Written by Edgar T. Wilson Would you rather be told what to buy, or given advice on how to buy something once you decide you need it? Marketing messages have historically been rooted in establishing influence—catchy jingles latching on to your subconscious, attractive logos emblazoned on your memory, celebrity endorsements making your consumption feel like a cultural … [Read more...]

THOUGHTography: Be the Resource

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When in Doubt, Ask a Librarian There was a time in my life, before Google became our "find" engine, that the local library and the wonderful person at the reference desk was a great resource. Not always quick, but correct. Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one. - Neil Gaiman While these days, Google - and perhaps even more … [Read more...]

COOL TOOL: Send to Kindle

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Some content is simply too long to read on your desktop. Maybe it's the chair or the lighting. Maybe it's a time issue. How about sending long articles or ebook you got for subscribing to your Kindle or Kindle App?  It's easy. With Send to Kindle. The two ways I most often use the Send to Kindle tool: Long Articles - Epic content (long articles) that I know I will … [Read more...]

METHOD: Too Long; Didn’t Read (TL;DR) – Epic Content

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There is some truth, I suppose, to the practice and success of writing "epic" content. I recently asked someone to define "epic content" as best as they could. Their answer: TL;DR. Slang for Too Long; Didn't Read. I'm not sure how epic any content truly is if it can be defined as "too long, didn't read", though most content of epic proportions probably is long. Some say a … [Read more...]

DEVOTIONAL: Give Me The Bible

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Each Sunday afternoon on this site, we share a short devotional message.  If this kind of post is of no interest to you, feel free to skip it and return on Monday. As we pointed out earlier, our post will close with a hymn or spiritual. Give Me The Bible I heard the story once of a young man taking a long trip. His suitcase was already pretty full when a friend asked what … [Read more...]