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  • Young Guns

    Oct 30, 2009

    If you’re experiencing hiring challenges, one solution might be to broaden your search to include members of Generation Y. Also called Millennials, they were born roughly between 1979 and 1988. Businesses that ignore these 20-somethings are shutting the door on a huge universe of potential employees—employees that might be a perfect fit for micro-businesses.

  • Anchors Away

    Aug 31, 2009

    The failure of an anchor store can cause a shock that’s as much emotional as financial for surviving retailers. But, you can take action to mitigate the potential financial loss and improve the well-being of the surviving small retailers. Here’s how.

  • How To Hire Your Brother

    Aug 31, 2009

    In these tough economic times, it’s not uncommon for micro-business owners to be approached by family members or friends looking for a job. Laid off from work and unsuccessful in landing a new job, these relatives and friends may feel like you’re their last hope for employment.

  • Brainstorming Solo

    Aug 31, 2009

    We all know being creative isn’t easy, and it can be especially challenging for folks who work in home offices with nary a brainstorming partner nearby. Here are five tips for sparking creativity even when you work alone.

  • Why You Don’t Need To Super Size

    Jul 29, 2009

    Few people in the business world look down on home-based companies these days. But if a potential client balks because of your firm’s lack of size or real estate, use your smallness (and your homeyness) to your advantage.

  • Local Politics

    Jul 29, 2009

    The health of your micro-business depends to a great extent on business-friendly decision-making from your town and county governments.

  • Retail Redo

    Jul 01, 2009

    A showroom retooling can be just the ticket to get shoppers excited about buying. And that’s what you need to move that moribund merchandise sitting on your floor.

  • Can You Take The Home Office Deduction?

    Jul 01, 2009

    Can you or can’t you take the home office deduction? This is one of the most vexing questions faced by home-based business owners.

  • The Delegators

    Jul 01, 2009

    There are only so many hours in the day and so much energy that solo operators can spend in their businesses. If they want to grow the enterprise—while keeping their health and sanity—they need to let go and pay someone to handle certain parts of the business.

  • Driven To Distraction

    Apr 07, 2009

    One reason the home office workday stretches into an exhaustive 12 hours rather than merely a weary 10 is because we’re so easily distracted.

  • JET LAG

    Apr 07, 2009

    Shake-ups across the air travel industry have given even the most seasoned travelers a newfound fear of flying.

  • STOP The No-Shows

    Apr 07, 2009

    Large businesses have long had the luxury of employing receptionists, telephone operators and online booking tools to serve customers.

  • You Can Go Home Again

    Jan 01, 2009

    The economy is tight. Customers are tight-fisted. Many micro-business owners are eyeing that monthly check for the lease of their commercial office and thinking of a thousand better uses for the money.

  • Don’t Risk It All

    Nov 01, 2008

    Not having the proper home office insurance — or under insuring your home-based business — can put you at a big risk.

  • Great Performances

    Nov 01, 2008

    You want the most bang for your buck when you invest money in your business. If you buy a computer or truck, for example, you select a top-quality machine and maintain it for peak performance

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