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    1. Small Businesses Get Another Break on Obamacare

      Small Businesses Get Another Break on Obamacare

      Obamacare keeps getting less and less strict on small employers—and more costly for individuals.

      President Barack Obama signed “doc-fix” legislation on April 1 to prevent cuts in Medicare payments to doctors. Buried inside that legislation, however, was a nice break for small companies: It eliminated the Affordable Care Act’s deductible limits on small-group health plans. (The ACA defines small groups as those with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees.)

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    2. How to Generate Sales Leads Through a Speaking Engagement

      How to Generate Sales Leads Through a Speaking Engagement

      If you’re in sales or marketing, you probably think of yourself as a good communicator but may not consider yourself to be a “speaker.” One of the best ways to establish yourself as an authority in your industry is by doing just that. You should be taking as many opportunities as you can to talk at trade shows, conferences and panels. There’s a good chance you can use public speaking as a way to convince and convert.

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      Mentions: John Jantsch
    3. You Can Pivot, But You Should Never Twirl

      You Can Pivot, But You Should Never Twirl

      The lean-startup zealots are pushing terrible advice that can put your business in a death spiral. To avoid that, prioritize your customers over your product.

      I'll go berserk if I hear one more person pontificate about "pivoting." I know it's the biggest business buzzword of the past couple years (I guess "disruptive" will have to suck it up and settle for second place), but we don't have to beat the concept to death. It's not like it's a genius new idea or something.

      I do get it.

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    4. Insourcing: An Unexpected Way to Solve Staffing Needs

      Insourcing: An Unexpected Way to Solve Staffing Needs

      Like most small-business owners, you’ve no doubt heard a lot about outsourcing. In fact, you probably even do it. But have you ever heard of insourcing?

      A relatively new concept, insourcing—or bringing work that’s normally outsourced in-house—is a small but growing trend at big companies. A Deloitte study last year found that 48 percent of the companies surveyed had terminated an outsourcing contract before completion.

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      Mentions: Google
    5. Today in Small Business: Mobile Yoga

      Today in Small Business: Mobile Yoga

      - Why Yemeni entrepreneurs are thriving in Buffalo.

      - A growing marijuana business is straining family relationships.

      - Here are five things a small-business owner will never tell you, including: “Some days I wish I worked for someone else.”

      - Two Cleveland-area entrepreneurs have opened a mobile yoga studio.

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    6. Repeatable Process: The Phrase Every Entrepreneur Should Learn To Love

      Repeatable Process: The Phrase Every Entrepreneur Should Learn To Love

      If you look at successful entrepreneurs, you’ll find that many have built routines that they stick to daily. Laura Vanderkam’s What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and The Atlantic’s What I Read series are two of my particular favorites on the subject. So many people’s business lives are carved in stone, which explains how they manage to accomplish so much in a single day.

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    7. Steal, don't invent

      Steal, don't invent

      Steal your business model. We don't have a shortage of business models, it's okay if you pick one that's already working for someone else.

      Steal your web design. There will always be enough people brave enough to invent whole new ways of interacting online. But unless you're an interaction designer or your business model depends on something new, do us all a favor and use something that already works.

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    8. Small Business Staffing: How to Hire Rock Star Startup Talent

      Small Business Staffing: How to Hire Rock Star Startup Talent

      Staffing a startup represents a major challenge for many small business owners. While there’s no arguing that bringing on rock star employees can help advance your business objectives (faster than bottom-of-the-barrel applicants) you may not have the leverage of high salaries, exorbitant employee benefits, and other employee perks. So how can you overcome these challenges in order to secure the best talent for your startup?

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    9. Small business owners lose more than a week every year to tax preparation, paperwork

      Small business owners lose more than a week every year to tax preparation, paperwork

      It isn’t so much the amount of money a majority of small business owners must hand over to Uncle Sam that makes many of them dread this time of year. It’s the amount of time they lose. More than half of small employers now say the administrative burden and paperwork associated with tax season pose the greatest harm to their businesses, according to a new survey by the National Small Business Association. Forty-seven percent say the actual tax bill hits their companies the hardest.

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    10. Small Businesses Lose 1 Full Workweek to Tax Prep

      Small Businesses Lose 1 Full Workweek to Tax Prep

      While paying taxes is never fun, small business owners say filing is an even bigger headache.

      According to the National Small Business Association’s 2014 Small Business Taxation Survey, 53% of business owners say the administrative burden related to tax prep is the biggest challenge, while 47% say it’s paying the bill to Uncle Sam.

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    11. 5 Ways to Stop Hating Your Customers

      5 Ways to Stop Hating Your Customers

      Go ahead and admit it: There are times when you really hate your customers. You think they’re whiners and always impossible to please. And no matter what you do or what you offer them, they always seem to want more.

      Come to think of it, this may be the way you feel about your employees and vendors, too. Sometimes you daydream about the “perfect” business where you don’t have to deal with customers or employees!

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      Mentions: Barry Moltz
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