Analysis paralysis: Are your plans slowing you down?

Everyone loves a good plan. It helps you prepare for the future and feel good about what’s ahead. But what if all that planning is actually slowing you down? Could you be spending so much time creating plans that you’re failing to get anything done?

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A new year, a new workplace: Changes to expect in 2014

What will the new year look like for small business? There’s no need for a crystal ball. The Herman Group has released its 2014 Workplace Forecast, which offers some helpful answers. Check out this forecast summary highlighting the workplace trends that will most affect small business owners and what you can do to capitalize on them.

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7 helpful tips for businesses jumping into social media

Thinking about taking the plunge into social media? Remember, there’s more to it than just sending out a few Tweets. Like any form of marketing, social media requires planning, commitment and plenty of staff support. Here are seven tips for any small business owner who’s thinking about entering the world of social media.

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Which is the better hire — an MBA or an NCO?

Consider this. Instead of hiring that MBA candidate, why not trust the experience and hard-fought qualifications of an NCO? According to Col. David Sutherland (Ret.), non-commissioned officers “bring as good, if not better, skills to the table.” Says the Colonel, “…the difference between a master sergeant and an MBA is that the master sergeant has been doing it for 20 years.” See what skills an NCO can bring to your workplace.

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The discount dilemma: Are you pricing yourself out of business?

No business wants to lose sales to the competition. But the truth is, continually discounting your products and services just to beat the other guy can land a retailer in trouble. Before you know it, you’re cutting corners to make up for lost margins, resulting in a downward cycle of lower prices for lower quality. Learn how you can avoid the “discounting death spiral” while charging more and delivering more.

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