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UPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines for 2016 Approaching Quickly

Christmas is a hectic time for everyone. It’s frantic for your business, it’s frantic for your customers. But if you plan it properly, Christmas can also be the smoothest and most rewarding time of the year. One thing you can have under your control is shipping. All you need to do is keep all the important dates on your mind. ...

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Making Your Pitch for VC Funding Means Facing a Very Tough Crowd

Reader Resource Get the working capital your business needs–learn more about Entrepreneur Lending, powered by CAN Capital » Things are looking pretty bleak for startups trying to raise seed and A-round funding. A quick Google search reveals articles by ex-VCs entitled “Why 99.95 Percent Of Entrepreneurs Should Stop Wasting Time Seeking Venture Capital” and reports of an “A-round crunch”. Even ...

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Why Don’t People Buy From Your Store?

Why don’t people buy from your store? Rather than your product selection, customer service or pricing, the answer may lie in your business’s online presence — or lack thereof. A recent survey, The Why Before the Buy, explored the factors that influence how consumers shop and decide to make purchases, and found some surprising conclusions. High prices are the number-one ...

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Communicating To The World: Why Open-Source Could Help Your Small Business

  Just as groundbreaking advancements in technology in the ‘90s and 2000s have fundamentally changed the way film, music and television are produced and distributed today, more recent tech innovations have also provided entrepreneurs with the tools they need to compete in the global marketplace. Here is a look at some of the open-source solutions that you can use in ...

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Selling

Selling is obviously a critical part of every business’s success, but the thought of pushing products and services strikes fear in the hearts of many small business owners. Fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of overselling — for those of us who didn’t spend our childhoods slanging lemonade on the sidewalk, the act of selling can feel foreign and ...

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Squarespace Merchants Can Now Take Payments with PayPal Express Checkout

In its effort to give small business customers comprehensive web services, Squarespace has added yet another feature, the ability to take payments via PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) Express Checkout. Squarespace and PayPal Team Up to Provide Convenient Checkout Squarespace has taken do it yourself web design to a whole new level. Without knowing HTML, CSS or any other programming language, you can ...

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Google to Run Exclusively on Renewable Energy by 2017

In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint and address climate change, Google announced Tuesday that it plans to buy enough solar and wind electricity by 2017 to power the entire company with renewable energy. Doing so would be a significant achievement for a tech company the size of Google, whose massive data centers power much of the internet. Google claims that ...

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50 Main Street Local Marketing Ideas for the Holidays

The holiday shopping season can be a great time for Main Street organizations and Chambers of Commerce to support local merchants and other downtown businesses. There are plenty of different paths you can take to encourage support for business districts. Here are 50 different ideas for marketing Main Street this holiday season. Local Marketing Ideas for the Holidays Create a ...

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California Tax Law: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly For Small Business Owners

  Each year, tax codes change, which can become complicated for many small business owners. If you’re not aware of the laws, you risk being penalized down the road, which can cause a huge financial blow. Sometimes, the changes to tax laws can benefit your business. If you’re too busy to meet with a tax attorney, here is a general ...

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Thinking of Starting Podcast? These 5 Tips Can Help.

This story appears in the December 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Should your business start a podcast? Yes, if you have a strong idea, a quality host and a high level of commitment, says Jay Baer, best-selling author, marketing consultant and cohost of the popular Social Pros podcast.  Podcast listening in the U.S. shot up 23 percent last year, ...

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