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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, February 3, 2020
    If your business isn't bringing in the revenue you'd like and you've tried different discounts and purchase options, it may be time to consider what the business world is now referring to as a “side hustle.” For purposes of this article, we're not going to cover starting a new business but rather creating a side hustle or an alternative revenue stream for your existing business. Here's how you can do that. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, January 27, 2020
    Do you have a home assistant? I'm not talking about an Alfred to your Bruce Wayne. No, I mean like Siri, Alexa, or Google home. Have you traded your privacy for convenience? It's likely many of your customers have and if that's the case, their consumer expectations are changing rapidly. If you're not keeping up with them in your business, you're going to miss out. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Monday, January 20, 2020
    I have a friend who used to say “never have more personal things in your office than you can tuck under your arm.” He believed in a fast getaway and joked about never wanting to have to pack up a box and be escorted out of the building. That friend went on to open his own business and I wonder if he kept to his rule being able to tuck all of his worldly office possessions under one arm. If you're like me, you break the one-armed rule with abandon and while you may have piles of papers all over your desk, you know what each pile is. However, recently there's been a trend toward minimization and several studies have suggested that minimizing clutter in the workspace also helps minimize stress. So if you’re feeling anxious at work and are ready to take on a project, we have some suggestions. Let’s get to that office, storage room, or work area, with a few tips from the experts. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of Instagram but clearly, I'm wrong. About a billion people (serious stat, not hyperbole) use the platform every month. 500 million people use the platform's stories feature every day. This year, Instagram is expected to reach 112 million users in the US alone and it's the fastest growing social media platform in Canada. If your target demographic is under the age of 40, they likely have an Instagram account, which means you should probably be on there. Instagram is an ideal platform to help people enter your world and assist them in getting to know you and your business. Whether you have the type of business that is very visual like a restaurant or a florist shop or you have a business that is service-based but not so visual like a plumbing company or tax preparation, there are plenty of ways to get more business through his popular platform. Read more
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    Christina R. Metcalf
    Wednesday, January 8, 2020
    Ahhh 2020. A year in which the futuristic movies Blade Runner and Back to the Future are both now set in the past. If that doesn't blow your mind, you’re either under 25 or not one for movies. Not impressed? Then how about some of the big changes that are taking effect for small businesses this year? Read more
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    Christina R. Green
    Wednesday, January 8, 2020
    Nearly all businesses experience the cyclical doldrums. For many, that's the end of January or February when the weather is bad and no one wants to go out. But regardless of when your slow time is, it's never a good time for the small business owner, no matter how predictable. Here are several ideas to increase sales during your traditionally slow times. Read more
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    Christina R. Green
    Tuesday, October 1, 2019