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Kimberly Zhang

4 Automation Tools That Won’t Break the Bank for Small Businesses

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 2, 2019

When you hear the word “automation,” what do you picture? A self-driving car? A factory free of human workers? In reality, those applications represent an exceptionally small share of small business automation. The production and operation functions are actually the two least automated functions, according to a QuickBooks study released last April. So what are small business leaders automating? Among the 66 percent of those using automation tools, most…

How to Hack Your To-Do List

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / March 30, 2019

If you’re overwhelmed by your list of duties, blaring music might help. It turns out that tunes can make you a more productive worker. To be sure, if you need to really concentrate, you’ll have to go light on the lyrics to get the full mental-boosting power of melodies. You might want to turn to songs between — rather than during — lengthy tasks. However, you can be…

Room to Grow: The Advantage of Co-working Spaces for Entrepreneurs

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / March 28, 2019

Co-working is growing in popularity — even major companies are claiming office space in these centrally located and shared spaces. For entrepreneurs, though, co-working spaces are about more than just convenience; these community offices solve a number of the major challenges that independent businesses face. By moving work to a shared space, entrepreneurs cut costs, build connections, and create conditions that allow them to scale up as needed,…

Big Business Strategies That Small Companies Can Emulate

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / March 26, 2019

Big businesses are big for a reason — they’re getting something right, usually when it counts the most. Moreover, they’ve already found their footing after making it through the early days of uncertainty and instability. That successful leadership journey alone counts as an invaluable lesson for smaller business owners. You can learn a lot by studying exactly what big businesses have done right, even if their circumstances might…

Investing in Real Estate on the Side? 4 Tips for Transitioning to Full-Time Investing

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / March 22, 2019

Whether you’re new to investing or transitioning to a full-time investment business, there’s no need to rush. Investing in real estate can be profitable; however, it takes time to build a strong portfolio and generate a real profit. Here are four tips for a smooth transition to a full-time investor role: 1. Calculate risks carefully. At some point in time, every investor ends up with a bad deal,…

The Fastest Way to Propel Your Career Forward in 2019: Mentoring

by / ⠀Career Advice / March 6, 2019

Sometimes, personal drive and education need a boost. If you’re struggling to achieve your goals in 2019, you may need a mentor. Even the most accomplished college graduates recognize that education rarely provides all the answers for the real world. According to recent research from Gallup, only 36 percent of college graduates strongly agreed that their degrees provided the knowledge and skills they needed to succeed in the…

5 Books I Wish I’d Read at the Start of My Career

by / ⠀Career Advice / March 1, 2019

Becoming a professional is a lot like having kids: You’re never quite ready. No matter how hard you studied or how many part-time jobs you held, you’re going to feel lost. Rest assured, though, that everyone felt that way once. The difference is that some have had years of experience, learning their strengths and building relationships. They’ve established some self-confidence. There are no shortcuts to that stage, unfortunately.…

4 Ways to Bring Mentorship to Life at Your Company

by / ⠀Career Advice Entrepreneurship / February 27, 2019

Mentors and mentees alike agree that mentorship is an effective way to learn. So why, according to the Association for Talent Development, do just 29 percent of workers have access to a formal mentoring program? The trouble, unfortunately, is that many companies see mentorship as a private matter. Despite the fact that ATD’s survey showed that nearly six in 10 talent development professionals think mentoring achieves development goals,…

The Missing Tools: 4 Things Your Lead Generation Strategy Is Missing

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 22, 2019

Is your business living up to its potential? Among small businesses, the answer is almost always “no.” That can happen for a number of reasons: Owners are too anxious to take risks, fail to focus, or haven’t cultivated a strong network. Luckily, there are simple tools that can help your business overcome these barriers. These four tools enable small business owners to take control of their lead generation…

How to Lead When Leading With Purpose Is Hard

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / February 20, 2019

Marketers tend to make a big deal out of terms like “purpose” and “authenticity.” Why? Because research findings, survey results, and numerous other studies indicate that these things matter to customers. Brands that exist beyond mere profit — and can communicate that purpose clearly — tend to succeed. On the other hand, those that behave in a way that doesn’t match their message are penalized by consumers. They’re…

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