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Four Ways Smartphones can Make You a More Efficient Entrepreneur

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / May 31, 2014

According to the 2013 AT&T Small Business Tech Survey, 85% of the companies surveyed reported using a smartphone for their day-to-day business. Interestingly, that same survey found that only 31% of small businesses used mobile apps, meaning most business owners were only using their phones for phone calls and email. And while smartphones are a great for staying on top of calls, they can do such more –your…

How to Eliminate Procrastination (The Surprising Strategy One Man Used)

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / April 3, 2014

In 2009, Fred Stutzman was a graduate student at the University of North Carolina and he was trying to grind out some important work on his thesis. But there was a problem. His favorite coffee shop, which had previously been a quiet sanctuary where he could escape distraction and get work done, had just added a new and very dangerous feature. Wireless internet. Now Stutzman found himself constantly distracted by…

The Benefits of a No-Policy Vacation Policy

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice Travel / November 4, 2013

One of the benefits of working at SpareFoot is our no-policy vacation policy. In other words, if someone wants to take time off, he or she doesn’t have to seek permission or to religiously track that time against a quota. We trust employees to get their work done—and to not unduly burden colleagues who are still at the office. At SpareFoot, we put the no-policy vacation policy in…

It’s the Little Things (That Are Wasting Your Time)

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / June 24, 2013

Everyone wants to work at a job they love, but sometimes even a job that looks perfect on paper fails to meet our expectations or make us happy. Employees become frustrated and unproductive when things like office politics, stress, or bad communication get in the way. Even what sounds like the best job in the world can become an uninspiring dead end if you can’t get your job…

Want to Win? Tackle These Issues and Stay Focused!

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / May 27, 2013

It is safe to assume that, if given one wish, most entrepreneurs would ask for more hours to their day. No matter what stage in its start-up life a small business may be in, time is precious and must be used carefully to ensure that the company stays on track and focused with what it’s doing and where it’s going. This is where the small items that sidetrack…

Top Tips for Keeping Motivated When Working From Home

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 22, 2013

In some ways, working from home is the ultimate luxury.  You get to lie in bed longer each morning, you save money on petrol, you don’t have to put up with the office gossip and that annoying guy who eats garlic-laced sandwiches at his desk every day.  Unfortunately, you also get to miss out on office bonding, you’re the last person to hear any news, and you don’t…

The 7 Startup “Mudas”

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 21, 2013

In the industrial world the elimination of “muda” (Japanese term for waste) can’t be stressed enough as means to increase productivity and profitability, yet there is a vast majority of service-related businesses that are still trying to figure out how to implement lean strategies to their businesses. Startup founders may find that there are several tools that are currently being used by big companies that may be applied…

13 Ways to Manage Your (Hectic) Schedule And Stay On Task

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 19, 2013

Question: How do you keep yourself on task/maintain productivity with a hectic work schedule?  TURN OFF THE DOPAMINE DRIP “Let’s face it — we’re all addicted to email. If you want to get stuff done, turn off your email. Close your social media feeds and web browser too. You’ll be amazed at what you get done without the biochemical surge of ping, tweet, ping!” – Michael Margolis | President, Get Storied…

Easy Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder During A Start-Up

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 11, 2013

Let’s look at what it means. Working smarter means getting results with the least amount of time, energy, and resources; and while it doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have to work hard it does carry its own weight.  There are four tactics to working smarter not harder during a start-up and while there are many others these four work both in and out of the work place. …

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