The Power of Improv in Business

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“To improvise” is defined as “to make or create (something) by using whatever is available.” There are oh-so-many ways this can be applied to entrepreneurs and business! What else is a startup other than what someone creates with what they have access to? The idea of using improvisation to train employees across various business platforms […]

Tax Refund: What Would You Do With $3,539?

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The average tax refund so far this year is $3,539. That’s a lot of money for a small business owner! What would you do with that refund? Here’s what we would recommend: Save It If you haven’t saved any money for retirement since you started your business, I would sock your refund away! That may […]

Innovation: Not Just for Big Biz

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Our most revered authors; photographers; artists; chefs; and technology gurus are those who have mastered the rules of their industry and who have then brilliantly broken them. Rather than mastering the rules, it is the breaking of them that proves to be most difficult. One psychologist put it well: “Creativity represents a balance between knowledge […]

Travel Agents: A Biz Opportunity Not Lost

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The saying goes that in life, when a door shuts, a window opens. The same goes for business opportunities. Look at travel agents, for example. During the industry’s peak in the mid 1990s, there were 36,000 travel agencies across the United States. In 2013, there were 14,000. With the boom of online travel booking among […]

How to Motivate Younger Employees

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Running a business with a simple operations model can make an entrepreneur’s life easier. You can hire solely part-time, unskilled and easily replaceable labor, increasing the number of qualified job applicants and reducing labor costs. The team you end up with in this scenario is likely to be young – mostly teenagers or seasonal employees during […]