Business

6 Interview Tips and Tricks for 2014

Is 2014 going to be the year you finally land your dream job? With budgets evaluated and annual goals set, many employers are ready to welcome a crop of new team members to start the year off right. If you want to get a jump on the competition and wow the hiring managers at your…

8 Tips to Stay Sane During the Holidays

It’s counter-intuitive: This time of year we should be taking time to enjoy life, but for many entrepreneurs, it’s the busiest season of the year. And that’s not just for those who work in retail. We’re busy with holiday party obligations, buying client gifts, volunteering, sending cards…the list goes on and on. I’m in favor…

Want a Mentor for Your Business? Look for These 3 Qualities

When you’re starting a business — or even just thinking about it — the advice you’ll get again and again is to find a mentor. But here’s what’s more important: finding the right mentor. The mentor-mentee relationship is a lot like dating. You must share mutual interests, really want to spend time together and be equally committed….

6 Insider Strategies to Speed Angel Funding

Wealthy individuals who invest in startup companies are called “angel” investors.  The problem with this angelic term is the tendency for first-time entrepreneurs to assume that wealthy angels are warm-hearted and will rescue entrepreneurs and small business owners from the perils of a cash crisis. The truth is that angels, especially members of angel investment…

Changing Careers? 4 Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Crafting an excellent résumé can be difficult. Even more difficult is crafting an excellent résumé when you’re a career changer competing against other applicants who already have work experience in the field you’re trying to break into. But the fact that you haven’t had a job in your new industry before doesn’t mean you don’t…

3 Things That Can Kill Your Brand

Every so often I like to convert my personal misfortunes into marketing insight for small business owners. Well, today is that day. A couple of weeks back, my family and I made our way out of the house in the morning for a typical day of work and school.  However on this particular day, my…

What Google’s Hummingbird Algorithm Means for Small Busines

On the eve of their 15th birthday, Google turned the tables and gave the Internet a shiny new present: Hummingbird, the search giant’s largest search algorithm update since 2001. The search engine’s recent overhaul — which affects 90 percent of searches — aims to filter “fluff” content that are created solely for nabbing search engine…