Saturday April 19, 2014
Administrative Professionals Day is April 23rd - although Administrative Professionals week runs from April 20st through the 26th.
Which means that time is getting short for finding a gift to show your appreciation to those staff who do so much for your business.
If you don't already have something picked out to show your appreciation to those staff who do so much for your business, you'll appreciate these Administrative Professionals Week: Ideas for Showing Your Appreciation.
Looking for other gift suggestions?
Top Gift Baskets for Administrative Professionals Day.
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Friday April 18, 2014
Well of course you are!
Only a fool wouldn't feel at least a twinge of anxiety at the prospect of starting a new small business.
You're doing something new, something uncertain, something risky. Add the scare factor of shaky economic times and no one will blame you for doing a bit of quaking.
But don't let fear stop you from doing something you truly want to do. In the article just linked, you'll learn how to manage your fear by preparing to succeed and by changing your attitude to failure.
You can also manage your fear by mitigating the risk of starting a new business. Much of small business success is simply a matter of choosing the right business to start in the right place at the right time.
In uncertain economic times, it's more important than ever to Not Do What You Love and choose to start a small business that will meet people's needs, such as one of the small business ideas profiled in Best Small Business Ideas for Businesses That Will Prosper in Tough Times.
And the absolute best way to get over your fear of doing something? To plunge in and do it. Steps to Starting a Small Business in Canada will lead you through the process of getting your own small business up and running.
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Learn More About Starting a Small Business
Thursday April 17, 2014
The ongoing fallout from Heartbleed is a real wakeup call. Many of us pay very little attention to the security of our data until something goes wrong - a practice that can be disastrous for small businesses.
Heartbleed is not a virus but a "serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet" (heartbleed.com).
But such vulnerabilities are only one way that your business data can be endangered. One of the more common scenarios is having a virus or malware infect your computer or network, damaging or destroying your data.
Read How Not to Become a Computer Virus Victim to learn how you and your employees can keep your valuable data safe.
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Wednesday April 16, 2014
Is this the way you feel because there seem to be so many people selling products and/or services online similar to the ones your small business offers - without having even half the overhead you have as a bricks-and-mortar business?
Then you'll want to read this article about 5 Ways Small Businesses Can Compete With Online Businesses so you can start fighting back.
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