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Get Back Your Time: 5 Tools to Help You Manage Your Small Business Tasks

112_2825531I have to be really disciplined to ensure that I make the most of my time at work. After all, there’s so much to do and so little time to do it! For business time management, I’ve discovered a few cool tools that help me do more with the time I have.

1. Wunderlist

Who doesn’t have a giant list of things to do? I try to remember them in my head, but given that my wife, Nellie, often wags her finger at me for forgetting, I guess that doesn’t always work so well. So now I use Wunderlist. I can jot down something as I remember it on my phone, then mark it off when it’s done.

I like it as well because I can assign employees tasks and we can collaborate via a chat function about the task.

2. Slack

I’ve got so much going on on any given day, I feel like I don’t always have the time it takes to walk through my office to talk to the employee I need to communicate with. That’s where Slack comes in handy. We use it to communicate about projects we’re working on, and we can set up different channels for each project to keep our chats organized. Continue reading “Get Back Your Time: 5 Tools to Help You Manage Your Small Business Tasks” »

By | August 24th, 2015|Business Tools|0 Comments

12 Places to Get Smarter About Sales

518_3591783I’m a firm believer in getting smarter in areas I’m weak in. That’s why I’m always reading books, blogs, and magazines about running a business.

If you handle your company’s sales, could you stand to bone up on better sales skills? I’m willing to bet there’s room for improvement. To that end, here are some resources you should bookmark to become a better salesperson this month.

Blogs

Sales blogs abound, but some are a better fit for small businesses than others. JustSell has fantastic how-to, advice, and inspirational sales posts. EyesOnSales covers topics like dealing with objections and cold calling. And SalesMarks teaches you how to use LinkedIn to sell, as well as offers some pretty great freebies. Continue reading “12 Places to Get Smarter About Sales” »

By | June 17th, 2015|Business Tools|0 Comments

Nellie in the News – May 29, 2015

We’re starting something new on The Startup Starting Line. Each Friday, we’ll bring you great content that Nellie Akalp is writing around the Web, as well as press mentions and interviews. This week, get tips on starting and building a business, making sure it’s legal, and improving your productivity.

nellie in the news

Interviews & Press Mentions

  • Smart Hustle Magazine – Experts from Infusionsoft, CorpNet & GoDaddy Share Tips on Starting & Building a Business http://bit.ly/1Qdr3iA
  • NerdWallet – For CorpNet CEO, Helping Small Businesses Get Started is Good Business – http://nerd.me/1RAU8YP
  • GoDaddy – Starting and Building a Business – Hangout w/ Nellie, Ramon & Shawn live on the GoDaddy YouTube page http://bit.ly/1J2VDeg
  • Barry Moltz Podcast – Learn Three Tips to make sure your Business is Legal – http://bit.ly/1J1EvXQ
  • Carol Roth – tips for Improving Business Productivity – http://bit.ly/1FNgUYy
  • LearnSavvy – 6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Incorporating Your Business – http://bit.ly/1A6tLEA
  • Hearpreneur – 19 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Businesses – http://bit.ly/1K4qCIR
  • Vernon Ross Podcast – How to Not Get Sued with Nellie Akalp – http://bit.ly/1cpUvoF

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By | May 29th, 2015|Business Tools|0 Comments

Business Startup Advice: How to Choose an Advisor for Your Startup

438_3384469When you run a business, you don’t always know the best decisions to make. After all, your expertise is in one area; you might not be well-versed in finance, marketing, management, or growth strategy. That’s where having an advisor comes in handy.

Heck: why stop with just one advisor? Building an advisory panel can give you access to talented people in all the areas of your business that you want help in.

Firt, Identify Your Areas of Weakness

The key to success is knowing what you’re not good at. You can’t be an expert at everything in your business, so pick the areas you are weakest in, or seek the most help in. These will be the ones you start recruiting advisors to help with.

Maybe you really want to make a splash on social media but aren’t doing it with your current efforts. Then you can find a rock star social media influencer to guide you to success in that area.

Start with 1-3 areas where you think having an advisor will help. Continue reading “Business Startup Advice: How to Choose an Advisor for Your Startup” »

By | February 4th, 2015|Business Tools|0 Comments

How to Get More Done (When You’re Out of the Office)

609_3504586For most business owners, traveling can really throw us off our routines. We may try to work while we’re out, but we still end up back in the office with a pile of emails to sort through, and plenty of things that slipped through the cracks.

I’ve traveled a lot, and I’ve figured out a few strategies that help me. Hopefully they’ll help you too.

Plan Ahead

If you know you’re traveling (for business or pleasure) in several weeks, start your planning now. Check your calendar to see if you have meetings or deadlines that week. For phone or Skype meetings, make sure your travel schedule allows you to still participate. Reschedule any others.

Then, for any work you have due that week, start chipping away at it the weeks before your trip. You’ll clear your plate while you’re out, and your clients will be thrilled to get their work turned in early. Continue reading “How to Get More Done (When You’re Out of the Office)” »

By | September 26th, 2014|Business Tools|Comments Off on How to Get More Done (When You’re Out of the Office)

6 (+ Bonus) Must-Read Small Business Blogs

1045_4496105.JPGAs someone who strives to help small business owners start a business and run it successfully, I spend a lot of time reading content geared toward entrepreneurs online. I’ve filtered through a lot of content — some good, and some bad — and created this list of the sites I think you’ll get the most out of as a business owner.

Feel free to leave a comment and share other great small business resources!

1. Entrepreneur

With both a magazine and a blog, Entrepreneur is my source for inspiration. Sure, some of the small businesses are bigger than mine, but they give me reason to keep stretching and growing CorpNet.

Great for: Inspiring stories of entrepreneurs who have been where you are and now have skyrocketed to success. Continue reading “6 (+ Bonus) Must-Read Small Business Blogs” »

By | June 20th, 2014|Business Tools|Comments Off on 6 (+ Bonus) Must-Read Small Business Blogs

3+ Secret Resources for Startups

414_4438204It seems like everyone’s founding a startup these days. But without the appropriate support and resources, startups’ survival rates go way down. Given that first-time entrepreneurs have only an 18% chance of success, startup founders need all the help they can get.

In response to the growing number of startups, we’ve seen more startup incubators and resources pop up, and not just in the expected locations like Silicon Valley and New York City.

Dell Founders Club 50

Location: Round Rock, TX

A new up-and-comer in the startup incubator scene is, surprisingly, Dell. Its Founders Club 50 is a two-year program that, rather than catering to newbie startup founders,  focuses on supporting founders that have already proven they know how to start and grow a business. Continue reading “3+ Secret Resources for Startups” »

By | June 11th, 2014|Business Tools|Comments Off on 3+ Secret Resources for Startups

5 Strategies to Streamline Your Business — Cheaply

Fast locomotiveMaking your business more efficient doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. In fact, there’s much you can do without spending an arm and a leg. These ideas can help you realize more profits and be more productive in your small business.

1. Increase the Money You Make From Existing Customers

 It takes time and money to acquire brand new customers. In fact, one key metric you should be tracking in your business is your customer acquisition cost.  Typically it’s fairly expensive, so you want to keep that cost down. It’s a much more efficient use of resources to find ways to make your existing customers so thrilled with you, that they will want to spend more with you.

Continue reading “5 Strategies to Streamline Your Business — Cheaply” »

By | April 15th, 2014|Business Tools|Comments Off on 5 Strategies to Streamline Your Business — Cheaply

CorpNet.com Launches Comprehensive Business License Service

biz licenseWe at CorpNet are excited to announce that we have rolled out our latest service designed to help busy entrepreneurs keep up with legal compliance matters. Our new online Business License service makes it easy for small businesses to comply with every required local license, permit, and tax registration.

Virtually every business has to comply with a variety of business licenses, permits and registrations. However, the specifics vary by location and business activity and it’s easy for small business owners to overlook or not be aware of certain requirements. If caught without the proper permits and licenses, your business can face hefty fines and penalties, and can even be shut down or sued.

CorpNet’s Business Licenses and Permits services take the guesswork out of the licensing process, so small business owners can be confident they are 100% compliant with license requirements on the federal, state, county, and local level. With the service, a CorpNet business expert will perform thorough and customized research on every license or permit a small business needs, and even prepare the necessary forms and submit them to the proper licensing authorities. Continue reading “CorpNet.com Launches Comprehensive Business License Service” »

By | March 5th, 2014|Business Tools|0 Comments

How to Leverage Your Social Contacts for Marketing

We know that social media is great for networking.

It also can help us expand our online reach and find new potential customers. But are you truly getting the most out of those social contacts when it comes to marketing?

I’m willing to bet your answer is “no.”

For most of us, time is an issue.  The reason you might not be doing more to monitor your social streams and pay more attention to what your leads are doing and saying might be because you don’t have the time. That’s understandable.

Knowledge is another issue.  Maybe you or your team are not clear on positive techniques to leverage your Twitter contacts, without coming across as too commercial.

Fortunately, there are tools out there that can help. Those resources, combined with a bit of advice, can help you benefit from your social contacts in ways you never imagined.

1. Start with Smart Tools

We’re seeing more tools enter the marketplace that integrate lead gathering and monitoring with social media. Nimble is a great example. It’s straight-forward Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software with social listening added in.

Now, instead of simply recording notes for a contact, you can better keep track of what they’re saying on Twitter, follow their career moves on LinkedIn, and share their content on Google +.  So in other words, you can listen, connect and learn from them.  You can also help them become more successful.

You can also set up alerts in platforms like Hootsuite so you know when any of your customers Tweet something you can share or respond to.

Continue reading “How to Leverage Your Social Contacts for Marketing” »

By | February 18th, 2014|Business Tools|0 Comments