What to Do When You Fall Out of Love With Your Business

  1. Throw yourself into marketing.
  2. Develop new ideas for your business.
  3. Find a mentor.
  4. Stop doing the parts of your business that you hate.
  5. Take up a hobby.
  6. Change businesses.

From “6 Ways to Get Your Business Mojo Back" on OPEN Forum.

Why You Need to Stop Working So Hard

…As it turns out, workaholics are the least-efficient workers. If you’re working a 12-hour day, then you don’t have to be efficient. You’ve got all day—or all night if necessary—to get your work accomplished. With no sense of urgency, you’re free to fritter your time away on office pools, Internet “research” and Facebook. 

Learn how to become a more productive worker—and get out of the busy trap—on OPEN Forum.

Everyone knows that work meetings can be the worst. At best, they’re an effective use of everyone’s time and efforts, but really, how often does that happen? Thankfully these five rules for productive meetings will make everyone a little happier when they see a staff meeting on their iCals.

Did you know that the holiday shopping season “accounts for 20 to 40 percent of their total yearly sales”? That’s why e-tailers need to kick their websites into full gear to be primed for the rise in traffic and sales. 

Improve the checkout flow. Odds are, your shopping cart flow has a bottleneck (or five). Remarketing solutions company SaleCycle wagers that close to 74 percent of all online shopping carts were abandoned in the last quarter of 2013. This means that on average, three out of every four people who were ready to buy something on your site decided not to during the checkout process…

Read seven more tips for optimizing your website for holiday traffic on OPEN Forum.

Did you know that the holiday shopping season “accounts for 20 to 40 percent of their total yearly sales”? That’s why e-tailers need to kick their websites into full gear to be primed for the rise in traffic and sales. 

Improve the checkout flow. Odds are, your shopping cart flow has a bottleneck (or five). Remarketing solutions company SaleCycle wagers that close to 74 percent of all online shopping carts were abandoned in the last quarter of 2013. This means that on average, three out of every four people who were ready to buy something on your site decided not to during the checkout process…

Read seven more tips for optimizing your website for holiday traffic on OPEN Forum.

Yes, the Yellow Pages still exist… and scammers are using them to cheat small-business owners out of millions!

Yes, the Yellow Pages still exist… and scammers are using them to cheat small-business owners out of millions!

Summertime and the living is easy. Well, hopefully not too easy! Keep your team productive even during the hottest months by offering flexible hours or the opportunity to work remotely:

If employees have a chance to adjust their hours and/or work from home when needed, they’re likely to be happier and more productive. Almost two-thirds of managers in a survey conducted by Staples say telecommuting is essential to a productive workday. 

Read more summer productivity tips on OPEN Forum.

Summertime and the living is easy. Well, hopefully not too easy! Keep your team productive even during the hottest months by offering flexible hours or the opportunity to work remotely:

If employees have a chance to adjust their hours and/or work from home when needed, they’re likely to be happier and more productive. Almost two-thirds of managers in a survey conducted by Staples say telecommuting is essential to a productive workday

Read more summer productivity tips on OPEN Forum.

Thanks to a shady associate, Bill Bartmann went from having a well-respected company and a net worth of $3 billion to facing felony charges with $0 to his name. (He was later acquitted and received an apology from the federal government.)
But he didn’t let that experience keep him from future success:

“We all stumble and fall. Maybe I’ve done it more cataclysmically than most. But you can learn so much if you open your eyes rather than blame everyone else and feel pity for yourself. You need to dust yourself off, turn around backwards, and learn what you could have done differently. When you can do that, big things can result.”

Learn how Bartmann and five other entrepreneurs turned their huge failures around on OPEN Forum.

Thanks to a shady associate, Bill Bartmann went from having a well-respected company and a net worth of $3 billion to facing felony charges with $0 to his name. (He was later acquitted and received an apology from the federal government.)

But he didn’t let that experience keep him from future success:

“We all stumble and fall. Maybe I’ve done it more cataclysmically than most. But you can learn so much if you open your eyes rather than blame everyone else and feel pity for yourself. You need to dust yourself off, turn around backwards, and learn what you could have done differently. When you can do that, big things can result.”

Learn how Bartmann and five other entrepreneurs turned their huge failures around on OPEN Forum.

How to Keep Your Business Out of Debt in 5 Easy Steps

Forty thousand small businesses file for bankruptcy every year. Don’t become one of them. Follow these steps to mitigate the risks and keep your business’s finances healthy.

  1. Consider your funding options.
  2. Educate yourself on loans.
  3. Devise a strategy for how you will repay the loan.
  4. Prepare a contingency plan.
  5. Make a plan to stay out of debt.

Read more on how to live debt-free on OPEN Forum

Small business owners have had beef with online customer review site Yelp for years, with some saying the site filters reviews so the worst comments rise to the top. But research has found that the service has done some good in making “shop local” a lot easier for consumers:

… The revenues of Seattle restaurants between 2003 (pre-Yelp) and 2009 (post Yelp’s introduction), which found that a one-star increase in Yelp rating raised a restaurant’s revenues by 5 to 9 percent.

Read more on OPEN Forum.

Small business owners have had beef with online customer review site Yelp for years, with some saying the site filters reviews so the worst comments rise to the top. But research has found that the service has done some good in making “shop local” a lot easier for consumers:

… The revenues of Seattle restaurants between 2003 (pre-Yelp) and 2009 (post Yelp’s introduction), which found that a one-star increase in Yelp rating raised a restaurant’s revenues by 5 to 9 percent.

Read more on OPEN Forum.

If the idea of sitting down to write immediately fills you with dread, this tip is just for you:

For more writing tips, read “3 Easy Hacks for Kicking Your Lazy Writing Habits" on OPEN Forum.

If the idea of sitting down to write immediately fills you with dread, this tip is just for you:

For more writing tips, read “3 Easy Hacks for Kicking Your Lazy Writing Habits" on OPEN Forum.