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Essential Home Office Hardware for Freelancers

home office tools

A lot of people think the set up costs for an online freelancing business are virtually none. After all, you already have a computer, internet access, and a phone – and that is enough to do your job, right? Well, if you have to you can get by with these things alone, but you will… Read more »


How the Agile Approach Drives Innovation

agile project management

The workload of any project manager is rather heavy, but this is particularly so in the IT industry, where dynamic decision making and innovation is critical to product development. This makes the traditional “Waterfall” project management style unsuitable for such an environment. So how can IT project managers or team leaders effectively manage company priorities,… Read more »


Your Book’s Website Is Useless without Basic SEO

basic seo

The only thing that’s constant is change, especially when it comes to SEO. For the past few years, the buzzword for online marketing is the so-called Search Engine Optimization. The process was a bit simple. Marketers will optimize the client’s site to achieve greater campaign outcome. They, they will assign specific keywords that will be… Read more »


5 Ways to Manage Your Company with Today’s Tools

management tools

If your team is still only using email for team management and to coordinate projects, you might be a little behind the times. It’s 2015. It’s time to replace old, outdated software and methods with apps that can help your team work better together. Here are a few old programs it might be time to… Read more »


Leveraging Big Data for Your E-Commerce Startup

Leveraging Big Data for Your E-Commerce Startup

One of the most difficult elements for new entrepreneurs and their fledgling companies is finding a way to compete against the big budgets and established brands of major corporations. This is particularly true for those looking to carve out a piece of the pie in the E-commerce market, where they have to go against some… Read more »


New Small Business Technology for the New Year

Small Business tech tools

How many businesses have been using the same business technology year in and year out? And how many have thought about becoming more current, but have never followed through? It’s easy to keep outdated technology and services simply because making a change involves time and effort. This is especially true for small businesses with little… Read more »


3 Cool Tools to Guide Users through Your Site

tutorial explainer videos

By now we are all well versed in watching sites’ explainer videos, those animated recordings that explain what your product does, its services, and why people should buy it. In other words, ‘how to’ videos. They seem to be almost everywhere and many companies embed them in their sites to explain what they do, in… Read more »


3 Tips to Success for Hardware Startups

hardware startups

Succeeding with a startup is extremely difficult.  It’s both costly and risky.  This is even more so with a hardware startup. With a hardware startup you must work especially smart because any mistakes are more costly. Below are three tips that I learned from my startup that will greatly improve your chances of success with your… Read more »


Sketch Collages and Notes with Loose Leaf

Loose Leaf sketches

Until you use it, you may not realize how helpful a quick note-taking app can be. Take me, for example: For sketches, I used pencil and paper, but recently I turned to Loose Leaf, and I have to say that it saved my day a couple times. Loose Leaf combines a limited set of tools… Read more »


3 Lists That Will Make You a Productivity Badass

To Do List

On Saturday, life coach and poet Jeff Zettel took to the stage at the Nomad Summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to share his three-part productivity system. It all boils down to three lists that help Zettel clarify his priorities, translate them into action, and plan his day: “Big rocks”: Goals that he wants to achieve… Read more »


AddShoppers Releases Complete 2014 Social Commerce Data

addshoppers

AddShoppers recently released a whole pot of analyzed data surrounding the breakdown of 2014 social commerce. The team took 10,000 ecommerce websites worldwide that use the AddShoppers platform, tapping into the data of 304 million unique shoppers in 2014. To date the platform powers social commerce for over 10,000 brands including The Economist, NCR, O’Neil Clothing,… Read more »


Next to Love, Nothing Consumes People like Workplace Issues

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According to Janine Yancey, President and CEO of Emtrain, next to romantic problems nothing consumes people more than workplace issues. However, the current HR training landscape doesn’t sufficiently motivate people to improve their workplace relations. Emtrain wants to shift that paradigm though, because work efficiency and congeniality affect peoples’ lives on a daily basis. By… Read more »


5 Must Knows For Writing a Killer Email Pitch

email pitch

Pitches are an art. You don’t want to be too aggressive or salesy, but you do want people to sit up and listen. Email pitches are even more of an uphill battle- how do you grab someone’s attention amid all the spam they get? Not only that, but where do you begin? Who should you… Read more »


4 Reasons the Customer Experience Needs Open Standards

Reasons to Use Open Standard CMS

It’s a rainy day and you’re traveling to a town you’ve never been to before. You check the local tourism website to see what there is to do in the area. The website shows you museums, restaurants, and other indoor related activities. Fast forward to a year from now: it’s a sunny day and you… Read more »