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Employee Media Usage—Positive or Negative?

by Jim Martin

During the upcoming NCAA basketball playoffs, offices everywhere will deal with the annual problem of how to keep the games from affecting their team’s productivity. When employees can watch games on phones, tablets or desktops (and click off quickly), internet control becomes a concern? The dilemma of how to regulate… [READ MORE]About { title }

Do You Have a Technology Plan?

by Jim Martin

Too many small business owners fail to include a technology path In their business plans. They do so for a variety of reasons. Some feel their businesses will not change enough to need new technology. Others view this as an issue they will address as it arises. Some argue that… [READ MORE]About { title }

Don’t Let Funk Run Your Business

by Jim Martin

By Daniel Kehrer

Many small businesses chug along for years, growing just a little each year. Their owners develop a kind of complacency. Then one day they begin to realize that employee morale has soured, productivity has declined and the business just isn’t growing as fast as they think it… [READ MORE]About { title }

Consider Your Marketing Goals

by Jim Martin

Entrepreneur Magazine’s December issue contained a great article by Ann Handley on setting your marketing goals for the coming year. Without going into the detail she provided, it is worthwhile to talk about some of the high points.

Ms. Handley began by advising that one do less marketing. Shocking? Not… [READ MORE]About { title }

Ten Time Wasting Tasks You Can Automate in 30 Minutes or Less

by Jim Martin

Time is a precious asset. You need to prioritize and make cuts wherever possible. However, there are ways to save time without actually skipping any important items on your list. Here are some common time wasting tasks that you can easily automate to improve efficiency.

Sorting Emails. As one of… [READ MORE]About { title }

Work Better by Not Working Weekends

by Jim Martin

A recent study at Stanford found productivity per hour declines sharply when the workweek exceeds 50 hours, and productivity drops off so much after 55 hours that there’s no point in working longer. People who work as much as 70 hours (or more) per week actually get the same amount… [READ MORE]About { title }

Automating and Your Bottom Line

by Jim Martin

We live in uncertain times. Particularly as entrepreneurs. Even when we have stability, we worry it may be fleeting, since so much of our professional lives are outside our control. Hiring a new team member is a gamble, not just for the balance sheet, but because we may not be… [READ MORE]About { title }

Where to Find More Time to Think

by Jim Martin

How often do you start the day with a well-intentioned to-do list, and end the day asking where the day went? Business owners fragment their attention by wearing many hats. They are interrupted an average of seven times an hour—urgent requests, crises and chattiness. Studies show you need between 10… [READ MORE]About { title }