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How to Stay Calm When Things Go Wrong

How to Stay Calm When Things Go Wrong

Yesterday, I was an organizer for one of our weekly webinars for our FreedomIQ Cloud Phone System partners. We hold these regular sessions to help ensure our partners are able to support their customers in the best way possible. Putting on a live show can be nerve-wracking; few people love public speaking (count me as one of them), but I’ve gotten used to it over the last 100 webinars or so. I’ve always been a firm believer in getting outside your comfort zone and trying something new both personally and professionally, and I think experiencing the unexpected is what keeps you calm when things go wrong. After all, no one ever did anything great by sticking with what’s familiar.

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America Wants You…to Upgrade Your Hardware!

America Wants You…to Upgrade Your Hardware!

Time is running out to take advantage of Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code that enables small and medium-sized businesses to write-off the FULL PURCHASE PRICE of any hardware bought between 1/1/2012 and 12/31/2012.

While you’re out and about holiday shopping looking for the latest and greatest Tickle Me Elmo Furby (really they’re back?), you need to consider making a holiday purchase for your business. Expiring on 12/31/2012, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows small and medium-sized businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or (shameless plug alert) like VoIP phones and routers, as well as any other qualifying equipment and/or software up to $139,000.
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Pets in the Workplace

Pets in the Workplace

How can we call dogs “man’s best friend” when we lock them up at home alone for more than 40 hours every week? Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but you get the point. As the workplace evolves it is becoming more common for employees to want to bring their pet. Pet-friendly policies often increase employee happiness which in turn increases productivity, but does it outweigh the possible negatives?

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How Do You Get to Work?

How Do You Get to Work?

Today is Bike to Work Day, and if you have to commute (*cough* telecommute *cough*), biking is a healthy and economical way to get to work. However, biking isn’t for everyone, so we’ll look at the advantages and disadvantages of some of the most popular ways to get to work.

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Dear Entrepreneur, Get Some Sleep

Dear Entrepreneur, Get Some Sleep

Success is not usually easily attainable. When it comes to becoming an expert, Malcolm Gladwell came up with the 10,000 hour rule that says  to master any skill it takes 10,000 hours of practice. That’s almost 14 uninterrupted months of your life to become an expert.

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2012: End of Days or End of Mediocrity?

2012: End of Days or End of Mediocrity?

Welcome to the last year on earth, according to numerous theories. Although the end of the world has been predicted countless times before, why not live this year like it really is the last? I’m not talking about racking up major credit card debt while bar hopping your way through the Greek Islands or ignoring societal norms like bathing and wearing clothes (though that does sound great).

I’m talking about taking risks while you still can.

After all, the zombie apocalypse is penciled in for the end of the year. If your staff is already acting like a pack of walking corpses, it’s time to infuse some life. Much like surviving in a world of brain-hungry psuedo-humans, you must be courageous enough to take the leaps that will lead your business to the next level.

You know, just in case the world doesn’t end.

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There’s a Right and a Wrong Way to Use QR Codes

There’s a Right and a Wrong Way to Use QR Codes

QR codes, short for Quick Response, were supposed to be the next big thing in mobile advertising. The pixelated square codes can be easily scanned by the more than 82.2 million smartphone users in the US, supposedly to earn some kind of instant benefit. It certainly sounds like a good idea, but many savvy marketers that have given QR codes a try have been sorely disappointed with the response. The number one problem businesses are having with QR codes is that the offer doesn’t live up to the expectation they’re creating. This isn’t just a problem facing startups and entrepreneurs – big businesses have struggled, too.

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Are Customers Visiting Your Site From a Mobile Device?

Are Customers Visiting Your Site From a Mobile Device?

The Kindle Fire is set to release in two weeks, and looks to be a real contender in the world of tablets. Whether you prefer an iPad, an Android tablet, or one of the handful of other tablet devices, the Kindle Fire will clearly boost the number of tablet users. One analyst has estimated that 5 million Kindle Fires will be shipped in Q4 of this year in addition to Apple shipping an estimated 12 million iPad 2s per quarter globally.

Combine an increase in tablet sales with the popularity of browsing the Internet from smartphones and you have a lot of potential visitors coming to your website from something other than a traditional computer.

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How to Create a Professional Home Office

How to Create a Professional Home Office

With more people working from home, it’s important to make sure your home office can be a distraction-free place for organized and efficient work.

So before you pull out the measuring tape and hammer, here are a few questions to help you create a killer home workspace:

What type of space do you need?

Make a list of everything you’ll need to do for your job. If you will have a lot of paperwork or other tasks that demand extra space, take note of it.

Will you be taking care of a child during work hours?

Your children are more important than your work, but that doesn’t mean they should be interrupting your workflow. Create a fun and safe environment for them that you can monitor while you work.

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5 Tips for Hiring Someone You Won’t Have to Fire

5 Tips for Hiring Someone You Won’t Have to Fire

Are you overwhelmed with your workload? It may be time to hire some help.

The smaller your business, the more important it is to hire the right person on your first attempt. Making the wrong hire, especially in a small business, will cost your company a lot of time and money. These tips will prevent you from making some common mistakes and land the perfect candidate to help your business grow on the first try.

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