Managing Challenging Behaviors at Work: Before They Manage You

Copyright © by MOTIVATION magazine.   All rights reserved.   With the current economic downturn, work level stress is climbing, often manifesting itself in those particularly delightful, difficult behaviors at work — withholding, arguing, blocking, withdrawal, among others. Before we chastise those enacting these behaviors, let’s remember we are all culpable …

Leaping Beyond Barriers to Sustainable Motivation

Copyright © by MOTIVATION magazine.   All rights reserved.   As the New Year begins, do you find yourself feeling a little “flat” at work? A common challenge that employees face in the workplace is staying motivated and productive amidst common distractions such as, procrastination, co-worker back-stabbing, missed promotions, office gossip. …

Nine Steps You Can Take to Increase and Generate New Leads

1. Referrals are your number one lead generator, set up a Referral Program now. Begin asking your current and standing customers/clients for referrals, right now! Never ask for a referral until after your client has confirmed you have delivered value, quality knowledge and/or desired outcomes to them. When your current …

The Target and The Arrow

How to Recognize and Take Action on Your Most Important Entrepreneurial Goals At any given time, budding entrepreneurs are sprouting up daily. According to the Small Business Administration, there are about 600,000 new business started annually. With the economy in a state of flux, downturns are typically the times when …

Learn How to Run a Successful Franchise on StartupNation Radio

On today’s franchise-themed episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff is joined by co-host Chris McCuiston of Goldfish Swim School and two featured guests: Dr. Mary Mason of Little Medical School and Manish Vakil of Tumbles Kids’ Gyms. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here Tune …

Crowdfunding is on the Rise in 2021: Here’s What That Means for Entrepreneurs

It’s fair to say that starting a business is bittersweet, especially in 2021. On one hand, it’s exciting to realize your entrepreneurial dream, but on the other hand, common challenges like raising business capital can discourage entrepreneurs from progressing a business venture. However, even during the pandemic, new business applications were …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Bea’s Squeeze Lemonade Stand Goes from Eastern Market to 25 States (Episode 243)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff talks to Bea Wolnerman of Bea’s Squeeze, a lemonade company that started in Eastern Market as a summer pop-up and is now available through retailers distributed in 25 states. Tune in to the Business Beat, below, to learn more about Bea’s Squeeze and how you …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Huntington Bank Announces Major Financing Initiative to Detroit Region (Episode 242)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses Huntington Bank’s $1 billion commitment to minority-owned businesses in Detroit and Wayne County. Huntington just completed the acquisition of TCF Bank, making Huntington the 25th largest bank in the country with more than $170 billion in assets. Tune in to the Business Beat, below, …

Dell’s Total Tech Solutions: All You Need to Get it All Done

PCs are just the start: end-to-end tech solutions and expert advice from Dell Technologies Advisors. Partner with a Dell Technologies Advisor today to save on must-have accessories and select solutions like our business workhorse laptop, the Latitude 5520. (Dell Latitude 5520) Visit www.Dell.com/StartupNation to access these savings or call 855-900-5548 …

How skills training and a microloan helped Consuelo Rosales thrive through the pandemic

Consuelo Rosales, who owns a small cleaning services business in Jonesboro, Arkansas, draws strength from adversity. A Mexican immigrant and mother of three boys, Consuelo has faced plenty of it in recent years. Trapped inside an abusive marriage, she decided to start her business with a clear objective in mind: …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Impact of Fake Reviews on E-Commerce (Episode 241)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses a newly released study from CHEQ and the University of Baltimore, which found that fake reviews in the e-commerce market have resulted in a $152 billion problem. Tune in to the Business Beat, below, to learn about these fake reviews on e-commerce sites and …

Expert Advice for the 4 Million People Who Launched a Business in 2020

The following is adapted from “Startup CXO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Company’s Critical Functions and Teams” by Matt Blumberg. In April 2020, just as the pandemic was beginning to wreak havoc on markets, commerce, communities and the general public, I started a business along with a group …

Stop Trying to Sell to Everyone: Here’s How to Find Your Target Audience

Every year, amazing businesses fail simply because the people who would buy from them (their target audience) didn’t know they existed. I blame “Field of Dreams.” The movie came out in 1989 and was an instant classic, but the concept behind its tagline — “If you build it, he will …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Entrepreneurship and Mental Health Issues (Episode 240)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses findings from Freshbooks’ latest Self-Employed Mental Health Report, which reveals that 49% of those surveyed said their mental health conditions left them with a loss of energy and difficulty focusing on their business during the tumultuous year that was 2020. Tune in to the …

Creating space for LGBTQ entrepreneurs during Pride Month and beyond

In 2014, Robbi Katherine Anthony (who goes by RKA) felt like she had nowhere to turn for help. She had just come out as transgender and was urgently seeking support and resources. But the traditional, in-person support groups were a dead end for RKA — she found the members to …

Want to Launch a Business? Here’s a Step-by-Step Startup Checklist

If you’re starting a business, you’re probably focused on the product or service you’ll sell, but there are other essential tasks you’ll need to tackle, too. Not only do these tasks help establish your business as legitimate and professional, but they can also help your business as it grows and …

Michigan Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Pivoted During COVID-19 on StartupNation Radio

On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff is joined by co-host, Brian Calley, president of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM), and two featured guests: Patti Eisenbraun, co-owner of Brown Iron Brewhouse, and Derek Dickow, founder of Steward Media and Board of Directors member of SBAM. StartupNation exclusive discounts …

10 Tips on Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign for New Entrepreneurs

Over the past decade, crowdfunding has revolutionized the way startups generate capital and secure investment. In fact, in 2019, the global crowdfunding market reached a massive $13.93 billion, with this figure estimated to triple to $39 billion by 2026. It’s no surprise then that everyone wants to get in on …

Website Terminology Glossary: Ecommerce, Vol. 1 

When you’re hustling, time is money and that money comes in coins, not bills. It’s why we made our Website Terminology Glossary for web pros. This free resource for designers, developers, marketers or anyone else makes it easier explaining technical stuff to clients. Rather than a lengthy back-and-forth, quickly find …

Starting a new online business during the pandemic: Two COVID-era tales of renewal in Miami

The pandemic forced more than three-quarters of small businesses across the U.S. to temporarily close up shop in the spring of 2020, and thousands have since shut down for good. But the COVID-19 pandemic also led to a record number of people trying to start their own businesses: 4.5 million …

Q&A with Detroit Hives founders Timothy Paul Jackson and Nicole Lindsey

Today we’re speaking with Detroit Hives founders Timothy Paul Jackson and Nicole Lindsey. Initially starting with an idea to bring local raw honey to the Detroit area, Detroit Hives has expanded to include tours and education around their apiaries. Detroit Hives focuses on the conservation of bees, education about bees …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Business Ideas Are Limitless as MI Picnic Demonstrates (Episode 239)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff talks to Yathu Manick, the founder of MI Picnic, a Detroit-based business that aims to caters to all your picnic needs. Tune in to the Business Beat, below, to learn more about MI Picnic and how to find successful business ideas: Tune in to News/Talk …

The Fastest Growing Businesses You Can Start From Home in 2021

Starting a side hustle or turning a passion into a career is becoming more popular, but how can aspiring entrepreneurs ensure there is demand for their services as well as growth potential in their field? LegalZoom analyzed some of the most profitable small business ideas from the Bureau of Labor …

5 WordPress accessibility tools to improve clients’ websites

As web designers and developers, we have a lot of important objectives — from making sure a website is mobile and desktop friendly, to ensuring it is fast, looks good, and is user friendly. However, an important aspect that can often be overlooked is finding the right WordPress accessibility tools. …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Food Delivery Apps Gain Major Market Share (Episode 238)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses how food delivery apps surged during the pandemic — and how they’re expected to stay for the long run. Tune in to the Business Beat, below, to learn about why food delivery apps are taking over the business world: “These food delivery apps that …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Small Business Owners Feeling Good About Future (Episode 237)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses how small business owners are seeing bright times ahead for their enterprises. In fact, around 90% of small business owners are now saying with confidence they believe they’re going to survive the troubling times the pandemic caused, according to a survey from Goldman Sachs. …

5 Tricks That Will Boost Your LinkedIn Company Page

How often do you update your LinkedIn company page? Many successful entrepreneurs utilize the professional networking platform to show off the best of what their business has to offer, from sharing job openings to posting videos about their products and offerings. Other novice business owners may not utilize their company …

Use These 3 Media Coverage Tactics to Promote Your New Company and Boost Sales

You’ve worked hard to set up your new company. You came up with an idea, gave it a name, filled out legal form after legal form and designed your logo, website and other branding assets. Maybe you sourced products or a manufacturer, opened a brick-and-mortar shop or successfully pitched investors …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Restaurant Business Forever Changed by the Pandemic (Episode 236)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses some major concerns that consumers have with the restaurant business going forward due to the pandemic. A new report from PYMENTS in collaboration with Paytronix finds that 27% of the population is concerned about spending money, and 39% are still worried about health issues …

10 Best Financial Planning Habits for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs

While 48% of new freelancers view freelancing as a long-term career choice, this is only realistic if you have a long-term financial plan. While freelancing comes with advantages, such as flexibility and independence, there are also plenty of drawbacks. You’ll need to cover your own benefits, build an emergency fund …

This Angel Investor Shares Why You Need an Exit Strategy from the Start

For founders and entrepreneurs building up their business, the initial startup stage typically focuses on the product, technology or service offering. You’re energized by your idea and engrossed in building the best business concepts possible. While all of this is vital to your business and essential to the success of …

Olympic Champion Bode Miller and Vin Social Founder Sara Moll on StartupNation Radio

On today’s episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff interviews two entrepreneurs: Bode Miller of SKEO and Sara Moll of Vin Social. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here Tune in to the full StartupNation Radio show with Miller and Moll here: First up is Miller, …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Michigan Businesses Are Being Started in Record Numbers (Episode 235)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses how it’s as good a time as ever to start a business, especially in Michigan. In fact, a report from Detour Detroit found applications for Michigan businesses skyrocketed by 43% from February 2020 to February 2021, and Black communities were a major factor. Tune …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Small Business Failure Statistics Don’t Tell the Whole Story (Episode 234)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses the deeper meaning behind small business failure statistics — and what you should do to make sure you don’t become a part of those numbers. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as reported by Fundera, approximately 20% of small businesses fail …

Powerful Upgrades for Your Workspace: Shop Dell’s Premium Extravaganza Sale

Serious business essentials: Premium tech, powerful performance and exclusive member savings. StartupNation readers can save over 45% off on Dell’s performance driven solutions, such as the Latitude 7420 laptop, during Dell’s Premium Extravaganza sale. (Dell Latitude 7420) Visit www.Dell.com/StartupNation to access these savings or call 855-900-5548  to chat with a …

Sign up for this free event & support underserved children’s access to computer science education 

To address the inequity experienced by underserved students seeking access to computer science, an upcoming event aims to rally support from professionals in this sphere. The meetup is scheduled for Thursday, June 10 at 1 p.m. (EST) and sponsored by GoDaddy Pro, the nonprofit Code.org, and Radix, the registry behind …

Post-COVID-19 Recruiting Trends: What’s Changing About How We Hire

A lot is changing about how we work as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, but what about how companies hire? COVID-19 has shifted priorities for many workers who had to juggle them this last year or who had a taste of a different lifestyle. This means how companies recruit …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Use Consumer Feedback to Your Competitive Advantage (Episode 233)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses how consumer feedback is one of the most crucial assets in a successful business, especially in modern times, when anyone with access to the web can post their opinions. Tune in to Business Beat, below, to learn how you can use consumer feedback to …

4 Ways to Boost Brand Awareness and Earn More Sales with Email Marketing

As an entrepreneur, you likely rely on email every day. You send transactional messages and make sure your customers have everything they need to navigate your products or services successfully. But beyond that, are you using email marketing, like a startup newsletter, to grow your business? If you don’t have …

6 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Vying for Media Coverage (and How to Fix Them)

Positive media coverage can be a very valuable asset for your company. To put it simply, it’s free advertising. However, garnering coverage can be a challenge if you aren’t making the right moves. StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings on Dell products and accessories: Learn more here Here are six reasons …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: The Importance of Offering Health Care to Employees (Episode 232)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses the increasing importance of having a health care plan for your employees — and how it can be the difference in employee retention and productivity. He also shares findings from Lively’s 2021 Wellness & Wealth report. Tune in to Business Beat, below, to learn …

5 Changes in Paid Advertising You Need to Know about Today

Any seasoned digital marketer will tell you the industry is always changing. The dynamic nature of online paid advertising means success depends in part on a marketer’s ability to adapt to today’s conditions. Generating billions of dollars in revenue each year, major online advertising platforms like Google and Facebook are …

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Cryptocurrency Going Mainstream as Consumer Purchasing Payment Method (Episode 231)

On today’s Business Beat, Jeff discusses the emergence of cryptocurrency as a common payment method and how business owners should adapt. Nearly one-fifth of the U.S. adult population — that’s roughly 46 million consumers — say they will likely use cryptocurrencies to make a purchase this year, according to BitPay. …

Meet Courtney Robertson, Web Designer & Developer Advocate

Hi, I’m Courtney Robertson, the new Web Designer & Developer Advocate. I joined the GoDaddy Pro Field Marketing team officially on June 1. My background & about me I have a background in WordPress and teaching that are nearly inseparable. I first found open-source in 2005 when I needed a learning …

GoDaddy Website Design Services and Google Lighthouse — design meets power

These days, the expectations for your site are high. Not only does your website need to look sharp, but it also needs to load quickly on a wide range of devices. Juggling all of the individual parts of keeping your site looking and running smoothly can overwhelm even the most …

This Angel Investor Shares 11 Tips for Entrepreneurs to Raise Smart Money

Oftentimes, I read articles offering tips for entrepreneurs that revolve around generic advice on getting started. However, what is often direly needed is how to appeal to investors and raise smart money — knowledge that is essential for fundraising and a master key to building, accelerating and scaling your new …

How to Design and Deliver a Business Pitch That Secures Startup Funding

A business pitch is a presentation put together to entice an investor or group of investors. The goal of your pitch is to secure funding to proceed with your value proposition so you can take your idea to the market. Remember, the pitch process is about getting investors to back …