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Why Telecommuting is a Green Way to Work

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Among the many, many benefits of working at home, helping the environment is at the top of the list. Here are some of the ways in which telecommuting is eco-friendly. It reduces carbon emissions. Whether it’s by planes, trains or automobiles, traveling in to work has a negative impact on the environment. By cutting the commute, you’ll prevent an excessive …

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5 Strategies to Best Utilize Apps to Run Your Small Business

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As a small business owner, remaining competitive is essential. New companies are constantly entering the market in every industry, and with higher tax rates and more regulation, if you’re not cutting-edge, you could find yourself at the back of the pack before long. One of the best ways to improve your business and keep up with the competition is through …

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5 places to work when you don’t want to work from home

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So, you’ve convinced your boss that you can be as productive, working from home. And that’s true – for the most part. But there are times, when the temptation of the TV set, the call of the cookie jar, the chiding of the house chores, becomes too much for even the most disciplined of homeworkers. That’s when I pack up …

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Losing to Gain: Change Your Business Habits or Become Obsolete

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Recently, I embarked on the most physically challenging three weeks of my life. I had decided to make a drastic personal change and engage in a vegan, gluten-free diet for three weeks to cleanse my system. I knew I wanted to become healthier, to lose weight and to live longer, but I was stuck in a cycle of bad habits. …

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Boomers for Hire: Why Older Workers Can Make Great Job Candidates

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With job growth accelerating, many small businesses are hunting for talented, experienced and affordable hires. And, increasingly, many are finding this skill set among retired Baby Boomers, who want to head back to work—either full-time or part-time—in a second or “encore” career. In fact, Encore.org, a nonprofit that provides resources to make it easier for people to pursue jobs with meaning and continued income …

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Laptops vs Tablets: Comparing Mobility on Each Device

The bell has rung on the first two rounds of our Laptops vs Tablets match, in which we help you decide which is the best device for you and the way you work. Mature contender the laptop won on apps, whereas newcomer the tablet won on design. It’s the third and final round – and we’re looking at mobility: which …

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5 Small Ways to Green Your Workday

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Spring is in the air and everything seems to be getting greener by the day. Unless, of course, you’re covered in the latest snowstorm, but it’ll be green soon enough! And spring is a great time to take a look at your daily work routine and make small changes to be green. Being eco-friendly at work is easy and can …

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Laptops vs Tablets: Comparing Design on Each Device

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It’s round two of our Laptop vs Tablet battle, in which we help you decide which is the best device for you and the way you work. Last time, it was app-to-app action, as we pitted laptop software against tablet software. Despite iPad-maker Apple’s claims that there’s “an app for that”, it was laptops that came out top, winning the …

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7 Tips for Work-Life Balance When You Work Where You Live

Working from home has all sorts of benefits — no daily commute, no work wardrobe to maintain, a stocked kitchen for your choice of lunches, and of course, a more flexible work environment that you’re free to control. But your home office may also hide some pitfalls that can easily distract you from being productive. On the flipside, working and …

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Laptops vs Tablets: Comparing Apps on Each Device

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If you’re in the market for a new mobile computer, choosing between a laptop and a tablet is becoming an increasingly difficult decision. Mobility, apps and design are all serious considerations when parting with your hard-earned cash. Or maybe it’s your company’s cash, and it has a BYOD policy, in which case security is also a serious consideration. And the …

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6 Alternative Workspaces for Digital Nomads

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The phrase “working from home” conjures up a picture of a person literally working from their home office, but that’s not always the case. Telecommuting, remote work, and virtual office are probably more appropriate terms because they offer the idea that people who work from home can also work from a variety of other locations. And of course, Digital Nomad …

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4 Ways to Make Your Channel Sales Cloud Rain in 2013

Technology is always surging forward—particularly in the area of cloud computing and the mobile space. This year, market share will vault into the hands of enterprise leaders who adapt their processes and take advantage of these changes before their competitors. Here’s a wide-angle view of four solid trends and tips to fuel your indirect and channel sales with the high-octane …

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“Love Is In The Cloud” – The Best Apps For A Truly Unforgettable Valentine’s Day

If you’re like most of the population, chances are, you still haven’t made plans yet for Valentine’s Day. Am I right? And while it’s right around the corner, the thought of it most likely either makes your heart skip a beat or sends chills up your spine. Luckily, we’ve compiled the very best mobile apps in this infographic to help …

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3 Ways Video Makes You a Better Sales Rep

According to YouTube’s latest press statistics, 500 years of YouTube video is watched every day on Facebook and over a third of the platform’s total monetized views come from Content ID, its advanced content management solution. Suffice it to say, YouTube is a testament to what I’ve always believed about the power of video and to the truth about never …

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How to Avoid Burn Out as a Flexible Worker

‘Working 9 to 5’ may have been a mantra for Dolly Parton in the 1980s, but fast forward to 2012 and an increasing number of us are now flexible workers, with considerably more control over our schedules. By 2015, 1.3 billion people will be working on the move. But when we keep our computers in our pockets, our work in …

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Increase Your SMB’s Agility Through Technology — The Great Equalizer

A few years ago, one of my reps and I were on a video conference with a prospect based in Portland. Without our prompting, he began to talk about all of the issues he was having with one of our competitors. We let him vent, because it was clear he needed someone to listen to his complaints. Then, much to …

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Life of Buy: How Salespeople Sell Best in January

We’re already 3 weeks into the New Year, but are your teams still Holidazed from too much eggnog and ugly Christmas sweater parties? As a sales leader, I know January can be a difficult time for sales teams to recover; especially since prospects and customers tend to put off decisions until, oh, right now. In this, the first blog in …

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The World is Getting Smaller: How Tech is Enabling Business Collaboration on a Global Scale

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Next time you’re on a busy train or stuck in a line of traffic, remember this sobering thought: by 2015, there’ll be 7 billion people on the planet – that’s one heck of a busy train! 1.5 billion of those people will be mobile workers, some of whom are already using technology that brings us closer together and allows us …

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3 Ways to Get Social, Get Sticky and Get More Sales

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Have you ever been in a content strategy meeting where someone says something like, “Well, we sell B2B, and businesses don’t watch video online”? Social media expert Neal Schaffer has. In “Video for Social Media in B2B Sales,” he writes: The truth is that the strategy for B2B video is very similar as the process for B2C video. You need …

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Continuing Education from Your Home Office

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You’ve got your business plan for 2013, have set some goals to grow, are hitting the ground running, but chances are you’ve neglected a very important area for growth. You. With all the demands of work and life, we tend to neglect the life side of the equation and even more often, ourselves. One way to stretch your mind and …

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