TRADE SECRETS | Michael AlterJun 24, 2013 When you’re ready to build your team, make sure you heed this recruiting check list. “> krystiano/Flickr As I wrote recently, building a great team is essential to having a great business. Your team starts with your first hire, and many new entrepreneurs bring that person on […]

24Jun

5 Easy Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

START-UP TOOL KIT | Howard Greenstein Jun 24, 2013 Mallika Chopra describes herself as a mom with a business on the side. And her investors are on board with that vision. Mallika Chopra has talked with Inc. in the past about harnessing the power of intent and has built a social network, Intent.com, […]

24Jun

4 More Lessons From 'Mad Men'

Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. About us: About Inc.com Contact us Advertise Privacy Policy Page Not Found Sorry, but the page you’re looking for seems to have been moved, or recently archived. How we organize this site Inc.com has recently been reorganized. There […]

24Jun

Should You 'Friend' Your Employees on Facebook?

BASEMENT TO BOARDROOM | Janine Popick Jun 24, 2013 And what about LinkedIn? Social media has become a fact of life– but where are the lines drawn between employer and employee?

24Jun

Build Your Own Talent Pool

OWNER’S MANUAL | Jeff Haden Jun 24, 2013 Secret No. 1: Always be looking. You’re missing prime opportunities if you wait to recruit until you need someone–anyone!–to fill a position.

24Jun

Company Culture Tips From an Unlikely Source

DIRECTING HAPPINESS | Shelley Prevost Jun 24, 2013 What can you learn about managing people from peasant farmers in Okinawa, Japan? Plenty, it turns out. shutterstock images Okinawans have a remarkable tradition called `moai` (mo-eye).  Made popular by Dan Buettner’s book Blue Zones, moai are described as informal groups created by people who […]

24Jun

8 Words to Avoid When Selling

SALES SOURCE | Geoffrey James Jun 24, 2013 These words really raise your customer’s hackles. shutterstock images Over the two years, I’ve read hundreds of sales messages and heard dozens of sales presentations.  Probably 90 percent of them are full of words that are both trite and ineffective.  Here are the worst […]

24Jun

3 Ways to Make Relationship Marketing Count

MODERN RELATIONSHIP MARKETING | Jon Miller | Inc.com contributor Jun 21, 2013 On the Internet, your prospects and customers are telling you all about themselves, and they’re expecting you to pay attention. melstampz/Flickr There’s a famous New Yorker cartoon from 1993 with two dogs, one sitting at a computer telling the other, “On the […]

24Jun

Free Perks Might Actually Embarrass Customers

Free Perks Might Actually Embarrass Customers | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jun 21, 2013 Everybody likes free stuff, right? Not necessarily, researchers say. Customer reactions depend heavily on the context. shutterstock images Customers may not enjoy free goodies […]

24Jun

Instagram: The Problem With Over-the-Top Announcements

Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staff Jun 21, 2013 The new video product is smart, but the backlash is in full swing. And no wonder: The tech hype cycle can overshadow just about anything. At a press conference Thursday in Facebook’s Palo Alto headquarters, Instagram’s co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom unveiled what had […]

24Jun

Stellar Sales Pitches Start With This

BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE | Mark Suster Jun 21, 2013 Why should anyone buy anything from you? A good answer to that question is crucial to your success. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fbigstock_Middle_Eastern__Western_Busin_3914746_15365.jpg" class="lightbox" title="BigStock “> BigStock Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Mark Suster’s blog Both Sides of the Table. In […]