Monthly Archives: August 2010

Chaos Control for Small Businesses

We've posted so frequently on the challenges facing any small business owner that we even have a specific category for it titled Balancing Business and Personal Life. Now comes a new article in Small Business Trends that describes how more … Continue reading

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One Dilemma Facing Small Businesses

As we've frequently covered in Mine Your Own Business, small businesses by their very nature face a number of challenges. Some we've covered are finding and keeping good employees,  customer service issues, increasing sales, effective pricing, getting new customers…..the list … Continue reading

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Help for Procrastinators

Like many people, I've always had a problem with procrastination. I've always used the excuse that it is genetic since my Mother is a bad about procrastinating and is also a pack rat and I am guilty of both vices. … Continue reading

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Organize Ideas Effectively

There was a good article in USA Today that started with the premise that most small business owners come up with all kinds of new ideas to increase sales and improve their businesses. In fact so many that frequently it … Continue reading

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Free Apps From Google

Most of us think that free is a pretty good thing, and now Google is offering Google Apps for small businesses. Google Apps is a free Web based suite of services that includes word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and website building … Continue reading

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Business and Back to School

The leaves have not begun to turn in the Midwest where Tacony is located, but students are already returning to school. Actually some of the trees have dropped some leaves because it has been a very hot Summer in St. … Continue reading

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Software Licensing Warning

We ran across an interesting article in Entrepreneur titled The Hard Truth About Software Licensing that warned all small businesses about the danger of pirated or improperly licensed software. It is so tempting to buy one copy of that very … Continue reading

Posted in Computers and Point of Sale, Web/Tech | 2 Comments

New Small Business Survey

We did a posting on July 27th titled Small Business Help where we mentioned the results of a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). That survey reported that he NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism lost 3.2 … Continue reading

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Power Backup

Tacony  Corporation is located in the Midwest which is famous (or should I say infamous) for some pretty intense summer thunderstorms, especially in the months of July and August. For years it was a common occurrence to lose power for … Continue reading

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A New Take On Store Appearance

Mine Your Own Business has frequently posted on the importance of store appearance for small businesses. Two recent ones are Store Appearance and another with Store Appearance Follow Up. Now comes an interesting article on a new twist on this … Continue reading

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