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Small Business Reading List

July 13, 2015

There’s a lot going on around the small biz web! This week, Sarah Santacroce asks a hard question: How can I run a business if I hate selling? Believe it or not, it’s not the end of the world. At Small Biz Club, Steve Brown digs into how startup entrepreneurs can negotiate when their business is still on shaky ground. April Lisonbee at Egg Marketing PR offers four tricks to handling that neverending inbox.
Meanwhile, Martin Zwilling looks into the past and comes up with four stone age profiles for modern-day entrepreneurs. Back in the present, Cate Costa shows how to easily find out what your page looks like via mobile -- all from within your desktop web browser.
At Fit Small Business, we released our long-awaited Best Small Business Blogs of 2015. We started this list in 2014, and it was so successful we expanded it to three categories this time: Best Entrepreneurship Blogs, Best Small Business Blogs, and Best Online Marketing Blogs. We hope you find them as useful and engaging as we do.

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How Can I Run a Business If I Hate Selling?

Sarah Santacroce - The Savvy Biz Blog

Let’s be real. Without sales, there is no business. It’s called a hobby. So no matter what, you need to generate income for your business and to do that you need to sell your services or products. However, you haven’t chosen to become a sales professional, which is why the marketing and selling part of your business is really challenging.

Negotiate Properly to Secure a Beneficial Agreement

Steve Brown - Small Biz Club

When your company or startup doesn't make a good profit and you barely have any negotiating leverage, conventional negotiation rules don't apply. Many entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEOs are compelled to bargain with employees and investors in an attempt to help their businesses remain on the floating line. How do you pay people throughout the startup stage of your business, when the wage you can afford to offer is not a competitive one?

Five Gmail Hacks to Save Time and Tame Your Inbox

April Lisonbee - Egg Marketing PR

Let’s face it, email is a necessary evil. But over the years, I’ve come up with a system to help me track all the requests and information bombarding my Gmail inbox. Google has some less-than-obvious hacks that can help you manage your email better. Below are four of my most used Gmail hacks that you can use to save time and tame your inbox.

How to Instantly See What Your Website Looks Like on Any Mobile Device

Cate Costa

It’s no secret that people are using their mobile devices more and more and that you need your company’s website to look great whether someone’s visiting on their laptop, their tablet, or their cell phone but testing out the look of your site on a million different devices is super tedious and can be tough if you don’t actually own all of those devices yourself. Well, fear not anxious entrepreneurs, I’ve found the solution.

4 Entrepreneur Types that Survive Best in the Hunt

Martin Zwilling - Startup Professionals

Most entrepreneurs believe they are “different,” but they can’t quite understand how. They usually explain it by insisting that they are driven to follow their passion, need to be their own boss, want to get rich quick, or want to change the world. I now believe that the roots of the difference may go back more than 10,000 years, when hunting and farming became two different lifestyles.

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