• Top 4 Trucking Tips for Fleets Caught in Foul Weather

    Posted 20 January 2015 12:00 AM by Jennifer Andrasik

    Managing a fleet of large trucks and 18-wheelers can be difficult enough, but when inclement weather strikes during the messy winter months, safety becomes a huge concern. The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, released in 2014, shows that 104,000 people were injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2012. When snow, sleet and ice are covering the roadways, operating a truck often weighing 75,000 pounds more than your car can be dangerous, even for the most experien...

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  • Mobile Workforce is Here to Stay, Study Shows

    Posted 6 January 2015 12:00 AM by Jennifer Andrasik

    Are you one of the millions of smartphone and tablet owners who work remotely, cutting the chain to your desk and monitor? Because that number is only growing and shows no signs of stopping. It’s all a part of a movement by businesses to help employees become more organized, proactive and paperless, integrating their daily workday with technology. But for businesses – especially small businesses – developing your own enterprise application to do work on-the-go is anything...

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  • Budget Blunders: 5 End-of-Year Planning Tips to Live By

    Posted 22 December 2014 12:00 AM by Jennifer Andrasik

    As the year comes to a close, there’s one task every savvy small business owner knows will make or break the upcoming year. Budgeting. As necessary as it is, it’s something not every company does correctly, turning million-dollar ideas into financial nightmares. These are the five biggest budgeting rules to live by when creating next year’s plan: 1. First, Get Real The No. 1 thing to avoid when creating your business’ budget is overstating your projections. It&rs...

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  • Cut Holiday Stress in Half with These Small Business Tools

    Posted 18 December 2014 12:00 AM by Jennifer Andrasik

    “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” At least that’s what many will have you believe. With the stresses of holiday shopping, preparing and traveling, the happiest season of all can soon become the one you are most eager to see end. Consumers and families use travel tools during the holidays to cut stress in half, but so should small businesses. Smartly using digital applications and tools are not only for the consumer. Similar digital capabilities are also availa...

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  • Tips for Success in a New Role

    Posted 26 November 2014 12:00 AM by Jennifer Andrasik

    How do you become successful in a new career role? The answer can be summed up in one word: impact. But, how do you make a positive impact? Below are some tips about how you can make a difference in a new position while proving that you are an asset to your new team. Good luck! Initiative. Jump on board, and make a difference. Don’t wait for someone to ask you to help. Think of a way to be of assistance, and do it. Then follow up with specific ways that you can be helpful moving fo...

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  • Holiday Shipping, Deliveries to Boom Higher than Ever in 2014

    Posted 17 November 2014 12:00 AM by Jennifer Andrasik

    Deliveries and shipping during the 2014 holiday season are expected to be more aggressive and intense than ever before. That’s according to eMarketer, who predicts retail ecommerce to grow to $72.41 billion this holiday season, compared to just $62 billion in 2013 and almost $54 billion in 2012. With that comes an enormous influx in efficient shipping and delivery support to meet the demand. Imagine being the United States Postal Services, shipping close to half a billion packages each ho...

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  • How to Navigate the Ups and Downs of Sales

    Posted 11 November 2014 12:00 AM by Jennifer Andrasik

    If your business is like most businesses and it relies on a steady flow of new sales opportunities, it can be tough to manage when the flow of sales is unsteady.  What do you do to minimize the red months? These steps will help you to navigate the ups and downs of sales. The Power of Free The Power of Free – ok, maybe you don’t have to mark down prices to free, but take a look at the services you’re delivering to your customers now.  You’re probably alread...

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  • Fear Factor: Scary Small Business Marketing Mistakes

    Posted 30 October 2014 12:00 AM by Jennifer Andrasik

    Is your small business sending lifeless emails to uninterested zombies? Dead silent to complaining customers? Scaring the pants off your Facebook followers? In the era of digital marketing, there are also new-age digital rules to keep customers engaged, happy and coming back for more. When promoting your small business, be sure to avoid these scary marketing mistakes. BEING DISTURBED BY DIGITAL Does the thought of managing things like a website, Yelp reviews, social media accounts and emai...

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    Posted 22 October 2014 12:00 AM by Jennifer Andrasik

    To some, Halloween may be synonymous with elaborate costumes, spooky decorations or terrifying horror movies. To the majority of kids, however, Halloween only means one thing: candy. Successful trick-or-treating is all about laying out an effective plan, including the times, routes and locations of neighborhoods that will result in the most delicious candy. So just imagine the haul a group of children could earn if they used a fleet management system. Today’s successful fleets use high...

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    Posted 17 October 2014 12:00 AM by Jennifer Andrasik

    Employee retention is an important factor in the success of your small business. Simply put, a high turnover rate is expensive. It costs both time and money to train new employees and get them up to speed. Below are some easy-to-follow tips to increase employee retention. OFFER EMPLOYEE EDUCATION Good employees are curious. If you can be competitive with educational opportunities offered to your staff, you can satisfy your staff’s thirst for knowledge and avoid them looking to other ...

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