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6 Things to Know Before Starting a Business. This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

6 Things to Know Before Starting a Business

An entrepreneur’s life can be a real roller coaster. Having started a few businesses in my career, I thought it would be useful to highlight some of the hard-won experience I’ve learned throughout the process — the kind of advice I wish I’d known when I started my first, or even second, business. They're hiring! - Google (1) - FORTUNE. The Ten Most Annoying Management Terms Of 2011. We are nearly at the end of 2011 and another year of mayhem behind.

We will be judging our 2011 Non-Predictions and trying to dream up some new ones for 2012 in the next fortnight or so but this week we have been able to get some long needed admin done. With it came a realisation that even if the financial industry is suffering the creative management community has been in full swing dreaming up new terms and phrases to camouflage the blindingly obvious. How To Make Money Without A Job.


Richard Branson on When Inexperience Is an Advantage. Why Marketing Best Practices Aren't Always Best. No matter what your profession, best practices give us tried and tested solutions to common problems.

Why Marketing Best Practices Aren't Always Best

They are formed by experience and assembly, meaning that someone else has already gone through the process of discovery and we can benefit from what was learned. Is It Hard to Have a Meaningful Career? Business Tools. 5 Online Learning Resources to Help You Run a Better Business. A Look at the Growing "Work From Home" Phenomenon [INFOGRAPHIC] Working from home is more prevalent and more widely accepted than ever.

A Look at the Growing "Work From Home" Phenomenon [INFOGRAPHIC]

With 26.2 million teleworkers in the U.S. in 2010, the virtual workforce is expected to grow in coming years. For starters, 56% of senior leaders and hiring managers at Fortune 500 companies believe that the workforce will steadily or greatly increase at their companies, according to a recent survey by WorkSimple. The study findings outline the changing virtual workforce with a number of compelling stats and findings, as seen in the infographic below. What A CEO Does. I am posting this as a MBA Mondays post.

What A CEO Does

But I did not learn this little lesson at business school. I learned it from a very experienced venture capitalist early in my post-MBA career. I was working on a CEO search for one of our struggling portfolio comapnies. We had a bunch of them. I started in the venture capital business just as the PC hardware bubble of the early 80s was busting. Anyway back to the CEO search. He answered without thinking: The new three-way: CIO, CMO & Agency. Good article on AdAge this morning, Friends With (Digital) Benefits: CMOs Link With CIOs.

The new three-way: CIO, CMO & Agency

The article includes several great anecdotes, from both agencies and brands, talking about the increased frequency of three-way meetings — the CMO, the CIO, and the agency — all collaborating together: Agencies, especially those involved with digital work, say they’re increasingly taking meetings with both the CIO and CMO. Want To Be A CMO? The Career Path May Surprise You. Think that being a wizard at developing splashy ads, branding, and social media campaigns generates an automatic ticket to become the next CMO or VP of Marketing? Think again. According to a new study, only one-third of CMOs and VPs of marketing arrive at the top post because of their experiences in marketing.

But what backgrounds do the other two-thirds of marketing senior executives come from? In the recently released book, Getting to the Top: Strategies for Career Success executive search consultant and career expert Kathryn Ullrich shares groundbreaking research on career path categories to CMO and other functional disciplines in marketing and sales. 5 Things To Do Every Day For Success. Fast Company wants you to have your best year yet in 2012; click for more advice and tips on how to work smarter, manage your career, and lead a more meaningful life.

5 Things To Do Every Day For Success

Training to Create Winning Grant Proposals for Grantseekers & More. Foundation Fundraising: An Introductory Course. Best Social Media Tools For Marketing Your Business. Social media is a growing field to advertise your business.

Best Social Media Tools For Marketing Your Business

Twitter and Facebook are large websites where a company can have thousands or even millions of people interacting with them on a daily basis. It is impossible to interact with each and every one of those individuals. That is why businesses need to take advantage of the best social media tools for marketing your business. Management tools are among some of the most user friendly tools that a marketer will need. Inbound Marketing vs. Outbound Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC] Thanks to the Internet, marketing has evolved over the years.

Inbound Marketing vs. Outbound Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

Consumers no longer rely on billboards and TV spots — a.k.a. outbound marketing — to learn about new products, because the web has empowered them. It's given them alternative methods for finding, buying and researching brands and products. The new marketing communication — inbound marketing — has become a two-way dialogue, much of which is facilitated by social media.

Another reason why inbound marketing is winning is because it costs less than traditional marketing. Why try to buy your way in when consumers aren't even paying attention? 44% of direct mail is never opened. Inbound marketing focuses on earning, not buying, a person's attention, which is done through social media and engaging content, such as blogs, podcasts and white papers. This infographic from Voltier Digital highlights the differences between the two kinds of marketing. Infographic courtesy of Voltier Digital.

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