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Outsourcing? How to Build Great Contractor Relationships. Nellie Akalp is the CEO of, an online legal document filing service, where she helps entrepreneurs incorporate or form an LLC for their new businesses. Connect with Nellie on Twitter or visit her free resource center. Today, independent contractors are a critical part of small businesses. They fill any number of roles, from social media consultant to web designer. And freelancers often contract particular services out themselves, creating an interconnected network of independent workers. This relationship is more important than ever, given that freelance positions are expected to make up half of all new jobs added during the economic recovery.

But at the end of the day, successful outsourcing isn’t different from any other business relationship: It requires nurturing and smart management. 1. A vendor keeps your business stocked with paper or provides your Internet. Strategic and Tactic.


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If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: Wingsplay Quick Pitch: Earn money to share ads with your social network Genius Idea: Wingsplay gives average people incentive to share ads with their social networks to drive product or service engagement and increase buzz. Advertisers are sneaking into your Twitter and Facebook feeds — with help from your social media connections. Wingsplay, a startup that launched last month, pays its users to share video ads on their social networks. Even though you may not Like or follow advertisers, ads could trickle into your feeds via a friend who is trying to make a quick buck or just likes to watch funny ads. Brainfluence: 5 Brain Tricks to Make Customers Buy. Roger Dooley wants your business to succeed.

Brainfluence: 5 Brain Tricks to Make Customers Buy

So he's laying down the facts and dissecting recent brain and behavior research to enable you to tap into consumers' brains. Fact No. 1: People aren't always rational thinkers. In truth, research shows that a huge amount of decision-making is actually based on subconscious factors. In both his new book, Brainfluence, and in a recent interview, Dooley offered several ways to use "neuromarketing" to do a better job persuading consumers. 1. More Americans Are Using Mobile Phones While Watching TV.

Thanks to the growth of smartphone adoption, about half of U.S. mobile phone owners use their devices while watching TV, a new study suggests. According to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report, cellphone users not only look up information online in real time and keep themselves occupied during commercials via their handheld devices, they are also interacting with friends. About 23% of cellphone users send text messages to others watching the same show in a different location. Other popular "connected" activities include looking up information mentioned on TV (20% have done so in the last 30 days), posting comments online about a show (11%), playing on phones during commercials (38%) and voting for a reality show contestant (6%).

The study — which was conducted among 2,254 American adults ages 18 and older — also revealed that men and women are just as glued to their phones while watching TV (52%). Sales & Marketing Advice. I’m going to increase my writing about sales & marketing in the near future.

Sales & Marketing Advice

I put a few posts up front that I have already covered in the Startup Series. But I will soon begin a discussion about sales methodologies. Stay tuned. 10 Marketing Tips for Startups Some Other Thoughts on Sales & Marketing. Cassette tapes are the future of big data storage - tech - 19 October 2012. THE cassette tape is about to make a comeback, in a big way.

Cassette tapes are the future of big data storage - tech - 19 October 2012

From the updates posted by Facebook's 1 billion users to the medical images shared by healthcare organisations worldwide and the rise of high-definition video streaming, the need for something to store huge tranches of data is greater than ever. And while hard drives have traditionally been the workhorse of large storage operations, a new wave of ultra-dense tape drives that pack in information at much higher densities, while using less energy, is set to replace them. Researchers at Fuji Film in Japan and IBM in Zurich, Switzerland, have already built prototypes that can store 35 terabytes of data - or about 35 million books' worth of information - on a cartridge that measures just 10 centimetres by 10 cm by 2 cm.

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How To Increase Your Productivity 500% Altucher Confidential

I missed investing in Foursquare. I made fun of the guy who started Lycos. I missed, I lost, I suffered, I cried. The Leader in Peer to Peer Lending: Loans and Investing. TaskRabbit connects you to safe and reliable help in your neighborhood. The Freecycle Network.

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