Three Best Ways to Sell Excess Holiday Merchandise

Management and Operations
Ten Worst Communication Blunders of 2009
From a steady review of major news events, here are the ten worst communication blunders of 2009. BusinessKnowHow.com

Management and Operations
Productivity Coach's Corner: Clear the Clutter, Create Opportunity
The following is a specific key to success in lightening the load on your body and mind. This is a practical activity, one you can do to reduce the unnecessary physical and psychological stress you may be carrying around right now. Wouldn't it be worth it to invest less than one half of an hour to regain some confidence and control? ManageSmarter.com

Management and Operations
Keeping Laid-Off Workers Close
I've spoken to so many business owners and consultants this year about how to survive the downturn--how to save money, operate more cheaply, find free resources, start up on a shoestring. Everyone's looking for anything that can help them hold on until the economy turns. Entrepreneur.com

Management and Operations
For More Workers, Home Is Where the Office Is
So maybe 2010 will be the year that you finally break out on your own. Voluntarily or not. WSJ.com

Financial Issues
How to Get Unstuck From Debt
Short of not getting into it to begin with, here's a way to manage your business debt. WomenEntrepreneur.com

Technology Issues
Five Can’t-Miss Mobile Marketing Trends For 2010
Marketing to consumers’ cellphones has long been viewed as something of a holy grail by businesses – prized but always beyond reach. Recently however, new mobile technologies have gone mainstream, making the elusive goal of an always-on connection with customers firmly within reach of even the smallest business. SmallBizTrends.com

Technology Issues
SEO Trends to Watch for in 2010
A new year means another chance to capture rankings, to try out new marketing strategies and to take advantage of the areas where the search engines are looking to expand and place new importance. Because, despite what some may think, SEO for small business is not becoming less important. It’s more important than ever. SmallBizTrends.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
Three Best Ways to Sell Excess Holiday Merchandise
What happens when your sweaters or electronics aren't sold before the Christmas holiday? Instead of drastically marking down merchandise for post-holiday sales, there are a few ways to unload excess inventory without severely hurting your bottom line. Here's how. WSJ.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
Customer Loyalty: Knowing When to Move On
Everyone knows that this economy has taken a huge toll on just about every industry, every size company, and every type of workforce. Businesses may need to be ready to let some customers go as their natural migration to a cheaper/lesser service or product in this economy and stick to our guns.  BusinessKnowHow.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
Networking and Selling Using Body Language Secrets
Networking events. Association meetings. Conferences. Regional meetings. Trade shows. Each of these events represents an opportunity for you and your company, whether you want to make the sale, make the right connection, or exchange business cards with the right person. ManageSmarter.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
The 10 Customer Service Trends for 2010
In 2010, customer service makes a big comeback. It becomes the new marketing. Forget about paying lip service to offering “great customer service”. Let go all of those “the customer is always right” myths. It’s time to offer outstanding customer service only because it makes economic sense for your small business. It is the only truly sustainable competitive advantage. SmallBizTrends.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
7 Ways to Get More From Social Media in 2010
The numbers show that companies will invest more resources into social media in 2010 as a way to market themselves and find new customers. And that trend won’t exclude small business owners. Small business owners who have previously ignored the medium completely will find themselves entering the fold. And those with history in social media will be looking for new ways to increase value. SmallBizTrends.com

Branding, Sales, and Marketing
Why E-mail Marketing Is in Need of a Makeover
As technology and consumer use of technology both evolve, access to information changes. We as marketers -- as we leverage each channel, including e-mail -- must also evolve. ClickZ.com