Category Archives: Quick Tips


I got a call from the IRS that I owe them money. Listen to see how the call went 🙂 Paul    


Instapaper – a tool for organization This is a simple tool that allows you to save web pages for later to read on your computer, mobile phone, or even Kindle. Once you sign up for an account (which takes just Read more…


SocialMention – a tool for monitoring mentions This tool has lots of cool features that focus on blogs, video, and social (all the “cool” stuff). You enter in a search term, either a keyword or a company, and the tool Read more…


Google Alerts – a tool for monitoring mentions This is a very simple and easy-to-use tool that will send reports right to your inbox. If you want to know every single time your competitor is mentioned online, whether as a Read more…


Master reading LinkedIn profiles — for hires, biz dev, venture capital. It’s useful to spend time on the profile to understand people’s backgrounds.


Always have a clear meeting wrap up — ask or propose next steps at the end, whether it is a follow-up email, call, meeting, introduction, more materials, etc. Summarize the meeting to wrap up.


For business development intros make sure that the person is in the relevant role. Find a few people who could be right, and check their relationship on LinkedIn.


Master the art of the short email — two to three sentences or paragraphs max. Check how it looks on mobile. If you scroll a lot, it’s too long. Use the least number of words possible and iterate on the Read more…


Do not refresh or check for new messages, or have email opened all the time. It will kill your productivity. Establish specific hours for doing emails of different types.

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3 days ago
4 items you should never carry in your wallet

by: Wendy Bignon If so, take a minute to go through each and every item in that wallet. There are some things you should surely throw away, and there are others you should take out and file away ... See more

by: Wendy Bignon If so, take a minute to go through each and every item in that wallet. There are some things you should surely throw away, and there are others you should take out and file away ... See more

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1 week ago
Small Business Survival Rates and Firm Age

by SBA.gov

http://paultlong.com/2017/10/small-business-survival-rates-firm-age/

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2 weeks ago
The 2017 Coleman Emerging Leader Awards for Small Business Lending Professionals

I am proud to be one of the 10 winners of the 2017 National Coleman Emerging Leaders for Small Business Lending Professionals. Thank you for this honor.

October 5, 2017 By Bob Coleman Editor, Coleman Report The 2017 Coleman Emerging Leader Awards for Small Business Lending Professionals Jessica Gassmann, SBA Lead Loan Processor, Fidelity Bank, Geor…

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2 weeks ago

It takes as little as five days to start a business in the U.S. That same business startup in Brazil would take 107 days.

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3 weeks ago

The quick response and guaranteed approval you can get from an alternative lender come with a very high price – exorbitant interest rates.

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