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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.


Create and manage your schedule in a calendar. Use time blocks for different types of calls, meetings, heads-down work and even email, family time and workouts.

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Did you know: Ashton Kutcher founded a venture capital firm, Sandra Bullock owns two restaurants, and Steve Carell bought a general store.

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Another great Tacoma Pierce-County Chamber Small Business Round Table. Today we talked about client followup, marketing and getting return clients back. Make sure to put it on your calendar for the ... See more

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What are the riskiest small businesses? Restaurants, retail stores and direct sales have the highest failure rates.

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Watch out for IRS Scams… Even Bankers get the call- Listen to it here

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

http://paultlong.com/2017/09/watch-irs-scams-even-bankers-get-call-listen/

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

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Small Business Roundtable: 1st Wednesday

Every business has had to start at the bottom at some point and we all know that the climb to the top is not an easy one. Small Business Roundtable is a forum where small business can gather to ... See more

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