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Smart Hustle Magazine’s must-read in-depth feature articles focus on small business entrepreneurs and small businesses that have mastered the art of the smart hustle for overcoming challenges, making the most of scarce resources, finding resources and essentially finding success when it didn’t seem possible. We welcome your story ideas and nominations for featured entrepreneurs and companies.

Why Customer Experience Matters [According to Former Pinterest Executive]

Most of the big platforms are monetized via advertising. The products are very similar in terms of people who are trying to acquire customers. Whether it's Google or Pinterest, you're trying to acquire customers to some degree, and that acquisition is done through paid advertising. Dutta Satadip is the Chief Customer Officer of Active...

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10 Pillars of a Successful Small Business [Upcoming Akimbo Course]

Do you want to start or grow your business? Let's do a spot check and see if you have these 10 key pillars of a successful business: 10 Small Business Pillars Target audience. Are you getting clients and serving your audience? Business solution. Does your business solve a specific problem? Pricing. Do you have pricing...

How to Deliver a Powerful Media Interview for Your Business

Connecting your business, and yourself, with the media is extremely important for exposure. In fact, anytime you are in front of a camera, how you communicate and present yourself is critical. So once you have a media interview lined up, or even a presentation or upcoming video, how do you successfully present yourself? Jane Hanson...

Adopt Startup Mindset to Grow Your Business (and How eBay VP of Global Payments Got It Right)

Small business owners don't always sail smoothly. Off and on, they find themselves in troubled waters. Recently, COVID-19 affected most small businesses, making it hard for them to stay afloat. If you want to survive and grow your small business, you need to adopt a startup mindset. A startup mindset can help your business become...

Leadership in the Midst of Crisis with Lendio’s CEO. Inside a PPP Processing Company.

Brock Blake has a very disciplined life. His family, health, early morning routines, and his faith are a few of his daily habits and what's important to him. Over the past year his company, Lendio, has been thrust into the essential role of processing thousands of transactions for small business owners. In the first...

Thinking About In-stream Audio Advertising? Pandora Executive Shares Insights

Music streaming is poised to grow exponentially. According to Statista, user penetration for music streaming is expected to reach 40.1% in the US by 2025. Pandora, a music-streaming company, has around 58.50 million monthly active users. That said, running in-stream audio advertising should be part of your marketing strategy. In-stream audio advertising, if used strategically,...

How One Company Made 11-day Transition to Remote Work Possible

Kate Winkler wasn’t even a year into being CEO when she oversaw the transition to remote work of about 650 people at Ruby. Yet the company completed the task in just 11 days. What’s more, the company didn’t really even have a remote working transition plan set in stone before COVID-19 arrived. How did Ruby...

Why Accountants Are Critical for Small Business Success

Nowadays, technology plays a huge role in being able to run a business. And with so many people managing their businesses from home, these new technology solutions are needed more than ever. Stone DeSouza is the leader of the small business segment for Sage in the US. He was leading the accounting channel for two...

Tips and Tricks You Need to Know About Selling a Business

Selling is tough work. If you're selling a house, that's also tough. Selling a business — that may be the toughest sale there is. It’s a topic not often talked about, and therefore business owners don’t always know where to turn. John Warrilow has been involved in a few startup businesses and claims that he’s...

A Conversation with Lori Greinger from Shark Tank: Ramon Hosts the Verizon Small Business Webinar Series

Ramon Ray got to host the Verizon Small Business Webinar Series with special guest Lori Greinger. You may know her as the warm-blooded shark from the Emmy-winning ABC series, Shark Tank. She's also an inventor with 120 patents and the author of the bestselling book Invent It, Sell It, Bank It! Her passion is...