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Small business owner’s favorite reads this month | July 2014

small business articles

The summer is usually a slower time for many businesses, as a lot of people are on vacation, but it’s been pretty busy here at EnMast. We’re working on our relaunch, and with our growing community you guys have kept us really busy! I recently returned from vacation (speaking of, if you have no plans of taking

5 of my best productivity tools (that will also change your life)

Writedown app

THUNK. THUNK. THUNK. That was the sound of me banging my head against the desk before I started using these tools. Do you ever feel that way? Like you’re constantly working, but never really getting ahead? For a long time, I struggled with managing my productivity because I was always working against myself. I didn’t

Top small business owner articles | May 2014

managing millennials and millennial values

In May, our focus was productivity. We challenged the business owners’ attachment to meetings, and gave away a fabulous tool to help employees really own their projects–and bring fewer interruptions to the boss.  We also enjoyed talking to Jeff Fliegler of The Point Solutions, a new kid on the block at EnMast. He talked to us about what it’s really like running a business. Jeff

Millennial values: A business owner’s guide to managing Millennials

millennial values

You’ve read the studies about Gen Yers having different values than Gen X or Boomers. You’ve heard all about work/life balance and why us youngin’s really value it. But when it comes to the practical ways we want work/life balance or why it’s one of the core Millennial values, there’s not a whole lot of

Why I refuse to check my email after work hours

checking email after work

In college, I wanted a Blackberry. I wanted one badly. (Sad, I know.) Unfortunately, I had this EnV phone that was ‘cool’ for others my age (lame), but when I would text on it, it looked like I was playing a video game with the way it flipped up. I needed to look more ‘professional’

Cube vs. Corner: Millennial Leadership — what’s the deal?

millennial leadership

Cube vs. Corner is the place where Devan and Brad debate an issue from the boss’s perspective, and the employee’s perspective. This time we’re tackling Millennial leadership. Brad’s experience with Millennial employees and his client’s employees is that they don’t want to lead. Devan argues the opposite citing how several of her colleagues have left

Small business owner’s favorite articles this month | April 2014

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Woo-HOO! It has been an exciting April! Besides the thrill of growing membership, Brad made it ICON14 this week! And our post about headphones at work stirred up some controversy on LinkedIn. (And you know how we looove to stir things up! ;)) But the icing on the cake is that our Breaking Down Your Business podcast with Jill

Does listening to music at work improve productivity? Here’s 8 compelling reasons why it does

music improves productivity

Brad and I wrote a little while back about wearing headphones at the office.  He noticed I was wearing them more often and we had some issues when he would try to get my attention. So we shared about it on LinkedIn, and it generated a storm of comments from people with polar opposite views — either they

Highlights from Day Two at #ICON14

ICON14

(Get the highlights from ICON14 Day One here.) When your day starts and ends with Casey Graham (a guy whose company has grown 850% in the last 4 years) — Seth Godin shows up in the middle — you know it’s been a great day. Welcome to day two at ICON14. (Also, check out Infusionsoft’s

What is #ICON14? Day One highlights from Infusionsoft’s small business conference

Infusionsoft ICON14 Conference

(Read highlights from Day Two here.) It’s hard to find a company that “gets” small business owners. Most big companies create products and services that they think small business owners want; but we know, when we see them, that they aren’t for us. Even as they are selling to me, I feel like they are

9 must-have team communication tools for your small business

team communication tools

If you care about how your company communicates, you’re probably in constant search for the perfect app for your team. There are lots of good apps out there, and each of them has its benefits and drawbacks. Chances are your team needs a combination of tools, depending on the communication problem you’re trying to solve. So how do you

Cube vs. Corner: Are emojis appropriate to use in business?

using emojis in business

Cube vs. Corner is a series that explores a different workplace topics where Devan and Brad respond with their unfiltered, honest thoughts from their side of the office: the employee and the boss. Do you use emojis? Most of us probably have when texting, or at least been the recipient of them before. Have you