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10 Ways to Make Life at Work Substantially Easier

We spend more time working and thinking about work than anything else. So if we can make life at work easier, life in general will get better, too. Sometimes difficult tasks and situations do help us grow, so easier doesn't always mean better. But today we're talking about removing unnecessary stressors that will make things both easier and better. So here are 10 ways to make life at work substantially easier, along with steps you can take to start seeing improvements today!

Startup Journal: Why Is Tim Gunn Relevant to Your Business?

When you think about the tech startup world, or business in general, a character like Tim Gunn is likely not what comes to mind. But he's as relevant to your work as any developer or marketer, for one simple reason.

Startup Journal: On Patience and Waiting

I can't officially speak for everyone on our team, but I think we would all agree that waiting is the worst. Patience and waiting - inherently it seems - go against every fiber of the hype that surrounds startups and entrepreneurship. All of us who've been in this world know the hype isn't accurate. That doesn't make it any less confusing to navigate!

Startup Journal: Handling Customer Service

Handling customer service appropriately is important for any business. Duh. 99 times out of 100, people care about how they're treated, and that plays directly into the success of your business. (Tweet this!) Accordingly, everyone deserves the velvet rope experience. Customers are your VIPs!

Startup Journal: Is Explosive Growth Really the Goal?

Everyone wants to achieve explosive growth. That's what a startup is all about! It's a new business trying to rapidly take control of a market. Explosive growth is in the definition of a startup! Obviously that's the goal, right? To grow as quickly as possible? That's something you have to do in order to make it, but I think we often get too caught up in the idea. I get too caught up in it, at least.

How Important Is Market Research for Entrepreneurs? [Podcast]

What comes first, the market or the idea? Text Request director of sales James Dawson teams up with entrepreneur, investor, and consultant Alex Lavidge to discuss the role of market research in a startup's development. In this Chattanooga Business RadioX segment, James and Alex discuss the importance of conducting market research as an entrepreneur, and how you can do it effectively without breaking the bank.

Startup Journal: How Should You Spend Your Time?

As an entrepreneur or any member of a startup, your work-life balance deteriorates. Your startup quickly becomes a part of your identity. It's all you think about! You take that identity everywhere, and everything you do is geared towards building your company. All these great ideas continually flood your mind. There are so many things you want to do!

Is DIY Web Development Right for My Business? [Podcast]

It's so easy to create a website for your business (thank goodness). But is it the best choice? How should you - as a brand trying to grow - approach web development? What should you be looking for? What is it that actually makes a valuable website, and are you able to create that?

Startup Journal: Social Proof and Seeing What You Preach

Social proof is a beautiful thing. It's such a powerful phenomenon, where we validate by products and experiences by what someone else said. Everybody wants to feel validated. So when you see and hear people living out what you and your startup have been preaching, it's impossible not to feel some sense of pride.

Startup Journal: Accepting Failure vs. Expecting Failure

The thing about entrepreneurship is that every day you're vulnerable to failure. Startups are a really uncomfortable place, because you're constantly doing things you’ve never done before. When you sit down at a job interview and someone asks you, “What are your qualifications for this position," they're basically asking, "Have you done this job before?"