James O'Brien

James O'Brien

Writer, Reporter, Researcher

James O'Brien covers business, technology, social media, marketing, film, food, wine, the profession of writing, and news. The Nieman Journalism Lab has called his work "sponsored content done right".

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5 Smart Tips For Successfully Selling Your Business

At some point, you might want to sell the business you've grown and nurtured. Before you take the big step, ask yourself these 5 questions....

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A Playbook of Two Cities: How Seattle and Denver's Economies Stack Up

As the Super Bowl teams get ready to play, here's a look at the numbers to see which city wins when it comes to entrepreneurship....

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Basic Training: Innovative Internships Across America : Innovation ...

These four college internship programs put students in the real world and prepare them for business success.

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Choosing the Right Venture Capital Firm

Here what to look for when exploring the world of VC funding.

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Connecting Minority-Owned Businesses to Clients: A Small ...

Minority-owned businesses can get some extra leverage by getting certified. Here's a how-to.

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Do You Need A College Degree To Succeed In Business?

Forget whether you need an MBA ... do you even need a college degree to succeed in business? A new...

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Employee Feedback Surveys: 5 Ways to Make Them Work

If executed correctly, employee surveys can yield incredibly valuable data. Here are 5 tips to getting the best feedback possible....

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Final Transactions: When To Fire A Customer (And Why)

Some customers are more trouble than they're worth. These tips will help you identify the troublemakers and cut your losses....

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Five Secrets of Mobile Marketing

Reach out to potential customers when they're in the right place, at the right time, and watch your sales climb.

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Four Tips for Wooing Investors

Here's how four entrepreneurs landed the capital they needed to get their small business ideas off the ground.

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Green Tax Breaks You Can Still Get

Although many green-building perks have dried up, there are still incentives out there.

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Ho, Ho . . . Humbug? 5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Party Legal Problems ...

Holiday parties can quickly go from

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How Entrepreneurs Outside Of Silicon Valley Are Making Millions

You don't need to be a flashy startup to make money. These decidedly...

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How Incivility Can Destroy Your Workplace

Is workplace incivility threatening your small business's health and productivity?

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How Much Disengaged Employees Really Cost You

Your disengaged workers are costing you more than $2,000 per employee per year, plus affecting productivity and overall office morale....