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Adriana Clifford, Business/Operations Contributor

Adriana is a military spouse with a background in International Business, Operations, and Real Estate Investing. Outside of this, she has a passion for writing, travel and considers herself an avid foodie.

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5 Professional Development Books to Read Right Now
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

Whether you are a team of one or one hundred, once you are in the role of leadership your learning should never stop. Some may argue that your learning has just begun. So how do some of the brightest minds in today's business world stay at the cutting edge in both their personal and professional lives? The answer is so simple that it may surprise you; they read. On average, Americans will read two to three books in a year. The average CEO will read four to five books per month.

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Is an All Remote Workforce Right for Your Business?
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

In 2013, Stanford University conducted a study that randomly assigned employees at a call center to work from home and others to work in the office for nine months. The result was a 13% performance increase by those working from home, of which 9% was from working more hours.
People criticize remote work because they find it difficult to measure the number of hours their employees are working. What they forget is that going into the office does not equal productive work.

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What To Look For In A Business Partner
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When you sit and think about some of the greatest business partnerships of all time, names like Ben & Jerry or Larry & Sergey may pop into your mind.  Ben and Jerry were, and are, best friends who launched their famous ice cream line in 1978. Larry and Sergey were both attending Stanford University in the late 90's when they started Backrub, which we now know as Google. Then there are the business partnerships that certainly have notoriety but, for various reasons, fell apart- like Steve Jobs and Stephen Wozniak from Apple. So what gives? How is it that certain business partnerships weather the inevitable storms and others part ways?

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How Do You Get Office Space If You Don't Have the Money to Lease an Office?
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Some might say that having the opportunity to own your own business is the epitome of the American Dream. Achieving the chance to be your boss indeed is an accomplishment, but sometimes, there are unforeseen bumps in the road. One of these bumps could be in the form of space or lack thereof. You and your business may want to lease the next building in the busiest part of town or snag the prime storefront location - until you see the price tag. The price to rent office space in America varies from city to city; $1.74 per square foot in Atlanta to $6.16 in New York City, for example. What happens when you need to find an alternative? Here are creative solutions to the problem of the need for space without the money.

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How to Hire your First Employee
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Congratulations, you're about to hire your first employee! Deciding to bring on your first employee is an exciting time. Chances are if you need to hire someone, your business has flourished to the point where you can no longer remain a one-person show, a good problem to have. But what happens now? Do you cruise over to one of the many job boards, post your opening and begin interviews? Not exactly. While there are a few boxes to check before you bring on your first employee, it gets more comfortable with each new addition. Let’s get hiring!

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It's More Than a Party: How to Have a Successful Launch
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Anyone who has decided to start their own business knows that from that moment of inception, you never really stop. The building, fine-tuning, and figuring out your proof of concept is not something that happens overnight. But the moment will finally arrive when you are ready to have your official launch event. You are prepared to show the world the culmination of your long hours and hard work. Whether your business is brick and mortar or online, you should not think of a launch party as just another event; this is YOUR time to shine!

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Congrats! You're a Manager. What Now?
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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions, policies, or positions of StreetShares or any of its affiliates.

For some, their professional endeavors include leading others. At one time or another, most of us who strive for this have had the image of ourselves in the corner office, floor to ceiling glass windows, marveling at where we are. Do you want to know what you have in common with the people in that image right now? They were once where you are - the first time/new manager.

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Tips for Women Entrepreneurs
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The scales are tipping for women to assume roles not only in politics and the business world, but to take it a step further and become the gatekeepers of their destiny as entrepreneurs. We have Sheryl Sandberg telling us to ‘Lean In' and Oprah reminding us to control our destinies. But is any of it helping? Are women more motivated today than they were years prior? Well, if you look at the data, I would say yes.

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Tips for Bringing Your Business Online
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Once upon a time, in the pre-Amazon days, starting your own business was riddled with questions surrounding issues such as where your business would operate and how you would reach your customers. Now, thanks to the technology boom, things that once fell into the 'in-person only' category can now be fully remote. Everything from banking to education to employment no longer requires your physical presence to complete. The business world falls into this demographic as well. Technology and the internet have forever changed the landscape of how and where people do business.

Turning your entrepreneurial aspirations into a profit-driven entity may look best for you as an online-only business. Regardless of the reasoning, the approach and organization leading up to and after your launch should be methodical and well-thought out. If you have a business idea, and you're ready to take it to the main stage of the internet, here are some tips on how to start.

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Best Ways To Professionally Utilize Social Media
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Once upon a time, social media was just for fun, but that is no longer the case. I have found throughout the years that when the phrase "social media" is spoken in an office setting, one of two reactions will follow. Someone will perk up, eager to share something they learned that they feel revolutionary, or someone will grimace in pain at the thought. Social media has become a double-edged sword. Some of us may enjoy the ability to stay up to date with friends and family no matter their geographic location. Some may cringe at the thought of it because they know someone who has turned their social media pages into an embarrassing personal journal.

Regardless of where you fall in all of this, social media and the professional world go hand-in-hand. The same way you use Yelp or TripAdvisor to vet someone, someplace or something, HR representatives and potential customers do the same thing to you. However, finding the balance between business and pleasure with social media may not be as tricky as you think. Here are five ways to kick your social media professionalism up a notch.

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