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Of course Martin! Yelp uses a pretty sophisticated review filter to keep out fake reviews. Sometimes it works too good and removes genuine reviews from your customers. If one of your customers leaves a review on Yelp, and then doesn't leave another review over a period of time, Yelp will most likely take down the review. It's frustrating as most people are not active Yelp users and you could be wasting your customers time by asking them to leave a review there. Yelp is a valuable spot for reviews, though I tend to only ask people to leave them there if they are active on the platform."
Yelp has a stringent review filter and tends to remove many reviews, even valid ones. I've found from experience that if you're not an active "Yelper", your reviews will not stay online. I've had reviews for one of my businesses live for over a year, then they all vanish. Customers tend to get annoyed when you ask for a review, they take the time to write one, then Yelp doesn't publish it. That's why I steer people towards other review platforms.....unless Yelp is vital to your business."
Hey Sian, the more I use Evernote, the more uses I find for it. I've found that having a your Notebooks setup properly is the key to staying organized with it. Check out the Camcarb app in the article, it's my #2 most used app after Evernote!"
Cam Card is a pretty neat app, it's from the same makers as Cam Scanner, which is awesome. I might check out the Moleskin notebooks, up until now, it's only been available for iOS, but I believe they just launched for Android. I've always taken photos of my notes with Evernote, it works pretty good without a Moleskin. Evernote includes free OCR for images and OCR for PDF's for premium members."
Hey Heather, If a business has visions of expansion, then a more formal business structure needs to come in to play, or else expansion is near impossible. If you're happy with being a 1-2 employee business, that is equally terrific and you may not need as much structure. Many business owners have difficulty transitioning from solopreneur to entrepreneur. Many times it's due to the inability to replicate the way "they" do things hiring/training their employees. Once you go beyond a few employees, you're no longer able to have your finger on every detail of your business. To your comment, I think there is a misconception that creating a formal set of standards and procedures will turn your business into a cookie cutter operation and take away from your uniqueness. To finish with an example of how structure and creativity can go hand in hand, Shakespeare created some of the greatest poetry in history using Sonnets, which follows a rigid set of rules for structure and cadence. Thanks for the comments, I love being part of the BizSugar community!"
Great list! I find that many small business owners have trouble with #8, letting go of the Turkeys. Nobody wants to be the bad guy. Those Turkeys slowly start to wreck havoc on the team culture and their continued presence and poor performance reflects poorly on the business owner in the eyes of their hard working team members."
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