Each week, OPEN Forum's editors round up the most compelling entrepreneurial news and advice from our contributors and others. Here are this week’s highlights:
Sure, there are perks to working at home, such as the saved time and expense of commuting and meals. But with distraction a constant nemesis to remote workers, staying productive is often challenging. Mashable's Stephanie Buck shows you five tech tools to keep you on track. Plus:
Are you getting the most out of LinkedIn's great features
? Angela Stringfellow shows you some features you may have missed.
Barry Moltz gives you useful advice on how to take advantage of August downtime by focusing on improving yourself and your business. Plus:
Business Insider's Danielle Schlanger gives you the scoop on how seasonal businesses
in the Hamptons manage to thrive all year round.
Everyone has made an embarrassing verbal slip-up. But in sales, saying the wrong thing can mean the difference between shaking a new customer's hand and watching an annoyed prospect walk out the door. Mike Michalowicz brings you the eight most common vebal blunders you should never make. Plus: If you don't have the budget to hire freelancers to write your marketing copy, Wise Bread's Kentin Waits shows you some tried-and-true guidelines.
Super-comedians such as Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari aren't just kings of comedy; they are also kings of social media, using it to build their fan bases and increase loyalty among their followers. Mashable's Christine Erickson gives you their secrets and how you can leverage them to your small business. Plus: Carla Turchetti shows you why you need a social-media use policy for your employees.
Business reporter Courtney Rubin reveals the details of a disconcerting new Symantec report that shows hackers are increasingly targeting small businesses (including small businesses who are vendors to large companies). Get the details here. Plus: Courtney reports on a small-business owner who is fuming over her store appearing in a campaign ad without her consent.
Treating customers with dignity is not just the right thing to do, it also has long-term benefits for your business. Tom Rieger explains why dignity is such an important concept to your customer-service strategy. Plus: Culture Beat columnist Alexandra Levit explores the question of whether a democratic or dictatorial leadership style is more effective.
Matthew May interviews Harvard professor and author of The Happiness Advantage and gets his insight into why a "happiness-first" approach is vital to your success in business. Plus: Darren Dahl uncovers why kindness is key to keeping customers and employees happy.