How to Choose the Best Chart for Your Data

Numbers don’t lie, but a bad chart decision makes it extremely difficult to understand what those numbers mean. Before you put together another PowerPoint presentation, make sure your pick the right type of chart to clearly communicate the information you want to share. Here’s how.

10 Places to Get a Free Business Education Online

Getting a business education doesn’t have to be expensive. An increasing number of colleges, universities and even nonprofit organizations offer free business courses online. Find out how you can sign up for these courses and what you can get from them.

25 Excellent Social Media Sites for Entrepreneurs

Are you an entrepreneur who has been seduced by social media tools such as Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook? If so, you may realize the benefits of displaying your resume, finding and staying in touch with business partners, employers and customers, and learning new information through these basic tools.

If you don’t use a variety of basic social media tools for networking, then you’ll learn a few … [ Read more ]

Free Textbooks You Can Read Online

Free textbooks are a great way to get a free education. This article tells you where you can get all sorts of free textbooks online, including free accounting textbooks, economics textbooks, computer science and technology textbooks, English textbooks, history textbooks and science textbooks.

WBCSD Measuring Impact Framework

Companies concerned about their social and environmental impacts have a new tool for measuring and monitoring their activities.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released its new Measuring Impact Framework, a guide for how to look at and assess impacts. The group worked its framework into an Excel-based guide, giving companies an outline for identifying, measuring and monitoring impacts.

The Framework includes four broad … [ Read more ]

Rankings for Business Administration OpenCourseWare Education

Some of the top colleges and universities in the world provide free business administration courses online. Here is a list of the best sources.

Optimizing Project Selection: A Spreadsheet Tutorial

Spreadsheet optimization is a great way to improve your decision making on a practical basis without having to use difficult or expensive software. Here we use the example of selecting a capital project to show how an optimization model built in Excel can arrive at the best decision using the Solver tool. This tutorial spreadsheet includes an annotated working model, as well as a customizable … [ Read more ]

Swivel

Swivel is a place where curious people explore all kinds of data. In particular, we’re talking about those three things:
* The use of farms of powerful computers and algorithms at the Swivel data centers to transform a lonely grid of numbers and letters into hundreds – sometimes thousands – of graphs that can be explored and compared with any other public data in Swivel
[ Read more ]

BNET Evaluation Form to Help Improve Employee Performance

Structured performance reviews allow managers to help employees recognize their strengths and weaknesses, and to provide direction in improving skills and performance. This evaluation form is designed to make it easier for managers to deliver the constructive feedback employees need. It provides a framework for developing an evaluation system, built on an assessment of five categories of performance: communication, interaction, productivity, quality concerns, and job … [ Read more ]

NVCA Model Venture Capital Financing Documents

The National Venture Capital Association offers a set of model legal documents for venture capital investments put together by a group of leading venture capital attorneys. The model venture capital financing documents consist of:
* Term Sheet
* Stock Purchase Agreement
* Certificate of Incorporation
* Investor Rights Agreement
* Voting Agreement
* Right of First Refusal and Co-Sale Agreement
* Management Rights Letter
* … [ Read more ]

A Methodology and Model for Assessing Entrepreneurial Ventures

Evidence suggests that small firms benefit from business planning as new ventures are assessed and started. Yet relatively few make use of business planning, or go about such planning in an inconsistent way that invites errors and omissions. This paper presents a systemized web-based venture planning model that provides opportunities for entrepreneurs to collect the appropriate information and assess their ventures. This model is based … [ Read more ]

How to Write a Marketing Plan

The Marketing Plan is a highly detailed, heavily researched and, hopefully, well written report that many inside and possibly outside the organization will evaluate. It is an essential document for both large corporate marketing departments and for startup companies. Essentially the Marketing Plan:
* forces the marketing personnel to look internally in order to fully understand the results of past marketing decisions.
* forces … [ Read more ]

A New IT Value Vocabulary

After nearly 18 months of work by dozens of CIOs, the IT Value Matrix illustrates the principles and practices essential to creating, identifying and communicating IT’s value to the enterprise. One reader’s praise: “In my daily job which is communicating what technology does for our business partners, our wins, project release status information and creating presentations for executives that mean something to our business partners, … [ Read more ]

IT User Satisfaction Survey Form

User surveys offer an excellent way to determine the level of satisfaction among employees who rely on IT support services. But to get accurate and useful results, it’s important to develop a clear and simple assessment form. This revamped version of our sample survey offers a mix of easily answered check box questions designed to gauge user satisfaction with regard to both equipment and support. … [ Read more ]

Inc.com Tools

Inc.com has more than 100 free tools that are available to Inc.com members. From sample policies and agreements to worksheets and checklists, Inc.com has tools to help you in every area of your business.

Choose from the following categories:
* Doing Business Online
* Financial Management
* Finding Capital
* Hiring and Recruiting
* Managing Employees
* Marketing
* Performance Management
* Personnel Administration
* … [ Read more ]

Google Tools and Tips for Marketers

WDFM did a special focus issue on Google tools and tips for marketers which highlighted the following useful sites:
– TouchGraph GoogleBrowser
http://www.touchgraph.com/TGGoogleBrowser.html
– GoogleDuel
http://www.googleduel.com/original.php
– GooFresh
http://www.researchbuzz.org/archives/001405.shtml
– Google AdWords Keyword Suggestion Sandbox
https://adwords.google.com/select/main?cmd=KeywordSandbox
– AdSense Charts
http://www.adsensecharts.com
– AdSense Ad Predictor
http://www.about-adsense.com/adsense-web-tool.html
– Poodle Predictor
http://www.gritechnologies.com/tools/spider.go
– Google Link Tools
http://www.monstersmallbusiness.com/website_promotion_tool4.asp
– GoogleRankings
http://www.googlerankings.com
– Google Back Link Tracker Tool
http://www.digitalpoint.com/tools/backlinks/
– … [ Read more ]

Marketleap’s Link Popularity Analysis Tool

Marketleap offers a free link popularity tool that can be used both to help you find out who is linking to your site, and to generate a benchmarking report that shows where you stand in comparison to your competitors.

Also of interest at this site is their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) 101 tutorial, found at:
http://www.marketleap.com/help/seo101/default.htm

Bookmarklets: The Littlest Next Big Thing

Article discusses a new generation of browsing tools lets you kill ads, change fonts, adjust backgrounds, and generally teach a web page who’s boss.

Checklist for Formation of a Corporation

MS Word document with a thorough and useful checklist of things to take care of when incorporating your new business.

TechRepublic White Paper on the Costs of Tech Support

Tech support is expensive. Your CEOs and CIOs want you to show them the ROI. How do you provide the tech support your organization needs and stay within budget? Download TechRepublic’s white paper to find out.