Friday 5 for the Year of 2014 — the 10 Best Posts of the Year Part 1


Miss something this… year? We’re counting down the top 10 posts of 2014 in this week’s Friday 5. So, in other words, it’s kind of a big deal.

We don’t care if you use these posts as early Christmas gifts (you can even take the credit)! Feel free to share ‘em with the hashtag #Friday5.

10. [Infographic] The Color of Branding

by: Will Adams

Over time, we’ve developed specific emotional reactions to different colors. So much so that your color choices tell potential customers something about your business before they even walk through the door. The best marketers understand this and use it to their advantage… Read more

9. 6 Tax Red Flags That Could Get You Audited

by: Ted Jenkin

Nobody wants to be audited. But about 1 in 150 of us will experience some type of audit in our lifetime. That’s the bad news. The good news is that if you avoid these six potential red flags, you may be able reduce your chances of getting the dreaded audit notice in the future… Read article

8. Leadership Strategy — The 4 to 1 Rule

by: Fran Tarkenton

One of the first businesses I built was Behavioral Systems where we used psychological research to improve a company’s management and job performance. There, I worked with a psychologist named Aubrey Daniels to create the 4 to 1 rule… Read more

7. 5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Killer Website

by: Harry Kierbow

According to a recent study, 88% of consumers leave a website and don’t return after a bad experience. Compounding this, more than a third of them told someone else about it. The impact of your website, good or bad, can make or break your business… Read article

6. 7 Awesome Facts About American Small Businesses

by: Harry Kierbow

Steve Jobs is famous for putting a “ding” in the universe, but he also said, “You need a lot of passion for what you’re doing because it’s so hard. Without passion, any rational person would give up.” Entrepreneurs really are a special breed. Here are 7 amazing facts about American small businesses… Read more

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