A Little Help from the Coin Guy

Train your staff! A little help from the coin guy today. Sadly I do see some pawnbrokers who have...

How to Make a Great First Impression in 30 Seconds or Less

If you think you have at least a couple of minutes to make a first impression, you are wrong!...

10 Marketing Tips and Tricks to Bring Your Business Up to Speed

Consider the Best Strategies for Instagram Growth If you’re looking to use Instagram as a...

Get Started on Your Business Plan for 2018

1. E-Commerce. My kids have coined the phrase, “If you’re not online, you’ve flatlined.” to...

AWS named as a leader in the 2017 Public Cloud Storage Services Magic Quadrant report*

If you are evaluating cloud providers for an upcoming project, Gartner's report can help you...

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The History of the 4Cs of Diamond Quality

The term 4Cs we know today had its start in the early 1940s, as the brainchild of GIA founder Robert M. Shipley. A former retail jeweler, Shipley was fiercely committed to professionalizing the American jewelry industry. He established an institute (GIA) to provide...

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5 Simple Tips for Your Small Business Facebook Page

More entrepreneurs are tapping into the world’s largest social media network: There are more than 70 million businesses now on Facebook, up from about 18 million in 2013, according to Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg during a recent investor call. Facebook...

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4 Ideas for Drawing People to Your Shop this Halloween

1. Pumpkin carving and Halloween costume contests Have the “little ones” come in dressed in their costumes, take photos to share on your facebook and website events pages. Ask guests to share their photos after you post them, to get some more visibility for your...

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USPS Governor Approved 2018 Rate Hikes in 2016

Rates for some key USPS shipping services including Priority Mail and First Class Package Service are going up significantly on January 21, 2018 (assuming they’re approved by the PRC), and according to Postal Mag, those rates had been approved in 2016 despite not...

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5 Ways Volunteering Can Help Your Small Business Grow

Customers are the backbone of your business. Customers are more important than consultants, trainers, senior managers, and executives. Without paying customers, a business goes bankrupt. Therefore, reaching as many people in your market as possible is paramount....

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These 6 Things Will Improve Your Retail Customer Experience

If you’re looking for repeat business as a retail company, one of the areas you absolutely need to focus on is customer experience. How a customer feels — not only when she is in your store, but also when she interacts with your brand online or after the sale— will...

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Pawning, Selling and Trading Firearms

“Pawn, Sell and Trade” As part of the pawn business model, it goes without saying that a shop can expect to not only see firearms heading out the door, but also being brought in by customers for pawning, sale, trade, or even gun-smithing...

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3 Habits Every Small Business Owner Should Have

When you’re a small business owner you wear many hats. Maker, promoter, accountant and yes, the face of the brand. When it’s just you and maybe one other person representing your company, what you do matters. How you conduct yourself in public matters. A lot.  It’s...

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4 Big Considerations Before Expanding Your Small Business

Expanding your business can be a challenging time. When you’re opening a new store, taking on new clients or looking for ways to grow the number of products or services you offer, you’re going to feel like you’re under quite a bit of pressure. However, if approached...

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Pawn Shops Improve Lives

By a show of hands – how many of you got into the pawn business so you could help people? How many wanted to be the sole salvation for some families in a time of crisis?  Instead of making money, who of you wanted to make a difference instead?  I would suggest that...

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eBay Launches Search Filter for Guaranteed Delivery

eBay is advising sellers to opt-in to its new eBay Guaranteed Delivery program and provides the three steps sellers must do in order to participate. eBay said Wednesday it has begun rolling out the program to buyers, who will be able to filter search results to...

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Why “The Extra Mile”?

Here at Data Age, there are many of things that we do as a company to stand out when it comes to how we provide for our team and for our customers. I am fortunate enough to not only work closely with our customers on a daily basis but also with all departments...

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Refining Views – The Market

Nobody knows what the markets are going to do. They’re like an elevator; the markets are going to go up, and they’re going to go down. I keep an eye on it every day. I watch CNBC, I look at KITCO and Bullion Desk, I talk to fellow coin guys and jewelers and...

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14 Ways to Boost Employee Morale

We’ve all been there: A project or task doesn’t go the way you thought it would. This can affect not only the business result, but also employee morale. So how do you pick up the pieces? We asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an organization...

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Google Changes Coming in October 2017

Why is Google Doing it? This is an attempt to push more folks to upgrade their websites to allow for a secure browser connection and greater online safety for all. Savvy online shoppers know to look for a secure link before entering their credit card number. A...

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