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#Smallbiz Wrap: Bonuses, Dumb Rules, and Used mp3s

Used mp3, admittedly, wouldn’t look this cool

Curious as to when you should think about employee bonuses? Maybe you’re wondering why the cashier at a Colorado grocer charged you twice as much for Cheerios as he charged me. Or maybe you’re wondering about the future of used music. We’ve got that and more below in our weekly small business roundup. Thanks, as always, for stopping by.

Evidence suggests you should give your employees bonuses at the beginning, not the end, of the year. Other studies suggest that you should give your employees bonuses at both the beginning and the end of the year. And yes, I made that second one up.

Of course, being a happy employee isn’t just about the money. These nine things are just as important.

The customer is always right.” That and three other “dumb” rules that’ll ruin your small business.

What if a can of soda, in the same store, cost twice as much for you as it did for me? Well, then you’d be seeing the future of pricing.

The best businesses stand out from the crowd, part 1. In this article, we’re looking at your business name. You can do better than “Hamburger Restaurant.”

The best businesses stand out from the crowd, part 2. A few smart (and sometimes free) ways your small business can separate itself from your competitors.

This infographic about the internet of a decade ago blew me away. For example, in 2002, there were 3 million websites. Now? There are 555 million. Something to keep in mind when you’re faced with embracing some new-fangled technology in the next five years. Do it.

And lastly, this intriguing startup idea. If you can sell your used Rumors LP (and really, why would you do that?), what’s keeping you from selling your used mp3s?

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