People respond to visual representations of data, which is why a picture is worth a thousand words. Creating a visual representation of a problem, or a multi-pronged concept can allow you to more effectively convey an idea, and should you desire it, allow for contribution to stem from it. Enter Mind42. What it is is a free service that allows small business owners to create “mind maps”, essentially graphs that allow you create branches from a central idea or concept, creating a means to visually track an organic thought process, demonstrate workflow or corporate hierarchy, or conceptualize whatever plans you have for your business. It’s free. There are many free tools out there with varying degrees of functionality, some with pay-gated features, some that are open source. It can be tricky to gauge where each one is able to fit in and how much you should rely on it. Mind42 presents a simple concept- the ability to create and share tree charts that are simple to

This not another Earth Day post. This is a post-Earth Day reminder to small business owners that, just because it’s not an official day of recognition for the health of our planet, it doesn’t mean that they should forget the promises they made to themselves in a fit of green tinged zeal a day ago. Like New Year’s resolutions, Earth Day promises carry a lot of potential but amount to nothing if never acted upon. Here are some ways that you can act on those promises you made, without costing your business or your productivity. Add some plants to your business environment. We can’t stress enough how great plants are for your office. They can manage stress, reduce your overall carbon footprint, they look great, and are often easy to take care of. What’s not to like? Create an off switch policy. One of the biggest problems leading to energy waste in small business environments is simply not turning off lights and other electronic appliances that are

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