This week in small business: Expert advice on travel, Instagram marketing, women entrepreneurs and more

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The experts speak in this week’s collection of curated content. The topics are many and varied: Travel tips, Instagram marketing tips, the importance of women entrepreneurs, and many more.

Don’t put off reading through this…and if you tend to procrastinate, skip down to the advice from Jayson DeMers.

Leadership, management, and productivity

Small business owners and entrepreneurs worry about spending time away, but a new type of vacation brings work and play together.

In related news: Travel and money writer Kristin Wong speaks from experience when she describes how to get work done while traveling.

In this Q&A session, Vanita Pandey, VP of strategy and product marketing at ThreatMetrix, discusses everything from work-life balance to the “third industrial revolution.”

Do you procrastinate when you have decisions to make? Jayson DeMers looks at the problems and delivers four valuable strategies.

Eight things successful people do that lazy people do not. See how you score!

Marketing and sales

Check out these tips for enterprise companies on how to scale their local marketing, and you’ll pick up some great advice for your small business along the way.

Here’s advice from five top notch marketers on how to avoid some major fails when trying to reach millennials.

Check out Matt Mansfield’s 30 tips for promoting your blog on the Internet.

Chris Gadek, head of growth and marketing at Doorman, delivers seven hacks to grow brand awareness and unlock revenue growth.

How do you market a solution people don’t know exists to solve a problem they potentially don’t yet realize they have? Entrepreneur and PR expert Cheryl Conner answers the question.

Live and semi-live strategies are at the forefront of marketing. Discover what you can do with the new Instagram Stories. And while we’re on the topic, here are Instagram marketing tips from the world’s top experts.

Everybody and their brother is doing digital marketing. Catherine Monson thinks it’s time to take your marketing outside, literally.

Saleforce’s CEO of Marketing Cloud and Chief Analytics Officer, Bob Stutz, says that machine learning is the next big thing for marketers.

Entrepreneurship, startups, and innovation

Women are starting businesses at twice the rate of men, world-wide, yet they are very underrepresented in the media. See why this is important. Get another take in this article: More women in startups means more female CEOs down the line.

Hey entrepreneur! Feel some negativity starting to creep in? Here are 30 tips to keep you in a positive frame of mind.

Should a startup hire an HR professional? And if so, when?

Here’s some great encouragement from McKinzie Bean: How Being a Stay-at-Home Mom Helped Me Become an Entrepreneur.

Ex-Vogue executive and serial entrepreneur, Nancy Cruickshank, shares her passion for brands and beauty.

30-year old Joel Holland, founder of VideoBlocks, has created a $20-million business…from his RV.