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A Small Business Blog and Small Business Tips Related to Growing, Marketing and Managing a Small Business.



Small business blog for small business owners, includes resources for businesses, small business grants, business plans, business letters, daily business tips, online marketing advice and information. Learn ideas for your small business.



Published: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 10:00:00 -0500

Last Build Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 20:18:16 -0400

 



4 Budgeting Tips For Small Business Owners

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Every business needs well managed capital to scale. If you’re able to budget properly, then there will always be enough capital for you to grow your business. Every business operates differently which means there is no universal formula to creating a viable budget for your company.

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The 15 Most Profitable Small-Business Industries

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:05 -0400

Thinking about launching a new business? Here is where to look to for high profit margins.

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11 Cyber Security Questions Every Small Business Should Ask

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

The big question therefore is: are you prepared for a cyber attack? Small business credit provider Headway Capital, has compiled data to help you check yourself.

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10 Ways to Break Your Small Business Out of a Rut

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:28 -0400

When your small business gets stuck in a rut, you need to find a quick way to snap out of it. This can mean finding a new source of inspiration, following some new trends or even kickstarting your marketing efforts. For more on breaking your small business out of a rut, check out these tips from members of the online small business community.

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18 Secrets From CEOs Whose Companies Will Not Stop Growing

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

On the lists 10th anniversary, we asked the founders of 25 of the 142 remarkable companies that have earned a spot on the Inc. 500/5000 list 10 times or more to reveal how they have sustained and managed hypergrowth. What follows is a sampling of their sage advice

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14 Startup Tips From Small Business Pros

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Experts from the nations 63 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are more than happy to share their advice for starting and growing a business successfully. They work with entrepreneurs every day, providing free and low-cost consulting. Collectively, SBDCs help a new business launch every 31 minutes, and provide more than 1.3 million hours of consulting services to entrepreneurs annually.

To get you started, we’ve asked some of these advisors to share their best tips for new businesses.

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13 Places to Find Small-Business Grants for 2017 and 2018

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

There are sources for women or minority entrepreneurs and virtually anyone else.

The money may not be enough to keep you afloat for several years, but it can make a big difference. Here are 13 places to find small-business grants. And although there is no way to know if LendingTree will repeat its $50,000 small-business grant competition, it still has information on applying for grants and what grant issuers are looking for.

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50 Small Business Ideas for the Homebody

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Want to start a business from the comfort of your own home? There are plenty of business opportunities out there for homebodies. So if you are looking for a way to make some money without having to be away from home most days, here are 50 ideas.

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Meet The Future Of Small-Business Health Insurance: Self Funding

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

A few months before most of the Affordable Care Act provisions that restructured health insurance markets took effect, a broker described the great lengths to which he thought many small businesses might go in order to keep their relatively low insurance premiums. He anticipated that these small companies would start to pay employee health care costs out of their own treasuries — what's called, in the industry, self-funded insurance.

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10 Tips for Building a Customer Focused Business

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400

For tips on keeping your business customer focused and more, check out this recent content from members of the online small business community.

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3 Things Smart Employers Look for in a Resume

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 09:00:00 -0400

For the same reasons a resume is never enough to get you the job you really want, no one hires a new employee based on their resume alone. Qualifications, education, experience, it all matters, but most hiring managers quickly scan and sort resumes before moving on to the next step in the hiring process.

So how can you get better at reviewing resumes to identify the candidates you want to interview? The following is from Simon Wistow, the co-founder and VP of Product Strategy at Fastly, who looks for three key things on every resume.

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To Be Successful, Be Patient With Your Imperfections

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:53:49 -0400

Even though I’m learning and growing daily, life is still challenging. The more I learn, grow and become better, new challenges present themselves to me.

I am learning, over and over again, that being challenged, making mistakes and not knowing what I am doing is part of life. And there is nothing wrong with that.

To Be Successful, Be Patient With Your Imperfections



3 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Making IoT More User-Friendly

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:51:54 -0400

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly evolving technology sector. As the popularity of connected devices increases with consumers, the number of entrants into the market grows. But rapid growth and iteration have had some unintended consequences in the IoT space, especially when it comes to usability.

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Outstanding Leaders Exhibit More Than Just Emotional Intelligence--They Have These 7 Traits, According to Neuroscience

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:49:46 -0400

The topic of emotional intelligence (EQ) continues to dominate leadership conversations. Rightly so. However, in a Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that highlighted research by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis (experts on the topic), EQ is only the beginning.

Whereas EQ has an emphasis on individual psychology, there is a more relationship-based version called social intelligence. Social Intelligence, as defined by Goleman and Boyatizis, is a set of interpersonal competencies built on specific neural circuits and responses that inspire others to be effective. In other words, based on neuroscience and biology, there are certain leadership behaviors that elicit positive emotional responses in your team members.

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Small Business Hiring Rises

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:48:03 -0400

U.S. small businesses added more workers in July and plan to ramp up hiring in coming months. That is according to the National Federation of Independent Business monthly employment survey, due out later today.

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Build a Following for Your Business with Facebook Watch

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:46:17 -0400

A Look at Facebook Watch

The Facebook Watch platform, which will be accessible on mobile, desktop and in Facebooks TV apps, will focus on shows that have episodes that fit into a theme or storyline. And users can follow their favorites so that they never miss episodes. There will also be features to help users discover new shows that fit with their interests or that their friends are talking about.

To start, Facebook Watch will only be available to a limited number of publishers while Facebook grows the platform. But the company plans to roll it out slowly to more users in the coming weeks.

Build a Following for Your Business with Facebook Watch



How Small-Business Owners Should Be Using IoT

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:44:05 -0400

By 2020, there will be more than 24 billion connected devices. This wave of connections is already impacting the way we live and work. Of course, for small-business owners, life and work are usually intertwined: Running a business is a 24/7 job.

Thankfully, the internet of things (IoT) can actually help small-business owners streamline their processes and work more efficiently. Think of those 24 billion devices and services as an opportunity to work smarter, not harder!

How Small-Business Owners Should Be Using IoT



Small Business Confidence Bounces Back

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:38:17 -0400

After five straight months of declining or flat readings in small business optimism, Julys update from the NFIB showed a big turnaround. With economists expecting the headline index to come in at a level of 103.5, the actual reading came in at 105.2. This puts the index back within a point of its cycle high and indicates that despite a lack of progress in DC, small business owners are seeing improved conditions on the ground.

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How to choose a retirement plan for your small business

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:36:46 -0400

Have you procrastinated about setting up a tax-advantaged retirement plan for your small business? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Even so, this is not a good situation. You are paying extra income taxes every year that you could easily avoid. However, you still have time to set things right and line yourself up for major tax savings for this year and beyond. This column explains the basics about your tax-smart retirement plan options.

When you cut through all the technical details, you’ll discover that tax-advantaged retirement plans come in two basic varieties:

Defined-contribution plans, which come in several different flavors.
Defined benefit pension plans.

How to choose a retirement plan for your small business



Small Business Today: What Is in a name?

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:35:07 -0400

It is common knowledge around the Friedman household that when Emily was born, if she had been a boy instead of a girl, her name would have been Ted. Katie was also going to be named Ted and so was Jenni. When a boy was born to us in 1994, just a few short weeks after we moved to Ankeny, to no one’s surprise, we named him Ted.

Small Business Today: What Is in a name?



Never Forget

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:40:02 -0400

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#neverforget - September 11th



6 Things Your Small Business Needs to Spend More Money On

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 13:28:00 -0400

Businesses are incredibly difficult ventures to start. More than half of all businesses fail within five years of starting, according to statistics gathered in 2016. While this is far better than the traditional belief that half fail within a single year of starting, it is still clearly a challenge to start and continue running a small business.

6 Things Your Small Business Needs to Spend More Money On



A Small Business Guide To Selling On Amazon: Be Ready To Compete On Price

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 13:26:03 -0400

Amazon can truly be called a retail innovator, and since its inception as an online bookseller in the 1990s, it has forever changed the way consumers shop for products. Amazons reach is staggering -- nearly 50% of internet users in the US live in a household with a Prime membership and amazon.com receives more than 2 billion visitors every single month.

A Small Business Guide To Selling On Amazon: Be Ready To Compete On Price



Three Key Success Metrics Every Small Business Owner Should Focus On

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 13:17:53 -0400

Your small business is up and running, and you have a product or service that you are excited about. How do you boost your chances of building a venture that will last for the long term? A government statistic shows roughly 40% of Australian businesses fail within the first four years.

Three Key Success Metrics Every Small Business Owner Should Focus On



Fake News Hurts Small Business

Sun, 3 Sep 2017 13:11:34 -0400

Here is a fact: fake news is everywhere.  There is not a reputable news source out there distributing information with an objective, unbiased voice. It just does not exist anymore.

Where are the Cronkites, the Huntleys, the Brinkleys? In this frayed political climate, fake news seems to be at the very top of every discussion; it’s almost inescapable

Fake News Hurts Small Business



Hot Take: Why Are Small Business Owners So Happy?

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 13:09:08 -0400

In other words, small business optimism is mostly a false front, not anything real about how he is expected to affect the economy. There was sort of a pent-up demand to rebound from the unwarranted fall in optimism during 2015, and when you combine that with a lot of support for Trump, you get a spike in reported optimism.

Why Are Small Business Owners So Happy?



10 Classic Small Business Social Media Mistakes

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 13:07:46 -0400

The try-out period for social media is long past. Even tiny businesses – even many who don’t even have their own websites – know they need to be on social.

10 Classic Small Business Social Media Mistakes



How to plan an exit strategy for your small business

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 09:00:00 -0400

However, a business exit strategy not only means having a plan for the unexpected - including financial hardship, injury, disability and even death - it also means having a plan for the succession or transfer of ownership of your business when it comes time to hang up your hat and retire.

How to plan an exit strategy for your small business



How to Link From Your Content to Build Leads and Connections

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:04:28 -0400

Whenever we create digital content, we reference other web pages, either for further reading or to give a credit. In most cases, we link out in order to create better content and provide the reader with more information on the subject.

But did you know that links can provide further value for your business? If you approach it strategically, linking out can actually bring leads and business contacts.

How to Link From Your Content to Build Leads and Connections



34 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Successful

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:53:27 -0400

1. Wasting five minutes.
When you have five minutes of down time, how do you spend that time? Most people use it as an excuse to rest or laze.

By lazing for five five-minute breaks each day, we waste 25 minutes daily. That's 9,125 minutes per year (25 X 365). Sadly, my guess is we're wasting far more time than that.

34 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Successful



A Startling Small Business Statistic

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:00:14 -0400

Google reports that 60% of small businesses globally don't have a website yet.



Amazons Tepid Response to Counterfeiters Frustrates Sellers

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

On Tuesday, independent tech publisher No Starch Press found out that Amazon was selling counterfeit copies of Python for Kids, one of its popular programming books. A concerned customer alerted Bill Pollock, the founder and publisher of No Starch. He immediately knew what he was up against, because Pollock has dealt with this problem before.

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How and Why Your Small Business Should Be Recycling Paper

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:00:00 -0400

Chances are, your business goes through a fair amount of paper. Even if you have tried to go paperless or cut back on printing hard copies of documents, you likely have some paper products that need to be disposed of.

But instead of just throwing away all of that paper, your business can recycle it. Recycling paper comes with many potential benefits and is relatively easy. Here are some tips for recycling paper in your small business.

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Digital Marketing Strategies Small Businesses Should Adopt

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Digital marketing is a very broad term that includes website design, social media, online advertising, email advertising, SEO and more. This can be extremely confusing to the local business owner simply looking to attract more eyeballs on their site. They are typically too busy running operations to investigate which digital marketing strategies work best for their business.

In an effort to help local business owners such as restauranteurs, dentists, doctors, lawyers and any other service provider, I have put together the digital marketing strategies that all local businesses should adopt in 2017.

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Top Cities for Millennials Looking for Small Business Jobs

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

It is generally assumed that millennials are seeking jobs in coastal cities — New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles.

But new data from Indeed.com shows that millennials looking to work for small businesses are actually narrowing their searches toward inland cities.

Cities Where Millennials Want to Work for Small Businesses
In fact, when identifying metro areas where millennials are most often looking for work at small businesses. Oklahoma City topped the job board’s list, not L.A. or New York.

This is the latest crop of data looking at generational trends among job seekers.

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4 Small Business Trends That Are Steadily on The Rise

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

A social media presence is considered a necessity and not a luxury.

Having a presence on social media has become an absolute must for almost all business ventures.

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How Small Business Owners Can Avoid Sears Fatal Mistake

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 09:00:30 -0400

Sears built its business dominating catalog sales, fulfilling the pre-smartphone on-demand demands of its clientele. This revolution in direct-to-consumer sales created loyal customers, a nationwide network of stores and decades of profit. Times became more challenging for Sears following the rise in popularity of Walmart, which offered similar goods for cheaper prices, and Amazon, which led the charge on ecommerce, and has spent billions of dollars on capitalizing on fast delivery.

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How to make your small business ready for a potential cyber attack

Thu, 6 Apr 2017 09:00:16 -0400

In a technology climate riddled with ransomware and other threats, there’s no room for complacency.

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How to Create Your Small Business Retirement Succession Plan

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 09:00:05 -0400

When it comes to retirement and succession planning, a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey suggests that business owners are not necessarily as prepared as they ought to be. Seventy percent of business owners surveyed say they do not have a formal written plan in place outlining what they will do with their business if they decide to retire or can no longer continue working.

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Why Brick-and-Mortar Retail Technology Is One of the Best Industries for Starting a Business in 2017

Sun, 2 Apr 2017 09:00:00 -0400

Tech startups can help optimize retailers' in-store operations and customer experiences, enabling them to keep up with competition from e-commerce companies. This category includes hardware and software such as sensors that track foot traffic, interactive tablets that boost customer engagement, and mobile point-of-sale applications.

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6 Tools You Need to Make 2017 Your Most Profitable Year Ever

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Getting there starts with breaking down profit into its components and using six tools to move those pieces in the right direction.

Profit is revenue minus costs. But to boost profit, it helps to break it down further into gross profit -- price times quantity minus variable costs (e.g., costs that increase with each unit of product you sell) -- minus fixed costs (e.g., salaries, benefits, rent, and utilities).

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4 Ways Small Businesses Can Compete Against the Major Competitors

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:05 -0500

Moving into a new city or job can be daunting, the hassle of finding accommodation, the stress of moving personal items and most especially the people or city accepting someone new might not be pleasing.

The same applies to small businesses that are launching into an industry ridden with bigger competitors. For an SMB, finding a niche can be time-consuming but rewarding on the long-term.

In the article below, I will be sharing 4 effective marketing strategies for SMBs against bigger competitors.

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The 5 Things No One Ever Tells You About Starting a Business

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:45 -0500

Entrepreneurship is experiencing a romantic renaissance of sorts, a startup spring if you will. Everyone wants to hang a shingle on the back of their budding unicorn. It is culture and it is growth and it is hustle. Starting a business today seems to look really good on a t-shirt.

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3 Reasons Why Small Businesses Crash and Burn Online

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:38:32 -0500

The internet is the perfect forum for small businesses to compete with big brands. Audience reach, social sharing and unlimited sales and marketing opportunities have leveled the playing field between big and small companies. Still, a surprising percentage of small businesses have remained on the sidelines. Either they do not have an online marketing strategy, or the one they are using is inadequate, and therefore unsuccessful. So why are some smaller companies not taking full advantage of this potent and indispensable marketing tool?

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How to Avoid Double Taxation with an S Corporation

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:37:06 -0500

Paying taxes is unavoidable, yet that does not mean you need to pay more than necessary. You can make smart decisions to minimize your tax burden, without running afoul of the IRS.

For small businesses and entrepreneurs, business structure impacts how you pay taxes, and potentially how much you pay as well. The biggest difference is whether the business is its own entity responsible for paying taxes or whether the business’ profits are passed along to the owners’ individual taxes.

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6 Ways to Think Outside the Box When Marketing Your Small Business

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:24:13 -0500

Sometimes budget limits small businesses from executing their marketing ideas, but not every successful strategy requires a lot of money. Here are six outside the box ways to market your small business that are both inexpensive and effective.

1. Get personal.

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Watch Out For Fake Fonts! And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:18:02 -0500

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – A new form of ransomware centers on a fake font update.

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Elon Musks Surprising Strategy for Thinking About Everything

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Elon uses the Richard Feynman technique from what I have read about his approach, mixed with first principles.

... which is, basically, in simple terms: do not try to remember, but try to understand; when you understand, you will remember automatically.

Sounds simple? But yet, so many people do not do it like that. They try to cram loads of info and facts into their brains, especially students, with the result of forgetting a lot of it.

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How Business Intelligence Is Being Disrupted for the Better

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:13:57 -0500

More targeted marketing was one of the biggest contributions enterprises welcomed when big data first hit. Big data allowed brands to create elaborate, yet personalized campaigns that evolved to become increasingly effective as salesmen and marketers learned how to actually use all of the data they now had access to. But now, big data has become so broad and complex it has outgrown its ability to provide tangible results without the translation of an IT department.

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The Mindset Shifts You Need to Meet Any Goal

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:09:57 -0500

Optimism is powerful -- but so is preparation. In a live chat, Todd Herman explained that too much positivity can actually derail your goals. To that end, he shared three essential questions everyone should ask themselves to stay truly grounded.

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Want to Have More Creative Breakthroughs? Redesign Your Day According to This Step-by-Step Guide

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:09:23 -0500

You stare at a blank screen for what seems like hours, waiting for your brain to come up with a brilliant idea, and it never comes. There has to be a better way to brainstorm, right?

There is--and it might be as simple as doing the laundry.

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10 Lies People Believe About Success

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 12:00:00 -0500

To understand the truth, we must first understand the lies that make it difficult to grasp.

1. Success means the same thing to everyone.

It does not.

Some people value success in pure cash. Some people value it in the freedom that cash buys. Some people see success in how many lives they impact for the better. And some people judge success by how well they perform any given task at any given moment.

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What Small Business Owners Can Learn From Wegmans

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 21:18:11 -0500

Atop many business award programs sits privately-held and family-run Wegmans grocery stores, from No. 4 on FORBES list of Americas Best Employers. Based in Rochester, NY, the supermarket has an ardent fan base – including Alec Baldwins mother, who refused to move to California and give up her access to the grocery store – and legions of die-hard shoppers.

And who can blame them? Clean stores, huge inventories, reasonable prices and a seeming dedication to making life easier for its customers, Wegmans offers many lessons small businesses can learn from and apply.

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4 Social Media Resolutions for Small Businesses

Sun, 5 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

As 2017 unfolds, small businesses should take a look at what did not work in 2016 and find ways to improve in the upcoming year. While you work to control spending and shed some of the holiday pounds, don’t forget about making social media resolutions for your business.

Social media in 2017 will really be a defining factor in successful marketing strategies and strong businesses. In 2016, social media boomed for businesses. It was part of marketing strategies in previous years, but new advertising updates for social platforms and business-friendly changes made it easier than ever for organizations to make connections and offer valuable customer service.

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What Small Businesses Need to Do to Win in Online Retail

Fri, 3 Mar 2017 12:09:00 -0500

Companies that can figure out how to take advantage of new technologies for digital retail will outsmart and outpace competitors.

Any company of any size -- whether it is one employee working out of her basement or a multi-national company balancing millions in revenue -- must consider how digitization is affecting business as we know it.

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4 Trends in Website Design That Small Businesses Need to Know

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Small businesses are an integral part of our economy. Every business aims to solve a problem and create value in doing so. This is particularly true of small businesses. They provide a service or product that meets local needs and can fulfill requirements for larger businesses.

The benefits of small businesses are numerous, but often they can have difficulty creating, sharing, and establishing their message. Entrepreneurs, startups, and freelancers watch their budgets carefully, and expenses outside of delivering the product are kept to a minimum. That means marketing budgets get shaved first.

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Small Business: How do you become a Social Media Maven?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

How do you stay on top of the latest trends in your field?

I read a lot of blogs. I stay on top of Google Webmaster Central Blog, Search Engine Land and Moz Blog are ones that I read. I network with colleagues in the field to see what they’re doing, what they’re hearing and learn from them. There are a few SEO and social media marketing meet-ups in town that I attend.

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Will Trumps Tax Plan Benefit Small Businesses?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Steven Mnuchin, Trumps candidate to run the Treasury Department, has stated that comprehensive tax reform will be an immediate priority of Trumps administration, and that his focus as Treasury Secretary will be stimulating economic growth and creating jobs through tax reform.

But how will this affect small businesses and their owners?

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Macro Economics and Small Businesses

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away – in Internet terms that’s about 10 years ago – a small business owner did not have to worry too much about macro-economics. Well, that was a nice trip down Memory Lane.

Today, Main Street business owners have to operate every day in their micro-economy, while keeping an eye on what is happening at the macro level. Alas, macro-economics is not easy to get your head around when your highest priority on Monday morning is to cover payroll on Friday.

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Why I Look for Longevity on Résumes

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:59:00 -0500

More and more hiring managers no longer view longevity on a résumé as a positive attribute. Some believe it indicates the employee lacks diverse work experience; others that the employee is complacent, or is afraid of change. This could very well be the case, but to me (and I may be coming from an old school of thought), stability on a résumé is something that hiring managers should still value. It can demonstrate loyalty, dependability, expertise and commitment.

More specifically, here is how I evaluate longevity in a potential employee, in an attempt to see if it should be embraced, rather than dismissed.

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The 5 Pitfalls Of Naming Your Small Business

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Everyone told us that the name Worstofall Design would not work. You can not use negativity in your branding, they said.

We decided to go with our gut and ignore the rules.

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7 Power Habits of Great Leaders and Business Icons

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Our never-ending quest towards self-improvement is a long journey of small steps. Small habits we repeat day after day, week after week, year after year. Small habits that have turned us into who we are today can also determine who we will become in the future. Below are 7 Power Habits of some of the greatest human beings to ever live.

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Top 10 Things that Keep Small Business Owners Up at Night

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

When it comes to buying and selling, small business owners are pretty good at that – every company is founded, and has been built to do those things. But operating a small business in the 21st century has become more complicated than ever before, which is why people who know small business know the best way to find out what’s really going on is to ask the owner what keeps them up at night.

One organization that knows how to ask small businesses the right questions is the National Federation of Independent Business.

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7 Tips for Building the Small Business of Your Dreams

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Being a business owner is a dream of many; but a reality of only a few. Especially when it comes to actually making it in the small business space. It requires persistence, preparation and dedication.

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5 ways Trump can help small-business owners

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Optimism among small-business owners has soared as entrepreneurs hope that President-elect Donald Trump will enact policies aimed at helping them.

Trump has promised to ease regulation. While some on Main Street cheer the goal, changing anything substantial about regulation is easier said than done.

But there are other ways that a Trump administration can make life easier for small businesses. Consider this five-step plan his first 100 days agenda for Main Street.

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Top 10 Tax Deductions for Small Businesses

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

These Deductions Can Really Help Your Bottom Line
When you deliver your files, receipts and spreadsheets this year, make sure to schedule some time with your accountant to discuss tax deductions that could save your business vitally important revenue. You may be aware of many of them already, but here’s a refresher course just in case.

For example, you probably know that while your salary is a non-deductible draw in many cases, you can deduct the salaries and wages you pay your employees. And speaking of wages, you can also deduct the fees you pay to professional service providers such as accountants, lawyers and perhaps even your tax preparer. Yay!

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How Donald Trump stands to impact the economy and small businesses

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Joe Spencer has seen plenty of booms and busts in his hometown of Detroit over the years running his small business, Louisiana Creole Gumbo since 1983. He watched as the auto industry imploded and housing collapsed, and he grit his teeth through the subsequent recession.

But these days, things are looking up for his resilient restaurant, famous for its gumbo served five ways. It hit $1.2 million in sales last year, leading him to open a second location.

Now one thing is on his mind: How Donald Trump stands to impact the economy, and what might that mean for endeavors like his around the country.

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How to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Attacks

Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Small business owners might assume that their small size makes them immune to cyber threats. Cyber criminals, in other words, only go after the big, flashy opportunities, like the major cyber attack on Target in 2013, which compromised roughly 40 million credit and debit card accounts.

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Top 10 Things That Keep Small Business Owners Up At Night

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

When it comes to buying and selling, small business owners are pretty good at that – every company is founded, and has been built to do those things. But operating a small business in the 21st century has become more complicated than ever before, which is why people who know small business know the best way to find out what is really going on is to ask the owner what keeps them up at night.

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6 Ways to Increase Your Chances of Success When Starting a Business

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Are you starting a business for the first time? It can be challenging to step out of your comfort zone and go head to head with competitors, manage customer orders and deliver a desirable product. Putting in the right amount of market research goes without saying. But how do you increase your chances of success when starting a business? Check out these 6 ways here.

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Here is How Businesses Use Technology to Boost Productivity

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Interconnectivity is at the core of our digital universe, and with tech advancements, staying on top of trends is critical to career success. With 86 percent of U.S. adults1 18-29 owning a smartphone, most students, recent grads and longtime employees are seasoned in adopting new technologies.

Preparing for the future of automation and digital security can help jobseekers adapt to the future of tech. As you consider your career goals in todays digital world, there are four things to ask yourself.

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Why You Need to Redo Your Employee Handbook

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

In the wake of new rules and new attitudes, HR departments changed the talk about equality in pay, hiring, promotions and retention.

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10 Must-Read Business Books for 2017

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Asking for that promotion or finally starting your own business is easier with an inspiring read in your back pocket. Plan to pick up one of these books in 2017 to boost your creativity, or learn leadership lessons from the best.

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10 Small Business Website Errors That Drive Customers Away

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Visitors seldom leave a small business website with a neutral impression. For most prospects, your small business is an unknown quantity, so their first impression of your company will either make them more comfortable doing business with you or less comfortable. For this reason, you want their first experience with your website to inspire them to contact you—not your competitor.

These are the 10 biggest website problems that can drive potential new business away:

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Small Business Security Priorities for 2017

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

A New Year has arrived, along with some big security challenges.

In 2017 the expected proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices across all types of environments will make it tough to ignore the security ramifications. The continued popularity of the cloud will continue to attract the attention of cyberattackers and ransomware authors will keep the IT security industry on its toes.

Here are some of the small business security trends to follow going into a brand-new year.

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3 Ways Small Businesses Can Improve Profit Margins

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

As a small business, you are uniquely positioned to be able to compete for above average margins, and this should be your focus.

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Can Your Small Business Benefit From Pinterest?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

How Can Small Business Owners Build their Online Presence Using Pinterest?

Pinterest is not just an image sharing site. Small businesses can take advantage of the platform to market their goods and services to over 100 million online visitors. Here is how.

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4 Quick End of Year Legal Tips for Small Businesses

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:00:01 -0500

To make lives easier, Moore offers the following legal tips to help small and medium-sized business owners.

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Small Businesses Win Some Regulatory Relief

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Christmas has come and gone, but anybody struggling to keep a small business afloat or pondering an entrepreneurial venture might be digging under the desiccated blue spruce (take it out, already) for a missed present or two. The good news is that, as tough as politicians make it to launch your own firm, they've recently gifted us with a bit of relief from their depredations—and more may be on the way.

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The Inspiring Way This Small Business Owner Handled Social Media Backlash

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

The founder of a multiracial beauty company shares how she coped after her “personal and professional victory” angered many fans.

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Sales, Profitability Are Up For Small Businesses As 2016 Ends

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:59:00 -0500

U.S. small businesses are wrapping up 2016 with stronger sales and improved profitability.

Businesses with less than $10 million in annual revenues have experienced, on average, 7.3 percent annual sales growth during 2016, according to a financial statement analysis by Sageworks, a financial information company. That represents the fifth consecutive year that sales have grown more than 7 percent.

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Small businesses optimistic about 2017

Sun, 8 Jan 2017 01:59:00 -0500

Donald Trumps election as president has made many small business owners more upbeat about 2017.

Dean Bingham says he is cautiously optimistic because business picked up at his auto repair shop after the election — people who had put off fixing their cars have decided it’s time to get them serviced.

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6 key resolutions for your small business

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0500

If you are like most Americans, you’re probably making up a list of new year’s resolutions: lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, be nicer to your in-laws. While those resolutions may be long forgotten by February, I have got a list of resolutions you will want to keep to help you succeed in your small business in 2017.

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Here Are the Top Entrepreneurship Trends for 2017

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 16:00:24 -0500

With this tumultuous year behind us, I am fixing my mind on what's to come in 2017. Change is the only constant in life, and with a new administration about to take over--I am truly optimistic about next year since entrepreneurs seem to be looking forward to the potential changes that this new year might bring.

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7 Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn From Tech Startups

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Starting a small business in the United States has never been easier and, in fact, small businesses make up the backbone of the American economy. 9 out of every 10 employees works for one of the 28 million small businesses across the country. Each month, a half million new businesses enter the market, of which about 70% will last at least two years and one-third will last longer than 15 years.

But what does it mean to be a small business?

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68 Percent of Millennial Small Business Owners Rely on Social Media for Brand Promotion

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:00:36 -0400

Millennial business owners depend on social media for brand promotion more than any other medium.

Shocked, right? OK, probably not. But just how much Millennial business owners are using this relatively new media — or how much they don’t use traditional media — may come as a surprise.

New data (PDF) from Magisto shows that 68 percent of Millennial small business owners and entrepreneurs depend on social media channels for developing awareness of their own brands.

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How to Build Up Your Small Business on Social Media

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

If you have a small business, you know you want to use social media like Facebook and Twitter to increase sales. Kim Garst has made her living telling businesses how they should use social media to their advantage.

The one thing all business owners say to her is that they want to use social media to make money. This is possible Garst says, but you have to first build a brand.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Small Business Moving Forward

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

When you run a business, it’s important to always keep an eye on the future if you want your business to grow and improve. Members of our small business community understand what it takes to keep businesses moving forward. Here are some of their top tips.

Make Sure Your Small Business is Prepared for the Holidays

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6 Proven Ways Content Marketing Benefits your Small Business

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:00:08 -0400

For small and local businesses, it can be hard to stand out against larger nationwide brands. However, content marketing can help your small business attract attention, and for relevant niches in your industry, too.

Content marketing is a marketing approach that involves creating and distributing relevant and valuable content to your prospective audience in the hopes of driving a consumer action, and it has numerous benefits for small businesses. It can give you the opportunity to not only expand your company, but also to build your reputation and establish a place as a trusted leader in the industry.

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The Small Business Guide to Virtual Assistants Both Human and Digital

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Why Your Business Needs Virtual Assistants

If you are looking to de-clutter your business life so you can focus on serving your clients and customers, then virtual assistants are the perfect solution. They excel at the everyday tasks that keep your business up and running and can also handle the more complex tasks that you’re ready to hand off to someone else.

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How To Deal With Stress: Tips For Small Business Owners

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Despite the potential for physical, emotional, and mental stress, you can learn to lead a sustainable and healthy lifestyle as an entrepreneur.

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16 Powerful Body Language Tips to Instantly Exude Confidence

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Look the part You may be trembling inside, but you want to appear strong and in control. How can you communicate confidence that you may or may not be feeling? Try following these simple tips.

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The 5 biggest mistakes small business owners make according to Shark Tank stars

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Small business owners have a problem with thinking big.

Thinking big doesn't mean getting a big head.

Small business owners mistake successful crowdfunding campaigns with success.

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50 Business Ideas for Teens

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

You do not have to be an adult to start your own business. In fact, there are many different business opportunities that teens can use to get their entrepreneurial journeys started. Here are 50 business opportunities for teens.

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Tips to Identify Your Customers

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 09:59:00 -0400

It is common knowledge that targeting customers will result in a higher sales conversion than non-targeted, random traffic that just happens upon your website. In order to effectively target your customers, you need to know who and where they are. Customers come in all shapes and sizes, so how do you discern which customers are the best to target?

The following are tips to identify your best customers...

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Yahoo Hacked: What It Means for Small Business

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

Yahoo has confirmed that it was the target of what may be the largest cyberattack of all time. The breach took place back in 2014 and compromised the data of an unprecedented 500 million users.   - See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/9435-yahoo-cyberattack.html#sthash.y9TRc8EM.dpuf

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50 small business ideas you can start on your own

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:06:37 -0400

If you want to start a small business but you do not have large cash flow, there are still many great opportunities available.

These jobs can be side businesses to start, but they may eventually replace your entire income.

A small business on the side was once a novel idea, but it has become more mainstream with the help of the internet and social media.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that freelancers and self-employed individuals may make up 20% of the workforce by 2020. The Small Business Association estimated in February 2015 that there are about 28,443,856 small businesses in America. Nearly 23 million of those businesses are single worker operations.

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Most Small Businesses Are Barely Saving Any Money, New Study Show

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

As Federal Reserve officials gathered to issue their monthly assessment of the world's largest economy, a new study lays bare the extent to which many small firms are pressed for cash.

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How Creativity Can Drive Productivity in Your Small Business

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:00:00 -0400

As a general rule, true creativity is lauded across the globe. From the iconic Burning Man Festival, which is held annually in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, to ever-diversifying International Women’s Day, there are recurring events that celebrate the innate abilities and the creative potential that exists within us all.

Conversely, creativity is typically viewed as an inherently disruptive force in the world of business and commerce. After all, the boldness and distracting nature of innovative thinking is often considered to be detrimental to the basic mechanics of business management, while the endless pursuit of productivity often forces entrepreneurs to eschew creativity in favour of something more reliable.

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Businesses Going Green

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:47:17 -0400

A business that makes the decision to be environmentally-conscious will often promote goodwill among potential customers, while making the world a better place for future generations. Many businesses hesitate to adopt green practices because they fear it will hurt their bottom line and negatively impact profits. But many eco-conscious businesses discover that they can actually save money and bring in new customers who specifically patronize companies that actively make an effort to be environmentally friendly. Many customers may even be willing to pay a bit more for a product or service from a company that is green.

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