Small Business Software

Contains a wealth of information and resources for small business owners and entrepeneurs.

Learn more…
 
 
Categories


 

Small Business Blog - daily small business software blog

:: 4 Simple Ways to Grow Your Brand on Instagram

11/29/2017
Having a smart mobile marketing strategy is an important part of building your personal brand online. Leveraging your social networks to their fullest potential is also important for visibility.

Instagram is one of the most widely used networks today that can help build a larger audience and following online, making it a must-engage tool for brands. Posting relevant images, ads and videos that your audience will love is just one part of the success formula.

complete article

:: These 5 Strategies Will Keep Your Employees Energized

11/27/2017
The worlds top companies are starting to manage employee energy like a strategic asset. They know that ever-increasingly pace of change requires more and more human energy. Any entrepreneur will tell you that it take a tonne of energy to grow a business. The key is to manage it; sometimes you have to exert energy, other times you need to conserve it to go the distance, and after a sprint you need to replenish it.

A group of senior executives from companies like Facebook, Alibaba, IBM and Johnson & Johnson got together to come up with strategies to better manage collective human energy in their companies. Here are their top five hacks to maximise human energy:


complete article

:: Amazon takeover of Whole Foods may be good for small businesses in natural food industry

11/24/2017
For entrepreneurs in the natural food and products industry like Constantine, Whole Foods has served as a launchpad of sorts for companies looking to get on mainstream store shelves. Companies and local farmers often would get into one or two locations and grow from there if their products took off. Like the big supermarkets and food manufacturers who are nervous about Amazon's size and power, many small suppliers can see benefits of the combination, but are also concerned what it could mean for them.

complete article

:: 4 Things Smart People Do When They Are Tasked With a New Project (Other Than Panic)

11/22/2017
Recently, I was asked to take over an existing project. And, like most people, my first inclination was to feel completely intimidated and overwhelmed.

This assignment -- along with its longstanding processes and its related team members -- was all brand new to me. And, if that wasn't enough to have me breathing into a paper bag, managing this project also required me to branch out and exercise some skills that I had previously left untapped.

My chest gets tight at the very thought. Can you relate? Being asked to take on a new work endeavor is a great thing (hey, you must be doing something right!). But, it can also plant plenty of seeds of self-doubt.

Fortunately, this recent experience opened my eyes to some better, more productive things you can do when you're tasked with a new project -- aside from just panicking.

complete article

:: How Clever Retargeting Persuades Customers Who Looked But Did not Buy

11/20/2017
Did you know that nearly 96 percent of your first-time visitors are not ready to purchase from your website right away? That means in most cases, in order to make a sale, you need to encourage your visitors to return more often to your site.

Retargeting is the best way to target your first-time visitors on different marketing channels and encourage them to return to your site. Since retargeting helps you to target your existing prospects, it will likely boost more engagement than untargeted ads, making your entire campaign cheaper and cost-effective.

complete article

:: 21 High-Paying Jobs of the Future

11/18/2017
When looking for one of the best jobs of the future, two considerations will be crucial: what jobs are well-paying, and what jobs will expand dramatically in the next decade?

Jobs in healthcare and tech tend to tick both boxes.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its biennial projections for job growth across hundreds of occupations between 2016 and 2026.

We took those projections and combined them with BLS estimates of the 2016 median annual earnings of those jobs -- using the geometric mean of the two numbers -- to come up with a ranking of the best jobs of the next decade.

To focus on good, high-paying jobs, we restricted our list to those with salaries higher than the 2016 median annual wage of $37,040.

complete article

:: Amazon Business Prime Shipping Changes the Game for Small Business Procurement

11/16/2017
Amazon Business Prime Shipping is a paid annual membership program, which enables registered multi-user business customers to take advantage of unlimited fast and free shipping. The program is currently available for Amazon Business customers in the United States and Germany.
Small businesses are often faced with the challenge of sharing passwords for authorizing procurement and shipping tasks. With Business Prime Shipping everyone in a business account automatically gets Business Prime Shipping.

complete article

:: How To Get Your Small Business Noticed Online

11/14/2017
While there are hundreds of thousands of brands competing online, there are a few e-commerce sites, like Amazon, that top the rest. Amazon is the big box store of years past. At one time, consumers would shop at several small businesses to get what they need, but later, larger stores like Walmart popped up, serving as one-stop shops for every consumer need.

complete article

:: Holiday Marketing Guide for Small Businesses

11/12/2017
We have officially entered the holiday season! October through January is filled with holidays from Halloween to New Years. As a small business, you can take advantage of this joyful time by taking your marketing efforts to the next level. There are many different ways a small business can celebrate (and profit from) the holidays, so let’s jump right into to our extensive guide.

complete article

:: Small Businesses: How to Network Like a Pro

11/10/2017
Networking skills: sometimes it feels like you either have them or you do not. Putting yourself out there at social gatherings comes so naturally to a lot of folks, while others struggle when forced to strike up conversations with strangers.

Networking can be especially overwhelming for small business teams, who usually do not have a safety net of colleagues at networking events — or a big company name in their back pockets. Yet networking has clear benefits that can help your company and career. Not only does it expand your network of contacts, it introduces you to new opportunities, advice and opinions. Put in a little practice, and networking makes you more visible and even helps boost your self confidence.

complete article

:: Square Expands Lending To Reach Small Business

11/08/2017
Last summer, Square began offering loans to non-Square merchants with the help of a restaurant software partner called Upserve. Now, the payments and financial services company has created a formal partnership program with the long-term goal of reaching millions more.
Square Capital is launching the partnership platform with BigCommerce, an e-commerce software company that is letting Square make loan offers to its tens of thousands of small business clients.

Square is also extending loan offers to restaurants that work with its own delivery service, Caviar, but which do not already process payments through Square.

Taken together, these new partnerships give Jack Dorseys company a way to jumpstart further expansion of its lending program, which has already extended $1.8 billion in funds to more than 140,000 businesses since its launch three-plus years ago.

complete article

:: The State Of Small Business Marketing

11/06/2017
Marketing is a moving target these days. Technologies evolve and customer behavior seems to change almost every day.

Small businesses tend to be a little slow with marketing developments. Some are cutting-edge, of course – but most wait until theres proof a tactic works.

complete article

:: Startup Slump

11/03/2017
Economists say big businesses like Amazon, Google, and Facebook are hurting entrepreneurship and creating a startup slump in America, according to a report in The New York Times.

In 2015, some 414,000 new businesses were created, the Census Bureau reported on Wednesday. While that's a slight increase from the previous year, it's still far less than the 558,000 companies formed in 2006, the year before the recession hit.

The cause of that downturn may be that big businesses are eliminating their competition.

complete article

:: 5 Affordable Franchises You Can Start for Less Than $10,000

11/01/2017
Everyone says that starting a business is expensive and risky, but it doesn't have to be. One approach, which some consider safer, is owning a franchise. It has a proven business model, a brand built in and corporate support. And not every franchise will cost you millions. In fact, you can start some franchises for less than five figures -- and not just random, bargain-bin franchises, but companies that made our 2017 Franchise 500 List.

complete article

:: How AI Tech Is Changing Small Business Marketing And Customer Service

10/30/2017
Whether you realize it or not, artificial intelligence has become a ubiquitous part of our lives. Companies large and small are embracing the opportunity to achieve more and set bigger goals by using AI. Solid proof of this embrace can be seen in CRM giant Salesforce, which embeds AI into its leading CRM platform. Driven by the idea of democratizing AI so companies of all sizes can deliver smarter, more personalized, and predictive customer experiences, Salesforce created Einstein, your personal AI data scientist to guide you through your day.

complete article

:: Learn About Social Media Algorithms, Augmented Reality and More Changing Business Trends

10/27/2017
The tools, platforms and methods you use to grow your business are constantly changing. So you need to keep up with all the latest updates and trends. Members of the online small business community have some great insights about these changing tools and trends, ranging from social media algorithms to augmented reality. Read on for some helpful tips.

complete article

:: The A-Z of Popular Business Startups: A State by State Guide (Infographic)

10/25/2017
So many small businesses start as a dream. But what types of businesses are entrepreneurs currently dreaming about starting? Online equipment marketplace Bid on Equipment recently created an infographic showing the types of businesses that are most popular with prospective entrepreneurs and current business owners. Here’s a rundown of the findings.

complete article

:: 4 Budgeting Tips For Small Business Owners

10/23/2017
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.

complete article

:: The 15 Most Profitable Small-Business Industries

10/20/2017
Thinking about launching a new business? Here is where to look to for high profit margins.

complete article

:: 11 Cyber Security Questions Every Small Business Should Ask

10/18/2017
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.

complete article

:: 10 Ways to Break Your Small Business Out of a Rut

10/16/2017
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.

complete article

:: 18 Secrets From CEOs Whose Companies Will Not Stop Growing

10/13/2017
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

complete article

:: 14 Startup Tips From Small Business Pros

10/11/2017
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.

complete article

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

10/09/2017
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.

complete article

:: 50 Small Business Ideas for the Homebody

10/06/2017
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.

complete article

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

10/04/2017
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.

complete article

:: 10 Tips for Building a Customer Focused Business

10/02/2017
For tips on keeping your business customer focused and more, check out this recent content from members of the online small business community.

complete article

:: 3 Things Smart Employers Look for in a Resume

09/30/2017
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.

complete article

:: To Be Successful, Be Patient With Your Imperfections

09/28/2017
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

09/26/2017
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.

IoT More Friendly

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

09/24/2017
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.

complete article

:: Small Business Hiring Rises

09/22/2017
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.

Small Business Hiring Rises

:: Build a Following for Your Business with Facebook Watch

09/20/2017
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

09/18/2017
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

09/17/2017
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.

Small Business Confidence Bounces Back

RSS Feed -

2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017

2016
December 2016
Novermber 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016

2015
November / December 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015

2014
November / December 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014 Blog
April 2014 Blog
March 2014 Blog
January & February 2014 Blog

2013
December 2013 Blog
November 2013 Blog
October 2013 Blog
September 2013 Blog
August 2013 Blog
July 2013 Blog
June 2013 Blog
May 2013 Blog
April 2013 Blog
March 2013 Blog
February 2013 Blog
January 2013 Blog

2012
December 2012 Blog
November 2012 Blog
October 2012 Blog
September 2012 Blog
August 2012 Blog
July 2012 Blog
June 2012 Blog
May 2012 Blog
April 2012 Blog
March 2012 Blog
February 2012 Blog
January 2012 Blog

2011
December 2011 Blog
November 2011 Blog
October 2011 Blog
September 2011 Blog
August 2011 Blog
July 2011 Blog
June 2011 Blog
May 2011 Blog
April 2011 Blog
March 2011 Blog
February 2011 Blog
January 2011 Blog

2010
December 2010 Blog
November 2010 Blog
October 2010 Blog
September 2010 Blog
August 2010 Blog
July 2010 Blog
June 2010 Blog
May 2010 Blog
April 2010 Blog
March 2010 Blog
February 2010 Blog
January 2010 Blog

2009
December 2009 Blog
November 2009 Blog
October 2009 Blog
September 2009 Blog
August 2009 Blog
July 2009 Blog
June 2009 Blog
May 2009 Blog
April 2009 Blog
March 2009 Blog
February 2009 Blog
January 2009 Blog

2008
December 2008 Blog
November 2008 Blog
October 2008 Blog
September 2008 Blog
August 2008 Blog
July 2008 Blog
June 2008 Blog
May 2008 Blog
April 2008 Blog
March 2008 Blog
February 2008 Blog
January 2008 Blog

2007
December 2007 Blog
November 2007 Blog
October 2007 Blog
September 2007 Blog
August 2007 Blog
July 2007 Blog
June 2007 Blog
May 2007 Blog
April 2007 Blog
March 2007 Blog
February 2007 Blog
January 2007 Blog

2006
December 2006 Blog
November 2006 Blog
October 2006 Blog
September 2006 Blog
August 2006 Blog
July 2006 Blog
June 2006 Blog
May 2006 Blog
April 2006 Blog
March 2006 Blog
February 2006 Blog
January 2006 Blog

2005
December 2005 Blog
November 2005 Blog
October 2005 Blog
September 2005 Blog
August 2005 Blog

July 2005 Blog
June 2005 Blog
May 2005 Blog
April 2005 Blog
March 2005 Blog
February 2005 Blog
January 2005 Blog

2004
December 2004 Blog
November 2004 Blog
October 2004 Blog
September 2004 Blog
August 2004 Blog
July 2004 Blog
June 2004 Blog
May 2004 Blog
April 2004 Blog
March 2004 Blog
February 2004 Blog

Follow Us!

Feature Articles
Featured Product
   
PowerPoint Templates
on CD ROM

Innovative PowerPoint Backgrounds and Themes for Professional Presentations.

 

FeedForAll
  |  Business Cards   |   PowerPoint Templates   |  Podcasting Software   |   Web Logos   | Stock Photos
Copyright (c) 2003-2012 NotePage, Inc. All rights reserved.