:: Small Businesses At Risk
For Cyber Attacks
Small-business owners may think they will not be
targeted by cyber criminals the way a big company or military
contractor might, so it is natural to become lax about cyber
That is the mindset a local program wants to change by raising
awareness and educating entrepreneurs that they are also
vulnerable to cyber attacks.
:: Tips for Internet Connectivity While
Assuming you can get a connection, here are
some time-saving tips I have come up with, along with others
that fellow Gadlingers suggested to keep me from pulling
my hair out at the local Internet cafe.
Philosophies regarding social media networks, such
as Twitter, can vary greatly. But similar to email, an unspoken
etiquette has emerged for these social websites as well.
The etiquette for these social sites does not consist of
hard and fast rules, but is simply a list of guidelines
for posting. The following is a set of Twitter etiquette
guidelines, but can also be applied to other social networks...
:: Small Businesses Thrive on Social Media
Nearly three-quarters 72 percent of small companies
indicated they use mobile apps in their day-to-day business
operations, according to the AT&T Small Business Technology
Poll. Furthermore, 38 percent of these respondents said
that either they could not survive or it would be a major
challenge to survive without these apps.
:: How To Increase Sales
For Your Small Business By Potty Training Your Child
My wife and I put it off for as long as we could.
Our friends teased us about it. We had visions of the both
of us crouched over on our hands and knees scrubbing the
floors all day. Potty training was the one aspect of parenthood
that my wife and I absolutely dreaded. Unfortunately, we
had to bite the bullet sooner than we wanted to because
our preschool forced us to take action. In order for our
daughter to advance to the next class level, she had to
be potty trained or be held back with the younger kids.
And to make things worse, we recently had brand new carpets
Yet in many ways, what instigated my wife and I to start
our business and to potty train our daughter were very similar.
Some external event forced us to take action and we came
out of the experience more confident and more knowledgeable
as a result.
To Increase Sales For Your Small Business By Potty Training
:: SBA May Increase the Size of a Small
The proposal, published Wednesday in The Federal
Register and available for public comment, looks to expand
the revenue-based size definition of small businesses in
The changes would allow some 9,450 additional companies
close to exceeding the size threshold for their respective
industry keep small-business status and access to federal
assistance programs and contracts, according to the SBA.
:: Credit and Debit Card
Fees on Small Businesses
There is a firestorm in Washington right now over
an issue that's complex but has major implications for the
471,000 small businesses in Tennessee, particularly those
that accept credit and debit cards for payment. The issue
also matters to anyone who is employed by a small business,
has a loved one who is, or who ever patronizes small merchants.
That is a lot of us.
Last year, when Congress passed financial reforms, it attempted
to fix a quirk in the behind-the-scenes marketplace of processing
debit-card transactions. The quirk has rendered big banks
free from competitive forces that otherwise would discourage
or prevent them from gouging small merchants with astonishing
fees each time a debit card is swiped. Over the past decade,
these fees have risen faster than health-care costs and
today bear no resemblance to what it costs big banks to
process those transactions. The Federal Reserve estimates
that actual cost to be around 4 cents, but debit swipe fees
charged to small merchants average 44 cents.
:: 1099 Repeal
The House of Representatives passed the Small Business
Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011 by a 314-112 vote.
The bill would repeal the expanded Form 1099 information
reporting requirements mandated by last years health care
legislation. It would also repeal the new 1099 reporting
requirements imposed on taxpayers who receive rental income.
:: Top 10 Affordable Small
Business Marketing Ideas
You are a small business, so you does not have
a hundred grand in cash sitting around to market your small
business. Trouble is, without letting the consuming public
know about your products and services, you may as well
shut your doors and go fishing. The fish will know you are
there because you will make sure they see your flashy lures
and smell your tempting bait. We could learn a thing or
two from those fish. If you want customers, you need to
get their attention and then give them what they want. It
does not have to cost a fortune either.
:: How Social Media Can Help You Market
Less than 1% of small business owners in the UK
connect with clients using social media so that means that
a whopping 99% are missing out on an opportunity for online
marketing of their small business. Traditionally the small
business was trusted by consumers and social media is the
modern way of building and keeping that trust going.
The majority of people that buy from small businesses buy
from the person behind the small business so as the business
owner it is up to you to build and maintain a relationship
with existing and potential clients. When you are considering
your offline marketing strategy you should also be considering
your online marketing strategy, the internet is here to
stay so you might as well learn to use it to your advantage.
Media and Marketing
:: 5 Mistakes Your Website
Mistakes on your website result in lost sales and
Your website is making at least four out of five of these
mistakes right now.
1.Not understanding the problem.
Everyone who comes to your website has a problem that needs
Showing them that you understand their problem convinces
them to stay longer.
:: Need a Logo Design?
Check out the logo
designs for a new look for your business.
:: Pros and Cons for Web
Small retail businesses who are making the move
to an online presence may feel overwhelmed by the process
of creating a website. Web templates can often help make
the process less painful for a small business. To assist
webmasters in the template vs custom design decision,
we have outlined the pros and cons to each...
and Cons to Using Web Templates
:: Small Business Tax Tips
Tax season is upon us, which means it is time to
start pulling out records and paying the government. While
no one enjoys this process, it is possible to make it a
little bit friendlier on your pocketbook. With these five
tips and a little work, you can master the art of small
business tax deductions.
:: Pirated Software a Risk
for Small Businesses
Small and medium-sized companies may be overlooking
potential business risks from using unlicensed software,
which may add up to as much as $40,000 in damages a year,
the latest study done for Microsoft by the International
Data Corporation, or IDC, suggests.
Small and medium-sized businesses are accustomed to linking
the use of pirated software with exclusively legal responsibility,
which, though relatively rare, can be quite harsh in Russia
(fines and possible imprisonment), but they often overlook
the financial losses they may incur from using such software.
:: Small Business Legal Tips
Though the legal side of your business may not
necessarily involve making money or expanding your client
or customer base, mistakes can certainly cost you money
thus threatening even a profitable business if the errors
are particularly costly. Here is the latest from around
the Web of legal tips you may want to consider to protect
your small business today and in the future.
Business Legal Tips