:: 6 Small Business Trends To Watch Out
For In 2015
Small businesses are driving the U.S. job recovery,
according to a recent blog post by Maria Contreras-Sweet,
the administrator of the Small Business Administration.
In her post she points out that about 7 million of the 10.9
million jobs added since the Great Recession were created
by startups and small enterprises.
:: What Small-Business Owners
Should Do Between Now and New Years
With Christmas finally in the rearview mirror and
New Years Day coming up fast, millions of Americans have
some time to reflect on their year and look forward to the
Sharon Goldman, a New Jersey small-business consultant who
runs the website BloomGrowThrive, says entrepreneurs would
do well to have an end-of-the-year talk with themselves.
:: 2015 Small Business Ideas
What worked in 2014 may not necessarily work in
:: Small Businesses and
Internships provide many benefits. They help you
meet your immediate work needs and you get to test-drive
potential future employees. They boost your brand and demonstrate
that you give back to the community and its students.
:: Fewer Small Business Owners Perceive
Themselves as Successful
Fewer small business owners perceive themselves
as successful now than did at the start of the economic
recovery, a Wells Fargo-Gallup survey of a representative
sample of 601 small business owners reveals. In 2009, 43
percent of small business owners reported feeling extremely
or very successful as a small-business owner.
By 2014 that fraction had eroded to 37 percent.
The results are perplexing.
:: Small Businesses Are
At Higher Risk For Fraud And Cyber Crime
Although major companies like Staples and Home
Depot have dominated news headlines lately, they are not
the only companies at risk for cyber crime and hacking.
Small businesses are far more susceptible to hackers than
their larger counterparts, according to information from
the National Cyber Security Alliance
:: Avoid These Common Small Business
When one component goes out on an older PC, there’s
a good chance more failures are coming soon. Newer software
and peripherals also may not work with older hardware. If
you just want to boost performance or storage capacity,
adding RAM or a new hard drive will do the trick. However,
if something serious like the processor, or the motherboard
itself dies, it makes more sense to look at a whole new
computer rather than hobbling along with expensive repairs.
Eventually a time will come that you need to get rid of
old smartphone, computers, or other technology your company
no longer needs.
:: Helping Your Small Business
Here are four ways to start making your company
a truly social organization:
1. Recruit the best and brightest -- the smart way.
For companies of all sizes, hiring top talent is a cornerstone
of success, but for smaller companies, finding the right
fit for your team is downright critical.
:: SEO Basics For Small Business Owners
Every small business should have a basic knowledge
of search engine optimization. In fact, you should almost
be exhausted by the term SEO at this point,
as you have been undoubtedly told time and time again just
how important it is. But unlike many trending industry buzzwords,
SEO is here to stay. Why? In our web-facing world, the (already)
dominant search engines are becoming the cornerstone of
the internet. Standard procedure for individuals looking
for information is to search first.
:: Quick Guide to Small
Business Health Insurance in 2015
A major trend this year among small employers is
to drop group health insurance coverage to help their employees
pay for individual health insurance policies. By switching
their employees to the individual health insurance marketplace,
the small employers are ensuring that their employees get
to choose the coverage that is best for their families.
In addition, by not offering a group health insurance policy,
the employers are making sure their employees have access
to premium tax credits to assist them with the cost of their
:: 3 Reasons Small Business Websites
A website is now a mandatory component of a business
regardless of its size. But the road to every business’
online journey is rife with costly traps that have long-lasting
effects. This can be very detrimental to small businesses
with limited budget for a website build.
Here are common mistakes that small businesses often make
when going online:
:: What it is Like to Start
a Small Business
Officially a month into my new business venture,
I have fully immersed myself in my company. While each day
is an incredible learning experience, I have certainly felt
a vast range of emotions over the past few weeks (and I
am sure there is more to come).
So, what is it like giving up a steady paycheck and benefits
to start your own endeavor?
:: Small Businesses Assess Their Apple
With the introduction of Apple Pay, many small-business
owners are weighing whether they should take the necessary
steps to accept the new form of payment.
So far, most of the merchants that have signed up to accept
Apple Pay are large ones, like Macys, McDonalds, Subway
and Whole Foods. To use Apple Pay, businesses must have
an N.F.C. reader, which is also called a contactless reader
and refers to near field communications. Right now, less
than 10 percent of American retailers do, according to Mark
Hung, an analyst with Gartner, an information technology
:: Small Businesses Prepare
for the Holiday Season
While children are making their holiday wish-list,
families are preparing to go out of town and big businesses
are expecting long lines of shoppers, there is one group
of people who will be working extra hard this holiday season:
Small business owners.