:: Small Business Support Sliding
For some strange and unknown reason, the Small
Business Administration has changed how it defines government
support of small businesses, which will inadvertently destroy
many small businesses, especially those supported through
the Department of Energy.
As with most BureauSpeak, this may a bit tough to follow
– the SBA decided that government agencies need to increase
their support to small businesses to 10% of their budget.
Sounds good. Sounds like an increase. But it is not.
:: Do You Backup Your Social
Do you back up your social media? Whenever something
sketchy happens to your favorite social network's TOS, there
are always folks who say they're packing up, taking their
data and leaving. But backing up your social data doesn't
have to be a last resort. After all, who knows what might
happen to the cloud.
Do you back up any of your social media accounts on a regular
basis? Would you if it was a little easier? If you don't,
do you just not care about all those Instagram pictures
you've taken of dinner, or do you trust that they'll be
there forever and ever and ever and ever and ever?
:: The Rise of Infographics
Infographics break down data visually, helping
viewers make sense of complex information. Their popularity
has increased with the rise of social media, fuelling the
need for instant results by providing content in bite-size,
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:: Tough Economic Times
The National Federation of Independent Businesses
released an annual report on small business owner confidence
this month that shows that in December 2012, 70 percent
of business owners surveyed said it is a bad time for expansion
:: Most Profitable Small
Businesses - Really?
Making the top of the most profitable small businesses
is certainly not an easy task, as there are so many blossoming
ideas out there. Over the past several years, more and more
people have become interested in small online businesses:
they are profitable, they require no employees and they
deliver high ROI within several months.
:: Small Business Retirement Plans
Small-business owners do not save enough for their
retirements. A December 2012 report by senior economist
Jules Lichtenstein of the Small Business Administration,
finds that self-employed people are less likely to have
a retirement plan than people who work for others, even
after taking to account many differences between the two
groups of people.
Moreover, the fraction of self-employed people with retirement
plans is surprisingly low. An earlier report by Lichtenstein
shows that only 2 percent of small-business owners have
a Keogh plan, a type of retirement plan for the self-employed
and only 18 percent have a 401k plan.
:: Client Reviews an Interesting
Think twice before skipping out on tipping your
contractor, or else small businesses may end up blacklisting
A former landscape company owner created NastyClient.com,
a rating and review website that lets businesses file reports
against its customers. Turning the tables on consumers,
creator Matt Stachel allows owners to tell their side of
:: Almost Half of Small Businesses Want
to Leave EU
More than 40 per cent of small business owners
want to leave the European Union amid growing scepticism
about the benefits of membership.
:: Small Business Uncertainty
Small Business owners are seeking a solid footing.
Uncertainty reigns despite the fact that some questions
have been answered. Small business is still teetering on
the precipice of the financial cliff.
:: Compelling Articles Make Great Content
Articles are excellent tools to generate web traffic
and product interest. Writing articles, may sound easy enough,
but it is important that you write the proper types of articles
to attract interested readers. Follow these simple steps
to create compelling and interesting content.
Articles Make Great Content
:: Pay Raise Tied to Performance
Yearly pay raises that workers at small businesses
used to count on have become a casualty of the weak economy.
They are increasingly based on performance — not just
an employees performance, but the entire company's. Raises
at many businesses are also smaller than they were before
the recession began five years ago. And some employers are
using rewards other than annual raises to compensate
:: Security Risks Small Businesses Face
Knowing not only what security risks your business
faces on a daily basis, but how to combat it, and how to
choose a proper partner in the battle is critical.
Risks Small Businesses Face
:: Small Business Book Awards
Business Book Awards, presented by Small Business Trends,
return January 29, 2013. This will be the 5th
year to recognize and celebrate books written for entrepreneurs
and small business owners, CEOs and their teams.
:: What is Hot What is Not in 2013
Each year we scratch our heads and come up with
trends or technology that we think will be hot in the coming
year. Checkout our list of What
is Hot and What is Not in 2013.
:: 2012 Reflections, 2013
2012 was scarred with senseless tragedies, the
Costa Concordia the majestic cruise liner, went down off
the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy when it was said the
captain was showing off to islander friends. Horrific tornados
that tour through the mid-western United States stole the
lives of even the littlest angels. A horrific mass shooting
at the Batman opening in Colorado showed a careless disregard
for life. Sadly this was followed by a shooting at Seikh
Temple in Oak Bridge, Wisconsin, taking the lives of worshippers.
Reflections, 2013 Predictions
:: Handmade Gifts and Businesses
For handmade entrepreneurs, this is especially
challenging because we love what we do so much, it is tempting
to spend most of our time creating things, and not enough
time marketing and selling them and planning for the future. This
often results in lots of nice products, but few sales.
:: More Businesses Started
during a Recession
There are a lot of factors involved with starting
a new business and timing can be everything.
In this Money Quick Tip, we look at why this might be as
good a time as any to start a small business depending on
your personal and professional circumstances and priorities.
Historically more businesses are started during recessions
than during times of prosperity. A down economy can mean
a lower cost base, as rents, capital and labor may be cheaper.
:: Small Business Online Presence
As a small business owner, you want to do everything
in your power to make sure your small business grow and
become more profitable each year. Having a solid online
presence is crucial for a successful small business.
So how do you establish a good online presence?