:: 5 Essential Basics of a Small Business
Domain Name Strategy
What is a Domain Name Strategy?
The purpose of a domain name strategy is to proactively
protect your brand online by reducing the chance for others
to use your brand name in their online activities, specifically,
in their website URLs.
:: Innovation Can Lead to
Innovation is usually used to describe ways of
adding value to things that already exist. Invention is
the creation of something that never existed before. And
then there is creativity.
:: Simple Steps to a Financially Sound
From making a financial plan to creating an exit
strategy, here are some helpful tips for establishing and
running your small business.
:: Protect Small Business
from Health Care Rules
Walk around any town in Indiana and you can see
it: Small businesses are the lifeblood of our state and
the engine of our economy. And yet, the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services is set to implement a rule
that would harm Hoosier small businesses.
:: How to Travel With Your Cell Phone
Without Breaking the Bank
All major wireless operators available in the U.S.
offer some international roam, but the volume varies by
network. To get an understanding of how your network will
fare abroad, or to understand which carrier to choose if
you are a regular traveler, you should first understand
the two basic major technologies that wireless operators
to Travel With Your Cell Phone Without Breaking the Bank
:: The Ins and Outs of Sales
Do all small business owners need to pay sales
taxes? Yes, the majority of businesses that are sales oriented
are required to pay taxes to the home state or other locations
where they do business. There are only a handful of states
that do not require taxes from businesses - Oregon, Alaska,
New Hampshire, Delaware, Hawaii and Montana, for the rest
of us, sales taxes are something worth paying close attention
:: Customer Retention No Small Accident
Loyal customers are precious. Identifying the details
and creating a system to make sure they are taken care of
:: 6 Marketing Moves Small
Businesses Can Borrow From Big Companies
Established businesses have one obvious advantage
over their younger counterparts: Deep pockets.
Fortunately, what todays small business lacks in budget
can be made up for with strategy and a few carefully chosen
tools. Here are six smart marketing ideas gleaned from my
experience running a company that teaches small firms how
to compete with big ones.
:: Small Business Tech Report
Entrepreneurs are born idea people, with a seemingly
endless supply of light bulbs flashing over their heads.
But it takes more than good ideas to find your market niche
and to build a successful business. It is even harder to
do if you are not familiar with the market thats drawn your
Business Tech Report
:: Small Business Exporting
A report commissioned by eBay finds that more than
190,000—or 90 percent—of its small and medium-sized
businesses used its platform to export in 2014. (Tweet This)
To compare, in 2009, fewer than 30,000 were exporting. The
findings come from eBay's Public Policy Lab in its 2015
U.S. Small Business Growth Report.
Despite that growth, less than 5 percent of U.S. small businesses
overall are exporting, according to estimates from the International
:: The Essentials of Blogging for Small
Why you should you blog?
Through posting simple things such as helpful tips, special
discounts or the latest industry news you can effectively
maintain your customer relationships and give people a reason
to visit to your website.
More recently blogging and content marketing has been widely
used to enhance SEO strategy. Writing articles around the
keywords that you are targeting will help to improve rankings
in search engines. Furthermore, if you write unique and
valuable articles, other websites will link to your content
and as a result; this will increase your website's back-links.
:: The Rise of the Small
By 2020, most small businesses in the U.S. will
be powered by the cloud, according to Intuit. Is your business
:: Business Resolutions
What do you want to achieve in 2015 for your small
business? The beginning of January is the time for New Year's
resolutions, so here are my top 10 resolutions for small
business owners and entrepreneurs.
:: 5 Steps to Project your
Every business owner should be forecasting sales.
You may use actual numbers if you have historical financial
records. But what do you do if you have nothing to refer
back to? You will need to determine how many potential customers
are there and how many of these potential customers are
likely to buy from you, decide the average sale per customer,
and then project this out for the year.
:: 10 Best States for Business Taxes
If you are thinking about starting a new business
in one of the states in the US, then this list of 10 best
states for business taxes could be very useful to you.
:: Google Mobile Friendly
Algorithm Gives Small Businesses The Advantage
Despite the warning, a number of extremely well
known brands are still scrabbling to minimise the impact
of Google’s mobile algorithm update, leaving smaller businesses
with the advantage as long as they do not panic according
to leading UK and US Search experts.
:: 5 Financial Tips for Startups
Small business startups may fuel the economy, but
that does not mean that they always succeed. In fact, according
to a study published by Bloomberg, 80 percent of businesses
fail within the first year and a half, which is a pretty
dismal outlook for aspiring entrepreneurs.
The reason that so many businesses fail, in large part,
is due to poor financial planning. In order to beat the
odds and to get your business moving on the right track,
consider the following financial advice.
:: Avoid These 5 Small-Business
Not heeding these warnings can lead to costly mistakes,
such as litigation and employee turnover.
:: To Succeed With Your Small Business
Avoid These 5 Mistakes
At one time or another, virtually everyone thinks
about starting a business. The allure of being your own
boss can be strong, but it is important to remember that
launching a new business is risky: According to a recent
SBA report, [about 50% of all small businesses will fail
within just five years.
Managing a startup can be a minefield, especially when the
pull of entrepreneurship clouds your decision-making –
and when you go it alone with no business experience.
:: More Women Owning Small
Owning your own business is often touted as the
ultimate coup in the working world. You set your own hours,
pursue projects you are interested in, and maybe work in
your pajamas. Obvious challenges aside, it sounds like a
pretty nice gig. Such jobs are largely enjoyed by men, who
make up an estimated 71 percent of business owners in the
U.S. But that might slowly be changing.
A report from the Institute of Womens Policy Research shows
that women are steadily increasing their presence in the
world of small-business ownership. About 29 percent of Americas
business owners are women, that is up from 26 percent in
1997. The number of women-owned firms has grown 68 percent
since 2007, compared with 47 percent for all businesses.
:: 4 Tips for Bringing Out the Best in
The skills gap is widening and workers are feeling
it. In fact, Lynda.com recently conducted an online survey
of nearly 10,000 respondents, and found that about half
of them lacked confidence in their job skills.
:: 5 Industries Without
a Dominant Market Leader
When launching a startup, it always helps if the
industry you're breaking into does not have a juggernaut
with the power to crush the competition.
While almost every sector has incumbent market leaders and
new rising stars, certain industries are fragmented to the
point where no single player has a major stranglehold.
As a part of Inc.s annual look at the best industries for
starting a business, we decided to highlight the niche sectors
that are projected to grow during the next few years and
that do not have an industry leader dominating the market.