:: Include Photos in Your Blog Posts
It is a fact blog posts that include images are
more widely read than those that do not have images.
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:: Small Businesses Not
Worried About Cyber Security
U.S. small business owners or operators have a
false sense of cybersecurity as more than three-fourths
77 percent say their company is safe from cyber threats
such as hackers, viruses, malware or a cybersecurity breach,
yet 83 percent have no formal cybersecurity plan. These
findings are from a new survey released today of 1,015 U.S.
small- and medium-sized businesses by the National Cyber
Security Alliance and Symantec.
:: Feedback Makes Us Better
When someone with no economic interest says something
good about you, others tend to sit up and take notice, even
though they may have no real reason to trust that persons
opinion. Habitually deleting blatantly commercial
messages from our inboxes and chucking print ads that get
stuffed into our snail mailboxes, we undeniably remain suckers
for the human touch. Make no mistake. We still
swoon when reading the conversational tone used in print
when others talk to us about the merits of doing
business with someone else. Warm fuzzies well up within
us to read about the satisfaction another person felt when
he or she paid for a job well done. And we give thanks to
higher entities at the revelation that there are people
out there who will go the extra mile.
Makes Us All Better
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:: Time Management Tips
Managing your time and using it wisely is a journey,
and not something that can be easily mastered overnight.
Implementing a plan will help, but it is not going to be
a sure cure. Time management requires a significant amount
Here are some tips
to assist you with time management...
:: Increase Your Productivity
Small business owners frequently juggle a variety
of roles within their companies. Creating a balance and
effectively managing available time is extremely important
to most small businesses. In order to economize and make
the most of the available time, you should implement a time
:: Tax Increases on Horizon for Small
Businesses in US
President Barack Obama is given a second term,
one vitally important group of taxpayers—small employers—will
face five key tax increases:
1. Income tax increase.
2. Death Tax Increase.
3. ObamaCare self-employment tax rate increase.
4. ObamaCare Medical Device Tax.
5. ObamaCare Investment Surtax.
:: Small Businesses Edgy
If you are feeling on edge about your business,
you are not alone.
From slower sales growth to regulatory burdens, many entrepreneurs
continue to face challenging headwinds. Judging by the slew
of recent downbeat business reports, small-business owners
may be feeling frozen by the political uncertainty in Washington
and sluggish economic recovery.
:: Earthquakes Show Cloud Usage by Small
Several Christchurch business owners and management
risked their lives after the February 2011 earthquake, venturing
into dangerous buildings to rescue companies computer servers
Christchurch businesses had invested heavily in IT systems
on premises but could not access them locally or remotely
because of access restrictions and loss of power.
The hosted infrastructure provider, vBridge, set up by Hamish
Roy and John Ward, had been going for a just couple of months
when the September 2010 earthquake struck.
The quake got business owners thinking about business continuity,
and the position they would have been in had the shake been
:: Organic Search Matters
in Holiday Sales!
Shoppers will be avoiding long lines at the mall
and turning to online shopping this holiday season. New
research finds that more than three-quarters of shoppers
say they will be shopping online this holiday season.
Shoppers between ages 18 and 34 will be leading the charge
in online shopping. Ninety percent of people in that age
group say they will shop online during the holidays. Older
shoppers will also be turning to online shopping for their
holiday gifts. Forty-eight percent of shoppers
over age 65 say they will shop online this holiday season.
Online shoppers, however, are causing some problems for
small businesses. Sixty percent of online shoppers say they
will be buying their gifts from larger retailers when they
shop. The research findings suggest this is because
two-thirds of shoppers do not look beyond the first two
pages of online search results when shopping online.
It is a major problem for a lot of small businesses
:: 7 Credit Card Blunders for Small Business
Making it as a small-business owner is tough. The
oft-repeated survival statistics: Only about a third of
startups survive to celebrate their 10th anniversary, according
to U.S. Census Bureau and Labor Department data, and only
a quarter last until their 15th.
There are many ways to increase your companys survival odds,
but one of the easiest is to control your use of credit-card
debt. Too often, entrepreneurs do not make the best use
of their accounts and end up hurting their businesses. Here
are seven of the most common credit-card slipups to avoid.
:: Small Business Disaster
Cities trying to rebound after a natural disaster
must focus their support efforts equally on the needs of
both the residential and business communities, new research
A study by researchers at Texas A&M University shows
that following a devastating hurricane, tornado or other
disaster, household and business recovery are mutually dependent
upon one another. The study argues that homes provide labor
to businesses and consume goods and services from businesses,
and that an interruption to either one will affect the other.
:: How to Protect Web Content
Just like writers, photographers, and other creative
artists have learned, protecting content is one of the primary
struggles that webmasters face on a daily basis. It takes
time and talent to develop quality content, and there are
few things more frustrating than to discover that your content
has been poached by another website.
There are a number of actions that webmasters can take to
proactively protect their work from being used without authorization
by people on the web who are simply looking to cut corners.
Take the following steps to proactively guard your content...
to Protect Web Content
:: Purse Strings Network
Strings Network provides support, tools and resources
that women consultants and small business owners need to
tackle the challenges of starting, growing and managing
a business. You have two avenues to take advantage
of the benefits of this unique network.
:: Data Driven World
The world is becoming increasingly data driven,
and it is important that small businesses do not get left
behind. Small businesses have data. Those that work online
have a lot of it, but often don't know how to retrieve it.
:: Starting a Small Business?
Here are a few questions any small business owner
needs to answer at the start:
Who are your competitors?
How will you fund your business?
How will you market your business?
How much should I charge?
What about taxes?
Do I need insurance?
:: Top 10 Countries for Small Businesses
What are the top
10 countries for small businesses
#7 South Korea
#6 United Kingdom
#1 New Zealand
Find out why!