How to Choose the Right Bank for Your Small Business

Image Credit: adrenalina on Yay Images When browsing banking options for your small business, it’s important not to go with the first one that presents itself. One of your aims from the very start should be to find a reliable bank that meets your business’s needs. As a matter of fact, you’re going to want […]

Planning lessons every small town can learn from disaster

Looking down on Kennett Township, PA, from the fire truck bucket. What if a disaster happened here? What would be the best plan while rebuilding? Note: This week and next week, I’m pleased to share these guest posts by Whitney Hoffman. She’s sharing some thoughts about being ready for and recovering from disasters. -Becky Guest […]

Not Getting Paid Fairly? Check out These Business Ideas in Florida

Photo by nappy from Pexels People work to provide themselves and their families with the basic essentials of life. When a person does a job, he or she deserves fair wages. But unfortunately, wage violations are far from rare in reality. If a person is not paid fairly, they need to take swift action to […]

How to Build an Automated Culture in Your Company

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Workflow automation is a relatively new practice that is taking the world of business by storm. Creating automated workflow processes can be difficult initially. However, it gets easier with time. Many companies use dedicated workflow management software to help build an automated culture for their workplace. There’s plenty of information […]

How to Get Your Business Off to an Automated Start

Image Credit: geralt on Pixabay Watching your business grow is thrilling. Seeing all that hard work and creativity come together and your innovative ideas coming to fruition is incredibly motivating. However, as a business develops, frequent evaluations are crucial to ensure the company’s growth is not constrained. Perhaps you’ve even found yourself wondering if it […]

Why Automation Trumps Manual for Financial Processes

Image Credit: Pixabay on Pexels Financial reports are similar to your yearly physical from a doctor. The numbers tell you if you are healthy, on track with your goals, and where you need to start paying closer attention. But what if you had some doubts about how your doctor came to those conclusions? What if […]

The Benefits of Microsoft Exchange and Exchange Online

Image Credit: Simon on Pixabay Exchange Online is the hosted version of Microsoft’s Exchange Server messaging platform. Organizations can obtain this platform either as a stand-alone service or with an Office 365 subscription. Microsoft Exchange Online helps you protect your data. Moreover, it keeps your employees connected with secured, reliable access to email, calendar, and contacts. And they can […]

The Importance of Staying Fit for Entrepreneurs

Image Credit: Pixabay If a busy schedule is keeping you from staying fit, consider this: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Moreover, when you are the person holding the reins of a company, it’s not just your own health that’s at risk. […]

Green Marketing Strategies to Help You with Your Business

Are you using green marketing? In other words, are you promoting your products in environmentally safe ways? Today’s consumers want green products. However, businesses also need to pay attention to the ways in which they promote their products. Following are some ways in which you can make your marketing more environmentally friendly. Use an Electronic […]

How a VPN Can Enhance Company Network Security

Photo by Markus Spiske temporausch.com from Pexels What does your company’s network security look like? Is your company safe from cybercriminals, hackers, or digital spies? In today’s world it isn’t enough to ensure your employees don’t publicly discuss private company information. That’s because there are those out there who have figured out how to access […]

Fixtures: This Is Ralph Lauren’s Barber

Clemente Dimonda climbed into the barber chair, explaining how he came to operate a barbershop in Manhattan, and to cut the hair of a generation of men’s wear executives, including Ralph Lauren. “I used to work on Jamaica Avenue,” in Queens, Mr. Dimonda said. “One of the old men, Sicilian guy, he used to work […]

The gift of good news in the Brag Basket

This month, we’re celebrating the gift of public domain artworks that feature baskets. Image via Art Institute of Chicago The Brag Basket is open! This one is for Dec 7-9, 2018. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great […]

A Tale from the Dark Side: The Reality of Starting a Small Business

Photo by Juan Pablo Arenas from Pexels The reality of starting a small business can be a shocker if you’re not prepared. Following is a fictionalized tale from the dark side of starting a small business.  Sammy was a nice guy. He was an ambitious go-getter who believed that anything was possible. Sammy wanted to […]

Going Global? How to Win Business in a Foreign Country

Photo by Artem Bali from Pexels Are you dreaming of going global with your business? Perhaps you should. One of the most enlightening yet daring expansions a business owner can make is the extension of the business to a foreign country. Expanding your business to another country can help you to create new markets and […]

Lead magnets: Do they work?

Image: Shutterstock. Business owners often ask me “do lead magnets work?“, as a way to grow their newsletter lists. If you’re considering using them, or you’re wondering why they’re not working for you, you should find the following useful. Let’s go. Lead magnets? For those who don’t already know, the term lead magnets was made […]

domains: The Squishiest, Sweetest Sleep

He used Jell-O and cornstarch at first, but the squashy gunk, poured into a vinyl bladder, was too heavy to move. And it began to stink after a few days. Then he tried water. “Rancid Jell-O Led to First Water Bed,” a newspaper headline proclaimed at the time. It was 1967, the Summer of Love, […]

Actionable Ways to Get More Sales for Your Online Business

Image Credit: geralt on Pixabay Whether your online business is small or large, boosting its sales is likely your primary goal. However, because of tremendous growth in the e-commerce industry, you have lots of competition. So, what can you do to get more sales for your online business? According to experts, some minor alterations to your […]

Agile and Scrum Training: Gain Skill in Agile and Scrum Methodologies

Photo by Lukas from Pexels Agile and Scrum are methodologies used in project management. Used together, these two systems enable companies to complete important projects successfully, on time and within budget. Therefore, if your business requires the successful completion of any project at all, you should consider Agile and Scrum training for yourself or members […]

The Littlest Epicures

Last week in a sprawling apartment overlooking the Hudson River in New York, about 10 women sat at a dining room table eating avocado toast and tasting baby food. With children on laps, latched to breasts or in utero, they had come together to discuss parenting and nutrition. The babies babbled. The adults bantered. (“Everyone […]

Disasters: Is Your Small Business Ready?

Earthquakes in Alaska. Fires in California. Tornadoes in the Mid-west. Floods on the eastern seaboard and the Gulf coast. Water pipes break in your computer room. Your freezers break down. The electricity goes out for an extended period. A key player in your business dies. Someone hacks your data. Big disasters and small disasters. Your […]

They lied. You absolutely must make mountains out of molehills

Photo: Shutterstock. I have a beautifully simple, yet powerful marketing tip to share with you today. It’s all about mountains and molehills. I know. It sounds weird. Allow me to explain! I vividly recall speaking with the owner of a London-based office supplies company. I’m going to call him John. He was introduced to me […]

The Return of Bleecker Street

ImageA once vacated strip in the West Village of Manhattan is back on the retail map.CreditRebecca Smeyne for The New York Times “Did you ever see ‘Gilmore Girls’?” said Rachelle Hruska MacPherson, the founder of Lingua Franca, an Instagram-born line of cashmere sweaters, hand-stitched with punchy and political sayings like “booyah” and “i miss barack.” […]

Reading Books: Is It Worth a Business Owner’s Time?

Photo by Min An from Pexels Of all the hobbies a business owner can have, reading books is one of the best. That’s because reading books can help you relax and give you new perspectives. Additionally, you can learn from books all sorts of things about your own industry and business that might otherwise have […]

Is Investment in Property Really All It’s Cut Out to Be?

Image Source: Pixabay When it comes to investing your hard-earned money, you have a number of opportunities, including investing in property. But is an investment in property all it’s cut out to be? Have things changed in the housing market so that a bricks-and-mortar investment isn’t as reliable as it was once thought to be? […]

Want a Business Loan? Here’s What You’ll Need First

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Most businesses will need an external injection of capital at some point in their development. For new entrepreneurs, startup business loans are one of the best ways to get the equipment and starting environment you need to build momentum. For businesses that encounter difficulties or shortages in the early stages […]

Weather: Does It Affect the Forex Market? If So, How?

Photo by Genaro Servín from Pexels Ensconced as they may be in air-conditioned offices, watching the markets with plenty of coffee on hand, forex traders might feel oblivious to the sun or rain beyond their windows. But forex depends on the economy, and the weather can influence the economy. So, should we turn to The […]

Robert Plotnik, ‘Bleecker Bob’ of Record-Store Fame, Dies at 75

Robert Plotnik, a lapsed lawyer better known as the namesake of Bleecker Bob’s Records, a Greenwich Village vinyl mecca that survived the dawning of cassettes, CDs and downloading and the death of CBGB, the nearby club where punk rock was cradled, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 75. The cause was kidney failure, his […]

Online Title Loans: Are They Legal? It Depends on Where You Live

Image Credit: MichaelGaida on Pixabay If your small business needs a quick cash infusion, you might be considering a title loan. Perhaps you’ve even wondered about online title loans. This article explores that option. Title loans are illegal in as many as thirty states. Online title loans are hence also illegal in these states. Most […]

Love Sports? Simple Ways to Turn Your Love of Sports into a Business

Image Credit: Pixabay on Pexels Do you love sports? If so, you’re not alone. Sports events are one of the most popular ways for many people to let off steam and have some fun. When you look at the US alone, the stats make for interesting reading. For example, the NFL generated over $8bn in revenue […]

Residual Income: Some Ideas for Earning Extra Money on the Side

Image Credit: Pixabay on Pexels Maybe your small business is taking longer to get started than you thought it would. Perhaps your budget is tighter than you would like it to be. Bills seem to accumulate faster than you can get them paid. Wouldn’t some residual income be nice when this happens? Many people take […]

Wellness “For the Culture”

Where do you find fresh ingredients in a food desert? How does living in a neighborhood whose only restaurant chains are Dominos, KFC and Popeye’s affect one’s holistic health? These are questions the mainstream wellness industry, oriented around wealth and luxury, often neglects to ask. But Annya Santana has built a business on them. “Wellness […]

Turn risk into your secret weapon

Image: Shutterstock. I have a very quick, yet extremely useful business idea to share with you today. It starts with a question: Have you noticed how the best decisions you’ve ever made had something in common? Well. They did. It’s simply this. They were all big decisions. Really BIG decisions. The decision to buy or […]

You’ll find good news inside the Brag Basket

The good news inside the brag basket might surprise you. Photo by Couleur at Pixabay The Brag Basket is open! This one is for November 30-Dec 2, 2018. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this […]

Why a Cafe POS System for iPad Is Right for Your Coffee Shop

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels The whole point of a cafe POS system for iPad is to help small business owners enhance the way their cafe or coffee shop operates. However, finding the right POS system is similar to hiring a new staff member. You need to understand what your business can improve on and […]

5 Cryptocurrency Myths Busted for Business Owners

Photo by Worldspectrum from Pexels It’s been one of the biggest stories in both business and finance all year. What is it? What does it do? Is it even real? And, what can it do for me and my business? Although it has been around for a while, a great deal of skepticism still surrounds […]

The Best and Worst Ideas for Small Businesses to Start

While many successful small businesses are born from great business ideas, a passion, or a hobby, it usually takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, determination, and drive to start a business and keep it going. Here are some of the best and worst small businesses to start in today’s economic climate. RELATED ARTICLE: HOW […]

Business Startup: Steps to Remember

Photo (CC) by One Way Stock, on Flickr Eureka!! You have found a great business idea and can’t wait to get started. Enthusiasm is great but you need to do a couple of things before opening the doors. You are about to invest money and time. Taking time up-front will help ensure that your investment […]

Destroying your competitors: Here’s what you need to know

Photo: Shutterstock. If we want to elevate our business above the competition, there are a couple of broad routes available to us. Here they are. Destroy our competition We can choose to take every opportunity to denigrate, belittle and diminish our competitors. We can bad-mouth them. Maybe even spread nasty stories about them or call […]

Social Media Marketing Will Help You to Humanize Your Brand

Social media marketing and social networking can help your business with its business network marketing. That’s because social media marketing will connect your business with its customers, clients, or prospects. Billions of people interact on social media every day. What’s more, each of these people has the potential to become your customer, even your promoter. […]

How to Launch a Successful Construction Business

Starting a construction business is no easy task. You’ll need financing, the right materials, and talented people to work with you. Add to that plenty of thoughtful planning, a smart business strategy, and lots of hard work. Then, you could have a good chance at launching and developing a successful construction business. Further, here are […]

VR: How Can Your Business Use Virtual Reality in 2019?

Photo by Tim Savage from Pexels Virtual reality (VR) is finally having its moment. And in 2019, the medium is going to be even more available to developers and consumers alike. Moreover, sales have been growing consistently, year over year. As devices become cheaper and easier for the average person to use, their business applications […]

How to Pass Strict Quality Standards and Get Your Guest Post Approved

Image Credit: geralt on Pixabay Guest posting has become an integral part of effective marketing strategies in recent years. However, getting a guest post approved doesn’t come easy. It is not enough to make your content SEO-friendly and write with impeccable grammar. How do you make sure your guest post doesn’t end up in the […]

2 Questions to stop you from throwing good money after bad

This future gym almost didn’t happen because of sunk costs, and the business owner almost didn’t realize it. Photo via Micah Lorenc Guest post by Micah Lorenc Let’s talk about a topic that’s commonplace in business schools, but not as familiar to rural small businesses. I’m talking about Sunk Costs. I recently had a conversation […]

Are you excited about your business? You should be. Here’s why!

How excited are you about your business? Here’s why I’m asking. It matters. It really, really matters. That’s because people notice. They notice when you’re enthusiastic and just as importantly, they notice when you’re going through the motions. The thing about enthusiasm Enthusiasm is highly contagious: When someone talks to us with enthusiasm, we feed off […]

Looking for Some Good Small Scale Business Opportunities?

Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels Today many people want to support themselves by doing something they love. Are you one of those people? In this post, we suggest a few ideas for starting a small scale business with only a small investment. However, one of the biggest challenges in starting even a small scale business […]

Take Advantage of Branding Perks with Custom Apparel

Imagine looking for help in a grocery store but having no idea who’s an employee and who’s a shopper. Or think about what it would be like for a real estate agent not to have business cards to give to prospective clients. Business owners and professionals alike know the importance of presenting a clear company […]

Why Cell Tower Leases Are Undervalued and What to Do About It

Image Credit: Pixabay on Pexels Cell towers affect us every day. What’s more, with the rise of 5G, many more cell towers are being installed. As telecommunication companies clamor to win the race for 5G-compatible services, the number of cell towers is increasing to support the demand. Meanwhile, people continue to debate health concerns and […]

Payment Processing: 5 Innovative Trends to Watch in 2019

As 2018 comes to a close, business experts are turning their attention to the trends we can expect in the coming year.  The payment processing industry is no different. As a matter of fact, several trends are starting to take shape in that industry. These trends will undoubtedly change the way businesses take customer payments […]

Getting Your Business on Google My Business Before It Even Opens  

Photo by Deepanker Verma from Pexels In this post, we offer a quick guide on how to get into the local pack on Google My Business. From there, you can get to the top positions on the biggest search engine there is. Every Search Engine Marketing Campaign Starts on Google Google recently opened up a […]