Hey everyone! Hope your “unofficial” last week of summer is going well and that you have some great weekend plans either for your business or relaxing with friends and family. In this week’s Micro Business Roundup, our team has assembled five great articles with topics ranging from the Republican National Convention to green jackets. Have a great weekend and we’ll catch you next week. Read more…
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Another year, and another 4th of July has gone by! As is true of many holidays, we often take the time to reflect on what is most important to us now, and moving forward. And as a small business owner, it’s pretty safe to assume your small business is always on your mind! In this week’s Micro Business Round Up, we cover topics from staying focused, to taking much needed vacations, to starting a business as early as high school.
5 Ways to Spot Trends Before They Happen – Want to be in the know about the next big thing before it’s even news? Here are some tips on how to stay on the cutting edge.
Stay Focused as an Entrepreneur – From being purposeful with social media to using travel time well, this article might help you manage your time when you don’t have a boss telling you what to do. Read more…
As the week wraps up, we are all anticipating America’s birthday next Wednesday. Whether it’s barbecues, fireworks, or just family bonding, the Fourth of July never fails to be one of the best days of the year. How will you be celebrating?
Here is this week’s Micro Business Roundup. Read on to learn about how the Affordable Care Act passed this week will affect your small business, how to use Pinterest effectively, and more.
What The Health Care Decision Means for Your Small Business – Were you in support of the recent Affordable Care Act passed by the Supreme Court? If you are a small business owner, The Wall Street Journal provides some insight as to how this controversial piece of legislation will affect you in the near future. Read more…
Summer is here, there is no way around it. For many, this was the last week for children at school meaning that camp and summer jobs are right around the corner. Our team is looking forward to a relaxing weekend, how about you?
Hope you have a great weekend and we look forward to connecting next week. Below is this week’s edition of the Micro Business Roundup.
Who Is Your Business Competition? – Small Biz Trends offers some advice on ways to track your competition and why knowing who they are matters.
Forget ‘Jersey Shore,’ MTV Wants To Put You In The Spotlight – are you a young entrepreneur? If so you might want to check out this casting call from the network that brought us the Jersey Shore. Fist pumps all around.
What the most successful people do before breakfast – how many of these things do you do each morning?
Work with family? 14 Tips for Success (and Sanity) – Inc. offers some great tips on managing a work life balance.
The dirty little marketing secret no one is telling you – do you have a solid brand? If not, you should read this article on why not having one might be hurting your bottom line.
MBR: How to Snag Top Talent, The Low-Down on Small Business Lending, Home Office Style Tips and More
Micro Business Roundup features five articles from the week that we think are read-worthy. This time, we highlight tips from successful business owners, how to score top talent, the complexities of small-business lending, and more.
5 Success Tips from Award-Winning Entrepreneurs — This article provides some great advice from successful business owners. Our two favorite tips: “Hire your weaknesses,” and “Don’t be afraid to share your idea.” What is one piece of advice YOU would pass along to another small business owner or entrepreneur?
How to Win the Talent War — Are you hiring? This might be an article you want to read before starting the process. Just finding true talent can be difficult, sure, but what can be even harder is getting that top talent to work for you. This Fast Company article has a few helpful bits of advice to keep in mind during your next LinkedIn search.
Why Small-Business Lending Is Such a Confusing Mess — This thought-provoking article from The New York Times explores small-business lending, and sets up a new series of blog posts from business owner Ami Kassar that will explore why, exactly, this topic is often so difficult to navigate and understand.
Who Runs Most Business Establishments? — The answer might surprise you.
4 Blossoming Green Business Opportunities — Eco-friendly business opportunities still exist — this article highlights four of them. Would you ever start a green business?
MBR: Ways to Kick-Start Innovation, How to Score Lifelong Customers and Why Slouching Is Bad For Business
This week’s Micro Business Roundup features tips for successful out-of-the-box thinking, how to win customers for life, why posture might be the key to your success, and more.
3 Ways to Win Customers for Life — Developing customer loyalty is important for businesses both big and small. This piece from Inc. illustrates three methods to cultivate lifelong brand loyalty. One of our favorite bits of advice focuses on investing in people, and what they care about. “The fact is that businesses don’t really have relationships; people do. If you want people to be loyal, you have to take an interest in who they are and what they care about.”
What We Talk About When We Talk About Recession — This article opens by asking a question: “Do feelings trump facts for small business owners?” The answer? Maybe. According to a survey by U.S. Bank, years after the recession ended, 71 percent of small business owners still indicate that they believe the U.S. is in the midst of one. So what does this mean? And why the disconnect? This article explores those questions and more.
3 Postures to Boost Productivity Now — Ever catch yourself slouching at your desk? Us, too. This article from Entrepreneur, however, suggests that a few simple posture changes can actually help give your brain — and your productivity — a confidence boost.
The Rise Of The Micro-Entrepreneurship Economy —This interesting read takes a look at an emerging segment of the economy: micro-entrepreneurship. According to the article, the movement itself isn’t necessarily new, but it does have a novel element that makes it stand out. “The media has named the growing trend toward micro-entrepreneurship ‘the Rise of the Creative Class,’ ‘the Gig Life,’ or ‘the freelance economy.’ All of those refer to the nearly 4.1 million workers (that’s 14 out of every 100 workers) who were self-employed this past year, according to the Office for National Statistics, and millions of others currently supplement their income with freelance work,” it reads. “While the trend has been spotted before, there’s one stark difference between micro-entrepreneurs today and the ‘Free Agent Nation’ citizens of the late ’90s: technology.” So, tell us: Are you part of this trend?
Hey everyone! Hope you had a great week. Up in New England we started the week with some showers, but closed out with some lovely spring weather. Earlier in the week the company also announced some major changes to our business cards (click here to read more) that we’re sure our customers will love. Hope you have a great weekend, and here is this week’s edition of the Micro Business Roundup.
Rating the Best — and Worst — States to Do Business – Did you start your business in a state that is great for small businesses? Don’t worry if you don’t know Entrepreneur breaks down the best and worst states for small business owners.
3 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Twitter – still on the fence on whether or not Twitter is right for your business? If so, check out this article for some ways you might not have considered using the platform for.
Workaholic? Maybe You’re Really a Successaholic – do people say that you work too much? Or perhaps that you are a workaholic? Don’t worry we won’t hold it against you. This post takes a look at people described as “workaholics” and notes that these people might be addicted to success.
5 Meaningful Shifts Shaping Marketing Right Now – Duct Tape Marketing’s John Janstch breaks down five current trends in marketing.
Facebook Offers a Sweet Deal Sucker Punch – Facebook recently rolled out an Offers option for page owners. Before you test drive this feature, take a look at this cautionary tale of one small business so that you can learn from their poor experience.