Small Business

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Highlight Small Businesses’ Need to be Prepared

With recovery starting after Hurricane  Harvey in Houston and Floridians just beginning to emerge after Hurricane Irma, it a good reminder for  small businesses everywhere to rethink their preparedness.  Meanwhile businesses in both locations will be facing the challenge to try to rebuild. Small Businesses After Disasters Big box retailers and huge businesses in the area are more likely to have ... Read More »

64 Percent of Small Businesses Can’t Track Printer Usage or Costs — And They Really Should!

Almost two thirds, or 64 percent, of small businesses can’t track how much their print devices cost them nor can they track their usage. And if you are not able to track these basic stats in your business, you will not know how much is being wasted. The How to Optimize Your IT Budget With Smarter Document Management (PDF) report and The State ... Read More »

Pizza Is Selling Like Hotcakes On Facebook…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them? 1 — Americans love ordering pizza on Facebook. In an effort to evolve to better serve their customers while also offering them more convenience, many restaurants are now letting patrons pay for their food using their Facebook and Amazon accounts. ... Read More »

New Fitness App Suggests a Niche Your Small Business Could Help Fill

Imagine a product designed to keep people motivated while working out by giving them incentives to continue. A system called Cycflix does this in a really unique way. It offers motivation and a reward system and includes something people really value — getting their daily dose of Netflix. Ronan Byrne is the creator of Cycflix, which is currently available on Instructables. ... Read More »

10 Classic Small Business Social Media Mistakes

The try-out period for social media is long past. Even tiny businesses – even many who don’t even have their own websites – know they need to be on social. Just “being on social” is a good start (though I still urge you to have a website, too). But marketing your small business on social media takes a particular kind ... Read More »

Google Introduces New Single-Page Website for Business

SEO helps businesses of all kinds optimize their websites to have a presence online. It helps them gain visibility, traffic, and generate leads through business websites that act as a storefront on the web. But what about small businesses? The businesses so small they don’t even need a website? For some small businesses, having a website is more work than it’s worth. For ... Read More »

Optimism among U.S. small businesses rises in July, helped by strong hiring

A measure of U.S. small-business confidence rose in July, boosted by strong hiring and an improving economic outlook, according to a National Federation of Independent Business report released on Tuesday. The group’s Index of Small Business Optimism USOPIN=ECI rose to 105.2 from 103.6 in June. The rise was the index’s first since January. Business owners signaled optimism in their ability ... Read More »

Three Key Success Metrics Every Small Business Owner Should Focus On

Your small business is up and running, and you have a product or service that you’re excited about. How do you boost your chances of building a venture that will last for the long term? A government statistic shows roughly 40% of Australian businesses fail within the first four years. Over the years, I’ve identified three elements that seem to ... Read More »

3 Sales Tips for Your Small Business During the Dog Days of Summer

Late July and August are often known as the “dog days” of summer – high temperatures, slow pace, and a certain lethargy often sets in. Unless you run a seasonal business that benefits from summer tourism, you’re probably finding that your business is having a slower time of year during this season; the phones aren’t ringing as often, foot traffic ... Read More »

This Business is Cashing in on the Coming Eclipse

Can an event that lasts less than three minutes make an impact on your business? One Tennessee company is counting on it. And your business could potentially do the same. The event in question is the total solar eclipse, which will take place on August 21. And American Paper Optics in Bartlett, Tennessee has been planning for this moment for years. The ... Read More »