Potential Pain Points When Starting a Small Business

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If you feel restless working for someone else and have come up with your own idea for starting a business, you should consider the challenges that you will face ahead of time. Owning and running a business is incredibly rewarding—but it comes at a price.

Every Small Business Should Celebrate the Positives

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Sponsored by VISA Business Running a small business as an entrepreneur is a never-ending challenge of new products, customers, competitors, and an unpredictable economy. Starting your own business means that you must be willing to give up the security of a regular paycheck.

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Affordable Social Media for Small Business

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Everywhere you turn there’s a blog post or magazine article on the importance of small businesses having a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and increasingly, Google Plus. Now I have to become a social media expert just to make sure my business is relevant on social media?

5 Ways to Keep Your Small Business Growing

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Running a small business is a daunting challenge. Statistically, less than 50 percent of small businesses are still operational after five years. Globalization has increased the level of competition and introduced more turmoil to the business environment.

Small Business and Startups: Teams and Transparency

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With our investors we communicate at regular intervals about financial performance, business intelligence data, strategy, site metrics, and operations. When things are good we celebrate with them, and when business is bad we let them know that, too. How transparent is too transparent?

3 Ways to Improve Employee Retention in Your Small Business

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Every small business faces the challenge of finding the right talent to fill a position and getting that individual up-to-speed and productive within a reasonable amount of time. For example, most small business benefits packages can’t include fully-covered dental insurance.

Twitter Link Roundup #285 – Labor Day! Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

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We do love sharing articles about fonts, logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Simple Social Media Strategies for Your Small Business crowdspring.co/1f4d0Qg

Small Business and Startups: The Top 10 Business Books of 2014

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Smith of the Washington Post described 2014 as a good year for book lovers, they probably weren’t referring to texts of the business variety. That said, the business book fans among you shouldn’t be too disappointed. Related posts: Summer Business Books: What to Read Now.

Twitter Link Roundup #284 – Late Summer Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

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But back now to reality, and I some small measure of redemption, because it’s time for the set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account )! How do UX Designer salaries vary around the world?

Twitter Link Roundup #288 – Necessary Stuff For Small Business, Startups, and Designers!

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We do love sharing articles about fonts, logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! How to Map Out the Business That You Want to Build crowdspring.co/1g7wvIh.

Twitter Link Roundup #246 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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We do like to talk about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other interesting stuff! Food Trucks 101: How to Start a Mobile Food Business – crowdspring.co/1qW98Xf.

Small Business Hiring: Dos and Don’ts from Someone Who’s Done It

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Hiring your first few employees is exhilarating; you’re building a team of people who will help you build your business into an empire (or at least a venture that will enable you to pay your mortgage). In small companies, employees often work together in tight quarters.

How to Make Sense of your Small Business Financial Statements

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How does your business assess its financial strength? No doubt you refer to your income statement and your bank account for the basics, but the truth is most businesses ignore the most powerful financial tools in the accounting arsenal: the balance sheet and the cash flow statement.

Why Owning a Small Business Is Equal Parts Gratifying and Terrifying

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Today marks the middle of National Small Business Week in America and I find it an appropriate time to reflect on my twenty-five years as a small business owner. Small Business Is a Path. Small Business Is a Teacher. Small Business Is a Craft.

Twitter Link Roundup #269 – Impeccable Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

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As a small business owner I worry a great deal about productivity: how to achieve it, how to maximize it and how to maintain it. Small Business and Startups: 8 Steps To a Successful Redesign | @crowdSPRING Blog – crowdspring.co/1KuCfWj.

A Key to Success for Small Business? Don't Become a Big Business!

Small Business Force

Now that’s not to say there aren’t some very well-run Fortune 500 companies, but they are less and less and even lesser the ones that behave like a nimble small business can and should. Eventually the bureaucracy sets in, and you become “big business-ized!”

5 Things Every Small Business Should Know About Payroll

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No business owner needs the added headache of an audit, and even a late payment could result in a penalty. All of this work is encouraging some small business owners to outsource managing payroll. This is perhaps why some small business owners prefer to outsource this function.

How to Fine-tune Your Small Business Finances—from Funding to Growth [Webinar Recap]

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Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner with questions about funding your small business? Maybe you are wondering which metrics to track, or whether or not you should take out a loan for your business. Two, I’m a small business owner or manager.

5 Ways Your Support Doesn't.Either Your Customer or Your Small Business.

Small Business Force

Almost every entrepreneur or small business, at one time or another, trumpets that their service and support is what separates them from their competition; what makes them special. It should start with a philosophy of "the customer pays our salaries," and go from there.

Smart Security Solutions For Small Business Owners

YoungUpstarts

Of the many expenses a small business has to contend with, monthly fees and salaries to maintain security systems rarely rank high on this list. They can monitor movement, humidity, air quality and other factors that affect the safety of your business. By Jennifer Tuohy.

HOW TO: Build an App for Your Small Business

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Contact Us Submit News Contact Us Write for Us Spark of Genius Series Mashable | The Social Media Guide Business Mashable on Facebook Join Us! So, you’re a small or medium-sized business, and you want to build a Facebook, mobile or web app.

Small Business and Startups: End-of-Year Mishegoss, 2011 Version

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For those of you unfamiliar with Yiddish, the word ‘mishegoss’ is defined as craziness or senseless activity, and as small business-people we can certainly relate to that concept, particularly as the holidays loom and the year comes to an end.

9 Small Businesses You Can Start From Home

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If you’re one of the ambitious few that wants to diversify your income, there are lots of businesses you can start from the comfort of your home. It takes little initial investment, and most of the “business stuff” is taken care of on their end. Photography Business.

Small business and the Affordable Care Act: 5 Reasons Why Obamacare May Help

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If you are a small business owner or manager, it really doesn’t matter whether you are in the 50% of Americans who were thrilled about this decision or the 50% who were stunned in disbelief. Tax credits for small businesses.

9 Ways To Make Sure Your Small Business Is Better Off Four Years From Now

YoungUpstarts

by Michael Houlihan, coauthor of “ The Barefoot Spirit: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built a Bestseller “ “Obama’s tax policies will cripple small businesses!” We, ourselves, are the best determinant of how successful our businesses will be.

Twitter Link Roundup #220 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Salaries Startup Founders Pay Themselves | Business Insider – crowdspring.co/1nHU2OK.

Tips for small business: Negotiating With the New Recruit

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Recruiting and hiring can be one of the more painful aspects to running a small business, but job applicants can go far to ease the process for those doing the hiring and, at the same time, improve their own chances of landing the job. Small business and startup tips: training day!

How to Choose an Accountant for Your Business

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A good accountant offers much more than filling out and filing forms; they can provide expert advice and information, help you to grow your business, prevent your from running afoul of the IRS, and save you thousands of dollars in taxes. As a business owner, your time is your money.

Twitter Link Roundup #210 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Small Business and Startups: 5 Tips For Keeping the Books – crowdspring.co/1f1zOfD.

Why Individual Health Insurance Benefits Small Business Employees

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Anyone who owns, manages or is employed by a small business understands the difference the “little things” can make in employee satisfaction. Many of the services that are above and beyond base salary are understandably deemed unessential — especially when a company is just getting off the ground. However, benefits that affect health and well-being are important for multiple reasons, and individual health insurance is a solution that benefits small business employees.

Twitter Link Roundup #227 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

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These posts and videos are about logo design , web design , startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Small Business and Startups: What Would You do Differently? Small Business and Startups: What Would You do Differently?

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Small Business Is Bracing for a Government Shutdown

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Global markets fell and small businesses reacted with anger and alarm as the specter of a U.S. Practically, that means Miller has to continue paying salaries, health care costs that amount to about $1,200 per employee per month, and other benefits at a time when revenue is not flowing.

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What it Really Takes to Start Up a Small Business

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What it Really Takes to Start Up a Small Business written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Thursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is Sam Melton – Enjoy!

The Difference Between Cash and Profits

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When you imagine a new business, you think of what it would cost to make the product, what you could sell it for, and what the profits per unit might be. We are trained to think of business as sales minus costs and expenses, which is profits.

2013 Super Bowl Marketing and Small Business: More in Common Than You Think!

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Now, to a small business or startup the idea of spending $4 million dollars on any one marketing tactic is nothing short of laughable. 5 great viral marketing campaigns (and what small businesses can learn from them!). Marketing and branding Small business

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3 Lessons Small Businesses Could Teach Washington

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An education in effective leadership from small business owners. As the frustrating battle over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis continues to unfold, it’s hard not to look at it from a small business perspective.

Tips For Hiring Your First Employee As A Small Business Owner

YoungUpstarts

by Gyawu Mahama, Social Media and Marketing Manager at Hiscox Small Business Insurance. As a small business owner, you’re accustomed to wearing many hats. However, sometimes it’s necessary to just get an extra set of hands, especially as your business grows.

6 Reasons Your Business Fails to Meet Your Strategic Goals (and What to Do About It)

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You even started hiring a few employees and your business grew, and it grew fast. Things got chaotic, and being the savvy manager that you are, you quickly realized that you needed to pull on the reins before your business horses ran wild. You can reach your business goals this year.

Entrepreneurs, Are You Watching the Nickels and Dimes, While the Dollars Roll Out the Back Door of Your Small Business?

Small Business Force

But many small business owners are so intent on closely managing the nickels and dimes, especially when things get a little tense, that they miss dollars rolling out their back door. Since my earliest days as an entrepreneur I have practiced and now preach "the gospel of cash flow."Managing

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Building a Lifestyle Business in a Startup World

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However, look past the headlines and you’ll find that hundreds of businesses fail for every one that makes both their investors and founders money. “Lifestyle business” is a term in the startup lexicon that refers to businesses that aren’t a fit for venture capital.