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Talk to Your Family Before Diving into a New Venture

This article, “Talk to Your Family Before Diving into a New Venture” was first published on Small Business Trends Click HERE To Continue Reading On… Small Business Trends ☕ 🎁 Credit are given to the original owner of this post! Disclaimer : All information and intellectual property are sorely belong to the original author/blogger. We …

7 Steps to Become a Millionaire

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a millionaire? It is very possible to become one! Today there are over 10 million millionaires in the U.S., according to research by the Spectrem Group. Just imagine what you could do as a millionaire. You’d have financial freedom. You could enjoy life, stop worrying about money, and gain …

7 Ways Small Business Sales Teams Can Ensure a Deal Closes

Sponsored Post Is your small business sales team newer, less tenured, or used to a different selling motion? You may find that their ability to drive a sale to close is just as much of a variable. Recently, our Essentials Business Coach team in Atlanta held a “War Room” — a sales tactic to review …

Things Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know About the SECURE Act

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE) is part of the government’s spending bill that includes numerous provisions intended to strengthen retirement security across the country. It is designed to open up opportunities to segments of the workforce that was previously not covered in retirement plans. In addition, the bill attempts to …

What Are the Oldest Companies in the World?

When entrepreneurs start a business, their goal is for it to keep running forever. With that in mind, have you ever wondered about the oldest company in the world? A new and incredible infographic (with some great graphics) from Businessfinancing.co.UK thoroughly answers that question. If you say the oldest company is 100, 200, 500, or …

Why was Philadelphia the Perfect Place to Launch Hospitality Tech Startup xtraCHEF?

Philadelphia’s culinary and hospitality scenes are booming. In fact, VISIT PHILADELPHIA and the James Beard Foundation have even announced a special partnership to drive foodies to the city. Here’s more proof. xtraCHEF is a cloud-based, mobile-friendly restaurant management tool based there. Small Business Trends contacted xtraCHEF CEO and Co-Founder Andy Schwartz to learn about this …

29% of Small Businesses Will Start a Website This Year

Kudos if you have a website for small your business because many small business owners still don’t have websites for their businesses. According to the latest survey from Visual Objects, about one-third of small businesses (29%) plan to begin using websites for the first time in 2020. Needless to say, a good website can work …

Spotlight: East Meets Dress Takes Wedding Fashion in New Direction

Weddings offer an opportunity for couples to showcase their unique style, while also pulling in important aspects of their heritage and culture. Sometimes, it can be tough to mesh the old with the new. But East Meets DressEast Meets Dress wants to help Asian American brides tow that line. Vivian Chan and Jenn Qiao launched …

Amazon Seller Certifications Highlight Women and Veteran Owned Small Businesses

There are currently more than 8 million sellers on the Amazon Marketplace, with nearly 120,000 signing up just in the past year. This makes it one of the most popular spots for small business owners and side hustlers to make money online. But it also makes it one of the most difficult places to really …

These are the Top 25 Self-Employed Careers

The gig economy is growing. For example, independent professionals are projected to make up 60% of the workforce by 2027. What’s more, 96% of self-employed professionals don’t want to return to a regular job. As a result, if you’re thinking about ditching your 9-to-5 grind to start your own business, this might be the right …

22 Secrets to Hiring the Right Virtual Assistant

There are mundane activities in every business. These are tasks that take time and energy but frankly are better handled by someone else so you can focus on your company’s core business. “Most business owners know that they need to spend their time on high-value tasks such as business development and creating a great culture. …

Motivational Sales Quotes to Inspire You

Sales is a challenging vocation. But if you keep yourself and your team fired up, the rewards can be awesome. So how do you get motivated? Is it with upbeat music? Or some exercise? Maybe a few words of praise? How about some motivational sales quotes to inspire success! Success is dependent on the drive …

Motivational Sales Quotes to Inspire You

Sales is a challenging vocation. But if you keep yourself and your team fired up, the rewards can be awesome. So how do you get motivated? Is it with upbeat music? Or some exercise? Maybe a few words of praise? How about some motivational sales quotes to inspire success! Success is dependent on the drive …

Only 32% of Consumers Feel Comfortable About Private Companies Using Facial Recognition

Only 32% of consumers feel comfortable about having their face scanned by private companies. This means a significant majority aren’t at ease with companies using facial recognition. Facial Recognition Statistics The stats come from  a study by the business app recommendation engine, GetApp. The survey asked 487 US consumers about their views on facial recognition …

How Leaders Can Better Track the Health of Their SMBs

The first quarter of the new year is a time to set goals and implement changes that will transform your business and help you achieve even greater success in the year to come. But while setting lofty goals is nice, executive leaders must also consider how they will keep track of business health in 2020. …

Diverse Small Businesses are More Successful, Data Shows

Employees in your small business often have a direct impact on your business success. If you have a diverse team on board, your business is more likely to be successful. According to the latest data compiled by SCORE in the form of an infographic, small businesses having diverse teams are more innovative and better perform …

PRO Act That Threatens Freelancers Nationwide Passes US House

The controversial Protecting the Right to Organize Act (Pro-Act) passed by Congress continues to divide opinions with critics claiming it would tilt the playing field in favor of labor unions at the expense of employers and employees. The bill passed 224–194 with 12 not voting on February 6 mostly along party lines. The bill is …

Does Your Small Business Create a Personal Prison or Provide Financial Freedom?

For many small business owners, starting a business is a dream of financial freedom; doing what they love and working when they want. Unfortunately, more often, it becomes a personal prison where they are required to work more hours than any job and serve customers they dislike. On the Small Business Radio Show this week, …

69% of Employees Say Working at Home Improves Their Mental Health

Today 69% of employees in the United States say working at home improves their mental health. And a whopping 90.4% of employees believe working flexible hours can help with their mental health. Almost half of employees (46%) say they don’t feel like they have enough support at work. That specifically applies to their mental health. …

20% of Remote Workers Struggle with Loneliness

More people are working remotely and in most cases they are doing it alone. This is responsible for 20% of remote workers saying they struggle with loneliness. This according to the 2020 State of Remote Work Report by Buffer and AngelList. As more people work remotely, it is important to ask what trends are growing …

How Apple Makes Its Money

Apple is a brand with instant name recognition. And this recognition is responsible for making it the first U.S. publicly traded company to reach a market value of one trillion dollars. How Apple Makes Its Money So, how does Apple make its money? A new infographic from SellYourMac asks this very same question. Apple has …

Creative Selection – Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age

Creative Selection Steve Jobs is a business icon whose influence beyond his company Apple is still felt today. Much was written about him and his legacy after his death, and since Jobs’ passing Apple has transitioned into a new era under current CEO Tim Cook. With all the attention Jobs received, I find it fascinating …

Event in Chicago Examines How to Recruit Great Talent for Retail

According to the National Retail Federation, the average turnover rate in the retail industry is slightly above 60%. On the other hand, it is 15% for other industries. The Leap TA: Retail event looks to tackle this problem with a two-day event addressing retail talent acquisition. Speakers from Starbucks, IKEA, Walmart, Target, Kroger, Sleep Number …

10 Tips to Help You Better Understand Your Small Business Customers

Creating an effective marketing strategy requires having a strong understanding of your target customers. You need to understand the platforms they use, the messages that will resonate with them, and how they feel about your business. To increase your understanding, here are some tips from members of the online small business community. Create a Facebook …

5 Best Kept Secrets of People Who Work Faster Than You

Have you ever had a coworker who seemed like they could do everything that you do, only faster? They write emails in record time, they finish their work on projects before you, and they always seem on top of their tasks and responsibilities. How is it that these people can work so quickly, leaving the …

Top Headlines: Blowback from AB5 and What to Expect when Hiring Zoomers

Companies big and small are using freelancers more than ever. And because they are classified as independent contractors, they don’t have full employee rights. In this week’s roundup, one of the articles looks at the blowback of the passage of California Assembly Bill 5 (or AB5) from freelancers and other independent contractors. The California Trucking …

Small Business Approval for President Trump at All-time High

The Q1 CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey just reported President Trump has achieved an all-time high approval rating among small business owners. When it comes to the President the net approval rating is at 64%, a four percent increase from the previous quarter. Even more impressive is the fact that it is nearly the same for …

Frank Eliason from Amazon – Proud to be an Amazonian Working in the Fulfillment Center

One of the most interesting things I’ve read this year came from customer service and customer experience pioneer Frank Eliason.  If you’ve heard that name before you probably know it for being one of the first customer service leaders to integrate social media in with traditional support processes during his time at Comcast.  For example, …

Quite by Accident Bonnie Discovered an Underserved Clown Market (Cartoon)

This article, “Quite by Accident Bonnie Discovered an Underserved Clown Market (Cartoon)” was first published on Small Business Trends Click HERE To Continue Reading On… Small Business Trends ☕ 🎁 Credit are given to the original owner of this post! Disclaimer : All information and intellectual property are sorely belong to the original author/blogger. We …

1 in 4 Companies Say Social Media is the Worst Place to Recruit Talent

One in 4 companies (24%) say that social media is the least effective method of recruiting. 80% of businesses believe that interviews are an essential way to hire the best talent. However, 21% of companies say they regret relying on interviews alone in the hiring process, and instead say they had wished they had also …

1 in 3 People Say a Simple Business Card is Best

One in three people believe a no-frills business card works best. This means a business card with a straightforward design that conveys only essential information. Four in 10 people say their perception of a business has been negatively impacted by the quality or design of its cards. Online printing specialists Instant Print unveiled these statistics …

This Company Says It’s the Airbnb of Boats

GetMyBoat, is a startup that calls itself the “Airbnb of Boats.” This app lets interested people rent boats in many different countries. Small Business Trends contacted Val Streif, marketing manager for GetMyBoat, to find out what makes this enterprise successful. He started by making some big claims. “GetMyBoat is the world’s largest marketplace for boat …

Pompeo Visits Ethiopian Co-working Space Promoting Entrepreneur Liberation

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Ethiopia this week trumpeting a message of entrepreneurial liberation. Pompeo Visits Ethiopia On Wednesday, Pompeo spoke at the African Union, addressing government and business leaders from across the continent. He also visited blueSpace, the country’s first co-working space for entrepreneurs and gig workers and home to Small Business …

What to Expect When Hiring Zoomers

Can’t stop confusing your Zoomers and millennials? When it comes to hiring, the differences matter. According to Pew Research, millennials were born between 1981 and 1996 which makes them 24 to 39 years old in 2020; Zoomers (or Zers or Generation Z) were born starting in 1997, so the oldest turn 23 this year. This …

Spotlight: Behind the Leaf Reveals Business Resources for Women

  Some communities have traditionally been underserved when it comes to business conferences and support. Women and minorities in particular haven’t had access to as many resources as others. But Behind the Leaf wants to change all that by providing resources and support for women owned business. The company runs a business conference for women …

Big Bank Lending to Small Business Hits Record High

Are you struggling to secure a loan from a small bank? If yes, then it is time to reach out to a big bank. According to the latest Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index™, small business loan approval rates at big banks ($10 billion+assests) reached a new record high in January 2020. The loan approval percentage …

71% of Consumers Prefer Buying from Companies Aligned with Their Values

Seventy one percent of consumers prefer buying from brands that align to their values. This statistic was unveiled by 5W Public Relations’ 2020 Consumer Culture Report. Brand Values Alignment Millennials find buying from companies that share their values even more important. In fact, 83% of this demographic stress the importance of value alignment. And they …

How One Entrepreneur Went from Getting Robbed to Being a Millionaire

AquaVault is a portable outdoor travel safe that protects your valuables while you swim on vacation. Small Business Trends contacted Jonathan Kinas, Co-Founder/ Managing Partner, Aqua Vault Inc, to learn the story behind this product. Like a lot of great products, Kinas pointed to the old adage that necessity is the mother of invention. The …

Notion Desktop App Tracks Tasks to Keep Your Productivity Level High

Today’s businesses have information stored in so many different locations — keeping track of it all can seem nearly impossible. You might have Word documents for employee training, Google Docs for collaborating with team members about client proposals, and online threads for organizing information about your website. This disconnect makes it tough for people to …

New UPS Products and Services Aimed at Small Businesses

Does ‘package-delivery’ play a key role in your business operations? If yes, then the latest announcement from the United Parcel Service (UPS) can make you rejoice. According to the latest UPS press release, the company will launch numerous products and innovative technology programs to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) grow and compete. It goes …

10 Ways Businesses Can Streamline Their SaaS Products

Software-as-a-service can be an excellent option when it comes to lowering the operating costs of a business. However, companies can end up with software from multiple providers, which can result in organizations losing track of its subscriptions, or paying for a service that team members aren’t fully tapping into. To help businesses cope with this …

How to Clean Your Computer – And Why It’s So Important

Your computer is probably one of the most important tools you use for running your business. So you need to do everything you can to keep it in quality shape for as long as possible. Something as simple as cleaning can dramatically impact the performance and longevity of your device. And it’s fairly simple to …

9 Best Mattresses of 2020 For Business Owners

When running your own business, it can be challenging to separate your work life from your personal life. Unlike a 9 to 5 job, business owners take their work with them when they leave the office. As the line between work and home becomes blurred, business owners often end up making major sacrifices along the …

Everything You Need to Know About a Mastermind Group

People have used mastermind groups for as long as they have communicated with each other. But it was Napoleon Hill in his best-selling book Think and Grow Rich who provided clear definitions and popularized the concept. Napolean Hill called the mastermind principle “the master key to the attainment of your major purpose in life”.  What …

How Employers and Independent Contractors Remain Independent under CA AB5

California sought to make it more difficult for businesses to hire independent contractors with the passage of California Assembly Bill 5 (or AB5). But the gig economy shows no sign of slowing down. A new study from Mastercard predicts double-digit annual growth for the industry over the next five years. It projects gig economy transactions …

Why Thinking Small Will Get You Closer to Your Ultimate Goals

There’s no lack of people telling you to go find your passion and dream really big. But, why does it seem like when we try, we so often end up falling short and more overwhelmed than when we started? On the Small Business Radio Show this week, Liz Forkin Bohannon, founder of international fashion brand, …

What is Social Commerce?

If the past holiday season was any indication, social commerce is set to surge in the 2020s. According to research from Smartly.io, a social media advertising automation platform, consumers are now shopping via social media. And social advertising influences their purchases. So, what exactly does social commerce include? A Simple Definition Social commerce is the …

Free Book Excerpt: Ignore Your Customers (And They’ll Go Away)

  Businesses all agree: you must serve customers well. But in today’s always-on digital ecosystem, this has been ramped up to the umpteenth degree. If you ignore your customers on the many different channels in which they communicate, they might just go away — for good. Micah Solomon’s book, Ignore Your Customers (And They’ll Go …

Be A Startup Superstar Outlines the Path to Success Working at a Startup

Be A Startup Superstar High profile startups like WeWork took a beating after their IPO launch failure. But the proliferation of people interested in startups remains a constant. Startup managers seek talent. They remain eager to shepherd new startups to success. Do you feel you could do the job? Read Be A Startup Superstar – Ignite Your …