:: Small Businesses Should
Test Disaster Recovery Plans
As a rule of thumb, a small- or mid-sized business
should test its disaster recovery plan at least yearly,
or any time the business undergoes a major change. However,
most businesses are unprepared for common disasters such
as floods, hurricanes and cyber-attacks.
A recent survey suggests that 17 percent of businesses never
test their disaster plans and one-third test only once a
year, an article on EWeek.com reports. When they do test,
81 percent of respondents report problems, and 11 percent
encounter major problems or complete failure.
:: Social Media Tips for Small Businesses
So which social media site should you use? It depends
on the type of business you own, says Shama Kabani, the
founder of Web marketing company The Marketing Zen Group.
You should be wherever your customers are. A restaurant,
for example, needs to closely monitor online review site
:: How to Take Your Small
Business to the Next Level
Is your small-to-midsized business growing? As
a company grows, its needs grow too. While many companies
tend to evolve from one stage to another, more successful
leaders consciously guide their businesses through growth
stages, with a focus on streamlining operations and expanding
smartly and efficiently.
:: An Entrepreneurs Guide to #Hashtags
Hashtags are a key to riding todays social media
wave. But understanding what a hashtag is, let alone implementing
one, can be confusing for many small business owners --
even ones that consider themselves tech savvy. #smallbiz
:: Small Businesses Responsible
Small businesses continue to spur U.S. job growth.
Companies with fewer than 50 employees created 45 percent
of the 188,000 new jobs in June, a recently released ADP
National Employment Report said.
The 84,000 jobs created by small firms represent nearly
half of the jobs created by U.S. businesses and the percentage
of jobs created by small companies continues to grow.
This is the second consecutive month for growth in job creation
among smaller firms. In May, small businesses created 63,000
jobs, up from 57,000 in April. That month saw a major decline
from Marchs 72,000 jobs added by smaller companies.
:: Half Of All Small Businesses to Cut
Unease around Obamacare appears to be increasing
among small business owners, according to a recent survey
from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The conservative-leaning business lobby’s survey had especially
bad news for small business hiring. Half of small business
owners polled indicated they would either cut employee hours
or employ fewer full-time workers to avoid Obamacare's requirement
that employees working over 30 hours a week receive employer-provided
health insurance, according to the survey. Another 24 percent
said they would curb hiring plans to avoid the employer
mandate, since it applies only to companies with 50 or more
Almost half of small businesses said they were concerned
about the law in general, up from 42 percent in January.
:: Tech Giants Offer Small
Own a small business? Communicate constantly with
your employees, interact with customers on social media
but do not respond too heatedly to negative customer reviews,
motivate yourself with a sense of desperation, make sure
you accept debit and credit cards and do not listen to your
parents when they tell you to get a real job.
:: What You Can Learn from Google Failures?
What You Can Learn From Google Product Failures
1. Companies Should Focus on What They Do Best
You can not please all of the people all of the time, and
in business, you simply can not try to do everything. Having
too many products in your pipeline is a distraction from
your core purpose.
:: Google Graveyard is Growing
Ever since the advent of the internet there have
been an untold amount of companies based around web technologies
that have come and gone. The dot-com bubble of the 1990s
filtered out many of the winners while shedding the losers.
Over the years start-ups came and went, were bought, or
just failed. With the current social media bubble (that
will pop) there is another slate of companies that have
failed. Yet when it comes to the large players will Google,
all we seem to see is success. Yet, the Google Graveyard
is still adding grave plots.
:: 50 Reasons Your Site May Not Be Ranking
Googles on an uncompromising mission. It wants
to give its users access to accurate information, unique
content and the finest writers. It continually tweaks and
improves its algorithms so that the best of the web gets
the exposure it deserves.
Unfortunately, there is a flipside: a penalty. That is the
consequence of Google taking issue with something on your
site. Sometimes a penalty is well deserved, but even if
you know you are in the wrong, you probably want to do something
:: 5 Business Secrets You
Will Not Learn in the Classroom
At graduation, it is important to remember one
thing: College is only the beginning.
As you walk up to accept your diploma and move your tassel
from one side to the next, you will join many friends, colleagues
and family members who have similarly moved up through the
ranks of higher education. And while graduation calls for
celebration, the realities of the real world should soon
set in -- that is, the truths college never taught you.
:: Stop Being Awkward on the Phone
No one uses the phone anymore, the New York Times
declared a couple of years ago and millions of young people
Texting? Sure. Chatting online? Of course, but for a certain
generation of young business people currently entering the
world of work, actually dialling a number is mostly for
moms and telemarketers.
But however much the phone may have fallen out of favor
for personal use, professionally, the fact remains that
every now and again you’re actually going to have to put
headset to ear and chances are, with so little practice,
you might be a bit rusty at this simple but essential skill.
:: Are Small Businesses
Crossing the Line with Data
They have got loads of valuable info on online
consumers--and they got it without asking. Shady tactic,
or simply the way of online business?
:: What Inspired You To Start a Small
From the death of a loved one to feline fancies,
small business owners tell us what made them set up their
:: Small Business Apps to
Just because you're on the road does not mean you
can't remain productive.
Inexpensive apps can help you get your work done on your
smartphone or tablet, wherever your business travels take
:: 26 Ideas for Great Blog Posts!
26 Great Ideas for Blog Posts!
Blogs have increased in popularity because they provide
a steady stream of new and unique content. The only issue
presented by this quality of blogs is that it may become
difficult for those who run blogs to think of interesting
and novel posts. If you have jumped on the blogging bandwagon
but suffer writer's block, do not panic: we have created
a list of 26 ideas for blog posts.
Ideas for Blog Posts