:: Shark Tank!
Lately I have been binge watching Shark Tank. If
you are a small business owners you might be surprised what
you can learn. The innovation out there is fairly impressive.
I have been self-employed since 1989, and I am finding myself
:: Looking for Inspiration
What is your best six word advice? Check out the
slideshow below to get inspired.
:: 10 Tech Trends
There is no shortage of predictions regarding where
technology is headed in this bright and shiny New Year.
Not all fortune tellers have the same perspective, however.
Take the design and innovation consultancy Fjord (part of
Accenture Interactive), for example. It tapped more than
750 of its experts in 19 studios around the world to amass
its annual trends compilation.
:: 17 Resolutions Only the
Most Successful People Make
Fortunately, there is a better way. Here are 17
simple things to do sometime in 2016. They are all one-time
events (although you can certainly repeat them as many times
as you like). And each is a lot easier to accomplish than
New Years resolution.
:: 7 Tips for Small Business Owners
Those small business owners who want to take their
company to the next level can get some help.
Peggy Cenova, regional director of the East Central Indiana
Small Business Development Center, says she works with small
business owners to help them achieve their goals.
:: New Years Resolution
Checklist for Small Businesses
I know, I know. It is hard to start thinking about
the New Year when we’re stuck in the middle of the hectic
holidays. But with January 1 right around the corner, now
is the perfect time to reflect on how to grow your business
As a fellow small business owners and solopreneur, I know
first-hand how tricky it can be to even find the time to
think about business development. Some days we are so busy
juggling our current client demands, big picture goals —
publishing great thought leadership articles, going after
a dream client — take a back seat to a ringing phone or
:: 16 Small Business Resolutions for
Lose weight. Quit smoking. Floss. January’s the
traditional time for making new years resolutions. But in
addition to your personal goals, what do you want to achieve
in 2016 for your small business? I have come up with a list
of New Years Resolutions for Small Business, and since its
2016, it seems only natural that I have 16 of them:
:: Five Small Business Resolutions
People make resolutions about losing weight, stopping
smoking, and other habits that they probably will not give
up. Business owners should take advantage of this time-for-future-thinking
opportunity to set goals to enhance their businesses. Here
are five resolutions to help entrepreneurs have a more profitable
:: Six New Years Resolutions for Small
Have a plan, and stick to it
When you walk into the office every Monday morning, it is
crucial that you understand the goals that you need to accomplish
that week and then map them out.
:: 8 Social Media Tips for
For as far back as free markets go, word of mouth
has been the primary tool small businesses have used to
spread their message and market their brand. Within the
last few decades, though, the explosion of media has led
to wide array of marketing opportunities and techniques.
While word of mouth is still important, social media has
taken over as one of the most effective avenues for public
relations and marketing for even the smallest of firms.
:: Social Media Spells Big Business for
One thing is for certain in business these days
— nothing ever stays the same, and my annual list of the
top emerging trends in small business certainly bears this
out. This year, while yes, we see some of the same old stalwarts
(like social media, but even that is changing, see below)
a few new, surprising entries make it onto the list. For
instance, the top trend for the upcoming year, while right
before our eyes, is a fairly recent phenomenon and we will
get to that next week.
:: The 7 Most Important
Hires for Your Small Business
Up to a point, it behooves small business owners
to be resourceful and handle the lions share of the work.
But before it's too late and their companies lose out on
its market timing, entrepreneurs need to hire in order to
grow, even if that means taking on more costs.
:: What Does It Mean To Be A Small Business
The Kauffman Foundation recently released their
Main Street Entrepreneurship Index. And, according to the
Foundation, small business activity is growing in 49 of
the 50 states in the US and in 38 of the top 40 largest
metropolitan areas. Of course this is great news for small
business owners all across the country, but it is also great
news for everyone else too.
:: Plan your Brand Strategy
At this time of year business owners will be reflecting
on their 2015 brand strategy to evaluate what worked and
what did not, and deciding how to promote their brand in
2016. They may not have huge amounts to spend on conventional
advertising and marketing campaigns, but there are other
options that are effective.
When major brands sign up to cross-promotional activities
with other brands, the public sits up and takes notice.
When smaller companies do it, there may be less public interest
but small business tie-ups are by no means less important.
:: 2016 Social Media Trends Businesses
Need to Take Note of
Social media has become a necessary business tool
for companies big and small. There are now more than 2 billion
active social media users around the world, according to
a LinkedIn article about upcoming social media trends. More
people are now regularly using social media than the populations
of the United States and China combined, and the number
is growing at a clip of 25 percent a year.
:: Small Business 2016 New
Take the time to understand your finances
Understanding the nitty gritty of your finances is crucial
to running a successful small business, but this is especially
true if you're coming from a place of bad credit. The best
way to get a handle on your finances, says Brad Farris,
a business advisor with Anchor Advisors, is to sit down
once a month and review your income statement, balance sheet
and cash flow for the prior month. Use the time to look
for changes and trends, as well as to monitor your receivables