:: 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
:: What Keeps Small Business
Owners Up at Night
Small business owners and entrepreneurs have good
reason for many of the sleepless nights they experience.
New research has found that small business owners admit
a number of things keep them up at night.
First and foremost, small business owners say they are worried
about how they will generate new sales. Additionally,
business owners also say they worry about expenses eating
into their profits, time management and managing their employees.
Small business owners also admit worrying about keeping
their existing customers happy, not growing fast enough
and finding the right employees.
:: Best and Worst Cities for Small Businesses
A recent study suggests some cities are better
for small business than others.
Credit-card comparison website CardHub put out a list earlier
this month ranking the best and worst cities for employees
at small firms.
Denver tops the list, with Boston, Minneapolis, Seattle
and San Francisco rounding out the top five. And San Diego,
Philadelphia, Sacramento, Riverside and Detroit land squarely
at the bottom of the list.
:: How to Protect Your Business
From Cyber Criminals
While many small business owners take measures
to keep their physical office secure, unprotected company
data stored on a computer poses a grave threat – and that
data is getting more and more difficult to shield.
Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting American small
businesses. According to Symantec.coms 2013 Internet Security
Threat Report, companies with one to 250 employees were
the victims of more than 30 percent of all cyberattacks
last year, up from about 18 percent in 2011. And while 77
percent of small business owners surveyed by Symantec said
they think their company is protected against cybercriminals,
83 percent of respondents lacked any official security plan.
:: SBA Has Changed Its Size Standards
The Small Business Administration has changed some
of its standards that determine which businesses are small
enough to receive benefits from the organization.
:: 9 Tips for Healthy Employees
Employees today value a healthy work-life balance
as much as they value a promising paycheck. Not only does
an offering like an employee wellness program provide a
more positive work experience, but it can also boost camaraderie,
morale and--best of all--productivity at the office.
:: Green Business Leads to a Green Bottom
Providing eco-friendly and sustainable products
and services appears to give small businesses a competitive
advantage, according to a new report by Green America, EcoVentures
International and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity
Nearly four out of five (79 percent) of the small businesses
they surveyed say offering green products and services gives
them a leg up on their rivals. Meanwhile, three out of four
say sales for green products and services increased over
the past few years, despite the economic downturn, and plan
to add more to their portfolio. What's more, the greener
the business, the greener its bottom line. Businesses that
show a stronger commitment to green services and practices
report higher sales, the report finds.
:: Making Sense of Social
What seems counter-intuitive is actually in keeping
with another social media dictum: that listening is critical.
:: 10 Innovative Businesses for 2013
No matter how far the marketplace advances, there
will always be problems that plague consumers and that no
company can seem to solve.
This is not necessarily a bad thing, because it creates
a niche for the right company to fill. For example, motorists
experience considerable straining when cleaning their windshields
from the inside. So the makers of the Windshield Wonder
saw an opportunity to address an unaddressed problem, a
successful product was born, and the rest is history.
:: How to Use Pinterest
Keeping up with the latest developments in marketing
for your small business means staying up-to-date on the
world of social media. Aside from the challenge of simply
staying informed about new platforms and changes to existing
platforms, figuring out how to maneuver within the sometimes
overwhelming sea of actual socializing to make your company’s
presence felt – and not ignored or resented – presents
a serious challenge to small business owners and marketing
:: Small Businesses Lack Adequate Safety
According to survey results, small businesses appear
to be more at risk for safety concerns than medium-sized
businesses, with less than half of small businesses saying
they are prepared for severe emergencies or that safety
plans are communicated regularly. In addition, 38 percent
said their small business does not have safety training
:: Prepare Your Company
Small businesses drive our national economy, but
fewer than half survive beyond their first five years. Sadly,
a number of them fail simply because they do not plan effectively
for potential growth.
Many small business owners hope to grow their firms —
but not all of them are prepared to seize the opportunity
to expand when it arrives. Many grasp for every customer
and collapse under the weight of their own ambition, rather
than developing a practical plan for reliable and continued
growth over the long term.
:: 6 Ways to Utilize Slow Time During
the Summer Months
Business slows down a bit in the summer as people
head away to take vacations. But that doesn't mean you should
flip the sign on the door to closed, pull out the
bikinis and swim trunks and head to the beach until Labor
True, taking some time to hang out with friends and family
to enjoy the better weather is a great idea. But the more
relaxed summer months are also a good time for company owners
to step back and take steps to improve their businesses.
:: Small Business Event
Organizing and holding an event takes planning.
Whether it is a conference, seminar or a customer appreciation
day, and whether you have three weeks to plan or an entire
year, your events success is in the details.
:: Small Businesses Firing Not Hiring
In surveying 603 small business owners, Gallup
found that net hiring for the past 12 months has slumped
to negative 12 on its index. The index is computed by subtracting
the number of number of companies cutting jobs from those
With only 11 percent of small business owners reporting
an increase in jobs, and 23 percent reporting a decrease
in jobs, the hiring landscape looks a lot like it did back
in January 2011.