:: The Most Obnoxious And Overused Startup
From Silicon Valley to Silicon Alley, mind-numbing
startup jargon is stopping for no one. It winds up in TED
Talks, pitch meetings and every tech journalist’s inbox
:: Using Visual Media Effectively
Interesting visuals can make a huge impact on your
website and online marketing efforts, whether they be photos,
videos or other forms of media. Social platforms like Instagram,
Pinterest and even Meerkat have made these visual forms
of media even more prominent.
Members of our small business community have some tips for
using each of these visual platforms and for including visual
elements on business websites. Read on for the full list
of tips in this week’s Small Business Trends community
:: Why Your Performance Reviews are Failing
McMahon explained his companys performance review
process -- and how he thinks it should be done -- in five
:: Media Training Tips for
Most reporters write on a different topic every
day. Unless they are a beat reporter covering your industry,
the reporter does not know more than you. If you have been
in the business five or 10 years, be confident in your knowledge
of industry trends and current events.
:: Small Business Conflict Resolution
Conflict is when two or more individuals have opinions,
morals or perspectives that do not concur. By being ready
for conflict and seeing it as a positive movement toward
reaching goals, conflict can be seen as progress or change
for the better. The most difficult situation with conflict
is the emotions that get in the way. By getting past the
emotions of the conflict, real progress can be made and
conflict resolution can begin. There are five steps for
conflict resolution: collecting data, identifying the issue,
approaching the other person, defining the problem together
and brainstorming possible solutions.
:: 6 Ways to Market Your
Small Business for Less Than $100
For large brands with big marketing and advertising
budgets, one or even several hundred dollars is just a drop
in the monthly marketing budget. But for entrepreneurs and
small business owners, every dollar counts – and investments
need to pay off in real and immediate marketing ROI.
But could a marketing strategy be executed with as little
:: Scaling a Company
More mature companies are expected to benefit,
while smaller companies--in particular startups, which typically
seek far less money--may not see as many gains, because
they usually do not need to raise $20 million.
:: Strange Hobbies of Top
Successful entrepreneurs naturally have plenty
of money to spend and, not surprisingly, they often spend
it indulging their personal interests.
:: Google Small Business Program
The tech giant today announced a major new small
business initiative called Let’s Put Our Cities on the
Map. The aim is to help every business in every city in
America get discovered across its services.
:: The Cost of Failing Small
Filing for bankruptcy protection to save a small
business often costs at least $100,000 to $300,000—and
sometimes twice as much in cases where creditors are contentious,
:: 6 Ways to Grow Your Small Business
in the Digital Age
Website, social media, blog. If you are a small
business owner, chances are you've already checked off those
must have boxes. If you have not, get those launched and
then circle back to continue reading.
:: How IT is Changing Small
Todays business environment is moving at a faster
pace than ever before. It’s imperative that organizations
of all sizes be nimble enough to respond and pivot according
to business and market demands at a moment’s notice, or
risk falling behind their competition.
To this point, many small businesses often struggle when
it comes to effectively scaling their operations. This process
entails making hefty IT investments, and while necessary
for continued growth, many entrepreneurs just can not afford
to do so.
:: Finding a Balance
Technology makes getting quality work done on the
go easier than ever. You can take an active role in meetings
from anywhere, collaborate in real-time from different locations,
and track everything from inventory to security from your
:: Why Small Business Means
Big Business for Facebook
Last years efforts to woo small businesses should
pay off in a big way for the social media king this year.