4 Things You Should Do to Prepare Your Small Business for 2018

With the end of yet another great year it’s time to prep ourselves for the next. Small business owners take this time to evaluate their accomplishments and set the course for what’s ahead. Every small business has a slightly different end of year checklist. That said there is definitely a common thread that runs throughout. Some of these items may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how many are overlooked. While small they’re still very important and they can make all the difference for accomplishing your goals in 2018. Here are four small things you can do to prepare your small business for the new year. 1. Organize your books First and foremost you need to get the logistics out of the way

Business Cards Aren’t Dead, They’re Just Getting Weirder

A subset of creative networkers and entrepreneurs insist on oddball cards with unusual shapes and materials to stand out with potential clients. Getting a business card from Randall Ostrow can be a puzzling experience. To make an impression, he hands out wooden cards in jigsaw shapes. “My card is like a Rubik’s Cube sitting on someone’s desk,” says Mr. Ostrow, owner of a Boca Raton, Fla., business-development advisory firm bearing his name. Recipients tend to keep it for a while, and “when they’re on the phone they’re playing with the puzzle piece, and my name is always in front of their face.” Read more...

HOW TO START A SMALL BUSINESS 101 — THE ULTIMATE GUIDE

A lot of people toy around with the idea of starting their own small business, but figuring out what steps to take is one of the biggest hurdles. The fact is, most small businesses start out with a simple idea. Whether or not that idea actually takes flight, however, all comes down to one word — ACTION! Don't get us wrong, starting and running a small business doesn’t come without its set of challenges. We know because we did it! But if you have the drive, determination and the right attitude, this handy guide can get you on the path. Think of it as boot camp for how to start a small business 101. Like most things in life, we believe that entrepreneurship can be learned, you just have to be

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO START A RETAIL STORE?

Starting a retail store – and ensuring that it succeeds – is a major undertaking. Organizing and securing premises, paying utilities, outfitting the shop, and stocking inventory are often easier said than done, creating a challenging and costly web that requires careful research and planning. So, how much does it cost to start a retail store? For many hopeful retailers, the startup cost poses a significant barrier to entry. With all of the components required to launch a retail business, it’s easy to miss something major, putting your operations at risk before the shop doors even open. However, appropriate analysis can do wonders to alleviate the burden of the startup process. This is what y

27 OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SMALL TOWN BUSINESS IDEAS

If narrowing in on a single, successful business idea for your small town is stressing you out, don’t worry. We’ve got your back. Here are 27 of the most promising business ideas for small towns. So read on below and thank us later. 1. Coffee Shop and Bar When you think of your neighborhood coffee shop and bar, you might not think of the same establishment. But if your town is small enough, and clientele scarce, merging these two business ideas might be just what the mayor ordered. Now, before you go telling us that combining after school 12-year-olds and college 21-year-olds is a terrible idea, hear us out. We’re not suggesting a full on bar, simply a coffee shop that after 4 pm also serves

New Year’s Resolutions for Small Business Success

When people hear new year’s resolutions, they often think of “exercising more”, “spending more time with the family”, or “traveling more”. Besides these personal resolutions, you can also create impactful resolutions for your small business. A resolution, after all, is a decision to do something differently to bring about positive change. It’s a good time to reflect on your business’ progress and plan how you want to grow your business in the new year. 1. I will learn how to delegate and do more of it As a small business owner, you’re to-do list probably doesn’t even fit on one page. There are so many things to do, and it’s easy to delude ourselves that we need to do all of them ourselves. Y

Control your Personal Branding

Why is everyone all of a sudden trying to become LinkedIn-famous? Is anyone else tired (like me) of reading about all of the branding “hacks” out there? After all, there’s a lot more to achieving great personal branding than tricking algorithms. Read more ...

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