5 Small-Business Finance Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

  Nearly half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Optimistic owners may underestimate the costs of starting a business, run up too much debt or have bad personal credit that keeps them from getting a business loan. Here are five small-business mistakes to avoid in 2016, so you’ll still … Read More

Four Tips for Making Email More Effective

  Email is everywhere! Ninety-one percent of people check their email daily and they’re checking it more than social media. Email can be an effective tool for a small business owner to build business. Here are four tips on making emails more effective: ■ Emails should tell the message of your business in a succinct manner. Get to the point … Read More

Small Business Marketing Tips

  Most small businesses have no budget or marketing strategy. If you fall in this category, don’t worry there are ways to market effectively with little to no cost to you.   Attend Networking Events…Be a Player People want to do business with people they know, trust and like.  This means you must build relationships. This happens by the time you … Read More

How to Win Customers and Gain Sales

Happy customers become returning customers and help you grow your brand – and don’t forget that word of mouth is a tried-and-tested (and free) PR tactic. Reward Loyal Customers – Good customers are an excellent asset and should be rewarded or at least acknowledged. Keep a database of your customers and when they became a client. Review it monthly and … Read More

Prepare Your Business for 2016

The beginning of a new year is a good time to take stock of your small-business finances and plan for 2016. Making time to review your business’s financial health and update business plans will help you be better prepared for success in the coming year. Here are six tips to help you get started: • Assess hiring needs. If you … Read More

5 Tax Tips For Small Business Owners

Tax season is a stressful time for everyone, but for small business owners, it can be especially challenging. Whether you’re among the 84 percent of small-business owners who hire a third party to manage taxes, or you manage business accounting independently, taxes are an unavoidable burden for entrepreneurs. Here are some tax tips all small-business owners can incorporate to reduce the amount … Read More

Your Guide to Small Business Marketing on a Budget

  If you’re reading Small Business Trends on a regular basis, you know the importance of marketing your business online. It’s pretty important to consider a variety of factors in order to successfully build your online visibility as a small business. Not all small businesses have unlimited capital, so the tips here won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Better … Read More

Top Five Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are busy souls and with only so many hours in the day and an endless list of tasks to be accomplished, becoming efficient is integral to success. In the spirit of brevity, here are five productivity tips that will pay immediate dividends: Create a “Top 3” List: Every morning, write down the top three initiatives you must accomplish that day. … Read More

7 Tips for Quickly Growing Your Network

  Define Your Unique Value If you’re selling the same product as everyone else, nobody will pay attention. How is your company uniquely valuable? You need to be able to express this in a single sentence to get them hooked. Reach New Audiences by Providing Valuable Content If you are already an expert in your space and know how to … Read More

Achieving a Work/Life Balance

  People who start their own business do so for one of three main reasons. They want to have more time, more money, and more flexibility. They want all of these things to have a better work/life balance.  The reality is often 80 hour work weeks and endless task lists. There is no point being wealthy and successful if you … Read More