News & Picks From The World of Small Business For December 11, 2017

Here’s Today’s Small Business News & Picks For December 11, 2017

Business Today - December 11, 2017

How do you get merchants to host pop-ups inside their business?

Small Biz Survival The small town and rural business resource By Becky McCray Leave a Comment How do you convince a local business to turn over some floor space to host a pop-up business? This sandwich shop in Iowa hosts a home decor pop-up called “Favorite Things.” Photo by Becky McCray. I love pop-up businesses.

We’ve talked before about how to get building owners to host pop-up businesses in empty buildings. You can also host pop-ups inside existing businesses…More at

6 Ways for Your Small Business to Cut Expenses

Small business owners need ways to increase their profit margin without buying more inventory, adding employees, or spending money on costly advertising. The best cost management ideas start with cutting expenses.

Let’s look at ways an owner might cut operating costs and reduce overhead. Many software products allow you reduce administrative costs such as accounting, invoicing, and payroll. Instead of hiring accountants and payroll companies, let technology automate these tasks. These…More at

7 Personality Traits of Highly Successful Business Owners

Once upon a time, books like How to Win Friends and Influence People and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People were supposed to have been the final words on the subtle art of leadership.

But today, in an era of disruption, Zuckerberg-style power plays, and glass-ceiling-smashing, the inadequacy of a one-size fits all approach to leadership has been clearly demonstrated. Highly effective people, it turns out, have all sorts of habits. Is there still some value in trying to draw out the tra…More at

Doing Business With Amazon; Brand Awareness and 12 Other Things

12 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky Good news for retailers. A recent survey from ReachLocal shows 44% of respondents prefer to shop both in physical stores and online, with 28% preferring to shop only in stores.

This means small businesses (retailers, as well as service companies, restaurants, or other local businesses) need to integrate their online and offline marketing efforts. Another surprise (many assume consumers would…More at

3 Creative Ways to Make Boring Topics Interesting

Making a boring topic more engaging can be extremely difficult if you don’t approach it the right way. But there are actually plenty of avenues you can take to help improve your reader engagement. Here are three creative ways to make your “boring” topics more interesting to readers.

Make sure you use a combination of these methods to get the best results over time. Make Your Topic Personal There’s no better way to get someone engaged on a topic than to make it personal. Individuals want…More at

1 in 4 Small Businesses Believe Their Payment System Can’t Handle a Holiday Rush

The holiday rush, while full of opportunities, also comes with plenty of challenges for businesses. Processing payments can be one of those challenges if you don’t have a reliable system in place to maximize all of that extra business.

This is actually a pretty big problem for small businesses. According to a recent Stealth Survey, which was conducted on behalf of TD Bank (NYSE: TD) at the NY Business Expo in New York City on November 7, more than 25 percent of small to medium sized…More at

These 5 Factors will Change Your Approach to Startup Success

It’s virtually impossible to predict whether or not a startup will be successful with any accuracy, but there are a few telltale signs you can look at when seeking clarity in this area. There’s something to be said for optimism as an entrepreneur.

When launching a startup, you don’t really have much of a choice but to be hopeful. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against you and the data shows that you have an uphill battle towards being successful. Data from the Bureau of…More at

Is PayPal Credit Right for You?

Is PayPal Credit Right for You? From launch in 1998 by one of America’s most notable investors, Peter Thiel, to going public in 2002, PayPal quickly established itself as a pioneer in the online digital wallet space. Today, PayPal is an $11 billion-plus organization specializing in online payment transfers, an excellent alternative to traditional money orders, checks, debit cards, etc.

In 2000, a service called “Bill Me Later”…More at

Year-End is Coming – Begin Preparing NOW!

With so many things to do this time of year, it can be easy to overlook the importance of planning. The tasks that come with year-end activities add to the workload of HR and payroll departments regardless of company size.

As payroll professionals, we can tell you that the key to staying ahead of year-end is to start preparing now. Getting ready for the end of the year involves multiple tasks including…More at

25 Ways to Prevent Shoplifting in Your Retail Store

Hey there! To begin, tell us a little about your unique business. Share Merchandise is a considerable investment and surrendering pieces without getting paid is painful. Especially for small businesses with limited revenue to cover theft expenses and inventory shrinkage.

All kinds of businesses face the potential for retail theft, but small businesses are exceptionally vulnerable. Most thieves know national retail stores have the cash to invest in video surveillance, closed-circuit television…More at

10 Strategies for Managing the Stress of a Startup

One of the most common complaints I hear from entrepreneurs is that they are overwhelmed by the workload and stress of starting their company. Then there are the additional challenges of balancing the demands of family and friends.

Having too much on your plate can turn your dream into a nightmare. Some people will tell you to just get a bigger plate, meaning hire some help. But with the pressures of the economy, and limited access to outside funding, we all know this isn’t always possible or…More at

This Company Went Low-Tech to Fill a Hi-Tech Job

Technology has had a major impact on the recruiting and hiring process. But one tech company is bucking the trend and going low-tech with its hiring efforts — by using a simple sandwich board. Betabrand is an online crowdfunding platform that focuses on clothing designs.

Clearly, it has the resources and tech knowledge to create a job posting. So what made the company decide against simply posting jobs online or combing LinkedIn for great potential candidates? The team at Betabrand already…More at

Your Success As A Franchise Owner: What Would It Look Like?

Helping People Find The Most Profitable Franchises Since 2001 Helping People Find The Best Franchises Since 2001 Work With Joel Libava By The Franchise King® Leave a Comment If you were to buy a franchise, and were able to turn it into a highly-profitable, successful business, what would it look like?

What would you be able to do? In other words, how would your success as a franchise owner impact your life? (Please take a couple …More at

12 Ways to Save on Electricity During the Holiday Season

With office parties to organize and gifts to send out to employees, clients and customers, things can get hectic for businesses during the holidays, as well as expensive. With a little bit of effort and know-how, one expense businesses can cut down and make savings on is electricity.

If you are interested in reducing this unavoidable business expense during the holiday season, take a look at the following ways to save on electricity during this busy time of year. One of the first things you should…More at

Tips for Managers on Effectively Disciplining an Employee

As a manager, you know it’s your duty to deal with staff who’ve broken a rule, but sitting them down for that tough conversation about it is never going to be a task you look forward to.

Therese Ravell, director of Impact HR, knows only too well how hard it can be when disciplining a member of staff and highlights how some managers go to extremes to avoid those challenging conversations with individuals. You know you need to put somebody right when they’ve done wrong, but the…More at

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