News & Picks From The World of Small Business For December 7, 2017

Business Today - December 7, 2017

Here’s Today’s Small Business News & Picks For December 7, 2017

Tips To Not Let Them Kick Your A$$

When it comes to running an online business, one of the biggest headaches is processing ecommerce returns. With higher return rates than brick-and-mortar stores (30% or more of all sales), ecommerce companies can be seriously impacted by returned products.

This Entrepreneur Turned $5 Into a $10 Million Cupcake Company

This Entrepreneur Turned $5 Into a $10 Million Cupcake Company Mignon Francois is the owner and director of The Cupcake Collection, a boutique-style bakery in Nashville that sells homemade cakes and cupcakes baked fresh daily.

A true rags-to-riches story, Francois attributes the tremendous rise of her business to strong faith and a conservative financial approach. Why did you start your business? I was a stay-at-home mom, or as I call it…More at

Big business trend leaves small business behind & bruised

Nobody likes to say goodbye. There have been countless ballads sung about it, volumes of books written about it and Academy Award winning movies dramatizing it.

But goodbyes are inevitable. And they happen in all areas of life, not only in our personal lives, but also our professional lives

In fact, if you work in Corporate America, there’s a good chance you’ll be saying goodbye sometime soon, and not just because a colleague quits. Corporate relocations send professionals their separate ways, too…More at

Four Ways Remote Workers Will Change Your Business

Studies show that an overwhelming percentage of the workforce has considered working from home. Work from home opportunities top the most popular search engine queries. And for good reason, too.

Remote work allows workers to create environments that most benefit them and allows business owners to create a business structure that’s flexible and efficient. But adding remote workers to your business isn’t as simple as sending some of your current employees home to finish their …More at

Creating a Strategic Plan for 2018 » Succeed As Your Own Boss

I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Andrena Sawyer, who is the President of P.E.R.K. Consulting, an advisory firm for emerging entities.

For her work with small businesses, she has been named among…More at

Business Writing: How to Invoke Professionalism in Your Writing

If your job profile includes a lot of documents, content creation and such, there’s a big chance that you might have to do quite a bit of writing during your stay in that position. Business writing is different from school writing in many ways, but at the core, it follows some of the same principles.

If you have to write for your job, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t strive to do it as best as you can.

After all, you’re probably trying to impress the people telling you “hey, write…More at

Top 25 Office Holiday Party Ideas From the Pros

Winter is coming! That means it’s time to get your small business employees in the spirit of the season.

Take a look at these unique, creative, and affordable holiday celebration ideas and themes for your holiday office party, Christmas celebration, or New Year’s event. Here are the top 25 office holiday party ideas from the pros: Build up an extravagant hot chocolate bar, right down to the cocoa! Load up on cocoa…More at

Buying a Franchise? Here’s The Thing

The process of choosing and investigating a franchise may will take a lot longer than you think. But here’s the thing; if you want to do it right, you need to tackle things step-by-step.

Especially if you want to choose a franchise opportunity that’s going to be profitable. In this post, I’m going to show you what those steps are.

The first step-the first thing you need to do, is ask yourself this very important question: “Are you a rule-follower?” It’s imperative for you to answer…More at

12 Types of Insurance a Small Business Owner Should Have

Businesses, everywhere in the world, need an insurance cover, and small businesses in India are no exception. Business owners rely on these insurance policies to protect their businesses from any unpredictable damages or loss under any circumstances, whether it’s a man-made disaster or loss from natural calamities.

There is a wider range of insurance policies like business liability assurance offering third party cover, commercial auto insurance policies, and property insurance plans and so on…More at

10 Ways to Help Your Employees Reduce Personal Stress and Increase Work Productivity

Does your small business promote the kind of culture that increases productivity? Overloaded, stressed out employees aren’t helping your bottom line. What’s worse, their stress often starts before they clock in.

Small Business Trends spoke with Stacey Engle, EVP of Fierce Conversations. She supplied 10 ways to help employees reduce stress and increase work productivity. “This is about equipping your employees to have conversations they need to have,” Engle says…More at

What Is a Working Capital Loan? Understanding the Fundamentals

Are you looking to fund everyday expenses to run your business? You’re not alone. Many businesses struggle with cash flow and, from time-to-time, need an injection of working capital to cover operational expenses. That’s why there are working capital loans .

But if you’re wondering, “What is a working capital loan?” then you’ve come to the right place.

Here, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about working capital loans. First thing’s first—before we dive…More at

How to Be a Better Salesperson

Owning a business doesn’t make you a natural salesperson, yet selling is the most important thing you’ll do in your business. Here are tips to improve your selling skills. Regardless of who you are, what you do, where you live, or what kind of product or service you offer, selling is the single most important…More at

How To Create Customer Profiles with Template and Examples

What if you knew everything about your customers before they walked through the door?

Surely selling would be much easier if you knew their budget range, favorite colors, method of transportation, living situation, and so on.

No, this technology does not yet exist (*Sigh of relief*). However, as a small business owner, you can use the next best thing: customer profiles. A customer profile is a general…More at

The Future of Work and Automation Will Kick-Start Jobs

It’s a question that’s been asked for well over 50 years: Are robots coming for your jobs? The thing is, the pundits declaring that automation is a job killer are missing an important point. The world needs more buildings, infrastructure, and products than it has people, money, or materials to make them.

If you look at infrastructure in the developed world, there’s so much that needs to be redone: Bridges are crumbling; roads are in trouble.

In emerging countries, there’s new infrastructure…More at

Is Your Brilliant Idea a Viable Business? 6 Ways to Find Out

Every great business started out as a great business idea. Maybe you have a thought or two about the kind of company you’d like to start but you’re not sure if your idea has the strength to go from concept to reality.

Read on as we take a look at the steps any budding entrepreneur should take to test their business idea before they make moves towards implementation. You might have an idea that is entirely unique but that’s not a guarantee that it will make you any money. You need to be sure…More at

Three Keys To Finding Your Voice At Work

How to Create a Team of Leaders by Shifting INward“ Much of the time, people look for outside solutions to problems. But when high-potential teams are low performers, the solution may reside inside the team. To unleash their full potential, each team member must unlock his or her voice.

If you’re a member of that team, then it’s…More at

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