Small Business Owners

  • Word of Mouth Woes: 3 Tips for Handling Negative Online Reviews

    November 29

    How often have you heard that word of mouth is crucial to the success of a business, particularly a small business? Living in a world where you carry the internet in your pocket has greatly expanded what word of mouth means and how quickly it can spread—it’s no longer restricted to friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues. 

  • National Entrepreneurs’ Day and Giving Thanks for Small Business

    November 21

    This week, Americans officially kick off the holiday season with the celebration of Thanksgiving (don’t worry, we won’t tell if you’ve already been blasting holiday music since November 1).

  • Good Things Come in Small Packages – Preparing for Small Business Saturday

    November 15

    Small Business Saturday is quickly approaching, taking place this year on November 24. In a previous post we discussed what Small Business Saturday is and shared some of the important stats from 2017. 

  • Good Things Come in Small Packages – Preparing for Small Business Saturday

    November 9

    Since 1952, Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving Day, has been known as the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Since its start, the unofficial holiday has evolved in ways such as starting earlier and earlier each year, most recently bleeding into Thanksgiving Day, and has become characterized by countless videos of consumers going wild for crazy cheap items as basic as dish towels. 

  • Planning for Seasonal Business Downswings

    October 12

    Running a seasonal business has its upsides: for some small business owners, it offers a revenue stream that comes with built-in flexibility and work-life balance as you can plan for and take advantage of cyclical business shifts. 

  • Let's Get Down to Business: How to Defeat Your To-Do List

    October 4

    An appealing aspect of becoming a small business owner is the ability to be your own boss and run things the way you want. While this is exciting, it can become overwhelming fast when you realize how many tasks are on your to-do list. When you are the one running the show, how do you prioritize all of your tasks to be your most productive self?

  • Fall into Better Business Habits

    September 22

    Each new season brings some type of change and seasonal specialties to look forward to. For fall, you might think of pumpkin spice, sweaters, trips to look at changing foliage and pick apples, and getting closer to year end holidays. For some, September comes, you blink, and it's suddenly December 31.

  • Webinar: Small Business Retirement Planning

    August 22

    With only half of all Americans set to meet their retirement savings goals, it stands to reason that the earlier you start planning for retirement, the better. But when it comes to small business owners and employees, planning and saving for retirement might at first seem like a bigger challenge.

  • Are Small Businesses Falling Behind in the Race to Retirement?

    August 2

    Are you in the 2/3 of Americans who are NOT saving for retirement?

  • Small Steps, Big Payoff: Tips for Making Your Small Town Business Thrive

    August 1

    Being a small business owner in a small town can be a very different experience from owning a business in a bigger city. 

  • The Best Retail Technology to Measure Performance

    July 28

    Technology has made, and continues to make, an impact in every sector of business, and the retail industry is no different. While some may say that the retail industry has been the most resistant to the technology evolution, others say that it's leading the way. Whatever side of the argument you are on, the reality is that the technology used in retail stores has undergone a significant transformation in the last ten years for both the customer and the business owner.

  • How to Prevent Your Small Business From Ruining Your Personal Credit

    June 2

    It's age-old advice: Keep your professional life and personal life separate. But for small business owners, it can be hard to view the two as mutually exclusive. As an entrepreneur, you probably know a poor personal credit score can hamper your ability to finance your business. However, it's important to note that business debts can wind up harming your personal credit, too.

  • Small Business Owners Guide to 401K

    March 14

    As a small business owner, you might be thinking about the best way to save for your retirement, as well as your employees. Only half of all Americans are set to meet their retirement saving goals—the earlier you start planning, the better.

  • Alternative Lending Increases, Bank Lending Slows Down

    December 2

    With the biggest banks in the United States cutting back on small business lending, alternative lenders are attracting more borrowers than ever before.

  • Generation Z Represents Entrepreneurial Trend

    November 24

    There has been a lot of talk about millennials over the past couple years. But remember this: there is another generation coming down the pipeline in a hurry. The first members of Generation Z, defined by anyone born after 1995, are graduating college and making their way into the professional world.

  • Do Employers Have to Pay for Jury Duty?

    November 19

    It won’t take long for a new business to confront a situation where an employee is required to serve on a jury. Then what happens?

  • 5 Questions to Address in an End of Year Performance Review

    November 4

    With the end of the year closing in, it’s time to tie up a variety of loose ends. For many companies, this means an end of year performance review with each employee.

  • The How to Get More Stuff Done Guide

    October 24

    When it comes to productivity, especially in the workplace, you never want to slack off. Instead, you should strive to reach peak performance on a daily basis.

  • How to Run a Successful Restaurant Business

    October 12

    Ready for the unhappy truth about starting and running a successful restaurant business. Sixty percent of new restaurants just aren’t going to make it, according to a CNBC report. 

  • How to Open and Operate a Nail Salon

    October 12

    Did you know that approximately half of all nail techs are 80 – 100 percent booked, according to NailMag.com? It's this type of statistic that gets so many people excited about operating a nail salon.