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How Small Businesses Plan to Grow in 2017

90% of online small businesses expect to grow their revenue in 2017. 45% expect to grow more than 25% year over year. This data, collected from a survey of 596 BigCommerce customers, mirrors that of the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ report, which found small business optimism and confidence in the economy is at a

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How to Empower Your Small Business PR with Thought Leadership

In small business PR, it’s easy to suffer from product or service egomania. OK… so I made up that diagnosis. But the point is to succeed as a small B2B business, you need to believe in the greatness of your product or service. It can get to the point that you never stop thinking, dreaming,

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7 Tips for Small Business Startup Success

If you’re looking to start your own company, you’re probably well aware of the rather daunting statistics for launching a successful small business. According to the SBA Office of Advocacy, “About half of all new establishments survive five years or more and about one-third survive 10 years or more.” The outlook for startups isn’t rosy,

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7 Small Business Marketing Tips

Here are 7 low-cost but highly effective marketing tips to help any small business find customers and generate sales quickly. 1. Don’t Advertise Like a Big Business Big businesses advertise to create name recognition and future sales. A small business can’t afford to do that. Instead, design your advertising to produce sales… now. One way

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2016’s Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business

City size matters when choosing a launching pad for a startup. And as many veteran entrepreneurs — and failed startups — understand well, bigger is not always better. Depending on an entrepreneur’s type of business and personal preferences, a city with a smaller population can be a better option. Of course, every small city offers

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How To Keep Your Small Business Afloat During Hard Times

How To Keep Your Small Business Afloat During Hard Times

If you are a small business owner and sales are plummeting, the future might look bleak. What can you do to survive through stormy economic times? Unfortunately, there is no playbook to follow to “right the ship.” Every small business is different, and each one carries its own unique risks and rewards. Such differences make

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How to Start a Small Business in a Few Hours

Starting a business is surprisingly simple–you just need to take the first step. Here’s how to get through the administrative hurdles faster than you think. A neighbor had been talking about starting a business for at least six months. Whenever I saw him, that’s all he talked about. Eventually, I got tired of it. “What

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Small Business Management Tips

Small Business Management Tips

Managing a small business means managing your time, resources and employees as effectively as possible. Learning new ways to better manage the various aspects of your business can make your business more productive, and your life easier. Aggressive Management Sometimes it pays to be aggressive when managing your business, especially if you find yourself consistently

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Small Business Consulting Business Tip of the Month

Employee access to technology can pose a risk to your company In this digital age, your company and your employees rely on computers and software applications for everyday transactions — and that reliance poses a very real risk. Why? Think about the information your employees can access. Examples include customer and vendor lists, proprietary databases,

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Let It Go- What You Need to Know About Selling Your Small Business

Let It Go: What You Need to Know About Selling Your Small Business

As a small business owner, there’s something bittersweet about the thought of selling your business. On the one hand, you’ve worked so hard to grow your operation that it can be difficult to let go. On the other hand, you can finally enjoy the fruits of your labor by getting a substantial check that allows

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