2015 is officially here! And business forecasters all across the internet are scrambling to their crystal balls to give their predictions as to what is, and isn’t, going to work in the new year. Of course, if you regularly follow our blog, you’d know we beat them by a good month with our infographic “2015 Small Business Industry Predictions.” But just in case you missed it, or you want a refresher as to what we think will be the best industries to start a small business in, here’s a quick rundown of what we think is going to happen.
What industries are going to do well in 2015?
As 2014 comes to a close, business owners everywhere are reflecting on the past year. What worked? What didn’t work? We asked 54 of our small business experts what really worked for them in 2014 that they plan on carrying into 2015. Here’s what they had to say:
1.“In 2014, I learned about what it means to be fully online. I decided to move to Italy, and it truly impacted the direction of my new business. Moving for love forced me to work out how I could make money without ever actually meeting any clients face to face. Within 3 months I’ve gone from f2f to purely online AND increased my rates by 200% :)” -Deepak Shukla, The CV Guy Website Continue reading
Your company has finally blossomed into more than just a “good idea” in your head, and things are up and running. Maybe you’re still in your best friends’ garage, maybe you’ve got an office, maybe you’ve even got an entire office building. Doesn’t matter, because these days, your company’s appearance is all online.
Welcome to the world of social media, where everything is all about the presentation. While there are several resources around the web that describe the value of social networking for business, this overload of information can make it difficult to determine exactly what small businesses should and shouldn’t do when engaging in social media for their brand. Let’s take a look at some social media dos and don’ts for your small business: Continue reading
Collaboration is crucial for your business to thrive. But implementing collaboration tools within any organization is not an easy task to do. Here are three typical mistakes made when imposing collaboration tools in a company and ways to avoid them:
When you supply your company with new technology, help your employees understand why this change is occurring. If you point out all the solution’s benefits, your coworkers will be keen on accepting and using it. A recent study of U.S. based employers by Gagen MacDonald revealed that employees in companies which use internal social media (ISM) perceive their company as more innovative and 58% would prefer to work at a company that uses ISM and 86% would refer others for employment. People like technology as long as they understand why they should use it and how it can make their job easier. If necessary, take some time to train your employees on the use of software. Time lost on training sessions will be compensated on faster work performance with the use of collaborative tools. Continue reading
We all treat our employees in different ways at the end of the year. Some businesses give bonuses, some extra vacation days, and some give out turkeys as a means of thanks! We reached out to our pool of small business experts and asked them how they thank their employees at the end of the year. Here are our top ten answers: Continue reading
Hard to believe, but we’re already to the ‘Rs’ for our ABCs of Small Business Industry series! And today’s R is for… retail!
Now when we think retail we typically think of clothing stores. But retail can be broken down into a few different categories: store retail, specialty retail, non store retail, mail order retail, internet retail, and vending machines. Continue reading
First of all, what is a brand?
A brand is a company’s perceived “personality,” or set of values that are associated with a company, product or service. A brand may be described as being dependable, fast, exclusive, expensive, or friendly. Unfortunately, some brands earn descriptors like dated, inefficient, sloppy, and unprofessional.
In effect, a brand is the sum of all the perceptions about your product, service or company that many different people have. These perceptions are a result of the way your brand looks, feels, and communicates, as well as the customer’s experience with the product itself and the service. All of these have to work in sync for a brand to establish positive equity with all stakeholders. Continue reading
In today’s BB segement, we’ll be going over the basics of dissolutions. What they are, why someone would want one, and what to do if you accidentally dissolve when you didn’t want to.
First of all, what is a dissolution?
A dissolution is a formal closure of a business with the state. A corporation or LLC must file articles of dissolution in order to complete the termination of a business. Upon being dissolved, the business will no longer need to file annual reports, pay state fees, taxes, or be seen as active in the eyes of the state. Continue reading
So, you have taken that big step, that giant leap into the abyss of commerce. You went and decided to start a business. You’ve incorporated, partnered or formed an LLC, got an EIN, a reseller’s license, maybe a dba, and opened a bank account.
You know in your heart that you are going to do fantastic, have fun, and make lots of $$$$! You may even have thought about how your customers are going to pay you: cash, checks, money orders, bank wires, bartering? I left something out, didn’t I? I didn’t mention credit cards. Any business in today’s cashless society has to accept credit cards. Unless you’re selling hot dogs on the corner, frankly, you won’t survive without accepting the almighty plastic. I know, it used to be the almighty dollar, times have changed. Continue reading
Ever wondered what business management skills a business owner needs to stand the test of time and run a successful operation?
Or maybe you’ve questioned your own abilities and wondered, “Are there things I should know but don’t?”
You’re not alone in that thought.
The truth of the matter is: entrepreneurs need many different business management skills, character traits, and habits to make them successful. But there are certain business management skills that seem to stand out as highly important—both in research and polls. Continue reading