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10 Digital Best Practices to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Attack – Small Business Trends

by Manuela
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Small businesses need to be aware that almost half of reported cyber attacks target them. Now, consider 60% of those enterprises go out of business within six months after an attack. Small Business Trends spoke with Brent Scott Community Manager, LifeLock about the 10 digital best practices to protect your small business from cyber attack. “It’s important to raise public awareness to the ever-increasing rates of data breaches, credit fraud, and cyber crime,” he says. Advertisement Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Attack Use Secure Networks WiFi at your local coffee shop is convenient but not always secure. Remember [...]

80% Lose Trust in Local Businesses if Online Information is Incorrect – Small Business Trends

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A recent report says 80 percent of consumers lose trust in local businesses because they see incorrect or inconsistent contact details or business names online. That is four in five customers. Why is local citation important besides potentially losing four and five customers? Local SEO and customer experience. If the citations of your business’s name, address, and phone number are wrong, you will have negative results in the digital world with search engines, and in the real-world, your customers will see little reason to trust you. For small businesses that can ill afford to lose any customers, getting this information [...]

5 Tips for Starting a Business With Your Spouse

by Manuela
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When my husband Josh and I launched our business Pagely in 2006, we had just been married a few months. We soon learned that coupling the demands of marriage with a brand new startup is exhausting—but it’s also rewarding if you commit to work together and push through all the growing pains. Our business was founded on a simple idea that has developed into a major website hosting platform, but our success didn’t just materialize. It was dependent on communication and collaboration, which took us both a long time to grasp. So how did we progress from ambitious newlyweds with [...]

How To Start A Low Cost Window Blind Retail Business

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A window blind retail business can be set up at a relatively low cost. This business involves visiting prospective customers in their homes, measuring their windows and helping them choose fabrics from your range of samples. When you take an order you simply send it in to a blind manufacturer who offers a trade supply service. They will make up the blinds to your specification and send them to you. You then return to your customer to fit the blinds and collect payment. There is no stock to hold as you are supplying bespoke products, custom manufactured to your customer's [...]

12 Business Experts You Should Be Following on Facebook

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By Lesley Vos Gone are the days when Facebook was a just social network for friends and relatives. It’s become a powerful tool for brands to build awareness and trust, as well as communicate marketing messages to their audience. With more than 2 billion daily active users, Facebook deservedly wins the garland as the number one social platform for about 60 million of businesses trying to turn users into followers for better conversion. The same goes for personal brands. Entrepreneurs go to Facebook for case studies, information, and insights to add to their business strategies. And who can introduce the [...]

7 Tips to Start Building the Business Blog You Always Wanted – Small Business Trends

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Having a blog is important to the long-term success of a small business’s marketing strategy and the overall reputation of the business. Knowing how to begin blogging can be confusing, leaving many people staring at a blank screen. If you’ve started your small business blog but don’t know what to do next, consider the following seven tips to push past the introductory phase and start thriving. Tips for Starting a Business Blog Make a Budget for Time and Money Maintaining your blog is time-consuming, so before you begin, make a plan for how much time per week you can realistically [...]

7 Examples of HR Software for your Small Business – Small Business Trends

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Rather than devoting a lot of time, energy and resources on time-consuming and laborious human resources tasks, the savviest of small businesses use HR software. HR software streamlines admin tasks, thereby freeing up your time to concentrate on running and growing your business. Best HR Software for Small Business Though the HR software market is rapidly growing and, with a plethora of products available, which HR software do you opt for? Here’s seven of the best HR software for small business. BambooHR BambooHR is HR software specifically designed for small and medium sized businesses. With this comprehensive HR app, you [...]

How to Start a Home Painting Business – Small Business Trends

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House painting is a $37 billion per year industry. But starting a house painting business can be relatively inexpensive — in some cases just $500. So it’s an option entrepreneurs with he aptitude should consider. How to Start a Painting Business Brandon Lewis is the founder of The Academy for Professional Painting Contractors, an online resource for re-paint contractors, and the publisher behind Painter’s Weekly. He recently spoke with Small Business Trends via email to offer some tips and helpful insights for entrepreneurs looking to get into the home painting business. Here are some essential steps to take. Register Your Company [...]

How to Start a Landscaping Business – Small Business Trends

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Landscaping is an $82 billion industry, making it an attractive option for aspiring entrepreneurs. In addition, it offers the opportunity for people to work outside, improve the look of homes and local businesses, and even improve the environment. If you’re interested in getting started with your own landscaping businesses, here are some important steps to take, along with insights from industry groups and landscaping business owners. Advertisement Starting a Landscaping Business Gain Experience in the Industry Before actually jumping into business ownership, it’s a good idea to actually learn the trade. Find a job working with an existing landscaping business [...]

Ask These 11 Small Business Questions Before Acting on Your Next Startup Idea – Small Business Trends

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Coming up with an innovative business idea may seem like the perfect opportunity to increase your revenue and grow your organization. But, have you stopped to consider what the risks are in the new venture? Sure, it may seem like a good idea now, but in the days and weeks following jumping in, fundamental flaws may arise, and by then it may be too late for your business. That’s why we asked 11 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following: “What’s one question every entrepreneur should ask themselves before acting on their next business idea?” Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business Here’s what YEC community members [...]