Posts Tagged "small business advice"

Small Biz Tip: Embrace Your Small Business Niche

Small Biz Tip: Embrace Your Small Business Niche

Independent, locally owned businesses offer everything from best-selling books and next-generation electronics to organic produce and freshly baked sweets – but they may rarely sell them in one place. More often than not, local businesses specialize in a particular niche, such as books, sporting goods or even microbrews. Still, they must continually compete against one-stop-shop superstores, boasting low prices and endless inventories. Rather than assimilating to the big-box business model,…read more →

How to be More Sustainable in Small Business

How to be More Sustainable in Small Business

As Earth Day approaches, companies big and small journey to go where the grass is always greener by swapping their light bulbs for more efficient models, handing out reusable shopping bags and sending electronic receipts. There’s a reason these tactics have caught on, and they’ll serve your small business well for much longer than the month of April. As it turns out, going green isn’t just a seasonal fad —…read more →

Why Banking Local Matters As Much As Buying Local

Why Banking Local Matters As Much As Buying Local

In the small business community, it’s not enough to talk the talk. Small business owners have powerful economic impacts and community benefits to preach, but leading the local economy requires more than making money. To truly put your money where your mouth is, you have to invest in the community’s local banks. According to WalletHub, the top five banking institutions make up nearly half – 46.8 percent – of the…read more →

6 Must-Use Resources For Small Business Owners

6 Must-Use Resources For Small Business Owners

As a small business owner, there’s no doubt that you are an expert in your field. Whether you can recommend the perfect record for a customer’s vinyl collection or whip up the tastiest pastry your community has ever known, your small business’ success is a testament to your expertise.

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Why Small Business Saturday Is Just the Beginning

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Why Small Business Saturday Is Just the Beginning

For small and locally owned businesses, the day after Black Friday can seem like a Super Bowl of sorts. That’s because millions of Americans all across the country will shop small and buy local, spending billions of dollars in a single day. There’s no doubt that Small Business Saturday gives local businesses a boost, but it’s just the start of a successful business’s holiday season strategy. Last year, some 95…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Buy Local Groups

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 5 Ways to Make the Most of Buy Local Groups

There’s no denying that buy local groups can – and do – enhance a community. In communities across the country, these groups of small businesses provide a framework for promoting the buy local movement on a local level, spreading the word about their local business members and educating consumers on the difference that buying local makes. For small business members, these groups can often provide a wealth of resources, but…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 3 Ways to Mitigate the Rising Cost of Commercial Rent

Small Biz Tip of the Month: 3 Ways to Mitigate the Rising Cost of Commercial Rent

By Alex Gladu, Independent We Stand There’s no place more suitable for small businesses than Main Street. Yet, increasingly, local brick-and-mortars are being squeezed out of their downtown locations, as the rising cost of commercial rent becomes unbearable. It’s a complex problem that could be affecting a majority of small business owners, but a combination of changes to public policy and business practices could bring these business owners some much-needed…read more →

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Why Small Businesses Need To Prepare For Voice Search

Small Biz Tip of the Month: Why Small Businesses Need To Prepare For Voice Search

By Alex Gladu, Independent We Stand In the ever-changing world of technology – and, more specifically, search engine optimization (SEO) – businesses have to think ahead. Usually, that means anticipating algorithm changes and adapting SEO efforts quickly once those changes are announced. In 2016, it could mean adapting to a whole new channel of searches, thanks to the growing popularity of voice search. What is voice search? Voice search refers…read more →

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