Posts Tagged "small business advice"

Small Biz Tip: 6 Ways to Stay Educated in Small Business

Small Biz Tip: 6 Ways to Stay Educated in Small Business

School is back in session this time of year – but it’s not just kids who could use a lesson. Being successful in small business takes continued learning. It’s important to keep up with industry trends, regulation changes and new tools to leverage for your business. In fact, taking time to learn may be one of the best ways that small businesses can gain an edge over their big-box competition….read more →

Small Biz Tip: How to Create the Small Business Experience

Small Biz Tip: How to Create the Small Business Experience

These days, research shows that consumers would rather spend money on experiences than on stuff. Shoppers may not need a new picture frame, but they may want to learn to make one on their own. Similarly, they may have a fridge full of food and drinks, but they might prefer to leave that at home and head to the local restaurant or brewery hosting trivia night with their friends. As…read more →

3 Social Media Tips for Your Independent Business

3 Social Media Tips for Your Independent Business

by Charles Barr, co-founder of LVRG Social media is no longer strictly for personal use, if it ever was in the first place. It has become an increasingly important and effective marketing tool that is simply too good to ignore. In fact, independent businesses that aren’t using social media or are using it ineffectively are doing themselves a great disservice. You may have heard this advice a thousand times, and…read more →

Small Biz Tip: Declare Your Independence

Small Biz Tip: Declare Your Independence

In 1776, the Founding Fathers declared independence to gain economic freedom and local decision-making for their colonies. Somewhere along the way, American communities seemed to lose some of that freedom and decision-making power, as large national and multi-national chains crept into the marketplace. Now, more than two centuries after the original, it’s time for a new kind of Declaration of Independence – independence from the big-box stores and national chains…read more →

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.

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