Amazon’s Rise Fills Small Business Needs

Steve O'Connor2019 Trends, Business Operations, Small Business Trends, Technology, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

Amazon is not only shaping how people shop online — more than 75 percent of US online consumers shop on Amazon most of the time — the retail goliath is changing how business owners supply their offices. Finding the right office space requires a great deal of work and effort: from weighing all the pros and cons of a location … Read More

Expert Tips for Renting Office Space for Your Small Business

Steve O'Connor2019 Trends, Business Operations, Business Plans, Info, Small Business Trends23 Comments

There’s a lot to think about when you’re looking into renting office space for your business. You’re going to want to weigh everything from how much space you need to who your landlord will be and what their reputation is. Given that renting office space will most likely end up being one of the biggest expenses for your company, you … Read More

How to Recruit Top Talent for Your Small Business

Steve O'Connor2019 Trends, Business Operations, Employee Management, Info, Small Business Financing2 Comments

Having the right, motivated talent is essential for your small business to grow. However, recruiting that talent is a job in and of itself — and it is not an easy one. By knowing where to search for talent and what to offer them, you’ll be able to get the right people on your team. Here are our best insights … Read More

Has “Alternative Finance” Gone Mainstream?

Steve O'Connor2019 Trends, Alternative Financing, Business Operations, Small Business Financing2 Comments

Did your favorite college band stop being cool when they ‘sold out’ and wrote their first radio hit?  Does anyone remember that you heard of them first?  Probably not.  But that doesn’t make the music any less compelling.  It’s just as good as it always was – making it popular doesn’t really change anything.  Following suit from music and popular … Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Pay for So-Called ‘Business Debt Relief’

Steve O'Connor2017 Trends, Business Operations, Capital Advance, Customer Service, Fraud and Security, Info, News, Small Business Financing, Small Business Trends, Women Owned BusinessesLeave a Comment

Debt Relief

As an entrepreneur, you’re well aware that even a solid business plan and a great product won’t protect you completely from unexpected downturns. Markets change, your costs can rise — and suddenly, you’re struggling to meet your obligations. This is when you may start noticing sales pitches from companies that offer a quick and easy solution to your stress. Here’s … Read More

Why a Branded Email Domain is Critical for Your Small Business

Steve O'Connor2018 Trends, Business Operations, Business Plans, Fraud and Security, Technology1 Comment

Chances are, you probably have a Gmail account. Yourname@gmail.com, right? Now, this is all well and good—perfect for emailing your friends, connecting to your Facebook account and signing up for promotional offers. But, it’s not really the appropriate communications channel for small business inquiries. For starters, your email address makes more of an impression than you might imagine. For example, … Read More

Three Things Every Business Owner should Know about Digital Marketing

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Digital Marketing Tools

Much has been written about how small business can leverage digital tools and channels to communicate with customers and introduce the world to their brand.  This short blog post isn’t meant to be a comprehensive study in digital, but can point out three critical items no business should ignore.     Be Found Easily     Content is King   … Read More

5 Reasons Why Most Small Businesses Fail

Steve O'Connor2017 Trends, Business Operations, Business Plans, Cashflow, Employee Management, Small Business Marketing, Small Business TrendsLeave a Comment

5 Reasons Businesses Fail

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 20.6 percent of businesses fail by year two, 30.7 percent by year three, 38.1 percent by year four, and 43.7 percent by year five. Pride can often cause emotional decisions that can be detrimental to the company’s success. But it is more than just pride that causes a small business to fail. Entrepreneurs … Read More

How to Set Up Credit Card Payments for Your Small Business

Steve O'Connor2017 Trends, Business Operations, Card Processing, Technology, Working Capital TechnologyLeave a Comment

Credit Card Processing

While we don’t yet live in a cashless society, we are certainly on our way there. Credit cards heralded the beginning of the cashless revolution, with fast, secure and convenient digital payments following closely on their tails. For a small business looking to make money in store and online, the ability to accept credit card payments is essential. But how … Read More

Why You Shouldn’t Pay for ‘Debt Relief’

Steve O'Connor2017 Trends, Business Operations, Capital Advance, Customer Service, Fraud and Security, Info, News, Small Business Financing, Small Business Trends, Women Owned BusinessesLeave a Comment

Debt Relief

As an entrepreneur, you’re well aware that even a solid business plan and a great product won’t protect you completely from unexpected downturns. Markets change, your costs can rise — and suddenly, you’re struggling to meet your obligations. This is when you may start noticing sales pitches from companies that offer a quick and easy solution to your stress. Here’s … Read More