Can a small business use Zelle (and other tools like it)?

Steve O'Connor2019 Trends, Cashflow, Small Business TrendsLeave a Comment

Cashless payments are emerging in all areas of global commerce because of their safety and convenience. These cashless payments reduce the risk of cash handling and are compatible with several systems that make global transactions possible and traceable. They can take on several forms, from “primitive” credit and debit cards, and online transfers, to more technologically-forward mobile apps, mobile wallets, … Read More

Amazon’s Rise Fills Small Business Needs

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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

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

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 a subscription model could benefit your business

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Subscription Models for Business

Consumer buying habits have long been trending towards convenient shopping experiences, and have driven the subscription market forward dramatically in the past few years. You only have to look at companies like Dollar Shave Club to see just how popular and profitable a subscription model could be for your business. Dollar Shave Club, a subscription service offering cheap shaving razors … 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

How to Make Current Employees Brand Advocates

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A business’s best untapped resource for its brand is its own employees. They make up the faces that customers associate with a brand, whether negatively or positively. So, businesses should put their employees at the forefront of satisfaction efforts so they will want to become brand advocates. Build Brand Loyalty Building brand loyalty among employees isn’t an easy task and … Read More

Small yet Responsible – Corporate Social Responsibility in Small Business

Steve O'ConnorSmall Business Trends, Sustainability, Women Owned BusinessesLeave a Comment

Small, yet responsible—you hear this in reference to children who show maturity beyond their age. This phrase can be applicable to small businesses too! Social responsibility, which is left if the ‘C’ is taken out of CSR, is relevant to one and all, be it a corporate or a citizen. This article explores what CSR means to small businesses and … Read More