Small Business

Small Business

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Small Business
  • 3 Startup Tips To Help Your New Agricultural Business Succeed

    Agricultural operations face many of the same challenges that other types of business do—and they encounter some unique obstacles and opportunities, as well. In August of 2017, USDA and SCORE joined forces to help new farming and ranching operations navigate the challenges of launching and growin...

  • Building Authority And Brand Awareness Through Guest Blogging

    Besides sharing your industry expertise on your own website, submitting guest blog posts and articles to other

  • The Advantages of Hiring a Multigenerational Workforce

    When many people think of diversity in the workplace, what often comes to mind first is hiring employees of different race, gender, and ethnicity. You can also achieve a richly diverse workforce by hiring employees from various age groups. Multigenerational hiring enriches the work environment, p...

  • Six Ways B2B Small Business Owners Can Become Better Sales People

    Many entrepreneurs struggle with the sales responsibilities that come with owning a business. Selling skills don’t come naturally for everyone. But if you’re a business-to-business (B2B), small business owner, they’re essential if you want to successfully build relationships with potential custom...

  • Email Marketing Rules Every Small Business Owner Needs To Know

  • Press Release Basics For Small Business Owners

    Press Release Basics For Small Business Owners
    Press releases remain among the most effective ways to generate awareness of your small business and its products and services. Media outlets may reproduce a press release as is (or with some editing), or follow up about creating a longer story.

  • Why a Strong Business Brand Matters and How to Build One

    Building a strong brand is critical to a business’ success. But, it’s not an easy thing to do, especially as you’re launching. Here’s why building a strong brand matters and how you can get started. If you do a google search for “what is a brand,” you’ll find endless opinions from countless marke...

  • How To Find The Right Accountant For Your Small Business

    Your business success depends on many factors. Managing your money well and understanding your finances are two of the most critical. Unless you are an accountant by trade, it’s likely you’ll need some outside guidance and insight as you start and grow your company.

    Benefits of Getting Help from...

  • How The Business Structure You Select Affects Your Income Tax Treatment

    The business structure you choose for your startup will affect your company from a legal standpoint, and it will have an impact on your taxes, as well. Before you decide on the structure for your small business, you should do some research and talk to tax and legal professionals for guidance. The...

  • Eight Considerations Investors Look At When Deciding Whether Or Not To Fund

    Before someone decides to provide financing for your small business, he or she will want to assess the likelihood of your success. Investors want to avoid excessive risk and put their dollars where they stand to gain financially. As they evaluate the opportunity to fund your business, they’ll con...

  • Business Plans / How To Start A Business

    How To Make Writing a Business Plan Less Intimidating
    A business plan is not only important for starting your business, it’s also an indispensable tool for helping you manage and grow your business. Your business plan is your roadmap in operating your company, and it’s essential if you intend to ...

  • Two Simple Tips to Improve Your Website’s Visitor Experience

    A positive user experience is directly tied to the impression prospective customers have about your brand, including the level of quality of your product or service. There are two simple steps you can take to make sure you’re giving your web visitors the best user experience possible –page load s...

  • The Perks And Pitfalls Of Running Your Small Business From A Home Office

    The Perks And Pitfalls Of Running Your Small Business From A Home Office Operating a business from home offers small business owners some notable advantages—and some considerable disadvantages, as well. Some entrepreneurs find running a home-based business works exceptionally well for them, while...

  • Options For Making Your Small Business Website Mobile Friendly

    With Google changing the game in April 2015 by giving better search results page ranking to mobile-friendly websites, many small businesses have cause for concern.

    According to an infographic by Greater Rochester SCORE, 93.3 percent of small/medium business websites were not yet mobile-friendly ...

  • Tips for Creating a Social Media Policy for Your Small Business

    Employers continue to struggle with how to regulate social media use in the workplace. Many employees use social media platforms to make professional connections and do business, but social media use at work can also create time management challenges and present legal liabilities.

    Use these five...

  • Anatomy of an Effective Ecommerce Website

    Here are some key considerations as you start to build your e-commerce site to ensure a positive and user-friendly buying experience.

    An e-commerce website is a powerful marketing and sales tool that gives your customers a way to buy directly from your business. Because you’re selling direct, yo...

  • Simple Tips for Better Time Management

    Here are five simple tips to better manage your time so you have more time to do your most important work.

    Small business owners put in a lot of hours. A recent SCORE article on “How Hard Small Business Owners Work” reported a study showing that small business owners work twice as much as regula...

  • Spring Cleaning for Your Small Business

    Spring Cleaning for Your Small Business
    Every business can benefit from a good spring cleaning. Here are tips on how to get organized and be more productive by tackling a few key areas within your small business.

    Staying organized is one of the most important jobs you have as an owner running a ...

  • Three Free Multi-Platform Social Media Management Tools

    Three Free Multi-Platform Social Media Management Tools to Save Small Businesses Time
    Managing your business’ social media is time-consuming. It’s often the first thing to fall by the wayside as a small business owner gets pulled in a million directions. Use these free social media management too...

  • Need Funding for Your Small Business? SBA Loan Programs Might Be the Answer

    Securing funding can be a challenge for a lot of small business owners, especially those just starting out. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers an SBA-guaranteed loan for small businesses unable to get the funding they need through a traditional bank loan.

    Learn more about SBA-guarante...

  • Retirement Planning for Small Business Owners

    Planning for retirement needs to be a priority for every small business owner. Here are three types of small business retirement plans that you can take advantage of to save for retirement that also provides tax advantages for your business.

    It’s easy and far too common for small business owners...

  • Tips for Making Small Business Blogging Efforts More Manageable

    Blogging is often a time-consuming and intimidating task for small business owners who are already juggling a full plate of responsibilities. Here are tips to make blog writing more manageable.

    The word ‘blog’ can be a scary one for a lot of small business owners. For one, writing isn’t always e...

  • Ways to Bring Out the Human Side of Your Small Business on Social Media

    Social media platforms give brands the opportunity to connect with customers in a direct and personal way. Here are five ways to use your business’ social platforms to create authentic content that humanizes your brand and creates deeper customer connections. Every communications channel you use ...