Small Business Blogs

Small Business Blogs

We’ve scoured the web for the most helpful blogs for small businesses and put together the best small business bloggers.

Blogs about enterprise, small business, working from home, self-employed, contractors, businesses at home and more.

Let’s take a look at some of the best (and newest) small business blogs on the web.

How to Effectively Manage Your Online Reviews

With such an incredible amount of business being conducted online these days, it has become critical to business owners to maintain their good reputations. Customer reviews and testimonials are a big part of online commerce. Over 95% of customers now conduct their first search for products and services online, and 75% of those consumers say that their decision to buy is dependent on reading good company reviews. Online review management can make the difference between making a sale or losing…

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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and former president indicted for fraud

The founder of startup Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, and Ramesh Balwani, the company’s former president, are facing fraud charges for allegedly making false claims about the efficacy of Therano’s blood testing. According to The Guardian, Holmes, 34, who had stepped down as Theranos CEO earlier on Friday appeared before a federal magistrate judge in San Jose, California with Balwani, 53. And both were charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and nine counts of wire fraud in a…

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Why an average bookkeeper is a liability (and costing you your sanity)

With end of financial year fast approaching, we see many clients come to us “for a quick and simple review” of their numbers. I mean, they currently use a bookkeeper and whilst the business owner doesn’t keep on top of things in great detail, it all must be perfect right? In an ideal world yes, but I think we all know we live in anything but an ideal world. Most clients we speak to hardly ever run financial reports, wouldn’t…

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Prospa, ASIC & the conundrum of Unfair Contract Terms law

The aborted Prospa IPO raises questions not just about the online SME lender’s compliance with UCT but also ASIC’s role in applying and enforcing this law which came into effect in November 2016. In its prospectus Prospa said “we have reviewed our loan contract in relation to UCT in July 2015 and again in September 2017. We will continue to review our loan contract as and when required in light of relevant case law and regulatory guides that may be…

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Why Your Business Needs a Well-Rounded Mobile Payment Strategy

A mobile payment strategy encompasses more than just a plan to make your online checkout process mobile-friendly. Your mobile payment strategy needs to include a plan for allowing customers to pay with a mobile device in your brick-and-mortar store. Customers want and expect this level of convenience. To address this need, several years ago, a universal mobile wallet was launched as an option for customers to pay for their purchases in various stores using a smartphone. The goal was to…

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Do You Want to Start Your Own Business? Pros and Cons

Image Credit: Thomas Bonte on Flickr In recent years, more and more people have started to take an interest in starting their own business. As a matter of fact, according to Forbes, 62% of millennials have considered starting their own business. This generation appears to value entrepreneurship, and they are starting new businesses in record numbers. However, many people remain unsure about whether to take the plunge or not. Is this because they lack the necessary confidence to break away…

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What the experts say about Instagram

What the experts say about Instagram Are you new to Instagram or have you been enjoying it for a while? Either way congrats for getting interested in this awesome and incredibly popular platform. Just like all the social media platforms, there is best practice – grab a cuppa, read through the things you should be doing on Instagram. Yes, this is me (Kelly) writing this blog but you will find many people saying similar things about Instagram. I will cut…

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Is There a Correlation Between Bitcoin and Stock Market?

Bitcoin has become a prevalent discussion subject, and has most likely made you think of trading cryptocurrencies. Throughout 2017, bitcoin encountered a huge rise trailed by a drop in early 2018. But because of its outrageous instability, you may be left wondering how well the market is likely do. IC Markets, an Australian forex broker, decided to check for similarities and differences between the stock market and the bitcoin/cryptocurrency market to give you some insight. First of all why BTC…

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Expert Advice: How to Use Social Media Video Ads Effectively

According to the IAB Digital Video Center of Excellence, brands and agencies saw how valuable digital marketing was in 2017 for targeting and connecting to niche audiences. And this was especially the case with video ads. Research from this year says when a business sets aside a video advertising budget for “its most important product”, 23% is specifically earmarked for social media video ads. This finding comes from Advertiser Perceptions’ 2018 survey of 353 brand marketers and media buyers. The survey…

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A Short Guide to Buying Investment Property in Malta

Photo by Artur Roman from Pexels Rental property investment is a well established practice in Malta. As a matter of fact, it was especially prevalent in the 19th and 20th centuries. At that time, Maltese residents bought up properties like hot cakes. They then rented out these properties to fellow Maltese residents as well as to some of the British enforcers who were in the country at that time. Recently, the Maltese rental property market is seeing a significant boom.…

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Give Your Employees Kudos on LinkedIn

Recognizing your employees for what they do has a bigger impact than most owners or managers may realize. LinkedIn is addressing this very issue with a new feature it calls Kudos so you can show your appreciation to everyone with whom you work. The simple act of saying thank you goes a long way to making your employees feel valued, and forgetting to say it or to show your appreciation can have the opposite effect. So much so it can…

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More Than Half of Small Business Buyers are Under 50

If you’re looking to sell a business this may be the time — and you may want to look for buyers under the age of 50. The 2018 Small Business Owner & Buyer Demographics study by BizBuySell has revealed 53% of small business buyers are under the age of 50. But the largest percentage of buyers in a single age bracket are between the age of 50 and 59 years old at 32%, the survey says. BizBuySell Q1 2018 Insight Report…

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5 Proven Steps to Start a Successful Franchise Business

When you start a franchise business, you’ll benefit immediately from the people and resources available to you that are designed to make sure you’re successful. However, there are some essential steps you need to follow if you want to ensure you start a franchise that has a chance for growth and success. Five of those steps are discussed below so you can launch a successful franchise from the very beginning. 1. Accept that It’s Never the Perfect Time If you…

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Are You Thinking of Taking out a Car Title Loan? Read This First

Photo by GotCredit Borrowing is something you do when you are pressed for cash but you have run out of other options. This can sometimes happen when you’re trying to start or expand your business. As a matter of fact, in a difficult situation, you might even be considering a car title loan. If you are, there are certain things you need to understand.   Look for Transparency from the Lender Transparency is key when you’re borrowing. That’s because you want…

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8 Lead Generation Tactics To Fill Up Your Sales Funnel

Lead generation is one of the most impactful ways to grow your customer base and boost profits. However, businesses tend to get tunnel vision when trying to generate leads. Have sales plateaued? Do you want to take your business to the next level? Than it’s time to implement more lead generation tactics to make it happen. You could have a product that is so revolutionary, that everyone on the planet needs one. But without supercharged lead generation, no one will…

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Meet Our Latest Small Business Borrower: 360 Total Concept

360 Total Concept is a management consulting firm that specializes in project management for public relations, monitoring and contract compliance, logistics, and facilities management. Founded by Shonda Scott in 2006, 360 Total Concept Consulting focuses on three primary services: Logistics – coordinating conferences, facilitating meetings and workshops, and producing webinars Facilities Management – managing subcontractors and monitoring contract compliance Monitoring/Compliance – providing support on projects to ensure contract guidelines and policies are implemented on specification 360 Total Concept Consulting has…

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