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How Web-Based Services Are Saving Small Businesses Big Money

by Samia S. Morgan

How Web-based services are saving small businesses big money

Small businesses can achieve significant cost savings by tapping into resources available on the Internet, according to a report by the Internet Innovation Alliance and the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. For example, companies might be able to save money in areas such as accounting, incorporation costs and travel. SmallBizTechnology.com (5/22)

Building trust through social media takes a proactive approach

One key to building trust as an organization is to make your company more likable, according to Rohit Bhargava, author of "Likeonomics: The Unexpected Truth Behind Earning Trust, Influencing Behavior, and Inspiring Action." Brands that are successful on social media are proactively reaching out to their customers in addition to answering questions, he notes.1To1Media.com (5/23)

 

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What Google Can Teach A Small-Business Owner

by Samia S. Morgan

What Google can teach a small-business owner

While small-business owners may think that they can't emulate Google's culture, the truth is that there are many lessons they can take from the search giant, writes Julie Clow. Google innovates by encouraging its employees to launch products quickly, pay attention to feedback and fail fast. "Failure is not a bad thing, but slow failure in the market is," she writes. CNBC(5/22)

Security is critical when using wireless networking

Wireless networking is becoming increasingly important for businesses, Stephanie Faris writes. "Wireless is a critical business application not only for the enterprise, but also for SMBs," according to Chia-Chee Kuan of Fluke Networks. You can help to make sure your network stays secure by changing the password regularly, according to experts. A secure Wi-Fi extender can also be a useful tool. SmallBizTechnology.com (5/24)

 

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Tips for Small Businesses Seeking to Secure Capital

by Samia S. Morgan

Tips for small businesses seeking to secure capital

While some business owners are cautiously upbeat about the economy, they say that getting access to credit is still a challenge. It's important for business owners who are seeking loans to build relationships with their bankers, according to Wells Fargo's Patty Tuttle, who participated in a panel discussion at America's Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C. Other advice from the panel included getting your business finances in order, exploring alternatives to traditional loans and putting a solid business plan in place.SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (5/22), Inc. online (5/22)

Don't trash social media -- use it, Gary Vaynerchuk says

Best-selling author Gary Vaynerchuk told attendees of America’s Small Business Summit in Washington, D.C., Monday they need to spend less time protesting social media and more time using it. "People aren’t looking at billboards, they aren't even looking at the freakin' road anymore." Social media is where they are looking. It's becoming the main way people communicate and glean advertising messages, so businesses have to use it, Vaynerchuk explained. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media (5/22)

 

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Tech Mistakes That Can Cost Small Businesses Big Time

by Samia S. Morgan

Tech mistakes that can cost small businesses big time

As a small-business owner, it's important to be aware of the latest trends in technology, John Brandon writes. "Ignoring new technology is a sure way to miss out on innovations that may affect your business -- it's also how you end up with outdated, hard-to-maintain gear that makes you less efficient." Also, be sure to use an anti-virus program, and read privacy policies, he recommends. Inc. online/Tech Report (5/22)

BBB: Watch out for car "wrapping" scams

Scammers are targeting consumers with a scheme that promises payment for those willing to drive around with signs on their cars. In one case, a woman was offered money in exchange for displaying an ad for Monster Energy drink, according to BBB's Steve Abel. "They are known to contact you through mass e-mails or even websites where you can post your resume. Be careful on where you input your personal information," he said. Abilene Reporter-News (Texas) (5/22)

 

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"Banking Grades" can help you find small-business-friendly banks

A new service called Banking Grades can help small businesses find loans. The service, started by MultiFunding, allows businesses to search for FDIC-regulated banks in their area to see how many loans of under $1 million they have made to small businesses. "Based on our experience of helping small businesses find financing, we believe that a $1 million loan is a good barometer of small business lending," MultiFunding CEO Ami Kassar said. The Christian Science Monitor (5/15)

Trust, IT departments and the BYOD trend

Some IT departments are reacting poorly to the bring-your-own-device trend by developing unnecessary rules, writes Art Wittmann. "While technology can play a part in protecting the company while letting employees use their own devices for business purposes, most IT teams are creating an insane set of rules for no apparent reason," he writes. Rather than managing devices, IT departments should be focused on managing company data, he writes.InformationWeek (5/15)

 

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Do Your Homework Before Buying a Home for Your Business

by Samia S. Morgan

Do your homework before buying a home for your business

Renting a business location has advantages since the landlord must take care of repairs and building maintenance. But owning can also be an advantage if done right, writes Chris Griffiths. When buying, find a reliable real estate agent, a good lawyer and the best rate from the bank. "Under the right circumstances, this could be a highly beneficial asset to your business and to your career -- but take time to make sure the circumstances are right," Griffiths cautions. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (5/15)

How to avoid door-to-door sales scams

BBB is urging homeowners to be cautious about people who are going door-to-door to sell magazine subscriptions, roofing or alarm systems. It's important to take your time and shop around when choosing a contractor, said BBB's Michelle Corey. KSDK-TV (St. Louis) (5/15)

 

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Why You Need A Social Media Intern

by Samia S. Morgan

Why you need a social media intern

Hiring a savvy intern can be an inexpensive way to improve your company's presence on social media, Rhonda Abrams writes. Look for candidates who are interested in marketing and set some guidelines for their social media use, she recommends. Also, look for applicants who are good at writing. USA TODAY (5/10)

Improving security in the cloud

Some organizations may be reluctant to move certain functions to public clouds because of security concerns, notes Robert Scheier. "[W]hatever the model, the automated, consistent processes required for large-scale cloud deployments not only increase the efficiency, reliability and performance of these environments, but also improve security," he writes.PCWorld Business Center (5/14)

 

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What Small-Business Owners Should Know About Asset Disposal

by Samia S. Morgan

What small-business owners should know about asset disposal

Disposing of your business' assets can have an effect on your tax bill, Bonnie Lee writes. For example, a "repossession or foreclosure of business property may result in a gain or a loss depending upon the circumstances," she notes. Fox Business Small Business Center (5/11)

How businesses can build trust with consumers

Consumers are looking for trustworthy brands, so it's important for companies to be reliable. Businesses can become more trustworthy by being authentic and honoring their commitments, experts say. "Trust can be lost very quickly if a brand doesn't behave the way it promises it will, which can happen to even large brands," said Andy Pontin of Clemenger BBDO. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (5/8)

 

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Everything Has a Price; Here's How to Figure It Out

by Samia S. Morgan

Everything has a price; here's how to figure it out

It is possible to attach a monetary value to anything, although it can be difficult to price a product for which there is not an active market. Sellers can overcome this challenge by figuring out what is unique about their products and by thinking about who might want to buy them, according to Ken Marlin of Marlin & Associates. An auction can also be used to create a market where there previously was none, he notes. Inc. online/D.C. Bill blog (5/10)

How to protect yourself from loan-modification scams

Some scammers are targeting consumers who are in danger of losing their homes by promising to help them modify the terms of their loans, warns BBB. Consumers should resist falling for high-pressure sales techniques, BBB advises. ClipSyndicate/KERO-TV (Bakersfield, Calif.) (5/7)

 

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