Maybe you have a hobby that people have been telling you lately you could get paid for. Or you had a flash of genius in the middle of some tedious task, showing you (and possibly the rest of the world!) an easier way. Whatever your idea, how do you know when your idea could be more than unique and cool, but a legitimate money-making business? If you're thinking you've stumbled on the next Shark Tank winner of an idea, here are a few things to consider when making a plan.
Your customers--will you have enough to sustain your endeavor? ...Read More
Your small business is personal. You invest time, talent and money. You put great thought into colors and layouts, ingredients, fonts or fabrics. You strive to provide the best possible service or product.
In business, specifically service industries, it's not possible to please everyone all of the time. Tastes are subjective, an employee might exercise poor judgment or a supplier might deliver sub-par services. The internet, usually your best vehicle for promotion, can suddenly become hostile, where faceless, nameless customers sling mud.
So when you log into Yelp or Facebook, Twitter, Bing, CitySearch, Wize, TripAdvisor, OpenTable or Local.com and discover a ...Read More
If you're a woman who owns a small business, you likely know that October is National Women's Small Business Month. But did you know:
• Women are leading job creation in the U.S., according to Forbes. "Privately held company job growth has been among women-owned firms. They have added an estimated 175,000 jobs to the U.S. economy since 2007." Roughly, women-owned businesses employ 7.8 million people.
• In addition to jobs, women-owned businesses are generating big revenue. There's an estimated 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., generating more than $1.3 trillion in revenue.
• The U.S. Small Business ...Read More