Best Small Business Blogs For Owners and Entrepreneurs

The Best Small Business Blogs

Working with small businesses on a daily basis, and being one ourselves, we spend a lot of time on small business blogs. In light of this we wanted to highlight what we believe are the best small business blogs on the web. Check out the blogs below, in no particular order, and read them regularly to get all the information you might need as an entrepreneur or small business owner looking for resources to grow your business. (more…)

5 Resources to Spark Creativity

5 Resources to Spark Creativity

The popularity of the term creativity is at an all-time high. Thanks in part to innovative companies like Apple and Google, creativity is now viewed as a viable conduit to business success. Creativity in product design, creativity in marketing campaigns, and even creativity in customer support are now becoming the focus of countless meetings and strategy planning sessions. (more…)

Announcing the Signs.com Gives Back Program

Signs.com Gives Back

Starting a business is hard. Starting a business in a poverty-stricken country is harder. At Signs.com, we are blessed to be located in a country that fosters startup ambitions, but for some entrepreneurs in the African country of Kenya, just selling enough product to put food on their family’s tables is a daily struggle.

Today, we are happy to announce the start of the Signs.com Gives Back program (read the full press release here). The Gives Back program was created to help the budding business owners in Kenya market and grow their small businesses with a custom designed sign.

Our COO, Nelson James says, “Giving back is one of the core values of our company. We would love to give away thousands of signs through the Gives Back program and, hopefully, those signs will play a big role in helping business owners succeed and improve their lives.”

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5 Things Your Friends Won’t Tell You About Your New Business Venture

5 Things Your Friends Won't Tell You About Your New Business Venture

Starting a business is exhilarating. You’re super excited about your new idea and you want to yell it from the rooftops. Since this isn’t Fiddler on the Roof and your friends aren’t hanging around outside waiting for your echoing proclamation, you decide to use your cell phone and call everyone instead.

And the feedback? Is 100% positive! Your friends think you’re a genius. They assure you that you’ll be the next Mark Zuckerberg. The problem? They are lying to you. LYING.

They’re your friends and they love you (or at least want to stay in your good graces so they can keep crashing on your couch when they can’t pay their rent). So they tell a white lie or two. What could it hurt? Your bottom line, that’s what. Maybe your friends won’t tell you these five things about your latest business venture, but we will. (more…)

The New Rules of Sales Relationships

Today’s guest post comes from Brad Manuel, founder of nothing knew, a sales consulting firm focused on communication and equipping others with practical principles that will contribute to their success.

Sales Relationships

“39% of B2B buyers select a vendor according to the skills of the salesperson rather than price, quality, or service features.” – Harvard Business Review 2012

Let’s Do Lunch

In many industries, the common practice of taking current and potential clients to lunch 3 times per week is obsolete. And while I love a free meal or a free round of golf, I was never too keen on spending money to meet a quota. Those client “entertainments”, however did serve a very important function: building customer connections. (more…)

10 Trends for 2013

10 Trends for 2013

If you are like me, you are probably wondering what happened to 2012. The year flew by…even though there were times during endless political bickering, strange natural events, and Notre Dame’s return to national football prominence that it felt like it would never end! Either way, 2012 has been a year of ups and downs. In the business world, we have seen economic ebbs and flows that would have made Noah sick. But the question now is what to expect in 2013 (this whole falling off the fiscal cliff thing aside).

To answer this question, we scoured the best business websites, blogs and publications to bring you the Signs.com 10 Trends for 2013. (more…)

Stay at Home Dads: The New Business Model

Today’s post is brought to you courtesy of Brad Manuel. Brad is a consultant, serial entrepreneur and sports fanatic, who in 2008 decided to take the “road less traveled” and become a stay at home dad.

Stay at home dad's: The new business model

According to the US census bureau, the number of men who have left the workforce entirely to raise children has more than doubled, to 176,000. If you expand that search to include men who maintain freelance or have part-time jobs, but still serve as the primary caretaker of children under 15 while their wife works, the number is around 626,000. I’m one of those men and, while it’s tough to navigate sometimes, it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done! Check out this New York Times article, titled “Just Wait Until Your Mother Gets Home“. (more…)

Rethinking Business Plans

 

Rethink Business Plans

At the Sandy Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Conference last week, a panel of experts gave advice about how to get financing for a new business. The panelists (one venture capitalist, a representative from a bank, a representative from a credit union and the Deputy District Director of the Utah SBA) each came from different backgrounds, so each had slightly different perspectives. But they all agreed on one thing: the key to successful loan acquisition lies in your business plan. (more…)