Small Business

NASA Picks Small Business Tech Proposals for Development

on Friday, 07 March 2014. Posted in Small Business, Aerospace, Business, Sci/Tech

Michael Gazarik: "NASA's future successes depends on the innovative capacity of American small businesses, and their ability to bring new technology to bear on the problems NASA tackles."

NASA Picks Small Business Tech Proposals for Development

NASA has selected 108 research and technology proposals from U.S. small businesses that will enable NASA's future missions while benefiting America's new high technology-driven economy right here on Earth.

Does Your Brand Have a Relatable Identity?

on Monday, 04 November 2013. Posted in Small Business, Business

Building a consistent brand identity that can have a positive impact on at least ten percent of your audience can be the difference between business success and failure.

Does Your Brand Have a Relatable Identity?

Creating products that attract the attention of consumers is one of the biggest hurdles that a business faces, but simply getting to this step is not enough to ensure success. Instead, you also have to take the time to create a brand image that your customers can relate to.

Tablets for Small Businesses

on Saturday, 31 August 2013. Posted in Small Business, Computers, Business, Sci/Tech

The lightweight, portable nature of tablet devices is conquering the business world. But with many options to choose from, before buying for your business, carefully evaluate which features you need.

Tablets for Small Businesses

More and more businesses are making use of tablet PCs in their daily operations. A 2011 study by Model Metrics showed that 22 percent of companies had begun deploying tablets for their businesses, with 78 percent planning to have tablets in use by 2013.

Must Have Gadgets for Traveling Business Owners

on Wednesday, 19 June 2013. Posted in Gadgets, Small Business, Business, Sci/Tech

Travel tech is much more than just the smart phone, iPad, or laptop you have in your bag. To stay secure and efficient when on the road, there are many gadgets you should consider adding to your kit.

Must Have Gadgets for Traveling Business Owners

Those who run businesses know that it's more than a full-time job. It’s no longer the 9-5 and because our lives are filled with work, family and daily tasks, it’s important to keep organized. As mobile technology continues to grow, so should we. Just because you’re not at the office doesn’t mean you can’t get anything done. There are gadgets for just about anything nowadays, and if you want to stay ahead of the game investing in some of these gadgets might not only make your business run smoother, but could keep your organization streamlined. As a researcher for Bob Knows Phones, an iPad repair company, I research these gadgets and find those that create value and usability for savvy business owners. Below are just some of the gadgets I uncovered for both businesses small and large!

Four Ways to Find Financial Backing for your Business

on Thursday, 04 April 2013. Posted in Small Business, Business

Starting a business means needing capital for startup, promotional efforts and other costs. These days, crowdsourcing offers an alternative to traditional sources of funding.

Four Ways to Find Financial Backing for your Business

You have what may be the idea for the next big thing. The only obstacle that stands between you and your dreams is that little necessity called money. If you find that even with your savings and the spare change you scrounged from the couch cushions you still come up short of your goal, you may need to consider other avenues to fund your dream. The alternative at this point is to give up on your idea altogether.

When Do Business Centers Come in Handy?

on Monday, 04 March 2013. Posted in Small Business, Business

Coworking is a rapidly growing, global business trend that is driving growth in commercial real estate and providing new business opportunities to grow and innovate in ways not previously possible.

When Do Business Centers Come in Handy?

The commercial real estate industry has been severely challenged by the global 2008 recession and the tepid recovery that has forced several economies into multiple recessions. The ways existing businesses operate has changed dramatically. 

How to Rise Above Unhealthy Competition at Work

on Thursday, 21 February 2013. Posted in Small Business, Business

Collaboration with coworkers in the workplace is essential, but difficult. For smooth collaboration and reduced steps, use these tips.

How to Rise Above Unhealthy Competition at Work

It is estimated that around one third or more of work colleagues are believed to be competitive and many workers view this negatively. A great number of senior executives also believe that employees today are far more competitive than a decade ago. While the majority of people seem to wish to have a harmonious and collaborative workplace, there will always be overly and unnecessarily competitive workers to deal with. 

The Power of an Extraordinary Logo

on Monday, 11 February 2013. Posted in Small Business, Business

Your company's brand identity is important. When developing it and the logo that represents it, make sure to keep these ideas in mind.

The Power of an Extraordinary Logo

You’ve decided to make your dream a reality and start your own business. Before you work out the profit margins, hire staff, develop a client list and plan your marketing budget, you'll want to tackle your logo design. The visual representation of your brand can be key to the success of your company and you want to give its look considerable thought.

Being a Prepared General Contractor

Written by Felicia Baratz on Friday, 08 February 2013. Posted in Small Business, Business

General contractors have a tough job, juggling multiple responsibilities and bringing construction projects in on time and on budget. To be successful requires being prepared for contingencies.

Being a Prepared General Contractor

Unfortunately, general contractors have a reputation for taking too long on projects, underestimating the costs, having problems with subcontractors and losing days of work due to equipment failures. To paraphrase former English Prime Minister and author Benjamin Disraeli, general contractors should always be prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.

The Importance of Speedy Action When Dealing with an On-the-Job Injury

on Tuesday, 15 January 2013. Posted in Small Business, Business

Injuries in the workplace can present numerous problems. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you find yourself hurt while on the job.

The Importance of Speedy Action When Dealing with an On-the-Job Injury

Injuries that are suffered on the job are normally covered by workers' compensation, as long as the injured party reports the injury in a timely manner. The general rule is within 24 hours of the injury, if it is not an accident. Many work-related injuries occur at work, but do not intensify until later, such as a back injury. Other conditions, such as carpel tunnel, are also work-related, but occur over long periods of time. The timing of the injury report is crucial, as it can be used as a defense if the workers' compensation insurance company or employer wants to contest a claim. 

Why Second Impressions Count in the Digital Age

on Monday, 26 November 2012. Posted in Small Business, Business

Utilizing a well-thought out digital strategy can position your company for success on the Web and in the non-digital world as well.

Why Second Impressions Count in the Digital Age

It used to be that your business got only one chance to make a strong and lasting impression on the consumer. If your company failed to stand up to the test, and you missed your opportunity to impress, the chances that you would find success would be slim to none. However, with the digital age, and the latest technical advances around the globe, businesses have a chance to redeem themselves through a reputable online presence.

Would You Hire Yourself to Run Your Business?

on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Posted in Small Business, Business

You've started your own business, worked morning, noon and night to see it thrive and grow, and now it's on the verge of explosive success. Should you stay at the helm or is it time to hire an experienced CEO?

Would You Hire Yourself to Run Your Business?

There's no more exciting feeling than achieving success with your start-up business. You've found your customers, your products or services are in demand, and you have a real opportunity to expand. You've proven yourself a natural when it comes to negotiation, determination, and networking. But the skills it takes to be the CEO of a start-up are much different than the skills it takes to be the CEO of an expanded, thriving business. Can you build a team of experienced managers, and lead them? Can you hire the right employees? Can you handle marketing, attracting clients, or product development? Sometimes the founder CEO must find another, more experienced CEO to run the business — and this can be tough for a number of reasons. But whether or not this is the right idea can depend entirely on you.

How Merchants Can Accept Credit Cards Without Going Broke

on Monday, 15 October 2012. Posted in Small Business, Business

Small businesses need to be able to process payments made via debit and credit cards. Here's what you need to know to get started.

How Merchants Can Accept Credit Cards Without Going Broke

Very few people carry cash anymore. While credit cards have actually declined in use, debit cards are just as popular as ever. Businesses need to be able to cater to the habits of consumers, and that means providing credit card terminals whenever possible. Unfortunately, that can be costly; business owners end up paying quite a bit in fees and setup costs in order to expand their customers' payment options. A credit card payment system is a good investment, but business owners need to reduce their costs as much as possible for the sake of their bottom lines.

Is It Time to Start a Career or Business in Homebuilding?

Written by Felicia Baratz on Thursday, 11 October 2012. Posted in Small Business, Business

The homebuilding industry was hard-hit by the great recession, but the market for new construction is showing signs of a revival. Now may be a good time to consider employment and business opportunities in construction.

Is It Time to Start a Career or Business in Homebuilding?

Numerous economic indicators show the United States housing market is finally recovering from the devastating economic recession. While the recovery may be slower than most would hope, there are signs homebuilders will be busy in the coming years. While it is currently a buyer’s market, people are opting for newly constructed homes, which gained 25 percent of the market share between 2011 and 2012. This means homebuilders might profitably dust off their tool belts and hard hats and get ready for a busy building season.

5 Activities Every Small Business Owner Should Consider Outsourcing

on Thursday, 11 October 2012. Posted in Small Business, Business

Good business strategy means utilizing resources effectively. Sometimes that means seeking outsourced solutions to some business needs.

5 Activities Every Small Business Owner Should Consider Outsourcing

In small business, there's often a temptation to try to save money by doing everything in house, but this can turn out to be a costly, time consuming mistake. Identifying and outsourcing time-intensive tasks in the workplace can enable business owners to devote more energy to the activities in which they are most adept. Today, many small business owners outsource a variety of technical jobs to experts over the Internet, enhancing the quality of the company's output and putting the focus back on marketing and building the business. Here are five activities that all small business owners should consider outsourcing.

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