October 31, 2014

Invisible Businesses, Divided Healthcare Dollars and More

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It’s time for another edition of our community news and information roundup.

We’ve searched far and wide through the online small business community for interesting content to help your business this week. We hope you’ll take the time to check out all these helpful stories, and read below how you can help us make the next community roundup even better.

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It Doesn’t Matter How Great Your Product Is (Sport Techie)

Whether it’s a local coffee shop or a major sports league, if you aren’t letting customers know you exist, it doesn’t matter. Why does the National Hockey Association live in the shadow of the National Football Association, Major League Baseball and even college football? Blame it on the media.

Your Healthcare Spending is in Shreds (Healthcare Trends Institute)

Seriously, if you’re wondering where your healthcare dollars are going, these folks have broken it down for you. You may be surprised about the largest and smallest costs. Take a look at the numbers.

Here’s What All Suppliers Know (Zazma)

Satisfying your existing customers and converting new prospects into happy return customers is the key to a suppliers success. This means choosing credible customers and getting to know their needs well. Sound familiar? It should be what you’re doing, too.

Cyber Security Still Vital (Greater Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

We’ve heard repeatedly about the dangers of cyber crime and hacking. Thinking your business is too small to be a target could be a tragic error. Here are nine cyber security tips to consider.

Grow Your Freelance Business (The Freelance Strategist)

Do you provide your skills as a freelancer or an independent contractor? It may be tempting to think of your efforts on a job by job basis. It’s wiser to see it for what it is…a small business. Here’s how.

Understand the Power of the Cloud (Milwaukee Community Journal)

Believe it or not, there are some small businesses that haven’t realized the independence that comes with leaving local servers behind. The cloud offers the opportunity to work from anywhere. Here are some reasons to think about making a change.

How to Choose the Best Website Template (ReginaldChan.net)

There could be many reasons your small business website is failing to meet your business goals. One that’s easy to overlook is the kind of template you’ve chosen. Reginald Chan elaborates in the BizSugar community.

Technology Makes All the Difference (Programmable Web)

You don’t need to be a software engineer or a Web developer these days to realize the incredible value of technology to your business. Here Wendel Santos describes case studies that have allowed companies of all kinds to revolutionize their business models.

Try to Inspire Someone Today (That Naija Blog)

It’s a thrill to find that you’ve inspired someone, whether a client a customer or someone else in your community. That’s why it was so nice to see this post recently inspired by a comment in the BizSugar community. Take time to inspire someone today!

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  1. Really nice that you kick this list off with an article that can remind small business owners not to be so amazed with their own product. In the end, it is still all about the customer and not about how great you are.

  2. A nice roundup!

    I just want to comment on the cyber security post – I’ve heard so many stories of how small business owners neglect the IT security of their systems, thinking that being “small” means they are immune to cyber threats.

    On contrary, in fact amplified by the fact that small businesses are neglecting IT security, small biz are now the prime target for hacking and cracking.

  3. Yup, that’s a realisation I’m coming to myself re: the first article’s title. The quality of a product can be superb, but it means nothing if no-one sees it.

    Also re: cyber security – it reminds me of what I mentioned in the Small Biz Trends post about credit card fraud — that a small business owner thinking it won’t happen to them is a risky thing to suppose.

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