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HostGator

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HostGator.com is a provider of shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated web hosting. With over five million domains hosted by HostGator, they make up approximately 1% of the world’s Internet traffic. HostGator.com allows you to have unlimited subdomains under your account, with no restrictions on bandwidth or disk space. The down site to having so many …

LogoWorks

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LogoWorks is a service of HP. They spell out a very detailed process, which inspires confidence. Plus, they have customer feedback and ratings right alongside each package choice. They have designed over 45,000 logos; packages start at $299. HP also offers LogoMaker, a free logo creation service with an upgrade plan of $49. It is …

Logo Design Team

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Logo Design Team stands on its in-house design team, as opposed to a freelance team of people spread around the globe. They offer a $149 start price. Logo Design Team offers a “logo repair” service where they will update your existing logo, refreshing it to something modern and hip.

Logo Mojo

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Logo Mojo (a division of Deluxe) has a starter package at $195 which includes six concepts, two rounds of changes, and a three-day turnaround. They offer other artwork services, too, including Twitter backgrounds and Facebook profile images.

Sage One Invoicing

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Sage One Invoicing is a monthly subscription-based invoicing service that will run you $9 a month. Sage One Invoicing allows you to send out your invoices from Sage, and the customer can pay directly from the invoice into Sage’s credit card service or through Paypal. If the payment is late, Sage One will tell you …

WePay

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Online invoicing and payment app service WePay just released a new app for iOS devices that allows small businesses to send invoices and charge credit cards from mobile devices. Credit card processing and invoicing both come with a fee of 2.9% and $0.30 per transaction. The payment app accepts all major credit cards, and there …

FreshBooks

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FreshBooks signup is easy, fast, and free. No credit card required, which is always helps reduce signup friction. You can trial the software for 30 days for free, then decide on a paid plan or a forever-free plan. Of course, the free plan is limited, but it may work for your business. Paid plans start …

Guru

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Guru offers a wide variety of freelancing jobs and allows you to create up to five different profiles. Their commission is variable, but they handle tax reporting so you do not have to give out your Social Security number to every employer. Escrow ensures freelancers are paid, but can be confusing. The onsite messaging is …

oDesk

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Odesk is designed for freelancers who prefer hourly wages as opposed to flat fees. They are a little more expensive in their commissions, but they cover employer tax costs if the employer wants to hire you through their payroll service. You need to log in to the website while you work so it can record …

Freelancer.com

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Freelancer.com is one of the world’s largest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace for small business. The site connects over 3,961,410 employers and freelancers globally from over 234 countries & regions. Through the website, employers can hire freelancers to do work in areas such as software, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering and the …

Infusionsoft

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Infusionsoft combines everything your business needs — contact management, CRM, marketing automation and e-commerce — into a single online system. Along with their impressive array of features available, Infusionsoft allows you to be able to place a single contact into multiple list. This gives you the ability to track and target your customers more effectively …

MailChimp

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MailChimp is a Web-based email marketing service that comes with a great suite of tools. With over 95 million emails sent per day on average, MailChimp proves that email is still a viable way for small businesses to get the word out. One of the most important things to know is the service is completely …



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NSBA Report: Small Business Confidence Drops | Small Business News, Tips, Advice – Small Business Trends

NSBA Report: Small Business Confidence Drops

  • September 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The National Small Business Association (NSBA) today released its Mid-Year Economic Report, a snapshot of how small businesses are faring today. Unfortunately, small-business owners are less optimistic about the outlook of their own firms and the overall economy than in the previous six months.

“While the dip in outlook is in-line with cyclical drops in optimism mid-year, there’s more to it,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “The constant barrage of negative campaigning and near-complete failure of Washington to govern is having a broad, negative effect on America’s small businesses.”

Six months ago, the number of small-business owners who anticipated a recession was just 14 percent—today that number has jumped to 34 percent, the highest it’s been since December 2009. Correspondingly, the number of small-business owners who anticipate economic expansion in the coming 12 months was cut nearly in half from 20 percent six months ago to 11 percent today.

One bright spot: the long-term economic outlook is slightly improved with 23 percent now saying that today’s economy is better than it was five years ago, the highest it’s been in four years.

Unfortunately the near-term outlook shows that 44 percent of small-business owners think the national economy is worse today than it was six months ago—up from 31 percent in December 2011. Furthermore, the number of small-business owners who are not confident about the future of their business jumped from 25 percent six months ago to 40 percent today, the largest increase in nearly five years.

There was a small decrease in employment over the past six months from 22 percent who increased their employee size six months ago to just 19 percent today—although a decrease, it wasn’t on-par with drops in other indicators.

“Given that economic uncertainty is the most significant challenge small-business owners face today, it should come as no surprise that addressing the deficit is the number one thing we want policymakers to address,” said Chris Holman, CEO of Michigan Business Network.com and President of The Greater Lansing Business Monthly.

Click here to download the report.

Celebrating its 75th anniversary, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit www.nsba.biz.

SOURCE National Small Business Association

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