Travel Tips and Small Business Suggestions

Small business traveling is just one of the many travails faced by the average small business person or entrepreneur. Here are some ways you can mitigate those difficulties and some other tips and news from around the small business Web.

How To

Travel tips you’ll want to take with you. Here are 41 suggestions you won’t dare leave behind on your next business trip. Traveling constantly can be hard on anyone. Without the right preparation, it can be even worse. Some simple suggestions can help you make the best of your trip without letting it bring out the worst in you. Don’t Do It Yourself

Using online classes and events in your business. Whether marketing them as information products or services or using them as tools to gather prospects and disseminate information about your business, Stephanie Chandler has these suggestions for building classes and events that can transform your business.

Tips & Resources

Tips to transform your business blog. This post not only offers you 10 free ebooks to change the way you blog for your business, but also the beginnings of a whole new blueprint for business blogging that can help regional, brick and mortar or just about any business build a strong following and potential new customers. Ryan Hanley

It’s not about you. You’ve probably heard this before, whether it’s referring to social media marketing or to most of your other dealings with your customers. Here’s the thing. You need to communicate with them about their needs, get focused on solving their problems. The idea is for you to learn more about your customers, not to tell them more about you. Small Biz Survival

News & Contests

Best Buy to provide small business IT service. A report says the retailer will be acquiring Mindshift Technologies Inc., a company providing IT service for small business. The acquisition could mean a major boost in IT service directly aimed at the small business market. WSJ

No-no’s for Holiday gift giving. So, it’s the Holiday season again and one way to nurture the relationships you’ve built over the year is with Holiday gifts for clients, service providers and employees. But avoiding the wrong gift is important too. Share your tip on small business Holiday gift giving no-no’s and win $100 toward Holiday gifts in this contest from our sister site. Bizsugar Blog

Professional Development

Things to ignore in 2012. It may be what you don’t do that makes you a success. Or rather, it could be that much of what you do is just busy work, taking up your valuable time without improving your productivity. For small business owners, who wear many hats, the temptation can be even greater to overdo. Here’s a quick list of things you may want to forget about instead. Harvard Business Review

Tech Basics

YouTube Analytics transform video marketing. If you’re one of the many small business owners who use YouTube as a part of your marketing campaign, you won’t want to miss this. A new upgrade by the online video site makes tracking your video’s impact much simpler and lets you measure results. Basic Blog Tips

Hiring a cloud consultant. We’ve all heard, of course, about the importance of migrating your small business to the cloud and about the many benefits that cloud computing has to offer. But is there a benefit in gaining added advice when looking for the best cloud services and the best ways your business can make use of them?


Containing rising healthcare costs. It’s a problem all small business owners are aware of, but, let’s face it, healthcare costs aren’t going away anytime soon. So what can you do to control the healthcare costs in your business before they control you? Open Forum

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  1. Great tips here, I should have looked into this sort of thing months ago. I’ve just been kind of ‘winging it’ and learning along the way. Time management is my biggest difficulty though. Running one-half of a small business and having a full time job in a completely separate industry keeps me pretty busy. Although were I not employed by DISH, I may not have ever heard about the TV Everywhere technology where I can stream my programming (all of it, both live and anything on my DVR) anywhere I can get a decent 3G or WiFi signal. Not having to rely on whatever TV may be playing in the hotel room is really convenient, and I can even program my DVR from it so I can make sure to record movies or shoes that may be airing while I’m in the air. Now if more airlines had in-flight WiFi…