Yes, there are challenges in being a small business owner, and especially when your business is online. Take the online hater, for example. But don’t worry! We’ve got some tips for you and some ideas on handling other small business challenges online and off up ahead in our Small Business Trends roundup.
Dealing with Cyber Bullies
Nine ways to deal with online haters. Anonymous cyber bullies are no fun to deal with. That’s for sure. But consider these simple solutions to get your favorite online hater off your back for good. Business On Main
Join our tips for dealing with online haters #Contest. Here’s your turn to get involved. If you have some suggestions, either ones you’ve used in the past (or ones you’ve wanted to!) now’s the time to share. The best suggestion wins a $100 gift card from Amazon. BizSugar Blog
Reaching Your Customers
Tips for getting your product out there. It doesn’t matter what your business sells, getting your product into the hands of customers is job one. And sometimes, as author Scott Sigler knows, that’s even if you need to give it away for free. Yahoo! News
Breaking down a big dream. Entrepreneurs are renowned for having really big dreams. But execution is another matter all together. How can you break down your big idea into little ideas that can be accomplished easily before moving on to the next? Create Hype
Social Media & VAs
How to master social media. Social media is much more than simply a tool. It’s a skill set that small business owners today, particularly those running online businesses, must master if they intend to take their businesses to the next level. Site Prebuilder
The right virtual assistance for 2012. Whether you will need virtual assistance or would like to find a way to offer it, here are some skill sets that rank highly in the field to date. They are either skills you might seek to procure or provide depending upon your business. The Work At Home Woman
Business Model & Culture
In search of a business model? Some businesses are missing that all important point. They have a great product or service, but can’t figure out how to make a profit from it. This is a business model problem. Startup Professionals Musings
Creating the right business culture. It’s not as easy as you might think to create the kind of company people will actually want to work for. A couple of lunch sessions like the one suggested here may get you on your way though. Get Busy Media
More Business Tips
Customer service is key. Customer service is hugely important for your small business, both starting out and in the long run. Realize that customer service will create the impression others have of your business over time, and tend to it accordingly. Small Business Bonfire
Promoting that seasonal business. There are businesses that are only open for part of the year or have certain times of the year where they are busiest. So, what about your seasonal business? Do you remember to let customers know it’s that time again. Bloomberg Businessweek
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A great list of blogs to help small businesses online – especially dealing with Cyber Bullies which I see more and more of lately
I loved the VA article from the work at home woman. Knowing that there are people out there that I can pay to do social media and book marketing is fantastic. Thanks for the post.