The new year is a time for new beginnings, both in life and in business. If you haven’t already, it may be time to consider making a new year’s resolution for your business. Members of our small business community have some suggestions for things you should consider in the new year, whether it be new tech trends or simple tips for a better workplace.
Read on for a full list of tips in our weekly Small Business Trends community and information roundup.
Prepare for the End of Credit Cards
Technology is opening new doors for payment options. And with those new options, the old ones could be on their way out. That’s why some experts believe that we could see the end of credit cards shortly. Here, Jeffrey Walker explains a little about what businesses might expect from this potential payment shift.
Count on Instagram Over Twitter for Brand Engagement
Twitter has been around for longer than Instagram. But it seems that Instagram now has more active users along with more brand engagement. This post by Martin Beck talks about Instagram surpassing Twitter  in these areas and what that could mean for brands.
Re-define Your Free Time
Business owners don’t often have a lot of free time. So that little bit of free time  is often just spent recovering from a long day’s work. But that practice can have some adverse effects for your brand, according to this post by Jeremy Miller.
Be Nicer to Yourself
As a small business owner, you probably spend a lot of time putting other things before yourself — your employees, your profits, and more. That’s why this post by Kate Wilson suggests that you be nicer  to yourself in the coming year. And she even offers some strategies for doing so.
Don’t Talk Smack Online
Blogging and social media have opened new possibilities for business owners to really show their personalities to their customers. But there is a line between being friendly and being unprofessional, according to this post by Carol Amato. BizSugar members discuss the post further here .
Utilize Drip Campaigns
Have you heard of drip campaigns for email marketing? If not, it might be time for you to really start focusing on them. This post by Nicole Krug explains drip campaigns  and how they might be able to benefit your business.
Stop Being Bossy at Work
At work, you are the boss. But that doesn’t mean you always have to be bossy. There are certain situations where you might benefit more from simply sitting back and being part of the team. Here, Alice O’Leary shares some strategies for improving your workplace culture.
Avoid These Pitfalls When Purchasing Software
Buying business software isn’t the most exciting task, but it is important. And there are a lot of mistakes you can make when purchasing software for your business. So Kathleen Goolsby compiled this list of pitfalls to avoid when purchasing business software .
Make a Serious Commitment to Video
(Basic Blog Tips)
YouTube is a great tool for businesses. So why not learn as much about it as possible and use it to your advantage? If you haven’t already, now could be the perfect time to make the most of YouTube, with these tips  compiled by Ileane Smith. BizSugar members also talk about the post here .
Adopt a Data Driven Approach to Marketing
As your business prepares for a new year, it’s important that you understand exactly what has worked and what hasn’t thus far . In this post, Tamas Torok shares a few infographics about word of mouth marketing and other data helpful for planning your future strategy.
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