Business owners constantly experience failure, unexpected situations and changing trends. So the ability to adapt is paramount in running a small business.
Members of the online small business community have experienced those situations first-hand. And they have some thoughts to share about things like failure, changing work models, and new business tools. Read on for the full list in this week’s Small Business Trends community news and information roundup.
Perfect the Art of Failing
Failure is an inevitable part of running a business. So it’s important that you are able to recognize failure and know how to deal with it so that you can effectively move past it. This post by Andy Bailey includes some tips for dealing with failure in business.
Lead with New Work Models
(Startup Professionals Musings)
As technology evolves, the way businesses communicate both internally and with customers changes as well. Martin Zwilling thinks it’s good for businesses to explore these new work models. And BizSugar members also shared their thoughts as well.
Prepare for Snapchat Video Ads
Snapchat is reportedly adding native video ads to its mobile platform. If your business is one that targets groups that are likely to use Snapchat, like teens and mobile users, it might be an option worth considering. Here, Josh Lauritsen shares some information about the new Snapchat ads.
Read These Books About Entrepreneurship
(Addicted 2 Success)
There’s no way to be fully prepared for all that entrepreneurship can throw at you. But there are some steps you can take to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be. Reading business books is one way to prepare for that journey. Julie Ellis shares some books you can use to prepare for the entrepreneurship journey. Then check out this discussion about the post in the BizSugar community.
Use These Tools to Quit Your Job and Freelance Full Time
(The Write Life)
If your dream is to quit your nine to five job and work from home doing what you love, you’ll likely need some help along the way. In this post, Rebekah Olsen shares some important tools you should have at your side before taking that leap into freelancing full time.
Learn More About Cleaning Franchises
(The Franchise King)
Owning a cleaning business probably doesn’t appeal to everyone. But if it sounds like an industry that you might mesh well with, you’re in luck. There’s a new report, which Joel Libava shares here, that shares some useful information about cleaning franchises.
Choose Quality Over Quantity with Your Social Media Efforts
With so many different social sites and channels, it can be easy to spread yourself and your business a little too thin. But having a presence on every social media site is not as important as actually connecting with customers on just a few of those sites, as Shannon Huppin discusses. You can see more discussion about the post over on BizSugar.
Use Google to Give Your Local Business a Boost
You likely already know how essential Google is for online businesses. But local businesses can also gain a lot of traffic from utilizing Google’s various online tools. Cherae Mabry shares a bit about Google’s offerings for local businesses.
Make Your Epic Content Your Cornerstone Content
(The Content Direction Agency)
It’s always important to put your best face forward when it comes to your business. It’s also important to do that with your content. That means you should use your most epic content as the cornerstones for your blog or other online platforms. Lacy Boggs discusses cornerstone content in this post. And the BizSugar community discussed the post further.
Tame Your Inbox with These Gmail Hacks
(The Marketing Eggspert Blog)
Email is absolutely necessary for running a business. But it can also take up a lot of time and energy. However, there are some tools and tips that you can use within Gmail to simplify the process of checking and responding to emails, which April Lisonbee shares.
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