Small Business Continues to Push New Boundaries

Is your small business pushing boundaries? In the world in which we live, we’re often faced with the choice of either forging ahead or falling behind. Small businesses are no different. Here’s a look at how things are changing out there.

Trends & Tips

Examining the world of online publishing. Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends, and Tweak Your Biz, gives the inside scoop on what remains arguably one of the hottest small businesses around, online publishing. Here’s an inside look at what it takes to be a success in this rapidly expanding field. GrowMap

What your company vision says about you. Successful businesses are built not just on products, services and profits but on the vision to which they aspire. What is it that makes your company special? Do you have a vision for what you want your business to be? Fast Company

Startup & Self-development

An army of fans can launch your startup. Crowdsourcing is on the rise as a method of business startup, and this article suggests it is small businesses who are leading the trend. Do you have a crowd of friends and supporters willing to help you build your business from the ground up? A whole new style of investment has arrived. The Wall Street Journal

Building yourself as you build your business. Success as an entrepreneur is about much more than just hard work. It’s about your health in body and mind as well. Here are some steps for strengthening yourself while you strengthen your business. If you want success, realize that it begins with taking care of you. Get Busy Media

Management Basics

A new management look at the problem employee. Though many new frontiers are being crossed, old problems still remain when it comes to management, and no management challenge can seem so insurmountable as the handling of the problem employee. But looking at this individual with a fresh perspective may help you see the path to reclaiming your company’s work environment. Buzz Small Business Magazine

How management style affects customer experience. One of the things business owners must begin to realize is that company management affects much more than just the employees being managed. It can affect how your company is perceived in the marketplace. It can affect your brand. Don’t make the mistake of believing that how you manage your company is purely an internal issue. Realize it affects your business on every level. Ability Success Growth

Entrepreneurship Frontiers

Why creativity continues to be critical. You’ve got a great idea and with it have launched a great product or great service. But don’t stop there! The need for creativity and innovation from the entrepreneur of today is unending. How will you continue moving your small business forward after the initial start. Startup Professionals Musings

Creating a social persona for business. One idea that might never have been discussed a few years ago is the question of how to create a social persona for your business. Whether you realize it or not, this question has now become a major consideration. The identity of your company’s social persona makes all the difference when marketing your brand. Search Engine Optimization Journal

New Directions in Business

Letting your community create your product. The great idea doesn’t even need to come from you. Many entrepreneurs have become successful by anticipating the needs of their customers. It’s only logical now that we would bring the customers themselves into the act. These days the crowd can not only fund your startup, it can become a creative partner. What are your customers creating for you? The Rise to the Top

Taking your blog to a whole new level. Niall Devitt tells us why our blogs no longer need to be ordinary. If you want to create an online presence to outdistance your competitors, start with the simplest of improvements. Add quality to your content and see your blog transformed with some simple suggestions that you can implement today! Tweak Your Biz


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor at Small Business Trends. A professional journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional media and online media, he attended Waynesburg University and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has held roles of reporter, editor and publisher, having founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press.

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  1. Great compilation of articles. Really exciting stuff to read and super encouraging!!

  2. Great list, I always enjoy these lists. Thanks for compiling it.

  3. Great post, a very useful compilation of resources. I spend a good chunk of the afternoon going through this – thanks for putting them up!