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How to Make Your Side Hustle Real

Do you dream of quitting your job and becoming your own boss? By Rieva Lesonsky You’re not alone. According to a survey by YouGov and Volusion, more than half (52%) of Americans have spent time at work thinking or daydreaming about a job or career they would rather pursue; 84% of full-time workers would rather pursue a career tied to one of their passions than their current job. (In fact, 67% of Americans overall and 79% of millennials say that even after winning the lottery, they would still ...
Tags: Business, Startup, Yougov, Right Now, Rieva Lesonsky, Volusion, Small Business Development Center SBDC, Tom Wang Shutterstock


5 Ways to Build Your Business’s Brand

By Helen Cartright Many, many years ago a brand was defined by a logo, name, slogan or design that distinguished itself from other brands. Today, branding is a lot more complex and more important than ever. Why? Well, with Australia’s boom in small businesses (an increase of 3.1 per cent in 2017) you want your business to stand out among competitors. You can’t do this by simply driving leads. Potential customers are not going to know who you are so how can they trust you? Today, people are doing...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Business, Australia, Steve Jobs, Sales & Marketing, Sydney, Huffington Post, Right Now, Steve Wozniak, Helen Cartwright, Digital Marketing and Technology, Helen Cartright, Entrepreneur com Brand


Wellness Businesses Enjoy Healthy Profits

From “smart mattresses” to MCT oil, the latest health trends pay off for entrepreneurs. By Rieva Lesonsky As baby boomers continue to age—many reluctantly—and millennials stay concerned about being fit, the health and wellness fields are filled with opportunities. Well + Good (W+G) features 14 top wellness trends in their annual report. Here are some highlights: Home tech: Smart speakers (used by 20% of American adults) are the “gateway to outfitting entire homes with smart products.” Home tech ...
Tags: Business, Rihanna, Right Now, MCT, Fenty, Hot Topics, Rieva Lesonsky, Deborah Weinswig, Coresight Research, Weinswig, Chris Chan Google Home, W G, Debby Wong Shutterstock


Wix Launches New Web Tools and Products to Help Small Businesses Grow

Ready to start or grow your business? Wix can help. By Rieva Lesonsky In the first few months of a new year, many aspiring entrepreneurs resolve that this is the year they’re actually going to start their own small business. If you’re one of these people—or if you made this vow last year (or the year before)—and didn’t quite get started, then let’s make 2019 the year you get serious about business ownership. “Getting serious” also applies to those of you who have started a business but haven’t ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Technology, Wix, Right Now, ASCEND, Rieva Lesonsky, Rawpixel, Nitzan Achsaf, Avishai Abrahami, Wix Ascend, Launching Ascend, Wix Company


Why You Should Take More Work Breaks, How to Market Your Videos, The State of Global Entrepreneurship and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

12 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—Help Your Employees Become Top Performers For many small business owners these days finding and keeping qualified employees can be a struggle. Once you hire high-potential employees, you have to continually invest in their success. Check out the infographic below from Manila Recruitment to learn how to groom top-performing employees.   2—Want to Take More Breaks at Work? Science is on Your Side. Guest post by Dr. Joseph Cilo...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Sweden, Indonesia, Youtube, Saudi Arabia, India, Africa, San Francisco, Cyprus, Indianapolis, Taiwan, Colombia, Thailand, Canada


What 80s Films Can Teach Us About Modern Success

By Chris Clews Ah the 1980s. A magical time for creativity, invention, individuality and timeless movies that taught us valuable business lessons. Wait? What was that last one? When we think 80s movies, most of us visualize Clark Griswold and his family truckster or the teen angst of a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal.  Others may think of a gentle alien or a “banana in a tailpipe”. If you asked my Mom, she would just smile and simply say, “Patrick Swayze.” But just li...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Management, DHL, Ferris Bueller, Indiana Jones, Gordon Gecko, Steven Spielberg, Chris, Patrick Swayze, Moma, Right Now, Breakfast Club, Elon University, Fast Times, Clark Griswold


8 Steps to Stop Worrying About Uncertainty

Preparing for Uncertainty Part 6   By Rieva Lesonsky If there’s one thing you can predict about entrepreneurship, it’s that it’s unpredictable. In this special series sponsored by The Hartford, we’ll help you prepare for uncertainty, minimize risks and protect your business. The U.S. unemployment rate may be low—today. But it’s not all roses and sunshine. In 2018, companies from Sears to Ford to Amazon laid off workers, while the stock market seesawed wildly. Going into 2019, the forecast is mo...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Management, Ford, Sears, Right Now, Hartford, Rieva Lesonsky, Small Business Development Center, Peshkova Shutterstock, Hartford Uncertainty


Is Your Small Business Ready for Digital Transformation 2.0?

By Jeff Lewis Today’s customers expect rapid responses and personalized services no matter how they interact with your business, either by phone, email, website or mobile app. A fast and reliable small business network is an absolute necessity to meet customer expectations and power the next phase of digital transformation. In this ever-changing world, speed is currency. To survive and thrive, SMBs need to “act fast.” Those that don’t—or can’t—will quickly become extinct. That’s why a growing nu...
Tags: Business, Technology, Digital Transformation, Comcast, Idc, Right Now, SMB, Comcast Business, Jeff Lewis, Olivier Le Moal Shutterstock, Small Business Ready for Digital Transformation, Jeff Lewis Today, Comcast Business Digital


Renewable Energy Trends Across the States

By Dennis Hung This new year is already proving to be an exciting one for the clean-tech industry. There is an increasing number of companies who are looking to embrace this new generation that is consumed with sustainable energy options. Because of these trends, many states are becoming solar states and enjoying the benefits that come with it. Below are some of the top renewable energy trends to look for in the coming years. Energy Storage The ability to efficiently and safely store energy ...
Tags: Energy, Business, States, Blockchain, Right Now, Hot Topics, Dennis Hung, Renewable Energy Trends Across the States, Gary Whitton Shutterstock


5 Keys to Working with Remote Team Members Effectively

By Roy Rasmussen Talent shortage is a major problem for companies today. With qualified workers in short supply and more positions than workers available, many businesses are struggling to fill key positions. Improvements in the economy have actually aggravated the issue by reducing unemployment and intensifying competition for available workers. The number of employers struggling to fill open positions rose from 40 percent to 45 percent globally between 2017 and 2018, rising to the highest leve...
Tags: Google, Business, Microsoft, Management, Paypal, Upwork, Gallup, Right Now, ManpowerGroup, EVP, QuickBooks Online, Society for Human Resource Management, Roy Rasmussen, Edward Daciuk, Gráinne Forde


4 Smart Ways to Grow Your Business in 2019, 7 Marketing Resolutions to Make Now & Other Articles You May Have Missed This Week

Small Business Reading List By Rieva Lesonsky   Best Practices 4 smart ways to grow your business in 2019 What do successful entrepreneurs have in common? 6 trends to propel your growth   HR 27 ideas to celebrate your employees—all year long   Marketing 7 marketing resolutions to make now 8 marketing trends you need to know   Retail 5 retail lessons from the holiday season 6 top retail trends for 2019   Trends Bathroom remodeling is top consumer demand Business stock photo b...
Tags: Business, Right Now, Hot Topics, Rieva Lesonsky, WAYHOME


Email Marketing Metrics You Should Measure

By Chris Donald Email marketing is the best way to engage your customers and build strong relations with them. All you need is the address of your customers and you can send them tailored email content based on their customer journey and demographics without being bound by time or location. Email marketing is a constant learning experience; if you don’t pause to learn and improve from your previous email campaign, you will not be utilizing email marketing to its full potential. Knowing the diffe...
Tags: Business, Sales & Marketing, Right Now, Chris Donald, Chris Donald Email, InboxGroup


Tips for Smooth Office Business Relocation

By Lucas Bergman Whether you need a larger office for your growing business or you’ve found a stunning workspace at a better location, it’s essential that you properly plan your business relocation. An efficient approach will help you overcome some unexpected challenges, make the relocation easier for your employees, clients and yourself and get everything running smoothly again as soon as possible. Here are several essential tips that will help you relocate your business easily and successfully...
Tags: Business, Africa, Management, Sydney, Right Now, Lucas Bergman, Smooth Office Business Relocation, Mara He


How Amazon Is Altering the Grocery Industry Across the Country

By Ronald Dod Amazon’s U.S. marketplace features over 564 million products for consumers to browse and buy. As a result, the company’s ever-growing catalog and presence has forever changed how consumers shop. By shipping products directly to buyers’ doorsteps, its often rock-bottom prices and extreme levels of convenience and ease, Amazon has become one of the most dominant forces in retail today. Now Amazon seeks to change the way consumers purchase groceries, too. It’s been a little over a y...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Whole Foods, Sales & Marketing, Walmart, Amazon Prime, Chicago, Seattle, Right Now, VDB, San Francisco However, Amazon Go, Ronald Dod, Grocery Industry Across the Country, Ronald Dod Amazon


Personal Loans Without Guarantors

Sponsored Tough times call for tough measures and in the highly economic environment that we live in money is a primary element for the handling virtually all situations. Therefore whenever there is the need to take care of emergencies or personal issues which cannot wait and funds are limited, the most viable alternative is taking a loan.  As a borrower that relies on banks and other financial institutions it is never an easy process to get an instant loan given the formal procedures that must ...
Tags: Business, Money, United Kingdom, Right Now, Loanski


How Small Businesses Can Mitigate Increasing Rent Rates

Sponsored With the high demand for commercial properties expected to continue and even increase in 2019, expect changes in your contract with your landlord if you’re renewing your lease this year – especially in terms of rental rates. If your business is located in a prime location booming with opportunities, more landlords in your area are bound to charge higher rates, which could negatively affect your business’ budget and operations. Mitigating the effects of rent increases means thinking sma...
Tags: Business, Money, Digital, Right Now, Disableads


Four Smart Strategies to Hire Right

By Alex Miles Recruiters are always on the lookout of different tactics by which they can reduce the time required to hire candidates. Research has found that only 30% of companies are able to fill their vacant jobs within 30 days and the rest take one to four months to hire. If the hiring process is lengthy, then around 57% of job seekers are likely to lose interest in that company. Other research found that high-quality candidates are off the market within 10 days . To hire qualifi...
Tags: Business, Management, Right Now, Facebook LinkedIn Twitter, Alex Miles Recruiters, CandidateRewards Alex Miles


How Local SEO Levels the Online Playing Field for SMEs and Corporations

Sponsored There’s no doubt that when it comes to business, corporations and large businesses can run circles around small and medium-sized businesses. A corporation has teams of marketers, designers, researchers, and business experts focused on creating the most profit for the least amount of expenses. A small business, on the other hand, is your local mom-and-pop store with one or two part-time employees not very knowledgeable on the products the store features. Larger companies generally have ...
Tags: Google, Business, California, Los Angeles, Sales & Marketing, United States, West Coast, East Coast, Kfc, Digital Marketing, Local Seo, Right Now, Tashatuvango Shutterstock, Baby Boomer Generations


8 Reasons to Outsource Facility Management

By David Tan Over the years, facilities management has evolved from being considered a little more than “janitorial services” to a fully-functioning, independent discipline covering a myriad of services such as pest control, plumbing, fire safety, lighting, heating, security–you name it. It is still evolving and becoming increasingly complex as organizations seek to further add more diverse services to their contracts, all considered under the umbrella term “facilities management”. This inevitab...
Tags: Business, Management, Right Now, Artur Szczybylo Shutterstock, David Tan


7 Technological Innovations That Will Shape the Future of E-commerce

By Smith Willas A new wave of innovation is poised to disrupt the business yet again, especially the e-commerce sector. It’s opening up new channels and giving online businesses better ways to interact with customers. They are creating opportunities for new products, new markets, and new business dimensions. The rapid advancements in gadgets, internet access, bid data, and cutting-edge research are paving a way for a more interactive relationship between businesses and consumers. Thus the upcomi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Business, Sales & Marketing, Alibaba, Voice, HubSpot, Alexa, Right Now, AR VR, Smith Willas, Apple Siri Amazon Alexa


Business Startup Costs: How Much Will I Need?

By Ella Mason One of the key considerations when starting up a business is determining how much money will be required to set it up. It’s not an easy calculation to make – and will differ from one business to the next – but get it wrong and an otherwise promising business can founder. Your financial forecast should be the basis for determining how much money will be needed to set up as part of a written business plan. While certain items of expenditure could be scaled back, others that will save...
Tags: Business, Money, Right Now, Small Business Administration, Ella, Ella Mason, Twitter @ellatmason Startup


7 Features Your Ecommerce Website Must Have to Make It a Success

By Ashley Rosa Every website is unique in its own way. Ecommerce websites are more diverse and offer a range of features to their clients. With businesses booming in the industry, we have noticed major trends that come and go to an online store. Features like animation, 360-degree photos and videos make an ecommerce store owner feel like a kid in a candy shop. There is so much you can do! However, sometimes these features don’t get you the mileage you hoped for. Turns out, trends don’t guarantee...
Tags: Business, Sales & Marketing, Fintech, Right Now, Ashley Rosa, Product Reviews Customers


Benefits of Building a Team That Has Your Back

By Keren Lerner I am a carrot rather than a stick leader. Often classified by friends as “too nice” to my team - compared to other business owners, I really am pretty easy going. Everyone knows I want to keep a good balance between happy clients and a happy team. This can on occasion cause issues, and I’ve been told I generally let people get away with too much. But I don’t feel like I am a total doormat, and I truly believe there’s a nice way to deal with almost every situation. To put it blunt...
Tags: Business, London, Management, Right Now, Zig Ziglar, Rawpixel, Keren Lerner, Top Left Design


How to Be Sure You’re Classifying Workers Correctly Under IRS Regulations

Employee or Contractor? By Rick Roddis Seems like a simple enough question. But the rules surrounding whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor are complex. And misclassification can lead to significant legal and financial troubles. Take the IRS, for example. It has a vested interest in how you classify. One of the goals of the agency is to maximize tax revenue. So the IRS wants to ensure you’re properly withholding and submitting employee taxes. If you’re not, you could owe back...
Tags: Business, Management, Irs, Right Now, Rick Roddis, ComplyRight Inc, ComplyRight Tax Services


How to Find Hidden Keywords to Double Your Organic Traffic

By Kedy Semark SEO is all about getting your website up in search engines. Tracking keyword ranking is as old as SEO industry itself, you have various options to track ranking as of now. But do you have any idea you have so many hidden keywords which are getting traffic to your website and you are not even aware of it? For all that you do in SEO like keyword research, Content creation, link building and much more you need software to track, maintain and streamline your work. You can get many sof...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Sales & Marketing, Alexa, Google Search Console, Right Now, CSV, Kedy Semark SEO, Alexa Tool Alexa, RankWatch, Kedy, Twitter Keywords, WindNight Shutterstock


How Chatbots Are Changing the Ways E-commerce Businesses Operate?

By Sohaib Khalid What comes in your mind when you anthropomorphize Siri? I imagine it be somewhat like a typical girlfriend: cute, innocent, an omnipresent teacher who is occasionally demanding sometimes annoying but loves his man and is proud when he does good. (jeez, am I sounding like a stalker?) There is no debate in saying that Siri is one of the marvels of Artificial Intelligence. The main reason of Siri’s popularity is its ability to provide support and assistance by establishing a person...
Tags: Business, Technology, Ebay, Siri, Commerce, Dubai, Uae, Right Now, Custom, Chabot, Sohaib Khalid, Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence


Why Workforce Diversity Matters for Your Business

Have you ever thought of yourself as a role model? Well, you are. When you own one of  country’s 30 million small businesses (a group that accounts for 99.9% of all U.S. businesses and employs 59 million people, according to the SBA, the world is watching you. That’s why it’s so important for entrepreneurs to commit to creating workforce diversity. Like it or not, our businesses tend to reflect us. So even if you think you’re doing a great job of diversifying your workforce, you may not be doing...
Tags: Business, America, Management, Mckinsey, Right Now, SBA, Rawpixel


5 Tips for Building a Website, Best Marketing Practices, Are You Living the American Dream?, The Small Business Retirement Crisis and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

18 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—The State of U.S. Small Businesses Overall, American small business owners are approaching 2019 with economic optimism and increased confidence in this lucrative environment, according to a survey from small business financing company  Guidant Financial  and online credit marketplace LendingClub  Corporation. The companies surveyed current and aspiring small business owners about their views on the current state of small busin...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Ge, Time, Toronto, America, Canada, Bank, Montreal, Chamber of Commerce, Samantha, Jake Wood, TOMS, Ottawa, Alignable


What to Expect in 2019: Lending & Funding

By Rieva Lesonsky Most of us small business owners start the new year with mixed emotions. We’re hopeful and optimistic about growing our businesses, yet with anxious about all the challenges we know we’ll face. To find out what lies ahead, I’ve collected a number of tips, predictions and advice from people in the know. Last week we explored general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, and HR.   From Sharon Miller, Ma...
Tags: Business, Money, Bank Of America, Fintech, Blockchain, Fundera, Jared Hecht, Kabbage, Digital Banking, Right Now, Bluevine, Fundbox, Digital Banking Report, Rieva Lesonsky, Rohit Arora, Eyal Lifshitz


Want to Grow Your Business in 2019? Read This

In partnership with Zoho By Rieva Lesonsky Are you ready to grow your business in 2019? Here are four steps to make it happen. Step 1: Plan for the future. What is the forecast for your industry, your customers and your competitors? Do some market research and tap into your customer data to create predictions for the next five or 10 years. Conduct a SWOT analysis to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing your business. Then create business goals for the next 12 months, ...
Tags: Business, Technology, Mckinsey, Right Now, Zoho, Rieva Lesonsky