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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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What to Expect in 2019: HR Trends

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. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribut...
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Should You Buy a Business? Retail Trends and Other Articles You May Have Missed This Week

Small Business Reading List by Rieva Lesonsky   Best Practices Is this the year to buy a business? Manage your fleet, boost your profits 12 easy things to do to get a great start to your new year Consumer trends Web design trends Accountants The S Corp deadline is looming Growing your CPA practice Marketing 8 marketing trends to know in 2019 More marketing trends Money Take control of your business finances Retail 6 top retail trends to attract customers More trends for reta...
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What to Expect in 2019: Retail Trends

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. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribu...
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What to Expect in 2019: Technology Trends

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. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribut...
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What to Expect in 2019: Marketing Trends

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. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribu...
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What to Expect in 2019: Consumer, Economic and Financial Trends

  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. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contri...
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6 Ways to Fuel Growth, Market Your Small Business Locally and Other Articles You May Have Missed This Week

Small Business Reading List by Rieva Lesonsky   Best Practices Principles vs. Profits: Can your small business have both? 4 steps to brainstorming a great idea 6 ways to fuel growth Do you have a strategic plan? Marketing How to market your small business locally Money How to handle late-paying clients Retail Customer experience lessons from the world’s best companies Tech Boost profits & efficiency 5 tech trends every entrepreneur should know   Small business owner stock ph...
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Business Tips From Santa, Marketing Trends & Other Articles You May Have Missed This Week

Small Business Reading List by Rieva Lesonsky   Best Practices Hot trends and businesses for 2019 Buy the ebook Is your business prepared for a cyberattack? How to keep your workplace safe Great business books to read now Tips from Santa   HR How to keep your employees from job hopping   Marketing Marketing trends for small businesses   Money Preparing for an economic downturn   Productivity 3 ways to give the gift of time Retail Guide to selling on Amazon   Tech 5 t...
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Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday Dominated Facebook IQ’s Hot Topics for November

Conversation about Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas thoroughly dominated Facebook and Instagram in November, according to the latest Hot Topics report from research arm Facebook IQ. Michelle Obama and the late Stan Lee topped the people category on both social networks. On the entertainment side, Ariana Grande, Sean Combs (Diddy) and Kendall Jenner...
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An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Patents, Keeping Your WordPress Site Safe, Small Businesses Embrace Crowdfunding and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

19 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—Online Holiday Retail Sales are Strong According to the results of Internet Retailer’s analysis of the holiday season  thus far, including Thanksgiving weekend sales, it looks like it’s going to be a strong online holiday season, thanks to strong e-commerce growth, national consumer confidence and consumers’ willingness to buy online.  Click here  for full charts and analysis. Key highlights: E-commerce sales grew 19.2% to $2...
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Countdown to 2019: Hot Trends and Businesses for 2019

In Partnership with Simply Business By Rieva Lesonsky Whether you’re a startup entrepreneur looking for the newest ideas to start a business or an existing small business owner trying to grow, you need to know about 2019’s hottest industries, ideas, and markets. Targeting your market A lot of the trends driving today’s markets are specific to demographics. If you own a business, or plan to start one, with a physical location, first make sure your targeted demo lives in the area. You can get t...
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Your 5-year Business Plan, Local Marketing Tips and How to Manage Your Cash Flow

Small Business Reading List Articles You May Have Missed this Week By Rieva Lesonsky Best Practices 3 ways to give the gift of time—to your team & yourself Do you have a 5-year plan for your small business? Yes, you really do need one. 4 work-from-home secrets no one tells you about 5 steps to start franchising your business   Accountants Convincing your clients to close inactive businesses before year-end   HR 32% of your millennial employees work in the bathroom–& that’s not a good...
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Americans are Shopping with a Conscience, Guide to Holiday Tipping, Small Businesses are Feeling Confident and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

14 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—Holidays are a Crucial Time for Business-Owning Moms  Vistaprint surveyed entrepreneurial moms to find out how the holidays impact their businesses, their stress levels, and their work/life balance. The answers are in the infographic below.   2—The Plight of Independent E-Tailers  While last year’s holiday season was a profitable one for online retailers, even more records are likely to be broken this year as online sh...
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Your Ultimate Marketing Tool, Prepare Your Business for Disaster and Other Articles You May Have Missed This Week

Small Business Reading List By Rieva Lesonsky Special Series: Countdown to 2019 How to manage your cash flow How to manage your employees’ time & schedules How local marketing can transform your small business Special Series: Preparing for Uncertainty Is your small business prepared for disaster? Are you ready for an economic downturn? Protecting your business from legal challenges What’s Hot in 2019 Join my webinar (it’s free) Buy my book (it’s only $4.99) Best Practices 5 steps...
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Holiday Sales are Soaring, How to Leverage Your Personal Brand, How to Fight Your Competition and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

20 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—Marketing Musts for 2019 Join me (@Rieva) for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, December 5 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT. The chat is hosted by Simply Business and there’ll be a lot of small business experts there to discuss the best ways to market your business in 2019. Follow the chat on Twitter using the hashtag #SBTips. 2—Women, the Economy & Holiday Shopping How do women feel about the state of the economy? The SheSpeaks/Lippe Taylor W...
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Holiday Beauty Buzz: Here’s What Holiday Beauty Shoppers Are Buying

By Rieva Lesonksy Are you in the beauty business? If you are, you’ll want to know what Larissa Jensen, Executive Director, Industry Analyst, Beauty  for NPD Group is predicting for this holiday season. While holiday sales are already in gear, there are still some things you can do to take advantage of the trends. Jensen expects beauty sales to be strong, continuing the “huge success of the beauty market” during the 2017 holidays and throughout 2018. Skincare, especially skincare sets, should pe...
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How to Handle Business Growth, Team Building for the Holidays and Other Articles You May Have Missed This Week

Small Business Reading List by Rieva Lesonsky   Best Practices Are you prepared for the next disaster? How to go global The truth about self-employment 23 great apps traveling State of Hispanic-owned businesses How to handle business growth Watching TV inspired this entrepreneur to create a successful business HR Keeping track of your employees on multiple job sites Celebrating “fun” holidays by team-building Are you being “ghosted” by job candidates?  Money Managing your cash flow 1...
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40 Holiday Marketing Ideas, How to be Invisible Online, Preventing Cyberfraud and other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

17 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—American Workers are Disengaged RingCentral Glip recently released a workplace study showing one-third of today’s workforce (including C-Suite and management) disengage for at least one hour/day. That’s the equivalent of not starting the work year until Valentine’s Day! Other survey insights: Connection matters: A whopping 88% of workers motivated at work feel personally connected to their co-workers—while just 58% of unmotiva...
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Holiday Shopping: What Small Businesses Need to Know

By Rieva Lesonsky For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, this is a make or break time of year. The good news is the National Retail Federation (NRF) consumers will spend an average of $1,007.24 this holiday season, up 4.1% more than year than they did in 2017. Overall, according to NRF’s annual holiday spending forecast, holiday retail sales in November and December will be up between 4.3% and 4.8% for a total between $717.45 billion and $720.89 billion. Want to know how you can sell ...
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Small Business Saturday is Coming, Best Tech Deals, Update on the New Tax Law and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

17 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—Understanding Shopping Cart Abandonment Want to reclaim the customers who have abandoned their shopping carts? Campaigner explains how to do just that in the infographic below.   2— Shop Small/Small Business Saturday American Express recently revealed its lineup of community programs for the 9th annual Small Business Saturday, which takes place November 24. Small Business Saturday encourages people to shop at independently-o...
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Is Your Small Business at Risk?, How to Get People to Like You, Enter to Win $20,000 and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

22 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—6 Spooktacular Branding Ideas for Halloween Yes, Halloween is only a few days away, so if you’re going to enact some of these ideas, you better act fast. But be sure to keep these tips on hand so next year you can “shake up” your  branding in time for the spooky occasion. As Noah Sigman, Creative Director of Moxē , a Florida-based integrated marketing agency, says, “For businesses big and small, branding can make a memorable im...
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Women Entrepreneurs and Where We Stand Today, 4 Things You Need to Know About Gen Z & More on the Small Business Reading List

Articles for Entrepreneurs You May Have Missed this Week By Rieva Lesonsky   Best Practices 4 things every business should know about Gen Z Thinking about franchising your business?   HR Should you let your employees work from home?   Money The pros and cons of accepting cash at your small business What is a balance sheet and how can it help your small business?   Trends The homebody economy Next gen holiday shopping   Women Women entrepreneurs—Where we stand today 15 great w...
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How to Make Money During the Holidays, Accessing the Dark Web, Understanding SEO and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

17 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know  By Rieva Lesonsky   1—Understanding SEO Every small business owner needs to understand SEO. Taking a look at this infographic from SEO Tribunal is a great place to start.     2—Please Help—Your Feedback is Needed  Our friends at SCORE have designed a new resource to help aspiring entrepreneurs, and they are looking for feedback. Your responses will help in creating a Start-Up Roadmap, which will help aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the country. Please...
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Are Remote Employees More Productive?, Motivating Millennial Employees, Is New Tech Stressing Your Staff? and Other HR Trends You Need to Know

When the nation is at nearly full employment, small businesses often face additional challenges when it comes to dealing with employees. Here are some HR trends and best practices small business owners should know. By Rieva Lesonsky   1—The State of the Digital Workplace Digital transformation is no longer just a buzzword, but an enterprise priority, according to Igloo Software. By the end of 2019, spending on digital transformation is expected to reach $1.7 trillion worldwide, up 42 percent f...
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The Art of Delegation, Protecting and Recovering Your Data, The Power of Napping and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

16 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky   1—How to Identify, Respond to and Monitor Fake Negative Reviews You’ve worked hard to promote your small business. Then a blatantly fake negative review appears on Yelp and Facebook. You’re devastated. Considering 84% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, even one poor review can damage your company’s reputation. Check out the infographic below from Headway Capital to learn how to fight back.   ...
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