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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: 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


Bathing in Luxury

Bathroom remodeling goes gray in more ways than one. By Rieva Lesonsky Happy New Year, everyone! There’s always a lot of talk at the beginning of a year about what to watch for in the upcoming months. So, all month we’ll be looking at some 2019 predictions and insights. According to the National Association of Home Builders, bathrooms are the most popular remodeling project. If you’re in the construction, décor or decorating industries, here’s what you need to know, courtesy of the Houzz Bathroo...
Tags: Business, Trends, Houzz, Right Now, National Association of Home Builders, Rieva Lesonsky, Trendcast/Newsletter, Houzz Bathroom Trends


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...
Tags: Business, Right Now, S Corp, Hot Topics, Rieva Lesonsky


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...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Business, Instagram, Youtube, Disney, US, Billie, Sales & Marketing, Walmart, Customers, United States, Victoria, Ibotta, Right Now, Justine


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...
Tags: Business, Technology, Gartner, Bill, Blockchain, Manta, Right Now, NTT, Centurylink, NTT Group, Global Marketing, Hot Topics, Rieva Lesonsky, Mimecast, Insureon, Capterra


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...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Florida, UK, Youtube, India, Sales & Marketing, Tcs, Manta, Right Now, Infusionsoft, Etzioni, Hot Topics, Rieva Lesonsky, Insureon, Instagram Stories


Are You Ready to Start a Business in 2019?

Check out some of the hottest industries to start a business this year. By Rieva Lesonsky If you want to start a business this year, but aren’t sure what type of business to start, a new survey from Guidant Financial and LendingClub has some ideas—as well as reassurance that you’re not alone. According to The State of U.S. Small Business In 2018, the number-one reason people start their own businesses is because they’re “ready to be my own boss”—not necessarily because they have a specific bus...
Tags: Business, Mintel, National Restaurant Association, SBA, LendingClub, Technomic, Rieva Lesonsky, IHRSA, Guidant Financial, Food Restaurant, Food Restaurants Restaurants, Guidant LendingClub, Rollovers for Business Start


Turn Leads Into Sales With This Free CRM Solution

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SharpSpring CRM for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine. By Rieva Lesonsky You work hard to generate leads for your small business—but it doesn’t matter how many leads you get if you don’t follow up on them. For busy small business owners with small budgets and smaller sales teams, precious leads can easily fall through the cracks. Customer relationship management (CRM) software can help you manage leads, engage with them and turn the...
Tags: Business, Sales & Marketing, Right Now, Rieva Lesonsky, HubSpot Marketo, Sharpspring, Pardot SharpSpring


Take Control of Your Business Finances with Sage Business Cloud Accounting

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sage Business Cloud Accounting. All opinions are 100% mine. By Rieva Lesonsky Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get a better grip on your small business finances? If so, you’re making a smart move. Cash flow problems are to blame for as many as 82% of business failures. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools to help small business owners manage their money more effectively. To start off 2019, I decided to give one of them, Sage Business ...
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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...
Tags: Business, Right Now, Hot Topics, Rieva Lesonsky, Tech Boost


Make 2019 the Year You Buy a Business

Should this be the year you finally start your own business? By Rieva Lesonsky If you ask the experts at BizBuySell.com, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” According to BizBuySell.com’s Third Quarter 2018 Insight Report, 2019 is set to be a great time for business buyers. When you think about becoming your own boss, you may not have considered buying an existing business. But if you buy a business that’s already thriving, it can be a shortcut to getting into entrepreneurship. Think of it as buyi...
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Does Working at Home Really Work For Small Business Employees?

Working at home is hot. By Rieva Lesonsky Working at home is one of the biggest HR trends of the decade. The ability to work remotely — whether from home, in a shared co-working space or in a coffee shop — has become a much-desired perk among employees. But how does working at home (or anywhere outside the office) really affect small business employees’ productivity, satisfaction and morale? The Avast Business Mobile Workforce Report 2018 surveyed small business employees and employers to find ...
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The Hottest Consumer Trends Your Business Should Tap Into This Year

In partnership with Simply Business 5th in a series of articles exploring how to make 2019 your business’s best year yet. 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 with a physical location—or pla...
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The Future of Retailing

What does 2019 hold for retail and ecommerce companies? By Rieva Lesonsky What’s ahead for retail in 2019? STORES, from the National Retail Federation (NRF) is out with their predictions, some of which are below. If you’re a retailer (or e-tailer), I recommend you read the whole thing. It’s chockfull of great information. Here’s what to expect in the coming year: AI goes mainstream. Consumers now expect a personalized shopping experience, which AI and machine learning can help retailers provide....
Tags: Amazon, Business, Trends, Right Now, National Retail Federation NRF, Rieva Lesonsky, Trendcast/Newsletter, Kantar Consulting, Bryan Gildenberg


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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Are You Ready for an Economic Downturn?

By Rieva Lesonsky If there’s one thing that’s predictable about entrepreneurship, it’s that it’s unpredictable. In this special series, we’ll help you prepare for uncertainty, minimize risks, and protect your business. Talking about an economic downturn right now might seem like a move only Debbie Downer would make. After all, retail sales are at record highs, unemployment is at record lows, and the United States is enjoying the second-longest economic expansion on record. But what goes up must ...
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Business Books for the Holiday

If you’re still searching for a holiday gift to give to the entrepreneurs in your life (or you want to buy yourself a present) check out these small business books. By Rieva Lesonsky This is Marketing: You Can’t be Seen Until You Learn to See; Author: Seth Godin In the realm of nonfiction, there’s no author I look forward to reading more than Seth Godin. This is Marketing is based on Godin’s 100-day seminar. Godin’s big reveal in this book is that great marketers don’t use consumers to solve t...
Tags: Business, Adobe, Management, United States, Nba, Ncaa, ADP, Ucla, Lucas, Seth Godin, Right Now, Val, Dale, Godin, Belsky, Tepper


The Hottest Consumer Trends Your Business Should Tap Into This Year

In partnership with Simply Business 5th in a series of articles exploring how to make 2019 your business’s best year yet. 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 with a physical location—or pla...
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Preparing for Uncertainty Part 5: Risky Business–How to Keep Your Workplace Safe

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. Are your employees at risk of workplace injury? That can have serious consequences not only for them, but also for your small business. When an employee is injured on the job, you’ll face challenges such as Lost productivity from the absent worker Time and e...
Tags: Business, Management, Right Now, Hartford, OSHA, Insurance Information Institute, Rieva Lesonsky, Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA, Antonio Guillem Shutterstock, Small Business Assistance, Hartford Employee


Are You Ready for an Economic Downturn?

By Rieva Lesonsky If there’s one thing that’s predictable about entrepreneurship, it’s that it’s unpredictable. In this special series, we’ll help you prepare for uncertainty, minimize risks, and protect your business. Talking about an economic downturn right now might seem like a move only Debbie Downer would make. After all, retail sales are at record highs, unemployment is at record lows, and the United States is enjoying the second-longest economic expansion on record. But what goes up must ...
Tags: Google, Sales, United States, Hartford, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Debbie Downer, Insurance & Risk Management, Rieva Lesonsky, GrowBiz Media, Rieva, Email Rieva


Preparing for Uncertainty Part 4: Is Your Business Prepared for a Cyberattack?

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. It seems every day a new cyberattack against a huge corporation hits the headlines. However, many more cyberattacks against small businesses never make news, though they’re far more destructive. Small business owners face the same cybersecurity risks larger ...
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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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Pantone’s 2019 Color-of-the-Year

How can your business incorporate this year’s chosen hue? By Rieva Lesonsky The Pantone Color Institute always makes big news when it announces its color of the year. This year’s choice—Living Coral, which Pantone describes as an “animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge”—took some by surprise. Prior to last week’s Pantone announcement, the leading paint companies had already named their colors of the year, which range from moo...
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Hot Marketing Trends That Are Essential to Your Small Business Success

In partnership with  Simply Business 4th in a series of articles exploring how to make 2019 your business’s best year yet. By Rieva Lesonsky Last week we talked about the innovations in local marketing small business owners need to adopt to be successful in 2019. Now, we’re going to discuss other marketing trends that are essential to your success. But first, this is a good time for you to assess your existing approach to marketing. Too many small businesses silo their marketing efforts; they m...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Adobe, Advertising, Sales, Social Media, Linkedin, Bank Of America, Marketing & PR, WordStream, Angie, Statista, State of Digital, Rieva Lesonsky


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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