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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


How Tech is Transforming the Next Generation of Family Businesses

By Devin Becker There is a generational gap within family-owned businesses, and owners looking to pass on the business torch to their millennial-aged children are finding that their goals and visions vastly differ. By 2028, more than $10 trillion worth of family-owned and closely-held businesses in the U.S. will have transferred to the next generation of owners. Many questions remain whether the millennial generation will be equipped for success and able to keep the family business alive, but th...
Tags: Business, Technology, ERP, Right Now, Devin Becker, Becker Safety and Supply, Becker Safety, Becker Safety and Supply Family


7 Steps You Need to Take Before You Buy a Franchise

By Chloe Smith If you are looking to become the owner of your own business, but don’t want to start a new company and tackle the issues of establishing a new brand, buying an already existing franchise may be the way to go for you. By buying a franchise you acquire an already functional business and assume the role of an entrepreneur. However, this decision is not one to be taken lightly, since you will be investing a substantial amount of money. Below are some steps you need to take in order to...
Tags: Business, Startup, Netflix, Chloe Smith, Right Now


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...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Instagram, Siri, Management, United States, Deloitte, Kpmg, Oasis, Jason, Alexa, Cto, Manta, Right Now, Rob Wilson, Jason Fried


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


3 Plans Every Business Owner Needs to Have in Place

By Carol Roth Whether you have a solo business or are in charge of a variety of employees, you need to have a plan for the unexpected. Whether it is a natural disaster, death, cyberattack or other unplanned event, small businesses are incredibly vulnerable when things don’t go the right way. So, where should your priorities stand in terms of planning? Here are three places where you should make sure to plan ahead. A Cybersecurity Plan Security breaches are happening more and more frequently, ...
Tags: Business, Management, New York Times, Right Now, Carol Roth, Shutterstock Carol Roth


7 Ways How Web Scraping Helps Retailers

By Hitesh Mistry Web data collection is an uphill battle for retailers, but they keep struggling to find out the items that a store carries, followed with what is sold and for how much. What is the buzz around these products, if yes – whether it is positive or negative and if not – why? How many more competitors sell the same merchandise, and at what rate, and how much of it? To understand how to compete in the dynamic market and gain a leg over contenders, understanding what they are doing, hel...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Business, Sales & Marketing, Cta, Right Now, Hitesh Mistry Web, Hitesh Mistry, HabileData


8 Top Financial Tips for Early Stage Startups

Being responsible and financially conscientious is difficult. Here is a brief, concise list of 8 financial tips that may be useful for your early startup:   By Sean Price Set clear goals and milestones. The first point is fairly simple and straightforward: if you don’t have clear financial goals and milestones, you don’t have clear objectives. If you don’t have clear objectives, you won’t be able to take the appropriate steps toward an optimal financial situation for your company. You will just...
Tags: Business, Money, Right Now, Sean Price, Top Financial Tips, Sean Price Set, RightSwitch


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


7 Health Habits That Every Business Women Needs to Know

By  Louise Harris Women are no longer less than men. In fact, they are equally giving a tough competition with their business mindset and remarkable marketing strategies. If you are one of them, then you definitely know the perks of being a business woman! In order to stay efficient, it is important for you to not get overwhelmed with the long business meetings and tiring group calls. For that, you need to take care of yourself in all the possible ways. This is why we are here with our amaz...
Tags: Business, Women, Right Now, Louise Harris, Wekratom, Maridav Shutterstock


7 Easy to Implement Customer Support Strategies for Startups

By Dwayne Charrington “Your customer doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Damon Richards, a customer care expert Imagine these different scenarios. You have got a sketchy idea about your customers’ expectations; customer problems piling up every day; customer calls transferred from one executive to another – These issues have become an everyday affair for your support team to face customer wrath. Sounds familiar? These are some common situations that are symptomat...
Tags: Business, Sales & Marketing, Nps, Right Now, Dwayne, Multi, Damon Richards, Dwayne Charrington, ProProfs Help Desk, Response Time Customers, Kachka Shutterstock


New Ways to Look at Your Business Through Instagram Social Media

By Harris Scott If you ever find Instagram in the number one position under social media bracket, then don’t be scared. It is obvious; especially in the way it is reaching for the top rankings and outsmarting so many other channels down the road. IG has shot through the ranks on the social media sector quickly to become one of the major and top-notch tools for the savvy business runners out there. Thanks to the live video feature in the Instagram stories and also capability to shop stores direct...
Tags: Business, Instagram, Sales & Marketing, Right Now, Instagram Instagram, Your Business Through Instagram Social Media, Harris Scott If, Harris Scott


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


Building Teams for Small Businesses

By Patti Newcomer You’ve likely seen a lot of articles about the importance of building teams within large companies, but building productive, inclusive teams are also critical to the success of small businesses, even if there are fewer and potentially smaller teams. In fact, one might argue that in a small business it’s even more critical that teams work well, as the margin of error is often razor-thin. First, a team must have a purpose. A mission. Something to aim for. Something to work togeth...
Tags: Business, Sales & Marketing, Ncaa, Intuit, Right Now, Procter Gamble, VP of Marketing, Roman Samborskyi Shutterstock, Patti Newcomer You, Patti Newcomer, Intuit Team


5 Tips on How to Improve Business Efficiency

By Dennis Hung It may be that time of the year where you perform quarterly reviews and discover that your business is lagging behind what it was the quarter before. What’s worse is that the lag may have been incremental over the past few years for some time. While it may not have been that worrisome at first, the lag has now snowballed and become an amount that is beginning to become worrisome. While you’ve made adjustments here and there, you may not be sure exactly what you need to do in order...
Tags: Business, Management, Right Now, Dennis Hung, Anait Shutterstock


3 Hot Web Design Trends for 2019

Part of a Series By Katie Lundin A recent study shows that 97% of consumers research their purchases online before they buy something. Strong, modern web design is vital to your brand’s reputation, your bottom line, and your future. Don’t take our word for it. 75% of consumers judge the credibility and trustworthiness of your business from your website’s design. Over the past decade, the 210,000 designers on crowdspring have helped entrepreneurs, businesses, agencies and nonprofits from 10...
Tags: Business, Sales & Marketing, Right Now, University of Winnipeg, Rawpixel, Katie Lundin


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


Troubleshooting the Most Common AirPrint Problems

Sponsored AirPrint is the useful app by Apple that enables iOS or Mac devices to print wirelessly, without the need for a lengthy setup or the installation of any drivers. This makes it perfect for offices with multiple Apple devices that share a printer, eliminating lots of the common printer setup problems. One of the greatest merits of AirPrint is that the setup process is simple and allows anyone who needs to use the printer to connect almost effortlessly, without the setup time that other w...
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Here’s How to Combat Perfectionism–and Why It’s So Important

By Susanna Mittermaier Are you a perfectionist? Do you see mistakes as failures and work until every detail is ‘right’? Do you feel highly anxious when things aren’t working out exactly as you imagined or seem to be out of your control? Studies show an alarming increase in the prevalence of perfectionism in our modern society. This is a particularly concerning trend because of the strong link between perfectionism and serious issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, early morbidity,...
Tags: Business, Sweden, Management, Right Now, Vienna Austria, Susanna, University of Lund, Susanna Mittermaier, Bliss Susanna, Andrey_Popov Shutterstock


3 Ways to Increase Sales with Cold Calling

By Samir Motwani Cold calling is a cost-effective way to increase your sales. However, you cannot pitch your offer right away in the first cold call. Because cold calling is a means to introduce your products and services to your potential customers. You need a lot of patience to successfully increase sales through cold calling. However, you can follow these 3 amazing tactics to improve the effectiveness of your cold calling campaigns. 1. Leverage Social Media to Warm Up Cold Prospects Before ...
Tags: Business, Sales & Marketing, Right Now, Leverage Social Media, Salesmate, Samir Motwani, Salesmate Samir Motwani, Benjamin Clapp Shutterstock