Every week there are tons of small business articles published. Unfortunately, you may not have the time to scour the net to gather small business articles. No problem. I’ve gathered some of the best small business articles published this past week in this edition of UPrinting’s Small Business Article Roundup.
“Seeing what other small businesses plan to do can be a gift for the strategist.” Founder of Small Business Trends, Anita Cambell, writes about 2011 marketing trends. If you’re asking how there could already be marketing trends for 2011 in January, that is the first questions she answers.
Despite this poor economic climate, these 10 franchises have been able to expand at a fantastic rate. 7 of these franchises are cleaning services. This suggests that locations are electing to contract with one of these cleaning services for their sanitation needs rather than hire an employee. This is probably due to the benefits they would need to provide the employee.
Whether you’re interested in starting a franchise or not, the Entrepreneur’s list of the 10 fastest-growing franchises is worth checking out.
Have you heard of Kickstarter? If not, no sweat, neither had I prior to reading this Slate article.
Kickstarter is a great website which allows for people with ideas (creators) to reach potential donors. The creator will submit his or her idea and outline and interested parties will pledge to donate to the project. Each project has a target funding goal. If the goal is not met, nothing will happen. Pledges only go through if the project gets fully funded. In exchange for each person’s pledge, the creator will offer some type of award. For example, if the project is to build a device, the creator may offer their product as a reward. In this scenario, the creator is essentially using pre-orders to fund the idea.
In this entry on Carol Roth’s Unsolicited Business Advice blog, Carol sought out the recommendations from experts and entrepreneurs in her network. She asked each of them to name the best business technology solution that they use. She then created a list, in no particular order, from these recommendations.
In this business article on Macleans.ca, Jason Kirby talks about the current state of the stock market and why it’s “for suckers.”
Traditionally, the best way for a small business or entrepreneur to boost themselves to the top of their industry was by going public. Today, small businesses and entrepreneurs are electing to solicit money from private investors and through alternative means due to the state of the market (see Kickstarter above).
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