Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.
Do Entrepreneurs Need Work-Life Balance? “Entrepreneurs always talk about the work-life balance, and how to achieve it. As a woman, I have so much respect for those women out there who are successful mothers and entrepreneurs. I mean, being in a happy and healthy marriage is difficult enough. Couple that with raising children and running business? That seems nearly impossible to me. Perhaps that’s why so many women I know choose one over the other.” (Forbes)
Get a totally free point-of-sale system for your small business “It goes without saying that Square has revolutionized payment processing for many a small business—but it’s not the ideal solution for every small business. For one thing, it doesn’t accommodate cash. For another, it doesn’t print receipts (not without a third-party printer, that is). And it requires you to own a smartphone or tablet, hardware not every business owner can afford.” (PC World)
Where People Innovate, Companies Complicate “Startups must execute or they are finished–which is why the way they work makes such a great model for companies of any size. Designing disruptive, original solutions to existing problems and breakthrough products and solutions in existing markets is hard. Really hard. (Fast Company)
Small business loves Facebook and Twitter, ignores LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest (infographic) “90 percent of small businesses are on Facebook, and 70 percent are on Twitter. LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest? Not so much. [A recent small business survey reveals] that 66 percent are spending more time on social media this year than last.” (VentureBeat)
6 Small Business Insurance Mistakes to Avoid “According to a recently released survey by insurance company Aflac, many of the employees at the over 6 million small business with more than 1 employee are less than pleased with their health insurance. Small business lender Sunovis Financial observes that this has direct bearing on the retention of employees by small business, and subsequently on the growth of the business.” (Equities)
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