No time to read any business articles this week – again? For the last few months, we’ve been trying to share one article a day with our colleagues and clients via Twitter (@InfusionStudio1). Just one article – often a blog post really. Something that will take mere minutes from your day to read. But that will keep you thinking for some time afterwards.
Here’s a sample of what we were reading the past few days.
Continue reading Reading Round-Up: Self-Promotion, The Cloud, and Lego Furniture
For women business owners juggling work and family, the thought of kicking back with a cup of coffee and spending a free hour perusing some of the excellent business sites and blogs out there seems about as likely to happen as an afternoon at the day spa with your girlfriends. Who has the time?! The amount of material is overwhelming. It’s less stressful just to turn your back on it. Let those magazine subscriptions and e-newsletters pile up, and keep plugging away at the projects in front of you on your desk. But we all know you can’t grow your business without learning from others.
For the last few months, we’ve been trying to share one article a day with our colleagues and clients via Twitter (@InfusionStudio1). Just one article – often a blog post really. Something that will take mere minutes from your day to read. But that will keep you thinking for some time afterwards.
Continue reading Recommended Reading Round-up: For Those Whose Life Doesn’t Move at the Speed of Twitter
Blizzards. Tornados. Hurricanes. Floods. Riots and acts of terror. The unexpected can leave small-business owners floundering – often for much longer than necessary. In fact, many businesses forced to short their doors temporarily during such times of crisis never reopen. From dealing with simple hurdles (cell phone dead and power out) to major problems (“I’ve been meaning to start regular computer back-ups…”), getting prepared can mean the difference between long-term success and failure. And, being able to say you have such a plan goes a long way to showing clients and potential investors of your long-term stability.
Continue reading How Fast Can you Bounce Back? Why Even a One-Woman Operation Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan
Sometime last year I heard about a new “fad” with entrepreneurs, specifically in the biotech industry – incubators and accelerators. At the time, I remember thinking, “Wow, what a neat investment idea.” Too bad I didn’t have the capital myself to invest in this little windfall. Turns out more than just scientists are looking for space to test out their theories. Risk-takers from all walks of life who start developing their business ideas in their apartments or at the local Starbucks need room to breathe. Or at least more wall space.
Continue reading Think Outside the Starbucks
The title said, “Don’t Make This Common Year-End Mistake” – and the first thing I see is a pair of holiday socks that eerily resemble a pair I’m fairly certain I own. Uh-oh! Was I relieved to see the writer was talking about promoting your business and not questionable taste in footwear. But Erik Sherman (whose Inc. article I tweeted about yesterday) raises a valid point: Why not take advantage of other people’s down time?
Continue reading Year-End Promotions a Good Idea for Small Business
When people ask if their small business should do pro bono work, I say YES! No business, big or small, can afford to give everything away all the time. But the occasional bit of free work offers so many benefits.
People argue that “you get what you pay for” – and that free work tells others that it’s worth very little. I believe it says just the opposite. Providing your work for a deserving charity or non-profit tells the world you’re proud of your work and your success lets you help out. After the sense of pride washes over you for helping out a good cause, you gain from adding something worthwhile to your portfolio. You potentially open your work up to a new audience. And people who give to charities spend money… on for-profit businesses as well. Getting your name in front of them is an excellent way to find new customers.
Continue reading Should Small Businesses Do Pro Bono Work?
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. ~ Ansel Adams
I came across this great quote recently – and it reminded me immediately of some of the initial conversations I’ve had with people who eventually became regular clients… and a few who didn’t.
Continue reading Business Advice from Ansel Adams