Small Biz Ahead | Small Business | Starting a Business

Small Biz Ahead | Small Business | Starting a Business

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A Podcast By Small Business Owners, For Small Business Owners


What Key Marketing Metrics Should Small Business Owners Focus On?
Aug 21 • 20 min
At first glance, tracking the key metrics of your small business can often seem like a challenging and unnecessary task. However, for business owners who take the time to master this skill, the rewards can be tremendous. From attracting new customers to…
What Can You Do To Keep Your Employees Motivated?
Aug 14 • 18 min
Every small business owner knows that the more motivated your employees are, the better their overall performance will be. However, in today’s competitive job market, the expectations of employees regarding performance related incentives are higher than…
How Do You Hire the Best Employees for Your Small Business?
Aug 7 • 18 min
Is your small business still using outdated interview and recruitment techniques to find potential candidates? If so, you might be missing out on many talented and qualified applicants who could significantly contribute to your work force. But, how do you…
What Are The Best Resources for Researching Employee Benefits?
Jul 31 • 15 min
Are you confused about which benefits you should be offering your employees? You’re not alone. Given all the options to choose from these days, drawing up a benefits policy for your business can seem a tad overwhelming. Fortunately, you don’t have to…
What Can I Do If My Business Partner is an Obstructionist?
Jul 24 • 8 min
While it is perfectly natural to have disagreements with your business partner from time to time, dealing with someone who consistently questions and interferes with your work can be frustrating and will ultimately have a negative impact on your business.…
How Do I Manage My Small Business’s Finances?
Jul 17 • 21 min
When it comes to managing your small business’s assets, the struggle is real. From late-paying clients to natural disasters, there are literally dozens of factors that can easily interfere with your business’s cash flow. But, although you can’t anticipate…
How Do I Overcome the Challenges of Building My Own Startup?
Jul 10 • 22 min
Over the past few years, the idea of developing a startup business has become a very romanticized one, often calling to mind the success stories of either Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. However, in reality, running a business is rarely as simple and often…
What Type of Liability Insurance Do Sole Proprietors Need?
Jun 19 • 20 min
As most small business owners will tell you, some form of liability coverage is required if you want to protect yourself and your employees from potential legal action. However, for business owners who run a sole proprietorship, purchasing insurance is…
Are There Rules When It Comes to Sending Small Business Newsletters?
Jun 12 • 16 min
While the majority of advertising is currently being geared towards social media platforms, email marketing campaigns continue to play a pivotal role in the promotion of small businesses. However, before you begin bombarding every person on your email…
How Much is Too Much For Meal and Travel Expenses?
Jun 5 • 16 min
From train tickets to restaurant bills, your employees are bound to incur a number of expenses when they travel for business purposes. However, if they’re not careful, these costs could add up and eventually put a substantial dent in your profits. So, how…
What Merchant Should You Use To Process Credit Card Payments?
May 29 • 12 min
Because credit cards have become the most popular form of payment among customers, it seems only natural that a small businesses would want to expand their current payment options to accommodate this preference. Still, before you go ahead and start…
Are You Worn Down From Running Your Small Business? Here’s How to Take it to the Next Level
May 22 • 18 min
No matter how passionate you are about your small business, there will inevitably be times when you feel drained and discouraged, perhaps even to the point of quitting. Still, before you act on these negative emotions, it’s important to assess whether…
Are Your Customers Not Paying You? Here’s What To Do
Apr 24 • 14 min
There are few situations more frustrating for a small business owner than a customer who refuses to pay on time. But, as tempting as it might be to confront your client and exchange some harsh words with them, this type of behavior will only make matters…
What To Do With Year End Profit At Your Small Business
Apr 17 • 14 min
Are you a small business owner who’s unsure how to spend your most recent profits? While it might be tempting to use all that money to pay off any outstanding debt, you should also consider setting aside some of your profits and reinvesting them back into…
What To Do When Your Employee Wants To Take All Their Paid Time Off At Once
Apr 10 • 17 min
At first glance, a competitive vacation package might seem like one of the most reasonable benefits you could offer your employees. After all, everyone deserves an occasional break now and then. However, what should you do when a staff member decides to…
What To Do When You Can’t Reach the Decision Maker To Sell Them Your Business
Apr 3 • 19 min
When it comes to networking, open communication is the key to fostering strong relationships and building a solid customer base. But, what happens when your target audience consists primarily of high level decision makers who have an entourage of…
What’s the Safest Way To Share Files?
Feb 20 • 10 min
Are you concerned about the security of your shared business documents? You’re not alone. From hackers to data breaches, the internet can seem like a scary place for small business owners who need to share confidential information on a daily basis. Still,…
Should You Join Facebook Groups to Promote Your Small Business?
Feb 13 • 12 min
Are you considering joining a FB group to promote your business, but unsure whether it’s really worth your time? While various group page restrictions might make traditional advertising seem impossible, there are other approaches that small business…
How To Decide Which Vendors Are Right For Your Small Business
Feb 6 • 15 min
Entering a relationship with a supplier or vendor is one of the most important decisions that you will make as a small business owner. After all, your vendor’s performance can have a direct impact on both the efficiency and service quality of your…
Will My Small Business Be Impacted If I Set a Minimum for Credit Card Purchases?
Jan 30 • 11 min
Does your small business require customers to meet a certain purchase minimum before they can pay with their credit cards? While this idea might seem like a practical way to offset the additional costs of credit card fees, it can actually have the…
Should You Consider An Association Health Plan For Your Small Business?
Jan 23 • 10 min
Are you trying to find a more affordable alternative to your business’s existing health plan? As the price of health insurance continues to rise, association health plans offer small business owners the opportunity to provide their employees with quality…
Are You Burned Out From Running Your Small Business? Here’s What To Do Differently
Jan 16 • 12 min
Every small business owner is bound to experience moments when they’re tired of their work. However, in some cases, those feelings of exhaustion or disinterest might be more than just fatigue; they could be symptoms of burnout. So, what can you do to take…
Are Conferences Worth My Time As A Small Business Owner?
Jan 9 • 13 min
With the ever-mounting costs of running a startup, many small business owners find it difficult to justify the additional expenses of attending an industry conference, particularly when they have more pressing matters to attend to at the office. Still,…
What is “Brick and Click” and Why Is It Important For My Retail Store?
Jan 2 • 11 min
Are you ready to join the “brick and click” movement? For many years, the primary question among retail businesses has been whether to open a physical storefront or market themselves as a strictly online brand. Recently, however, it has become…
Is it Easier to Run an Online Business or Open a Physical Business?
Dec 26, 2018 • 18 min
Since the birth of online shopping, hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs have found themselves facing a “Bricks versus Clicks” dilemma of whether to open a physical or digital storefront for their small business. With each option presenting their own…