Running a small business can be a risky, challenging, sometimes emotional experience which can also be financially and personally rewarding. With small businesses representing more than 99 percent of all U.S. employers and responsible for the creation of 64 percent of all new jobs in the past 15 years (according to the U.S. Small Business Administration) there is a wealth of information available from fellow small biz owners that can help you navigate the ups and downs. Whether you are currently running your own business or thinking about starting one, here are some useful tips.
Knowledge is power
As a business owner you juggle many different roles; taking advantage of every resource available is essential. The Small Business Administration provides tools to increase your knowledge and productivity, and an index of local resources and services to support and expand your business. Take advantage of the many free online resources that are right at your fingertips. For example, HP offers online classes tailored for small businesses with topics ranging from writing a grant proposal to developing a business plan.
When shopping for a PC, consider the type of work you do, where you do it and what types of features you need. Many PCs have been designed explicitly for small businesses. For instance, if you’re a road warrior regularly brokering deals, a tablet PC which accommodates a signature and then processes information is ideal. If your clientele comes to you for services directly, user-friendly touch computers offer a professional, streamlined interaction for your customer while providing the computing power you need.
Be Your Business’ No.1 Fan
Marketing and promoting your business is a serious task. First step: Create a professional logo and business card that reflect your business’ values. MarketSplash provides amazing resources that can make any small business look like a large company. Attend industry related events regularly to network and find new leads. Find small business events near you here.
Secure and Protect
With the countless hours that go into building a business, it is critical to protect your investment by backing up your data, both on a remote hard drive and online. Data is essential to the survival and growth of most businesses, so safeguarding that data requires the highest security precautions. Be vigilant about using of secure connections, anti-spy software and data backup as part of your business routine. If disaster ever strikes, you will be very grateful to have your business intact.
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