Running A Small Business: April 2014 Recap

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April Blog RecapSecond quarter is well underway. Hopefully, you’ve worked out the kinks of your annual business plan and have successfully reviewed what worked and what didn’t last quarter, refining accordingly. If not, I highly recommend that you make the time to do so! But, more on this in another post.

This month was all about how to make running your small business just a tad bit easier. It’s no secret that business owners like you are forced to wear many different hats and at any given moment, you could be in the middle of several different projects, all that seemingly need your immediate attention or else your entire organization will come to screeching halt…or will it? While this certainly may be true for a few things, this month we aimed to help you streamline your business and focus on the things that matter.

So without further ado, in case you missed it, here are some of our top blog posts from the month of April:

Lessening the Small Business Workload



    • Small business owners know stress. And they know it well. Studies have shown that running a business can be more stressful than anything else in the business owner’s life. The best way to avoid this stress is to really understand where it’s stemming from and finding simple remedies to combat it. Find out more in this post.

 

    • Mobile applications are all the rage (and no, we’re not just referring to your Candy Crush addiction). Businesses left and right are coming out with mobile apps intended to reach their customers and enhance their overall customer experience. But is it really necessary for EVERY business to develop a mobile app? To help you determine what might be right for your business, we walked you through the decision-making process in this post.

 

    • One of the biggest obstacles that business owners stress about is having enough time to accomplish everything they need to. One helpful way to address this issue is to automate some business functions. Check out how automation can help you to streamline your business’s operations and smooth out any inefficiencies in this post.



Focusing on Important Decisions



    • The use of non-compete agreements can quickly become a polarizing debate. Supporters of non-competes argue that they are necessary to protect sensitive information and to keep competitors from gaining insight into their business. Opponents argue that many non-competes are unenforceable, even in court, and that they are increasingly seen as bad for business. So, should you make your employees sign a non-compete agreement? We explore the debate in this post.

 

    • The location of your business is an overwhelming determining factor in your business’ long-term success. And sometimes, the most seemingly obvious location really isn’t the most ideal. Check out some of the lesser-known factors that you should consider when looking for a new location in this post.

 

    • It can be argued that building and maintaining your customers’ trust is one of the most critical components of growing a successful business. The operative word here being “maintaining.” This is an ongoing process, and instilling your brand’s values into the overall customer experience should start at the top. For more on how to build and maintain trust in today’s business environment, check out this post.





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