Summer and Small Business: June 2014 Recap

June Blog RecapEven though it feels as if it were just yesterday that much of the country was covered in snow, as of June 21, summer is officially underway. For most consumers, this usually means spending days on the water, taking family vacations, or just taking a break a brief respite from daily responsibilities and indulging in some much-needed rest and relaxation. But for many in small business, the summer months can be stressful as they struggle to turn a profit during their slowest time of year for business.

This month, we covered some subjects to show you how to take advantage of the slow-down and prepare your business for the fall.

In case you missed it, here are some of our top blog posts from the month of June:

Summer Slow-Down

Keeping Busy When Business Is Slow
If your business slows down during the summer (like, if your primary business comes from selling school uniforms or supplies), how you prepare for and spend your time during the slower season can help you to come out on the other side in a much better business position to take advantage of a busier Fall. Check out these 12 ways that you can keep busy this summer in this post.
Dealing With the Dog Days of Summer
Along the same lines as the previous post, we detailed seven specific ways that your small business can take advantage of the leanest part of the year. Now’s the time to get a handle of all those things that you’ve been meaning to get to, but haven’t been able to find the time to get around to it. From developing new products to expand your offering to developing relationships with your best customers and the media, slower business can be a blessing in disguise. Read more in this post.

Protecting Your Data

How to Protect Your Business from Cyber Hackers
One critical element of small business management that you may not have gotten around to yet is protecting your business data, and that of your employees and customers, from cyber hackers. With large-scale hacks of Neiman Marcus and Target, cyber security has taken center stage. And if you think that hackers won’t bother with your small business because you don’t compare in scope to these much larger corporations, you are sadly mistaken. Check out these 10 ways to protect your small business from cyber hackers in this post.
Questions to Ask When Hiring a Cyber-Security Consultant
Let’s face it, you may not be a tech whiz, and all the steps that you need to take to protect your small business’ data could seem like a foreign language. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s not uncommon for small business owners to seek the guidance of a cyber-security consultant. But like entering into any other business relationship, it’s important to ask the right questions from the start. We detail the five questions that you need to ask before hiring a cyber-security consultant in this post.

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