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Business Mistakes

Small Businesses: Avoid These 8 Mistakes Big Guys Make

By Rhonda Abrams on August 23, 2017

If you’re a small business owner or consumer who’s ever dealt with a large corporation—and who hasn’t?—you’ve probably encountered policies, procedures, or attitudes that drive you crazy. You wonder how these big companies manage to stay in business, let alone keep customers. Well, they can afford to lose customers. You, as a small business owner, … Read more »

Smallbiz Millennials

Small Businesses for Millennials

By Rhonda Abrams on August 16, 2017

Millennials: it’s time to start a small business. You know you want to be your own boss, and there’s lots of great small business ideas out there. Millennials—those born between 1982 and 2000’s (according to the US Census Bureau)—have good reason to consider striking out on their own and launching a business. Why? Because many … Read more »

Farmers Market

A Delicious Way to Savor Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on August 9, 2017

When you hear the term “small business,” the first image is not likely to be a small farm. But, in fact, small farms are small businesses. August 6-12 has been declared “National Farmers Market Week,” by the US Department of Agriculture, and if you want to help small American farmers survive, one of the most … Read more »

Food Small Businesses

Love Food & Small Biz? There’s An App for That

By Rhonda Abrams on August 2, 2017

Many small businesses involve food. The baker, the butcher, the coffeecake maker, and the farmer-in-the-dell are all likely to be small businesses. But as small businesses, most of these food-related companies have the same problem: how does their owner get the cash they need to buy supplies before they actually make sales? Now, there’s a … Read more »

Get Them Eating Out of Your Hand

By Rhonda Abrams on July 26, 2017

Americans eat about a billion meals a day. A huge percent of those meals are eaten somewhere other than homes. That’s one of the reasons running a restaurant has been a time-honored, tried-and-true way to own a small business. But is the local, independent restaurant an endangered species? What can they—or you, if you’re a … Read more »

Big Problems for Small Business on Health Care

By Rhonda Abrams on July 19, 2017

“When it comes to the debate over health insurance, one thing is for certain: the current system is terrible for small business. As it is now, small businesses usually have the hardest time getting insurance, the smallest choice among providers, and pay the most for the least coverage. Many people who would like to start … Read more »

Silicon Valley

How Silicon Valley Can Level the Playing Field for Women

By Rhonda Abrams on July 12, 2017

Silicon Valley has a woman problem. Sexual harassment. Sex discrimination. Lack of funding for women. Men in Silicon Valley just can’t seem to figure out how to work with women, especially with female entrepreneurs. What can Silicon Valley, especially venture capitalists, do to level the playing field for women starting businesses? I’ve lived in Silicon … Read more »

Networking

One Easy Way to Grow Your Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on July 5, 2017

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” That old saying is as true today as it ever was. When you want to get ahead, it helps to know people. So a key business skill every small business owner needs to master is “networking”–how to get out in the world and make lots of … Read more »

Start Your Own Food Business on the Cheap

By Rhonda Abrams on June 26, 2017

Paul Newman did it. Heidi Klum did it. Jimmy Dean did it. Ludacris did it. Many people dream of taking their favorite recipes and turning their love of food into their own business. Starting a food-oriented small business can be more than just a dream. If you want to package and sell your soup, jam, … Read more »

Smallbiz Dog

June 23 Take Your Dog to Your Small Biz

By Rhonda Abrams on June 21, 2017

Woof! Allow me to introduce myself. I’m ZuZu, Rhonda Abrams’ dog. I know you’re looking for Rhonda’s small business advice, but for “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” happening on June 23, I’m taking over her column. Of course, in Rhonda’s company, every day is “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” as dogs are welcome … Read more »

Smallbiz Customer

Small Business Customers: Good, Bad, Ugly

By Rhonda Abrams on June 14, 2017

Any customer is a good customer for your small business, right? After all, if someone wants to buy from you, what more can you want? Actually, lots. It turns out some customers are not worth having. And you have to learn how to get rid of them. Anyone whose been in business very long can … Read more »

Reward Employees

8 Cheap Ways to Reward Small Biz Employees

By Rhonda Abrams on June 7, 2017

Employees are at the heart of your small business. They serve the customers, make your product or provide your services, fill and process orders, get the shipping out the door. Without good employees, it’s tough to build a successful, profitable company. But in small businesses, money can often be tight. How can you reward good … Read more »

Millennials

Millennials Aren’t as Lazy as You Thought

By Rhonda Abrams on May 31, 2017

Millennials–Americans born between 1980 and 2000–may be the most entrepreneurial generation ever. A new study shows Millennials have more experience with small business and greater desire to start businesses than previous generations. But the study also demonstrates a continuing need for help for entrepreneurs if they’ll create the jobs America needs. The study, released May … Read more »

SmallBiz Artists

Hey Artist – You’re Really a Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on May 24, 2017

You live for your art. Every day, you paint or compose music or write short stories or make beautiful hand-crafted objects. But every day, you also need to eat. If you aren’t engaging in your art just for pleasure, you’re not only an artist, you’re a small business owner. Starving artists don’t actually last very … Read more »

Biz Travel

Is Travel Good for Small Business?

By Rhonda Abrams on May 17, 2017

We’re just one week away from Memorial Day–the semi-official start of the summer season. For most employees, that means it’s time to use up some of those vacation days they’ve accumulated. But if you’re a small business owner or entrepreneur, no one gives you vacation pay. So you may think of summer as the time … Read more »

Airlines and Small Biz

8 Lessons from Airlines for Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on May 10, 2017

Lately, it seems like airlines can’t do anything right. They drag people off planes, kill giant rabbits, snatch strollers from babies. Is this what customer service should be all about? If you run a small business, the airlines have been giving us all a master class in “what not to do to your customers,” so … Read more »

Small Business Socks

9 Small Business Facts to Knock Your Socks Off

By Rhonda Abrams on May 3, 2017

It’s Small Business Week in America, time for the country to recognize the many contributions small businesses make to our economy, our communities, and our fellow Americans. Now, if you own a small business–especially if you work from home or have just a handful of employees–acquaintances might not give you much respect. When I started … Read more »

Women Business Owners

Why the World Would End Without Women Business Owners

By Rhonda Abrams on April 26, 2017

Women small business owners are saving America. The economic recovery has been a long, slow slog. Without women starting businesses, we’d all be in much tougher shape. Here’s why: women start businesses at a rate five times faster than men. In fact, women launch 1000 new businesses every day. Women would do a whole lot … Read more »

Marijuana Smallbiz

Turning Grass into Green

By Rhonda Abrams on April 19, 2017

“You’ve completely lost it now,” was the reaction of Beth Stavola’s husband when she decided to get into the medical marijuana business. But this dynamic business woman illustrates the opportunities and challenges small business owners face when getting into the booming business of marijuana and cannabis-related products. Stavola is about as unlikely a pot entrepreneur … Read more »

Family Smallbiz

8 Steps to Surviving a Family Small Biz

By Rhonda Abrams on April 12, 2017

Love your sister and want to start a business with her? Or have your adult kids enter your small business? How about asking your parents to help with your startup? Running a business with family members can be great – or not. It can present some sticky situations – just ask the Trumps. Before you … Read more »

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