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8 Myths About Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on June 13, 2018

With USA Today’s launch of their new section for small business, USA and Main, I thought it would be good to get some of the most persistent myths about small business out of the way. Having worked with thousands of small business owners over my more than 25 years in business, and owning a small … Read more »

Inspirational Quotations

Time to Inspire Your Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on June 6, 2018

As a small business owner, have you ever said “I want to quit my job” even though it’s your own company? Every small business owner feels that way from time to time. We need some inspiration to refill our motivation tanks. I’m a big fan of inspirational quotations. Quotations remind me of truths I know … Read more »

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality Loss Is Loss for Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on May 30, 2018

Last month, during Small Business Week, small businesses descended on US Senators’ offices. They signed petitions, wrote letters and emails, even put up billboards. What was all the fuss about? Small businesses were trying to help save open and equal access to the Internet. The US Senate, in a bipartisan vote, tried to do its … Read more »

Seasonal Survival

10 Tips for Small Biz Seasonal Survival

By Rhonda Abrams on May 23, 2018

Memorial Day is the traditional kickoff of the summer season, and for many small businesses, that means customers flocking through the doors. For others, it’s the doldrums: customers don’t come, clients don’t call. Whether you sell surfboards or snowboards, picnic baskets or Christmas baskets, the health of your small business may be directly related to … Read more »

Customers

Become a Delightful Small Biz

By Rhonda Abrams on May 16, 2018

In today’s world, a small business needs to stand out. To survive, you need loyal, even fanatic, customers.  It’s tough to compete on price, or even convenience, so what’s going to make a difference? Delight and surprise your customers. Customers today spread the word about businesses. When they’re unhappy, they quickly blast you on social … Read more »

Surviving Amazon

Surviving Amazon

By Rhonda Abrams on May 9, 2018

If you ask most small businesses “What’s the biggest threat to your business?” they’re likely to say “Amazon.” This is especially true for brick-and-mortar retailers, but Amazon is disrupting just about every industry.  If your small business isn’t yet threatened by Amazon, it will be. Now, Amazon isn’t the first big company to menace small … Read more »

Facebook

Facebook: A Mixed Bag for Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on May 2, 2018

Many small business owners watched recent revelations about Facebook with mixed emotions. Like most Americans, they were surprised to discover how much information the social media collects on its users. Even more worrisome was learning that 87 million Americans had their data exploited by Cambridge Analytica, a firm with ties to Donald Trump’s campaign, to … Read more »

Small Business Advisors

Best Small Biz Advisors Share Best Small Biz Tips

By Rhonda Abrams on April 25, 2018

America loves small business, and next week, April 29 to May 5, America observes “Small Business Week”—dedicated to recognizing the best small business owners and entrepreneurs. I also want to recognize the best small business support in the country: the consultants of America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) network. So I’m hosting a Facebook Live … Read more »

Business

Best Place to Start a Business? Check Amazon

By Rhonda Abrams on April 18, 2018

As a journalist covering small business, my email inbox is regularly filled with press releases from companies wanting publicity. Often, they’re announcing the result of some survey they sponsored. They’ll hire a polling company, gather some data, and put out a list: Best places to retire, Best places to raise children, Best this, Best that. … Read more »

Business

Stop Talking and Start Doing

By Rhonda Abrams on April 11, 2018

So, you always wanted to own your own small business? You dream of being your own boss? But you’re stuck in a rut. You’re still in a dead-end job with a boss you hate. Or you’re sitting on your couch at 11 am wondering, ‘What am I doing with my life?’ Well, it’s time to … Read more »

Smallbiz Idea

5 Ways to Tell if your Business Idea is Any Good

By Rhonda Abrams on April 4, 2018

Almost every time I give a speaking engagement, a wanna-be entrepreneur approaches me with their great idea for a new small business. Often, it’s a new product. Sometimes it’s a new kind of service or an innovative app. What they all have in common is the ‘this-can’t-fail’ enthusiasm of the person with the idea. But … Read more »

Cafe Smallbiz

8 Rules for Running your Small Biz from a Café

By Rhonda Abrams on March 28, 2018

I have a confession to make: I love doing work for my small business in a café. I’m not alone. Look around most coffee houses, and you’ll see businesspeople and students toiling away on laptops. But remember: that café owner is a small business owner too. How can you be fair to them while turning … Read more »

Instagram

Instagram, It’s Not Just for Pics Anymore

By Rhonda Abrams on March 21, 2018

Want a sell-out crowd of small business owners at your next Chamber of Commerce meeting? Then invite a speaker on the topic of “How to Increase Sales Using Social Media.” Small businesses are excited about, but challenged, when it comes to using social media for actually conducting business. Now, there’s a newly expanded tool they … Read more »

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda Spills Secrets of Success

By Rhonda Abrams on March 14, 2018

When the organizers of Qualtrics’ X4 Summit were looking for a “wow” factor for their annual tech conference in Salt Lake City, they pulled out all the stops. Maroon Five played a two-hour private concert. Tony Hawk, Arianna Huffington, Magic Johnson, shared business insights. Olympian Jonny Moseley skied with attendees. But when CEO Ryan Smith … Read more »

Smallbiz Customers

7 Reasons Your Customers Hate You

By Rhonda Abrams on March 7, 2018

Ever wonder why your small business customers keep breaking up with you? It’s not them; it’s you. Sure, you want to blame the competition down the street—it’s younger, sexier, or cooler. But more likely, you’ve done something to irritate your small business customers—you take them for granted, you never call anymore, you don’t do the … Read more »

What's in your Core

What’s at your Core?

By Rhonda Abrams on February 28, 2018

I’ve created a major new product for my small business, and, after more than two years of hard work and investment, it’s almost ready to launch. I’m not quite ready to tell you what it is. But I can tell you that a few years ago, I took a good, hard look at my small … Read more »

Year of the Dog

What the Year of the Dog Holds for Your Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on February 21, 2018

Gung Hay Fat Choy. That’s the traditional greeting for Chinese New Year—which began on Friday, February 16 with celebrations continuing for two weeks. What does the Chinese New Year mean for your small business? In the Chinese—or Lunar—calendar, each year corresponds with one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. According to legend, the … Read more »

Ice skating lessons

Small Biz Lessons from Ice Skating

By Rhonda Abrams on February 14, 2018

The Winter Olympics are here, and figure skating is always one of the most popular sports of the games. I know I’m always enthralled watching how athleticism and artistry are combined. When I was just starting my small business, I was an enthusiastic, though not very good, ice skater, and I found there were many … Read more »

Trends 2018

Small Biz Trends for 2018

By Rhonda Abrams on February 12, 2018

You don’t have to be “trendy” to take advantage of emerging trends to help your business grow. Smart small business owners know they need to keep up with social and technological changes to succeed and survive over time. Which trends can your small business benefit from in 2018? Local. The term “local” is hot. Consumers … Read more »

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is for Small Biz Too

By Rhonda Abrams on February 7, 2018

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day—so it’s time to show your small business customers some love. In today’s #MeToo and #TimesUp climate, that doesn’t mean doing anything your grandmother would be ashamed of you for. And it doesn’t (necessarily) mean sending customers a box of chocolates or Valentine’s Day cards. No, it means insuring your customers know … Read more »