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Horrible Small Business

The Worst Month Ever for Small Business

By Rhonda Abrams on December 6, 2017

December should be a happy time for small business owners. Your cash registers should be full or you should be enjoying holiday parties. But to borrow a phrase, December, 2017 is going to be small business’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month. This month, a number of decisions will be made or considered with … Read more »

More money

12 Absurdly Easy Ways to Make More Money

By Rhonda Abrams on November 29, 2017

Want to make more money in your small business? Who doesn’t? Usually, when small business owners think of ways to make more money, they consider things that are pretty tough, like developing new products or services, opening new locations, or adding an eighth day of the week so they can work 24/8 instead of just … Read more »

Small Business Saturday

7 Guilt-Free Ways to Spend Money

By Rhonda Abrams on November 22, 2017

Get ready: the best shopping day of the year is coming this week. You can find bargains, discover great and unique gifts, meet your neighbors, and feel good about every dollar you spend. It’s Small Business Saturday—the Saturday after Thanksgiving—and it’s coming this Saturday, November 25. It’s fun to go shopping on Small Business Saturday. … Read more »

Tax Reform

Small Biz Winners and Losers in the Tax Bill

By Rhonda Abrams on November 15, 2017

If you’re a small business owner hoping to get a tax cut under proposed Republican tax reform, pay close attention. While there will be a few small business winners, most small business owners will see no benefit, and you might be one of the many small business losers. While both the House and Senate bills … Read more »

Smallbiz Wellness

Fight Flu Season with Wellness-Enhancing Tips for your Office

By Rhonda Abrams on November 13, 2017

Cold and flu season has arrived. And your small business workplace may be the breeding ground for all those germs. For a small business, having a healthy workforce is especially critical. With fewer workers, when even one person is out sick, it’s tough to handle the workload. And healthy workers are more productive. According to … Read more »

Low-tech Smallbiz

7 Small Biz Low-Tech, No-Tech Secrets

By Rhonda Abrams on November 8, 2017

Oh, you think you’re so smart, don’t you? In your small business, you’ve mastered social media. You’re a whiz at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or some other social media platform. Or all of the above. And you don’t just use technology for marketing, you’ve already moved most of your small business applications to the … Read more »

Trade Show LastMinute

Last-Minute Trade Show Prep

By Rhonda Abrams on November 6, 2017

Yikes! The trade show you’ve signed up to exhibit at is only a week away, and you’re not sure you’re completely ready. Don’t panic. I’m here to help. I’ve teamed up with Staples to help make sure your trade show is a success, no matter how soon it’s coming. What’s a success? You build brand … Read more »


Cracking the Mystery of Retailer Success

By Rhonda Abrams on November 1, 2017

“Sometimes, I feel like I’m in a Nancy Drew mystery. I just wish I had her little roadster.” Pam Hammond—owner of Paddington Station, the “eclectic emporium” in Ashland Oregon—certainly seems like a grown-up version of the clever, perky girl sleuth, faced with one challenging dilemma after another. Today’s biggest mystery for small business owners like … Read more »

Trade shows


By Rhonda Abrams on October 26, 2017

I’m a big believer in trade shows. In my company, we spend the bulk of our marketing dollars exhibiting at trade shows and conferences. So I was delighted when Staples asked me to help Donna Fulmer of Orion Global Solutions prepare to exhibit at the upcoming Smart Hustle Small Business Conference in New York City. … Read more »

Napa Smallbiz

Delicious Help for Napa Small Business Fire Victims

By Rhonda Abrams on October 25, 2017

The California wine country fires are contained. Napa and Sonoma skies are clear and blue. Recovery from the devastating fires will take years—8000 homes and businesses lost, a hundred thousand people displaced, 42 died. If you want to help the victims of these devastating fires, especially small businesses and their employees, you can do something … Read more »

Small Business Saturday

Time to Get Ready for Small Business Saturday

By Rhonda Abrams on October 18, 2017

It’s not yet Halloween, but for many small businesses, planning for the holiday season has started in full force. If you own a small business, it’s time to start getting ready for one of the most important days of the year: Small Business Saturday. In all my years working with and writing about small businesses, … Read more »


10 Sure-Fire Self-Promotion Tips for Women Small Biz Owners

By Rhonda Abrams on October 11, 2017

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, and as a gift to themselves, I want female small business owners and entrepreneurs to give themselves a gift: greater confidence. I want you to give yourself more credit for your accomplishments and learn a critical business skill. I want you to learn how to toot your own … Read more »

Willows Grocery

The Best Little Grocery Store in Silicon Valley

By Rhonda Abrams on October 9, 2017

At only 24 years of age, newly out of college, Nick Sharma became the owner of a failing small grocery store in the upscale Silicon Valley town of Menlo Park, California. In 11 years, Nick transformed a dusty, tired store into a popular destination for both tech millionaires and neighborhood kids. And he’s landed customers … Read more »

Small Biz Women

Women Small Biz Owners Add it Up

By Rhonda Abrams on October 4, 2017

October is Women’s Small Business Month. In observance of this month, I’ve got an unusual request for women who own small businesses or are thinking of getting into business. Because I desperately want you to succeed, I’d like to ask you to sit down and do something very important. I want you to do the … Read more »

Smallbiz Fall

6 Ways to Make the Most of Fall in Your Small Biz

By Rhonda Abrams on September 27, 2017

The weather is suddenly cooler. Leaves are changing color. Halloween decorations fill store shelves. Suddenly, business is picking up in your small business. Welcome to Fall—for many small businesses, the busiest, most hectic, and important time of the year. How will you make the most of Fall in your small business? Fall is the time … Read more »

Smallbiz Tax Rate

Six Small Biz Bombshells in Trump’s Tax Plan

By Rhonda Abrams on September 20, 2017

Donald Trump says he wants to lower your business taxes, but if you own a small business, is he likely to keep that promise? Trump and the Republican leadership are expected to propose new tax plans soon, hoping to lower a bunch of taxes: corporate, personal, and capital gains taxes. Trump repeatedly pledged to lower … Read more »

Smallbiz Climate Change

Climate Change is a Small Business Issue

By Rhonda Abrams on September 13, 2017

In the aftermath of two huge hurricanes and over 100 immense wildfires in the Western US, as a small business advocate, I can no longer be silent on an issue threatening small business owners—climate change. Climate change is real. It’s disastrous. It’s getting worse. And it’s a danger to small businesses, including yours. Although I was … Read more »

Hurricane Harvey

7 Sources of Small Biz Help After Harvey

By Rhonda Abrams on September 6, 2017

It’s not surprising one of the many heroes emerging from the rescue efforts of Hurricane Harvey, Jim McIngvale of Houston’s Gallery Furniture, is a small business owner. After all, small businesses are the backbones of their communities, whether supporting local emergency relief, Little League, or the United Way. But where can small businesses hit by Hurricane … Read more »

Office Manager Vacation

What I Learned On My Office Manager’s Summer Vacation

By Rhonda Abrams on August 30, 2017

A few weeks ago, the Office Manager of my small business went to Hawaii for two weeks. Good for her: sunshine, sandy beaches, mai tais. Not so good for me: answering phones, taking orders, shipping. Suddenly, for the first time in years, I was in charge of the day-to-day operations of my own small business. … Read more »

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 »