Published: February 26, 2016, 9:00 pm
There's something special about conferences and trade shows. Pulsing with high energy and buzzing with possibility, you never know what lies ahead during a conference.
Whether you're going to learn about the latest industry trends, to make new connections, seal deals or simply get your brand name out there, endless opportunities about at conferences.
But with a heavy cost of admission and a wide variety of niche events, which ones are truly worth your time, and what's worth skipping?
Our resident thought leaders, the Business.com Market Experts, weigh in.
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Published: February 24, 2016, 11:00 pm
Start-up success is often described as some elusive feat that only a lucky few are able to achieve. In reality, start-up success (or failure) is usually a lot more predictable than you expect.
You’ve probably heard the statistic that 90 percent of start-ups fail, and that’s true.
What you may not have heard is that start-up failure usually boils down to a few common mistakes and mis-steps. Better yet, those mistakes can often be avoided.
If you’re ready to up the ante and accelerate your start-up, or if you’re considering launching a startup, consider these top five mistakes so (Read more...
Published: February 24, 2016, 3:00 pm
Leaving your day job and launching your own freelance business is a dream that many of us creative professionals share.
If you've spent time thinking about going down this road, you'll have an idea of just how much effort goes into becoming a successful freelancer. There are certain things you need to do, in order to prepare yourself for that jump to self-employment.
Create an irresistible online portfolio, fully define your service offerings, set your prices, and figure out how you're going to bring on your first clients.
While you can (and should) certainly start your freelance business while keeping (Read more...
Published: February 23, 2016, 10:07 pm
If your small business is like most of the small businesses out there, then you have a small marketing budget. You have to be very careful about where you spend it. That’s why you should be considering the advantages that inbound marketing can have. This type of marketing involves using content, such as blogs and videos that are on your site and other sites online, to help draw visitors to your site.The Cost EffectivenessOne of the most important benefits of using inbound marketing is the cost. When you compare it with traditional outbound marketing, you will see that inbound (Read more...
Published: February 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
Small businesses often feel like they can’t compete against the big players in their industry, but I’d argue against that.
Sure, you may not have the deep pockets of a large corporation, but there are still plenty of reasons why a customer should choose you over the competition...no matter their (or your) size.
Here’s how you can stand out against the behemoths.
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1. Be Nimble When They Can’t
Being able to quickly pivot when your industry or technology requires it is essential to remain competitive. And here’s a secret: (Read more...
Published: February 22, 2016, 6:00 pm
“We have to talk.”
Your heart sinks a little, and you brace yourself for what comes next: the breakup speech.
Sometimes “the talk” is a way to let you down gently. Sometimes your (former) other half skips the niceties and goes straight for the jugular: you’ve done this or that wrong, you just don’t listen or you’re not delivering the results you promised.
This isn’t a complicated lovers quarrel; no, this is the breakup between an agency and a client. When a client initiates the breakup, it’s up to the agency to woo the client back or know (Read more...
Published: February 19, 2016, 7:00 pm
Consumer relations have come a long way over the past few decades. As tech and entrepreneurship become increasingly mainstream, expectations of companies have changed. People want more.
They’re generally justified in their mindset, too. After all, we live in a world in which the average consumer has virtually unlimited access to information, reviews, and alternatives.
It’s up to companies to offer a good product, but not just for the sake of market competition. They have a philanthropic obligation to their customers and their competition alike.
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Published: February 17, 2016, 3:50 pm
We have put together the best franchise opportunities to own in 2016. If you are interested in starting your own business than look no further than our list of great performing franchises.If you are interested in any of these franchises, just click the request info box and you will received more information on the franchises and next steps for getting started. (Read more...
Published: February 17, 2016, 1:25 am
Exclusive list of the 2016 top franchises for sale. Our list of the best franchises will give you the opportunity to start your own business with the most potential.Every year we carefully select franchises that are growing in popularity and with a wide range of investment levels. We searched thousands of franchises to bring you are list of top performers for the money. You can request information from each of the franchises to get details on their franchise and how to get started.SlipDoctorsMin Investment: $10,000 Slip Doctors’ passion for this business grows out of the fact that slip-and-fall injuries (Read more...
Published: February 11, 2016, 6:58 pm
You’ve heard the saying that content is king a million times. The reason people keep saying this is because it is very true, especially in today’s world. Any company that wants to keep the attention of their audience needs to have fresh content on their site on a regular basis. This also helps them to keep high rankings with search engines. This means that companies of all sizes are starving for content, and most of them simply can’t produce it as fast as the web demands. This is a great opportunity for someone such as you.Types of ContentWhen it (Read more...