Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from around the world.
- Small-Business Owners Are Coping, and Feeling Grateful for the Bright Spots: For five small business owners in New York, the conditions are still rough — but these entrepreneurs are grateful for a few bright spots.
- Patent Auctions Offer Protections to Investors: Instead of spending millions in protracted legal battles, some inventors are turning to firms that will auction their rights to the highest bidders.
- The last bank standing for small businesses: The landscape of lenders willing to work with small business owners has changed dramatically in the last year, but one bank — Wells Fargo — has emerged stronger than ever.
- Small businesses fighting downturn urge residents to spend in their neighborhood: As a matter of habit, residents of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, head to DeKalb Ave. or Fulton St. to shop. So the merchants of nearby Myrtle Ave. use a “think globally, shop locally” marketing campaign to vie for attention and dollars.
- Small Business Guide to Text-Message Marketing: With a few caveats, mobile text messaging can help build customer relationships and increase sales at a reasonable cost.
- Health; Crisis in the making: Five in six small businesses have no health-related contingency plan. There’s a one-in-six chance of a massive H1N1 outbreak. It’s time to do more than the math.
- How to Get People to Be on Your Advisory Board: Figuring out that having an Advisory Board to help you manage your small business – easy. Getting the people with the expertise and experience to serve on the Advisory Board…
- Startups see upside of down economy: W hen Devin Spackman put together a business plan for his coffee shop venture, he didn’t expect to make a profit for the first six months.
- Retail Sales Tax (RST) And…: An outline of the process of charging, collecting, and remitting retail sales tax (RST) in Ontario, using the example of a small retail business. This provincial sales tax explanation also applies to small businesses in BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
- Home Office Organization: Is a messy cluttered home office slowing you down? Need to know how to organize your home office but don’t know where to start? If you’re not quite ready for a full makeover but desperately need more home office organization, here are five small manageable things you can do to organize your home office right now
- SMEs to benefit from new cyber-crime legislation: New cyber-crime legislation will be introduced by the Federal Government before the end of the year that will make the possession and trading of secure digital information such as account…
- Businesses get massive debts cleared: ABOUT 3000 small businesses have been relieved of debts of up to $30,000 each after a major court action by the ACCC.
- Bankruptcy reform will hurt: SMALL business owners might find that life under a Rudd Labor government is about to get a bit harder.
- Government may cut more SME programs: The Federal Government may take the axe to more business programs as it starts to restore the budget to surplus, Innovation Review head and deputy chair of CSIRO, Terry Cutler…
- Fears that SMEs will be hit by news OHS costs premature: Claims that SMEs will carry the costs of new national occupation health and safety laws are premature, says the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Peter Anderson.
- SMEs to tackle youth unemployment: Small businesses are vital to tackling graduate and youth unemployment, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) will tell delegates at the Labour Party Conference next week.
- Don’t deter SMEs from offering apprenticeships, says CBI: The Low Pay Commission is to decide early next year whether apprenticeships should be brought under the national minimum wage rules.
- Small firms rates relief Bill comes a step closer: Small business representatives have welcomed Assembly support for a Bill that will introduce a rates relief scheme for small firms.
- Upbeat small firms believe business can grow but may fear a lack of lending will hold them back, finds FPB: Many small businesses believe they will prosper and grow as Britain heads out of recession, according to a survey released today.
- SMEs triumph over adversity: Over 40 per cent of small businesses in the UK have developed creative solutions to strengthen their business during the downturn, research has found.
- Assessing Your Business Idea – Pre Business Start-up: Over 50% of business start-ups fail within only five years, and most of those fail in the first twelve months. There seems to be a commonality in the reasons why businesses fail at this early stage. Question is, does it really have to be like this? We think not!
- Recession Survival -Re-Activation & Retention Of Your Small Business Customers: There is no easier sale to make than to sell to people who are already customers. Why? They know your business and they know you, so they know what they get – since they will hopefully have been served well by your business when they bought from you last.
- Has your small business been given the swine flu “vaccine”?:Last week the numbers of swine flu victims has doubled in the UK. How is your business prepared for the apparently coming wave of swine flu infected people? The northern hemisphere is going to suffer this winter with more swine flu victims than last summer, according to experts. How can you make sure your business is […]
- Blog Action Day 2009:- Climate Change: At WinWeb we are very interested in our environment – as you may know our OnlineOffice is one green or better eco-friendly business tool you and your colleagues can use to help the environment.
So when this years Blog Action Day was announced to be about climate change we signed up without delay. On October […]
- Online Tools Aid Globalization Of The Kitchen Table Home Business: Running a business from home is already a reality for many of us. But how well do we really understand the real potential of home businesses using web 2.0 online business software? Do you have a website and are you aware that this makes your business a global business? Yes, your kitchen table business is […]
As always this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it will give you a little overview. — ST.