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Day August 9, 2007

Carnival of Small Business Issues – Ed.14

Here is a post with all kinds of good links - relating to small business issues - from Marketing, Operations and HR. Like with all of these carnivals some of it is useful to you and some of it to someone else.This time it is hosted on the Atlantic Canada's Small Business Blog.

Eco-Friendly Technology for Small Business.

Our On-Demand Small Business Infrastructure deploys environmentally friendly business processes and technologies to help our planet and reduce your carbon footprint.A lot has been written about the benefits of on-demand SaaS software, but the green aspect is often overlooked, add WinWeb we call this part of our offering ClimateByte™ Technology and more will be revealed when our new version 3.4 is being launched on September 3rd.Small business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Personal businesses can help reduce it's carbon footprint just by making a choice between software and services delivery models, it is that easy:1.... Less Infrastructure - Less Overheads, More Money and Less CO2.On-Demand Small Business Infrastructure works with professionals like you, so you can timeshare any expertise you need, no need for offices, heating, etc - outsourcing for our environments sake - it is the way to go.What really makes these examples so appealing is that while you help to save our environment you also save money, overheads and time on every corner, for your efforts.

Low Staff Turnover in SME/SMB Businesses

Not so long ago I wrote about small business being less volatile and that employees see small or personal business as less risky than working for bigger companies.The NFIB-National Federation of Independent Business in a small business poll reported yesterday:".... nearly half of all small businesses, 49 % experienced no employment turnover during the past 12 month...."The news for small business is getting better and better - let's hope it will stay that way.Hat-tip to Jeff Cornwell - Retention of Employees Strong Among Small Businesses.

Stuart and the Clowns

I am glad that my blogging buddy Stuart has decided to get back to blogging - he has this ongoing "thing" with Cumbria Vision - that is what got him back blogging, and when you read this you'll know why.Talk about politically correct employment strategies - it made me laugh when I read it, but unfortunately it is true.

Learn & Earn, Niche, Customer – Let’s Do It!

I have been talking in the past about starting a business on the side and this morning has a excellent post " The smart way to start a business" on Evan has a four step process in mind, here it goes: Learn & EarnFind Your NicheFind A CustomerBreak AwayYou should read it.

Search Engine Optimization Vital For SME/SMB

The internet is the information highway of the world and online advertising allows small businesses to get through to clients and customers who are interested in their products and services.It is thus important for small business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Personal businesses, to not only open an online shop but to also promote it well thorough online advertising.... An online office is also a great way to ensure that companies stay in touch with their clients at all times.Small businesses should not only utilise their web presence to engage customers and encourage sales, but also to take advantage of online advertising.Adam Wayland claimes that the importance of search engine optimisation (SEO), which allows websites to achieve higher slots on search engines, should not be underestimated for business websites.However, he added that the amount of advertising even a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) can achieve over the internet means it can be an essential, if costly, investment.

Small Business Environmentally Conscious

Energy consumption and its reduction has been the focus of the business world and it is heartening to see that micro businesses are deeply involved in this effort.Small business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-, Personal businesses account for a large chunk of the energy consumption of the country and hence their participation in reduction of carbon is vital. The National Association for the Self-Employed released its nifty surveys in June of this year and reported that micro businesses are very environment conscious and are considering the environment and affects to it when making business decisions.By looking for on-demand IT solutions, businesses can look for ways to reduce carbon use and energy consumption.

Small Business Start-Ups In Decline

Contrary to what Stephen Timms, the new minister for small business said in an interview in The Sunday Times - I wrote about it and asked if the aid for small business had been canceled - new research by the University of Sheffield shows alarmingly a fall in the business start-up rate.While small businesses are known to contribute greatly to the U.K. economy it is quite surprising to note that the small business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer-businesses start-up rates have actually gone down in the last decade.... Business owners of start-ups need to use online IT solutions and bootstrapping techniques to their benefit so that they can give time and attention to the core productive activities of the business instead of getting distracted by peripheral processes such as accounting.Some of the information going around is a little conflicting, here we know the start-up rate is going done, while at the same time the Government will have us believe the number of failures among start-ups is decreasing, are these trends correlated?

No believe in themselves.

Yesterday I wrote "What the hell, let's do it" and today there is a story about people in the United Kingdom not believing in themselves enough to start a business.Whether it is their natural tendency to stick to the time tested and traditional route research indicates that while the British have great business ideas they don't have enough faith or belief to make turn them into reality.... The Director of Inventva, David Thomas says that potential entrepreneurs need to ask themselves five basic question before they decide if they should do something about their business idea and these include:* Does the business idea fill a gap in the market or is there a need for it?* Is it worthwhile to try to make the business work?* Would you enjoy working on the start-up?* Is it viable from a business point of view?* Do you have the resources to make it possible?Budding entrepreneurs need to make the most of the technology that is available to them and should look for a business infrastructure and IT solutions for accounting, cash-flow, etc. They should also consider outsourcing certain business processes that would leave them free to focus on core business activities.As I wrote before if your fail, who cares(?)

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