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10 Tips for Increasing Small Business Efficiency

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2016-10-22 12:00

Efficiency is an important part of running a small business. When you have fewer resources than large companies, you need to be able to get more done with less. There are ways to increase efficiency in all areas of your business, as members of our small business community have learned. See some of their top tips in the list below.

Learn the Power of Personal Branding

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, it’s not enough to simply brand your business. You also need to consider your own personal branding. You can learn a bit about personal branding from the experts included in this post by Dipti Parmar on Preceptist .

Get Stuff Done With Productivity Tools

Want to get more done in less time? There are plenty of different productivity tools out there that entrepreneurs can benefit from. Some small business experts shared their favorites in this post on Tina’s Blog. We were thrilled to have Small Business Trends’ publisher and CEO Anita Campbell included.

Network a Conference Like a Jedi

When attending conferences for your business, networking is a must. And if you really want to help your business, you need to learn how to network like a Jedi, which you can do with the tips in this Content Marketing Institute post by Aaron Orendorff. You can also see discussion surrounding the post over on BizSugar.

Protect Your Business from Phishing Scams

Phishing scams can really harm small businesses. But if you know how to protect your business and data, you can really decrease your chances of seeing any negative impact. This post by Ramon Ray of SmallBizTechnology includes some tips to help your small business avoid phishing scams.

Use These Tools to Guide the Blogging Process

Blogging isn’t as simple as just jotting down a few thoughts and hitting publish. You need a strategy and a lot of help if you want your blog to be effective. Luckily, there are plenty of blogging tools available to help you create your own blogging process, as Neil Patel shares in this post.

Scope Out Your Competition With These Sneaky Strategies

Keeping an eye on the competition is essential if you want your business to be competitive. And there are some simple ways you can do just that, as outlined in this Small Business Marketing Tools post by Kevin Bartley. The BizSugar community also shares thoughts on the post.

Develop and Fulfill Your Philosophy for Top-Notch Web Content

Your idea of the perfect web content strategy isn’t likely to look the same as anyone else’s. And no other strategy is likely to work perfectly for your business. But you can develop your own philosophy and use it to make the best web content possible, as Neletha Skelton details in this Media Shower post.

Get the Benefits of a Responsive Website

If you don’t already have a website that is responsive, you should probably consider the potential benefits of doing so. In this post, Steven Werley explains some of the key reasons small businesses should have responsive websites.

Use Integrations to Increase Productivity

Since there are so many different business tools out there, choosing tools that can easily integrate with other tools can greatly increase your productivity. In this Duct Tape Marketing post and podcast, John Jantsch discusses integrations with Wade Foster. And BizSugar members talk about the post further too.

Add These Filters to Your Interview Process

If you want your business to be successful, you need to hire the best people. And that means you need to develop an interview process that is most likely to bring you those perfect candidates. This CorpNet post by Jeanne Grunert goes over some key parts of the hiring and interview process.

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This article, "10 Tips for Increasing Small Business Efficiency" was first published on Small Business Trends

50 Business Ideas for Teens

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2016-10-22 09:30

You don’t have to be an adult to start your own business. In fact, there are many different business opportunities that teens can use to get their entrepreneurial journeys started. Here are 50 business opportunities for teens.

Business Ideas for Teens Academic Tutor

For students that excel in certain subjects, you can offer assistance to other students that need help in that area by starting a business as an academic tutor.

SAT/College Prep Tutor

Or you can get even more specific about your tutoring services and focus specifically on helping students and college applicants prepare for the SATs or other standardized tests.

Child Care

Babysitting and child care services are popular ways for young people to make some extra money. You can accept jobs that don’t conflict with your school schedule or other activities.

Handmade Shop Owner

If you have any art or craft skills, you can open your own shop selling handmade goods to people online on sites like Etsy.

Craft Fair Vendor

Or you could sell your items to customers in person at local craft fairs or other events that promote handmade vendors.

Social Media Influencer

For those who are skilled with social media, you can build up a following and then work with brands as an influencer to promote various products and services.

YouTube Personality

YouTube is also a popular platform for entrepreneurs. You can start your own channel and then earn revenue through advertising shares as you gain followers and views.


If you’re more inclined to create audio content, you can start your own podcast and then earn money through advertisers on your podcast or website.


Blogging is also a viable business opportunity for people of all ages. You can start your own blog about a subject you’re interested in and then earn money through ads, product sales, affiliate links or other methods.

Cake Decorator

If you want to start a creative business or work with food, you can offer your services as a cake decorator for events, bakeries or other customers.

Car Washing Service

You can also start a mobile car washing service where you visit clients to wash and detail their vehicles.

House Cleaner

Or you can build up a base of clients through word of mouth and offer house cleaning services on a regular basis.

Laundry Service

You can even get more specific with your services and offer to do laundry for your local clients.

Errand Service

You can also offer a variety of different errand services to local customers, including picking up groceries, dry cleaning and more.


People of all ages can invent new products. If you have a great idea for a new invention as a teen, you can build a prototype yourself or work with businesses or mentors to find a way to get it produced.

Lawn Care

Lawn care is a pretty easy and straightforward business to start. If you have transportation and equipment, you can build a client base of local homeowners in your area.

Dog Walking

Or you could focus on gaining local clients who are also pet owners and offering dog walking services on a daily or weekly basis.


You can also offer housesitting services to homeowners who need someone to look after their homes while they travel.

Gift Wrapping Service

During the holidays or other popular gift giving occasions, you can offer gift wrapping services to gift givers who don’t want to wrap their own items.

Tech Support

If you’re fairly competent with computers or technology, you can start a tech support business where customers can call or chat with you to get help solving their tech issues.

Computer Setup Service

You can also start a business that’s specifically geared toward helping people who recently bought new computers or devices and need help getting them set up.

Technology Tutor

Or you can focus more on teaching clients how to set up their devices or solve other tech issues on their own by starting a business as a tech tutor.

Online Graphics Seller

If you have some design skills, you can create your own printable or online graphics and sell them to customers as downloadable files online.

Clothing Designer

You can also potentially channel your design skills into creating your own clothing line and selling pieces online or in local boutiques.

T-shirt Designer

Or you can keep it simple and create your own designs to include on t-shirts and then get them printed to sell online or in stores.

Greeting Card Maker

If your creativity is suited more toward creating your own paper goods, you can also design your own line of greeting cards to sell.

Recycling Service

For those who want to start an environmentally friendly business, you can start a service where you pick up recyclables and take them to the proper facilities.

Party Entertainer

If you want to start a business where you work mainly at special events, you can start a business as an entertainer such as a juggler, balloon artist, mime or even magician that entertains people at events.


Or if you’re musically inclined, you can start a business with a band or as an individual musician who plays at weddings or events.

Custom Portrait Artist

For those who are more visually focused artists, you can offer your services to people who want custom portraits of their families, pets or other subjects.

Pet Photographer

You can also start a photography business that specifically caters to pet owners who want photo portraits of their furry friends.

Event Photogapher

Or you can offer your photography services at weddings or special events.

Farmer’s Market Vendor

If you have the space and the ability to grow food in your home or garden, you can start a booth at your local farmer’s market to sell those home grown food items.

Delivery Service

You can also start a delivery service business where you deliver items to different locations on behalf of your customers as long as you have a reliable form of transportation.

Packing Service

Starting a full moving service might not be super realistic for a teenager. But you can start a business that helps people pack up their items before moving in order to make some extra cash.

Co-working Service

Coworking services have gained a lot of popularity in recent years. And they can even be useful for young entrepreneurs. So you can start your own business by opening a coworking space for other teen entrepreneurs.

Graphic Designer

If you have some basic design skills, you can start your own graphic design business where you help clients by designing logos and other branding elements.

Web Designer

Or you can help them put together websites by starting a business as a web designer.

Ecommerce Reseller

Entrepreneurs of all ages can easily open ecommerce stores. So you can purchase items and then sell them at a profit on platforms like eBay.


You can offer editing or proofreading services to businesses, authors or individuals who need help perfecting their copy.


If you have the right equipment and skills you can also offer your services as a videographer for local businesses or events.

Gift Basket Service

You can also fairly easily put together and sell gift baskets for holidays or other special occasions.


For those who enjoy putting together scrapbooks, you can build a business by offering custom scrapbooking services to people who want to preserve their memories in a special way without doing the work themselves.

Snow Removal

If you want to earn some extra cash during the winter months, you can offer to shovel snow for local homeowners for a small fee.

Leaf Removal

And during the fall, you can offer leaf removal services to those who don’t want to rake their yards on their own.

Garage Sale Organizer

Garage sales can be a great way to earn some extra cash. You can host your own to get rid of unwanted items or even help others who don’t want to put together and run their own sales.

Holiday Decorator

During the holidays, you can offer services to put up lights and other decorations and adornments.

Personal Shopper

For those who enjoy shopping, you can build a business as a personal shopper and help others pick out the best items for them.

Pet Cleanup Service

It may not be glamorous work, but pet cleanup is a service that’s really in demand. So you can build a client base in your area and offer those services regularly.

Zine Publisher

If you want to share creative work, from visual art and photography to fiction and poetry, you can start your own zine and sell it to customers at events or online.

TutorTeens on BenchCar WashGreeting CardClearing Garage Photos via Shutterstock

This article, "50 Business Ideas for Teens" was first published on Small Business Trends

'Open a McDonald's, KFC or Subway to make Gloucester street safe'

Topix - Sat, 2016-10-22 08:56

Calls are being made to encourage corporate takeaways such as Macdonald's and KFC to open in Gloucester's nightlife hotspot to help curb anti-social behaviour. The move is being recommended by businesses in Eastgate Street to improve the road's image after police deemed it the most dangerous in the county.

Categories: Today's Food News

How to Conquer Communication Chaos by Workstorming

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2016-10-22 07:00

In his new book about conversations at work, author Rob Kendall makes a very important observation. In school, we aren’t taught how to converse with people. We are taught to give speeches. We are supposed to listen, but there is little discussion or training on how to converse with people. As we move from the classroom into the workforce, we often take the negative patterns that come from our lack of training in basic conversation.

When we use those negative communication patterns (like blaming, name-calling, “the silent treatment”, etc.), chaos ensues.

What is Workstorming About?

Workstorming: Why Conversations at Work Go Wrong and How to Fix Them is about healthy communication in the workplace, the kind of communication that gets things done. The problem is that many businesses don’t actively foster environments where that can happen because they run on the assumption employees already know how to communicate. The book’s core message outlines three key essential elements to fixing that problem.

The first aspect of the book’s message is simply being aware of our communication at work. If we’re honest, most communication at work is mindless, routine or done while multi-tasking. This kind of communication stems from a negative coping strategy of dealing with workplace stress, according to Workstorming. We communicate, but we don’t take the time to really understand the situation until a misunderstanding happens. As a result, our negative communication patterns continue until a major problem happens.

The second aspect is implementing change. Once we become more aware of how mindless we are in work conversations, we need to do something about it! That’s easier said than done, however. When coworkers are in a meeting that breaks down into an argument, it’s the ideal time to bring awareness of this downward spiral to the group’s attention. Sadly, it’s also the very time when we are least receptive to the need for better attention in our work conversations..

The third aspect is establishing boundaries before you communicate. As the book suggests, be proactive and upfront with your communication. If you’re a business manager having a meeting, let the meeting participants know what decisions will be made and who will have the final say. Don’t have a meeting where the decision-making process is solely up to you, but employees are led to believe they are offering vital input.

Miscommunication hurts and it backfires, so it’s to our advantage to do what we can to fix it beforehand.

The author brings plenty of experience to the table from communicating successfully in a variety situations.  Kendall is a communications coach whose professional career included working at the age 18 helping amputees in India, assisting with operations at the 2012 Olympics in London, and working in over 24 countries.

What Was Best About Workstorming?

The best part of Workstorming is the rather simple but intuitive message that the book focuses on. Kendall directs the reader’s attention to the tiny details that we all know in hindsight (like knowing when an argument escalates and how it feels after an argument), but we fail to acknowledge. If your workplace continues to have the same negative patterns in conversation (which the book identifies), this book provides examples of how to turn that conversation around and how to fix that conversation in the future.

What Could Have Been Done Differently

Workstorming has a lot of helpful (and again, intuitive) information that can help improve business communication. The one area where it could provide additional information is in the area of adapting the techniques to more difficult situations. The book provides some decent examples of the power of agendas (intentional or unintentional) to sabotage a conversation. What might be helpful is some additional information on what to do next. For example, how do you deal with a business leader who consistently engages in negative communication?

Why Read Workstorming?

Whether involving supervisors, employees or both, if you’ve noticed that workplace arguments have started to impact productivity and teamwork, Workstorming might be a book you want to add to your to-read list. The book breaks down the simple negative communication patterns behind many workplace communication failures and redirects readers to a simple method of awareness and proactive preparation. If you have ever wondered what simple steps you can do to help your business conversations move into a higher level of productivity, this book will start you in the right direction.

This article, "How to Conquer Communication Chaos by Workstorming" was first published on Small Business Trends

Seaside town has highest ratio of fast food outlets in the region

Topix - Sat, 2016-10-22 05:03

Some might say that a trip to Scarborough is incomplete without a seafront stroll with a bag of fish and chips. But new research gives the town's residents cause for concern, as it was revealed yesterday the seaside destination has the highest ratio of fast food outlets compared to its population in all of Yorkshire and the Humber.

Categories: Today's Food News

Metro Chicago Housing Market Registered 3rd Quarter Gains Despite Drag...

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

The metropolitan Chicago housing market continued to show progress during the third quarter of this year, but the forward momentum was slowed by a continuing shortage of homes for sale, RE/MAX...

(PRWeb October 21, 2016)

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Engel & Völkers With RPM Mortgage Support Another Season of...

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

The lifestyle real estate brand proudly participated in this October’s event

(PRWeb October 21, 2016)

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SVN® Adds Established Minority-Owned Firm in Philadelphia

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

SVN | The Concordis Group joins the SVN platform to strengthen and expand its commercial real estate services throughout the Philadelphia region.

(PRWeb October 20, 2016)

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CryoUSA Solutions Incorporates Cryosense Whole Body Cryotherapy into...

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

CryoUSA Solutions℠, the world’s leader in providing whole body cryotherapy and other recovery modalities, is pleased to announce they are now the exclusive U.S. provider of the Cryosense Whole Body...

(PRWeb October 20, 2016)

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Michelle Cote Resigns from the Board of Creative Learning Corporation

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

Creative Learning Corporation announces the resignation of Michelle Cote from its Board of Directors to devote energies to creative issues.

(PRWeb October 20, 2016)

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Announcing Drucker Day 2016: Tracing the ‘Leadership Arc’ from Self to...

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

Featured speakers will include former Starbucks President Howard Behar

(PRWeb October 20, 2016)

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Spring-Green Welcomes Newest Franchise Owner Jimy White

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

The new franchise serves Knoxville, Tennessee and the surrounding area.

(PRWeb October 20, 2016)

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Omnivore Launches Innovative New POS App Store for POSitouch

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

Universal API Integration Streamlines Restaurant Operations While Elevating Customer Engagement

(PRWeb October 20, 2016)

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Papa Murphy’s Launches Aggressive Development Incentives Targeting 80...

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

Nation’s Largest Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza Chain Spurs Rapid Growth With Deeply Discounted Franchise and Royalty Fees

(PRWeb October 20, 2016)

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Brian Caldwell Opens New Pet Food Company

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

Pet Wants Texas Gulf Coast offers personal delivery to Lake Jackson, Angleton, Alvin and surrounding areas.

(PRWeb October 20, 2016)

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From Programming to Manufacturing, TGA Launches New Youth Tennis...

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

Leading youth sports brand expands to become the only company in the tennis industry to deliver youth tennis programming and its own custom sized equipment

(PRWeb October 20, 2016)

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WBR Digital, CXFS, and OpinionLab Release Customer Experience...

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

New report shows customer service initiatives to be an incumbent priority among financial firms

(PRWeb October 19, 2016)

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Third Quarter Ends on Negative Note as Sales, Traffic and Job Growth...

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

Same-store sales were negative for the fourth consecutive month and chain restaurants endured another period of declining guest counts; even restaurant job growth, which until recently had been...

(PRWeb October 19, 2016)

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Trilogy Brands Group: Keynote Speaker at the Middle East Franchise...

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

We are pleased to announce Trilogy Brands Group, as Keynote Speaker at the Middle East Franchise Association Expo and Awards Ceremony, presented by His Highness Prince Bandar bin Saud bin Khaled Al...

(PRWeb October 19, 2016)

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Franchise Times Names Express Employment Professionals 48th Largest...

PR Web - Sat, 2016-10-22 03:30

Oklahoma City-based international staffing company Express Employment Professionals is ranked the 48th largest franchised company in the U.S. in worldwide sales by Franchise Times magazine.

(PRWeb October 18, 2016)

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