Lisa Hephner

Small Business Infographic Trends in 2016 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Think of any small business related topic…there is likely an infographic for that. The field is definitely diverse, and it is growing. A Google search for “Small Business Infographic” returns over 3 million results. To hone in on what the current small business infographic conversation looks like, I filtered the results for only those posted between January 1 and July 29, 2016. That significantly narrowed the field to 294 results at the time of my search. Within those I surveyed the top 50 actual infographic results to create the What Small Business Infographics are Graphing. infographic.

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Lisa Hephner

22 More Sites for Free Public Domain Stock Images You Can Use for Any Small Business Purpose

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Creative Commons 0 (CC0) License…Completely Free…
No Attribution Required…Really!


For images that you can use freely in your business projects, without providing attribution, your best bets are Creative Commons 0 (CCO) Public Domain Images. These are images the photographer has donated to the public domain, and can be used in any way, for any purpose.

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Synthia Hernandez

Haysville Recreation Department Saves Time by Selling Online

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A staple in their community, the Haysville Recreation Department in Kansas offers a variety of recreation programs from youth sports and adult sports to fitness classes. Haysville Recreation was our first customer to have their store up and running and actively selling for their business. They have put it to the test, using it for a variety of their activities and programs. To increase the number of customers using their Online Store, Rob has been advertising it within their programs through school flyers, on their Facebook page, and with email and text messages.

“We started taking registrations through our Online Store in February of this year and have had at least 20% of our registrations since then processed through it. The more people find out about it, the more they seem to be using it.”

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Lisa Hephner

A Guide to Going Global with Your Small Business

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When thinking about international trade, your mind most likely goes to multi-billion-dollar corporate behemoths that do business across the globe. But, it may surprise you to learn that according to the US International Trade Association (ITA) in 2014 98% of all US companies exporting goods were small companies with fewer than 500 employees, and that these small businesses were responsible for a third of the total dollar value of exported goods in that year. Using US Census data, the ITA also reports that in 2013 92% of all US export activity, and 15% of export value, was attributable to small businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

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Lisa Hephner

Another Worthwhile Free Online Graphics Tool

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If I had a nickel for every time someone told me that a picture was worth a thousand words I probably still would not have enough money to afford one of those high-powered graphic design programs. Luckily for the average small business owner, such a program is not needed (and would likely be overkill anyway) since there are a number of free alternatives available.

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Amanda Jurgens

A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Our Brand New Help Center

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Our goal has always been to help our customers grow their businesses. PaySimple was built to make running a business easier. The more our customers use our platform, the more time they’ll save and the more they’ll improve their cash flow, making their lives less stressful and their business more profitable. But…

We know our customers are busy, they don’t always work traditional business hours, and they might have questions that come up outside of our service hours.

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Kate Martin

Recurring Revenue—The Wind in Your Sails for Business Growth and Financial Stability

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The Small Business Doldrums

The doldrums—that time of year when business slows to a crawl.

For a business owner, having a stable cash flow can mean the difference between tightening the purse strings while riding out the slow season or the ability to take a vacation with your family. Structuring your business fully, or at least in part, around recurring revenue will help keep you out of the doldrums with predictable income, on-time payments and happy customers.

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Lisa Hephner

12 Summer Reads for All Small Business Needs

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Whether you’re taking a 2 week beach vacation or a 2 hour sojourn in the backyard sun, there is no better way to relax than to disappear into a good book. For a true escape from the day-to-day of running your small business, launch yourself into a fictional world. But if you simply cannot leave all thoughts of work behind, at the very least immerse yourself in one of the summer’s hot business books. Or take the middle ground and enjoy a novel about business. You can’t miss with a selection or two from any of the following Best of 2016 book lists.

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Kate Martin

Grow Your Business by Marketing Your Services

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Congratulations! You took the risk and stepped out on your own. You are the boss—you provide first-rate services, you find and manage your customers, you make sure bills are paid, invoices sent, problems solved, employees hired and trained and much more. In other words, your spinning plates add up quickly. Often, the struggles of keeping all these plates spinning can be overwhelming, making the idea of expansion or growth feel daunting, if not impossible. But isn’t growth the idea? No business dream includes the words, “…and I’ll have 6 loyal customers and never need more.” So let’s stack some of those plates and start planning for the growth of your business!

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