Reads of the WeekWe know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week from topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments.

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Thursday is Thanksgiving and the (very unofficial given the piles of commercials already on TV) start to the Holiday Shopping season. In that end we have a few links for you: the first about how to get involved in Small Business Saturday. Around since 2010, it’s a great opportunity to be involved in your local business community and support others in your area.

Next, you will probably be thinking about sending out holiday cards — for your family, maybe you’ve already put together a cute family picture complete with your cats wearing snowflake sweaters, but do you know the etiquette for business holiday cards? Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind before you send them out.

Many entrepreneurs start off building their business in their homes and often when you truly want to be productive, you can’t because there are too many distractions. There are some great tips for keeping yourself on track and off the couch from Fox Small Business.

As you start out your business, you need to think about how much you’ll need to invest of your own money and how much you’ll need to borrow. Bplans walked through some of the categories to consider here.

You may think of him solely as some guy you hear mentioned by your brother, husband/wife, colleague at work as an oracle or mastermind — often along those always life-sucking words “fantasy football” — but Matthew Berry’s opener this week had relevant advice beyond just ‘should I sit XXX,’ it talked about how to get the job you want in the field you want through a balance of skills and networking. Good tips for more than just faux football managers.

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Kristin Piccirillo

Kristin Piccirillo

Kristin is the Director of Acquisition on the Marketing team at PaySimple responsible for the development, strategy and management of channels like Search, Display, and other acquisition initiatives. When she's not working 'on the google' she is probably skiing in the winter or running/biking crazy distances training for Triathlons and other endurance events. You can find her on Google+

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