News on Any Platform: Computer, Tablet, MobileWe know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments.

There is less than a week till tax day. While many might already be spending their refunds; others are scrambling to get it all wrapped up. Here are a few missed small business deductions to think about in this last week, or file away for next year.

We all know the people we like to surround ourselves with in our personal life, and work is no different. Something that can adversely affect your company and team is a toxic employee. We all have seen them after the fact, but how do we identify them in the beginning and minimize their impact on your organization? This article gives 5 ways to know that an employee is toxic. Do you agree, or have any others? Include them below.

A couple of the big guys are trying to make it easier for consumers to connect with home service businesses. Google is reported to be launching a new product to connect searchers only a week or so after Amazon Home Services launched in key markets. Both show that it’s more important than ever to make sure that your business has a website and you can be found by potential customers. While the SBA recently reported that only half of all small business have a website there are more and more easy ways to get your business online. Here is just one article on the steps to creating your first small business website.

Mad Men’s last season kicked off this week and while the fashion of the era might be fleeting, some of the marketing lessons are timeless. Here are 5 great social media lessons courtesy of Don Draper.

…and filed under “information essential for the weekend.” Your next trip to Ikea got even more tasty as Ikea is trying to cater to more vegetarians with the launch of veggie balls in the cafe. If you pair that with 7-11’s bring your own cup day promotion, your Saturday can be amazing! Report back, please?

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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