We 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.
An emerging and growing trend in business hiring is pre-hire tests. Eight of the top 10 U.S. private employers now administer pre-hire tests in their job applications, a trend that doubled over a 12-year period to 57%. With competition steep in certain fields, it may have just gotten steeper. Is this something you’ve used or experienced?
Another trend playing out in the B2B space is the use of ACH payments which has spiked to nearly 23 billion electronic payments in 2014. According to new data released this week, more than $40 trillion worth of funds were transferred over the ACH Network. Contributing to that growth were recurring payment and WEB transactions which together, represent a segment of payment processing capabilities which are leading to an increase in B2B transactions.
If the thought of payment processing doesn’t warm you up, maybe some of these products will. For those of us who live in areas that experience a traditional winter, meaning wet, cold and snowy, by mid-April, we’re ready for spring. Full-blown spring. To help you spring forward, whether the weather cooperates or not, here are 8 essential products to welcome in the new season.
Speaking of spring, is there a better way to fall asleep than a light rain tapping on the windows? This new smart pillow will not necessarily bring spring showers, but it emits relaxing, low-frequency noises that help improve your sleep with a built-in accelerometer. It wirelessly syncs with your smartphone to help you get better quality rest. Check out Chrona, when it’s available, or help fund it on Kickstarter.