Reads of the Week

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.


We’re just a few days away from Super Bowl XLIX and like half of the expected 100 million American viewers, you’ll probably be tuning in primarily to watch the commercials. Nor ready to risk all of your annual advertising spend on one 30-second ad? Here are five top lessons small businesses can learn from this year’s high-priced Super Bowl ads.

After sitting on the couch all day Sunday watching football, here’s a good reminder of what you can be doing as an entrepreneur to keep your customers, and yourself, happy. You may be surprised to learn it begins with getting out of the office! Turn off the lights and invest more time focusing on your personal health and fitness as well as your families. These activities make everyone happier as well as healthier over the long run.

And one more bit about exercise; afterall, it’s January and we’re still committed to our New Year’s resolutions, right? Ever considered one of those standing desks? Since sitting all day is slowly killing us, office workers are now turning to this option more frequently. But why just stand when you can walk, ask proponents of the even more ridiculous treadmill desks. Walking while at work is even healthier than standing still. But can you actually work while walking? Or will the office turn into a nice stroll where no work gets done? A new study finds just the opposite.

And we can’t start out the year without passing along some fun and interesting apps, including the 10 must-have entertainment apps for Android TV including 8Tracks, your out-of-the-box music player for those who have gotten tired of Pandora, or TuneIn, your go-to free app for over 100,000 live radio stations, podcasts, and other channels for your listening pleasure.




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