Reads of the WeekWe 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.

The other day Verizon released their 2015 Report on PCI Compliance. With data breaches and security standards at the top of many consumer minds, it was interesting to read that still only 20% of companies globally are fully compliant with the standards. (The biggest stumbling block? Regular testing of systems and processes.) If you are curious what all of that means, and how PCI affects PaySimple customers and our company, here is a FAQ for standards and compliance as well.

In the social media realm, it seems as though the long-on-life-support channel of Google Plus might finally be dead.

Facebook, the current social heavyweight is continuing to tweak their algorithm to serve the most relevant content and keeps the news feed user-focused. What does this mean for your brand? You must truly provide value and information. Click bait and Spam will get your business dinged.

If you have one less social network to be on, maybe you’ll be more productive too! Start to look at small things that affect your productivity daily. Where to start? These 11 tweaks can help you find time in unexpected places.

Something you can do with your newly-found hours in the day? Ask yourself these 5 questions. By continuously assessing your skills, you can not only grow yourself, but also build your business and manage your employees better.

…and it’s Friday the 13th! Interestingly, 2015 is a year of 3 Friday the 13ths (something that happens only every 11 years). Here are some fun facts of this day from last month’s 13th date (A Friday).

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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