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.

Google is a daily part of most people’s lives, but when it comes to your business, it’s tough to wrap your hands around everything that you need to do to be more visible on the dominant search engine. The company announced a major program to make sure every business can be found. The online resource has a ton of different information, links, and How To’s to get your local business on the map, literally.

While getting found is a large part of building a business, another key for a lot of business owners is access to capital to do things like purchase machinery, a new building, or other  financing. One of our advisors wrote on what you need to get a business loan in this article on the 5 C’s of commercial credit. However, this week Entrepreneur posted an interesting opinion on changes needed for the most traditional of methods — the SBA 7(a) loan program.

What are your options if traditional lending won’t work? Manta, a comprehensive local, small business directory, published their 2015 business owner survey results which showed that alternative methods — like crowdfunding and online lending programs — are still not top of mind for many owners. Though they are not for everyone and can have bigger fees, they also have bigger approval rates which can help you to get money when you need it.

Speaking of getting money, this week Facebook announced a new service for peer-to-peer money transfer to challenge PayPal and Square Cash.  The Motley Fool breaks down what it might mean for the ecosystem and how using their stand-alone app, Messenger, you can easily text dollars to friends for free to pay for tickets, beers, or other small, personal spending.

Many business owners and employees have a hard time finding the line between ‘work-life’ and ‘life-life’; it becomes even more obvious in social posting. How do you separate your personal from your professional posting? A few strategies here.

Finally, there is a lot of wisdom in children’s books, and Winnie-the-Pooh is a definitive philosopher. Here are his 5 tips for a happy life along with some ways to integrate into your work and daily outlook.

 

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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