Self-Employed OutFront Weekly
May. 27, 2014

Most US small-business owners would do it all over again
Gallup
More than eight in 10 U.S. small-business owners say they would still become a small-business owner if they had it to do over again. This sentiment has changed little over the past 11 years, which suggests that the difficulties many small businesses experienced during the Great Recession did not cause owners to regret their decision to start a business.More

How to help veterans become entrepreneurs
FOX Business
As America honors its fallen soldiers, the country also recognizes the contributions of its returning veterans. They often face challenges such as permanent injury or a return to civilian life that can be difficult after years of serving in the military. The SBA's Veterans Business Outreach Program encourages entrepreneurship for veterans by offering business training and mentoring, advice on starting a small business and referrals.More

Why self-employment 401k funds should not rely on stocks alone
Intercooler Online
Although the stock market has been emerging recently with investment profits making almost double, self-employment 401k owners should not be too complacent with their investments. Sense Financial strongly suggests that account holders of self employed retirement accounts must not rely only on stocks in growing their retirement savings as high risk portfolio could damage an individual's retirement planning.More

7 credibility busters for a small business
AZCentral.com
If you aren't credible, customers won't trust in your ability to deliver a good product or service and are more likely to take their business elsewhere. Lack of credibility also leads to a poor reputation, more complaints and unkind reviews on social media. The good news is that if you pay attention, you can pre-empt credibility issues before they grow into major breakdowns in your business. Here are seven types of damaging behavior to look out for.More

Most US small-business owners would do it all over again
Gallup
More than eight in 10 U.S. small-business owners say they would still become a small-business owner if they had it to do over again. This sentiment has changed little over the past 11 years, which suggests that the difficulties many small businesses experienced during the Great Recession did not cause owners to regret their decision to start a business.More

How much is too much to pay for a small-business loan?
Bloomberg Businessweek
That was a big question at a recent conference on small-business lending at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where executives from high-cost alternative lenders mingled with bankers and regulators. Bob Coleman, who edits the Coleman Report, a trade publication for small-business lenders, put it to an executive from OnDeck, an online lender that charges annualized interest rates as high as 134 percent.More

5 tips for buying car insurance for the self-employed
The Street
Along with the many other steps to take when starting a business, here's one that many self-employed folks neglect: checking to make sure they have the right car insurance coverage. Just because your business is part-time or operated out of a home office on a shoestring budget doesn't mean a personal auto insurance policy is enough. There are different types of car insurance that you should know about to be sure you have sufficient coverage. Here are five coverage tips to make sure you have the protection you need.More

The secret to winning small-business contracts
Daily Financial
If we are to believe the standard depiction in popular culture, the relationship between a small business and its customers is a healthy, symbiotic one, where both sides treat each other fairly. In reality, customers more often act like a dysfunctional parent, playing siblings against each other in order to win their affection. This is no more evident than when a client asks a small-business owner to bid on a contract. More

How to buy a home when you're self-employed
FOX Business
Since the inception of qualified mortgages this year, the process to successfully close on a mortgage has become compliant-heavy by industry standards. This is especially true if you own your business. It's no mystery among self-employed borrowers that banks do not make it easy for an entrepreneur to qualify. Here's what you'll need to get approved for a mortgage.More

3 tips to boost business sales with Pinterest
By Emma Fitzpatrick
What's the next step after your business has established a presence on social platforms? From Instagram to Facebook, each social platform comes with its own list of do's and don'ts for businesses. Don't auto-post. Do post relevant content on a regular basis. Pinterest, the image-driven scrapbook-esque social site, may not be getting enough of your attention this spring. Did you know Pinterest has more than 70 million users? Or that Pinterest will generate you four times more money per click than Twitter?More

Small business on-the-go? Smartphones make it easy
The Associated Press via Augusta Chronicle
Smartphones have become vital for on-the-go entrepreneurs. Apps aimed at small-business owners allow them to pay bills, update Web sites, market their companies, reach out to customers and keep in touch with employees from anywhere. Some owners say their smartphones make it easier for them to build a side business while keeping a full-time job or step away from the company when needed.More

Small business positive about the Internet of things
eWeek
The vast majority of small businesses in the United States — 82 percent — believe the Internet of things will bring fresh opportunities to their businesses, according to a study released by security software specialist AVG Technologies.More

94 percent of people think buying from small businesses is important
Small Business Trends
You may be happy to know that the majority of people think it's important to frequent and buy from small businesses. An annual survey conducted by The UPS Store found that 94 percent of Americans believe shopping at small businesses is important. And 90 percent of the people responding to The UPS Store survey believe that small businesses are important to the economy.More