Self-Employed OutFront Weekly
Oct. 22, 2013

Small business confidence at 3-year high
CNBC
VideoBrief Business confidence among small and medium-sized firms across the globe is at a three-year high, according to a global survey of businesses, but access to credit and risk aversion remain a problem. The Sage Business Index 2013, an annual global measures of confidence across SMEs, showed that confidence scores were at their highest level since the index began in 2011 as the global economy started to emerge from a prolonged period of economic crisis.More

Small Business Administration back to work with $140 million backlog
Columbus Business First
The U.S. Small Business Administration returned to work with the federal government's revival and finds itself with $140 million in unprocessed 7(a) loans. Shut down for 16 days, the agency accepted loan applications through an automated system but was unable to process the queue of sidelined deals. Millions of local small-business investments were put on hold as Congress' impasse dragged on and government-backed lenders siphoned applications to a dead end.More

13 ethical ways to increase your site's search traffic
Mashable
If you have a product you're really proud of, it should speak for itself. But when it comes down to it, you still need to get customers on your website in the first place — especially if you're running an e-commerce operation. Mashable asked a panel of 13 successful entrepreneurs to share their best advice for generating high-quality, organic search traffic to their business websites. Here's what they had to say.More

General insurers make a beeline for small-business owners
Business Standard
General insurance companies expect the next big growth to come from small and medium enterprises. Eyeing a bigger chunk of business from the growing insurance needs of the SME sector, insurers are offering customized products and services for this segment.More

Small business confidence at 3-year high
CNBC
Business confidence among small and medium-sized firms across the globe is at a three year high, according to a global survey of businesses, but access to credit and risk aversion remain a problem. The Sage Business Index 2013, an annual global measures of confidence across SMEs, showed that confidence scores were at their highest level since the index began in 2011 as the global economy started to emerge from a prolonged period of economic crisis.More

9 things to do now for small business holiday success
Shreveport Times
For many small businesses, the holidays represent half of annual sales. The final quarter is a make-or-break time of year. That's not just for retail. Restaurants, hotels, personal services like salons, even business-service providers such as accountants and lawyers, can be busiest during the holiday season. If you think you have plenty of time to get ready for the holidays, think again. You've got to get going if you're going to ring up holiday success this year for your small business.More

The government shutdown and enrolling in Health Care Exchanges
MSNBC via NASE
Katie Vlietstra, NASE's director of government affairs, goes on MSNBC's Your Business with J.J. Ramberg to discuss the government shutdown. More

Small business: Don't fall for these unethical and illegal Facebook practices
Business 2 Community
Ken Mueller writes, "Recently, a few friends and clients told me about an opportunity they had to get a lot more promotion for their businesses. A local marketing company has set up a website and Facebook page that is a guide to our local area. The purpose of these online properties is to keep area residents and tourists up to date on events in the area, as well as promote local businesses. What's wrong with that? It seems like a perfectly legitimate way of making money and promoting local businesses at the same time. After all, magazines and other printed directories have been doing this for years. But in this case, it’s wrong, and local businesses who 'pay to play' in this situation, can get themselves in trouble. Here's why." More

Best budgeting strategies for the self-employed
U.S. News & World Report
You're a solopreneur. You have your own business. You are self-employed. Whatever definition you use, if you're working for yourself and don't have a full-time staff helping bring in a strong six or seven figures in revenue a year, you probably occasionally, or often, have budgeting issues. After all, you don't just have to do the work for your business. So if you're one of the estimated 15.3 million people in the country who consider themselves self-employed and you're looking for strategies to keep your budget in line, consider the following ideas from solopreneurs.More

How much are you leaving on the table? Improving your business's after-tax financial efficiency
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
Most small-business owners strive to achieve two goals in their business — to “do good,” by providing a quality product to customers or clients; and to “do well” in terms of financial rewards. Unfortunately, as to the second goal, many small-business owners do not operate their businesses with optimal after-tax efficiency. In fact, we often see businesses of all types leaving tens of thousands of dollars "on the table" each year — which can equate to nearly $1 million of lost wealth over a career for an executive or owner. The good news is that many of you reading this can likely improve your post-tax bottom line in a number of ways and this article provides small-business owners a number of ideas to make such improvements in 2013. More

Why your small business needs an online marketing agency
Smallcap Network
As a small-business owner, you know just how tricky it can be to bring in business. However, if you don't get enough business, it will be difficult for you and your company to prosper or even survive. Fortunately, there is one great way to bring in more business: hiring an online marketing agency.More

Tips for struggling small-business owners
Fox News
VideoBrief Watch as "Bar Rescue" star Jon Taffer offers tips to struggling small-business owners. More

How the iPad and the cloud are helping small business
The Street via Philly.com
More and more small retailers are turning their Apple iPads into cash registers through cloud-based software, which in turn is feeding into higher store sales. As owners become more comfortable with cloud-based business management software, sales are benefiting. Mobile software allows for quicker and easier transactions for both customers and salespeople. Shop owners, through the use of data analytics, can better predict sales trends and make adjustments to inventory, for example.More

5 ways to boost small-business sales with PR
On The Cloud
As a small business, sometimes activities — like public relations — are overlooked. Some think it is too complicated, doesn't offer enough benefits or seems out of reach but really there are some easy PR activities that can boost sales and excitement for your company. All you have to do is put in some time for thinking and planning and you will end up with much to show for your hard work. Whatever you do, don't let this effective marketing strategy slip away from you.More