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Small-business jobs rise as economy improves
USA Today
Small-business hiring and confidence about the future are rising, a signal of the economy's growing strength and diminishing concerns about employee insurance coverage required by the new health care law. Job creation at small companies has almost doubled in the last six months, reaching 82,000 jobs at firms with 49 or fewer employees in July, according to payroll processor ADP.
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Small-business tips: How to do market research
The Guardian
Whatever sector you're in, understanding the cultural, social and economic context in which you're trading is crucial. You'll need to know about the local area, what your competition is and what people will be prepared to pay for your product or service. Starting your market research as soon as possible will save you money in the long run, said Debbie Bray, a director of research and creative development at Morph Research, because you'll be ensuring that you invest in the right sectors and the right products.
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Where the money's at: The fastest growing sectors for the self-employed
Forbes
"Things may come to those who wait," our 16th president once said. "But only the things left behind by the people who hustle." Abraham Lincoln's America was every bit as enterprising as ours. When it comes to the combination of acumen and aggression unique to America's entrepreneurs, no one hustles like the self-employed. According to newly released data from Freelancer.com, a Sydney, Australia-based outsourcing marketplace, the freelance economy has continued to thrive in 2013, thanks to the technical ambitions of small and medium sized enterprises, a trend that shows no sign of stopping.
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Top 10 inbound marketing stats
Small Business Patch
HubSpot's annual "State of Inbound Marketing Report" has plenty of great soundbytes to make even the staunchest skeptic a believer in inbound marketing. What is inbound marketing, you ask? Inbound marketing is any marketing tactic, be it blogging, social media, etc, that attracts your customers to you. Inbound marketing is time-consuming — customers will only come to you if you give them a reason to do so, be it through great content or great value — but HubSpot's report shows both that there is great ROI in spending time on inbound marketing and that your competitors are probably already doing it.
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Small-business jobs rise as economy improves
USA Today
Small-business hiring and confidence about the future are rising, a signal of the economy's growing strength and diminishing concerns about employee insurance coverage required by the new health care law. Job creation at small companies has almost doubled in the last six months, reaching 82,000 jobs at firms with 49 or fewer employees in July, according to payroll processor ADP.

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8 easy tips to improve your communication skills
Inc.
No one is a perfect communicator. Throughout our lives, we all develop little habits and patterns. Some of these habits are helpful, while some create challenges when working with others. We don't usually intend to cloud our objectives or make others feel like they weren't heard. In most cases, it's just these little habits that get in the way of solid teamwork and accountability. Here are eight simple tips that will solve most communication issues in the workplace.

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The Affordable Care Act in brief
NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed released a comprehensive two-page brief on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the self-employed, including some remaining questions the self-employed have as we approach the Oct. 1 deadline for open enrollment in the Exchange Marketplace. The comprehensive two-pager is a must read for any self-employed or micro-business owner who is looking to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect them, their business and their family.

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California small-business owners ordered to pay back millions in tax breaks
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VideoBrief Small-business investors in California were promised big breaks five years ago but now they're being told to pay up after a court ruling. The state promised the tax breaks for opening certain kinds of businesses five years ago but a court ruled the practice unconstitutional in December. Many of them are getting hit with tax bills as high as $250,000.
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10 open-source alternatives for small-business software
PCWorld
You can't run a business — even a small one — without technology. You need computers, smartphones, file storage, a website and a whole host of other tech assets. So how do you afford it all with a budget that's tighter than a hipster's jeans? To point you in the right direction, here are free alternatives for the most common software used by small and medium businesses.
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It's all about content
By Nikki Trufant-Wade
The world we live in has become a very different place in recent years. The invention of the smartphone, tablet and DVR, and the decline of the newspaper industry has changed what information we receive — as well as how and when we receive it. With so many outlets to choose from, getting the attention of consumers to generate traffic for your website and sales for your company has become much more of a challenge.
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Small-business optimism rises as access to credit improves
eWeek
While it's well below prerecession levels, the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small-Business Index, conducted at the end of July, reveals small-business optimism is the highest it has been since the third quarter of 2008, in large part because small-business owners said they feel more optimistic about their ability to access credit over the next year.
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Where small businesses waste the most money
The Wall Street Journal
Managing a budget is one of the toughest challenges small enterprises face, especially as new and potentially pricey ideas arise and unexpected expenses pop up. The Wall Street Journal asks the experts: Where do small businesses waste the most money?
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5 common mistakes to avoid on Google+
Business 2 Community
Google+ maybe a newer social network but it's a powerful one. In fact, it is now the second largest social media network behind Facebook after only launching just over two years ago. So why are so many Google+ users confused about how to use it? Here's a list of some of the most common mistakes users make on the network.
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