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4 realistic ways to fund your small business
Forbes
Today's small businesses exist in a new economic landscape that forces creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to financing. Small businesses have traditionally been the key driver for economic recovery when it comes to hiring but hiring requires capital and capital can be hard to come by. Whether you are a startup seeking initial seed capital or an operating small business looking for money to grow, you have to be flexible, remain positive and stay vigilant in your efforts.Here are four ways to get started with funding your small business.
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Small businesses adopt mobile technology to boost business
eWeek
Mobile solutions account for a growing share of small-to-midsize business technology budgets, with SMBs on average spending between 11-20 percent of their technology budgets in the mobile space and 68 percent expect their companies' mobile spending to increase next year, according to Research and Markets' Mobile Solutions Study. The report, which offers data-driven insights about how U.S. SMBs are using mobile solutions in their businesses and provides trending analysis based on comparison with last year's study, found SMBs' use of mobile solutions is nearly ubiquitous, with 91 percent now using mobile solutions to help support their businesses.
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7 ways exercising can make you a better entrepreneur
Entrepreneur
We all know fitness is important to our health but did you know it can also be good for your business? Elizabeth Robinson, a Philadelphia-based personal trainer and creator of VitFit, a mobile app for customizable downloadable workouts and Dega Schembri, co-owner of City Fitness Gym in Washington, D.C., say regular physical activity can make you a better entrepreneur. Here are seven ways physical activity can improve the health of your business.
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US small-business owners' capital spending plans brighten
Gallup
U.S. small-business owners' capital spending intentions have been trending upward this year. The 26 percent who now say they are planning to increase spending is up from 20 percent in the end of 2012. Still, business owners aren't yet as optimistic about their capital spending as they were prior to the recession. From 2003 to early 2008, owners were much more likely to say they were planning to increase rather than decrease capital spending. Today, they are about equally as likely to say they will decrease it as increase it.
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4 realistic ways to fund your small business
Forbes
Today's small businesses exist in a new economic landscape that forces creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to financing. Small businesses have traditionally been the key driver for economic recovery when it comes to hiring but hiring requires capital and capital can be hard to come by. Whether you are a startup seeking initial seed capital or an operating small business looking for money to grow, you have to be flexible, remain positive and stay vigilant in your efforts.Here are four ways to get started with funding your small business.

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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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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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IRS claims small businesses underreporting cash payments
Small Business Trends
If you've been receiving more credit card payments in your small business lately, you may soon be getting a notice from the Internal Revenue Service. Media reports suggest the IRS has sent 20,000 of these 1099-K notices since fall 2012, mostly to small businesses. Specifically, the IRS is targeting businesses whose ratio of credit card to cash seems unusual for their industry, a CNN report suggests. The agency seems to believe these higher than average credit card reportings mean businesses are underreporting cash receipts.
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10 best cities for small business
Fox News Latino
According to recent findings from the National Federation of Independent Business, small business growth is up and business owners are more optimistic about the economy. Four of the top 10 cities are located in tax friendly Texas, while New York City and San Francisco do not make the cut.
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A successful website: 8 ways to get visitors to stick around
By Andrea Fischetti
When people land on your website, how much are they really engaging with your content? If you use Google Analytics, you should be able to make informed decisions about your website: knowing how much time people spend there, what pages they stay on or leave from and whether they return. Getting people to your site is a project in itself, but getting them to stay there and engage once they arrive is the hardest part. Here are eight sure ways to get them to stick around.
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Yelp gets bad reviews from small-business owners in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Times via Search Engine Watch
Small-business owners have criticized Yelp since the company's launch nearly 10 years ago. But dozens of Los Angeles business owners recently gathered together to voice their concerns in person at a town hall meeting. The social review site has organized a series of town hall meetings throughout the U.S. in an effort to clear its reputation and "reach out to business owners." Although the meeting was designed to nullify claims that Yelp manipulates reviews and ratings to favor advertisers, it quickly turned into an opportunity for disgruntled business owners to vent their frustrations about that very issue.
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5 reasons most small-business owners suck at selling (don't let it be you!)
The Huffington Post
Marc Wayshak writes, "I'm just going to up and say it: Most small-business owners suck at selling. The problem is not the small-business owners themselves. In fact, I've watched many small-business owners go from sales chump to sales star in only a few months' time. Instead, the root problem is that small-business owners are following bad advice. Most business owners who suck at selling are making the same five sales blunders. Here are the five most common sales mistakes that small-business owners make and advice on how you can avoid making them."
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Internet telephony means businesses never miss a customer's call
The Guardian
No business can afford to miss customer calls but that can be easier said than done when owners are on the move and busy running the business. Fortunately, advances in broadband technology are now allowing companies of any size to utilize the kinds of call forwarding, multiple extension and answer phone services which would previously have only been available to a large enterprise. Technology can now even allow a business to have a virtual receptionist in another location taking and forwarding calls, appearing to the outsider as if they are in the room next door to the busy founder.
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