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Small-business owners already hit by shutdown
CNN Money
The government shutdown has already caused some small businesses to lose work and money, according to a new CNNMoney/Thumbtack.com survey. Of the 100 business owners who responded, 46 percent said their firms were feeling the impact of the shutdown, including cancellation of ongoing work and less new work coming in. And if the shutdown drags on, they said it could hurt 20 percent of their business, according to the survey, which was sent to business owners across the country.
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Retirement for the self-employed may take a different path
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
If you’ve been self-employed and find yourself retired, you probably missed the ceremony where the office chips in to buy you a watch or gives you cruise tickets and hosts a forgettable lunch in a local restaurant. For the self-employed business owner, retirement may bring real challenge, not just in income, but in the transition to a completely different lifestyle where you go from worrying and nurturing your own business to sitting wondering if you really want to read all the Stephen King books you promised you would read.
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Why small businesses are building remote workforces
Business Insider
Managing a staff of remote workers that clock in from home may be the way of the future for many small businesses. Why? Remote working makes for happier, more efficient employees. Plus, it has the potential to slash the overhead costs of running a business. And with more job roles becoming primarily digital, remote working has never been more feasible or more popular.
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Digital tools play big role in small business growth
USA Today
VideoBrief If a small-business owner shuns social media, he or she could miss out on big marketing opportunities. But if too much time is spent seeding such sites, other important duties could fall by the wayside. These are the challenges of many small businesses nationwide, including the four firms that are part of USA Today's Smart Small Business series. This six-week series addresses the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and provides advice on topics such as creating sustainable growth, using social media for marketing and finding financing that works.
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Small-business owners already hit by shutdown
CNN Money
The government shutdown has already caused some small businesses to lose work and money, according to a new CNNMoney/Thumbtack.com survey. Of the 100 business owners who responded, 46 percent said their firms were feeling the impact of the shutdown, including cancellation of ongoing work and less new work coming in. And if the shutdown drags on, they said it could hurt 20 percent of their business, according to the survey, which was sent to business owners across the country.

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NASE releases 'The More You Know' infographic about America's new Health Care Exchanges
NASE
The National Association for the Self-Employed released a new infographic — "The More You Know" — to help prepare America's 23 million small business for the open enrollment period for the nation's new health care system beginning Oct. 1.

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New Obamacare data: America's smallest businesses haven't yet decided If they will purchase health care on exchanges
NASE
With open enrollment in the nation's new health care system beginning against the backdrop of a potential Federal Government shutdown, The National Association for the Self-Employed released new data from a national survey of its membership showing that more than half of the 476 respondents haven't decided if they will purchase health care on the exchanges.

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9 mobile marketing tactics for your small business
The Huffington Post
With more than half of adults in the United States now using a smartphone to connect to the Internet, if you want to get your message out to your customers and target customers, your mobile Web marketing plan needs to consider the types of devices in use. Even if you have a brick and mortar retail store, your website must be mobile friendly. Regardless of whether you sell a service or product, if your customers can't find your small business through a mobile search, you will be left in the dust. Here are nine mobile marketing tactics for your small business.
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Time management tips for home-based entrepreneurs
The Guardian
One of the biggest advantages of running a business from home is having the freedom to be as productive as you like. Without a daily, often lengthy commute, home-based entrepreneurs can pack several more hours' work into their day. But will it make their businesses more successful?
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5 ways to improve your LinkedIn profile
By Mark Kats
When it comes to social media best practices, there are multiple platforms — and countless strategies and tactics — to consider. But before we get into the more advanced tips and tricks, let's make sure we have a few important basics covered. Here are the five things you should check out and potentially update on your LinkedIn profile.
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7 things I'd do differently if I started my small business today
Fox Business
Sarah Santacroce writes, "As an optimist, I usually don't spend too much time thinking about the past and avoid wasting time on the 'what if' question regarding my small business. What if I had started blogging from the get go? Would my site get more traffic today? Would I have built more relationships with other bloggers and my blog posts would be shared way more often? But I didn't write this post for myself, I wrote it for the aspiring small-business owner, for you, who is just starting your adventure into entrepreneurship. I wrote the following list with the hope that it might help you avoid some of the mistakes I made or shorten the time it takes to get your business off its feet."
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What really motivates a small business to hire?
Entrepreneur
In Washington, it's everybody's favorite game to tell you the secret to getting Main Street employers to grow their ranks. But if you ask small-business owners, there's one factor that drives hiring more than any other: demand for their companies' products and services. Access to capital, availability of talent, the Affordable Care Act and uncertainty in Washington all affect hiring, but for more than four out of five small-business owners, hiring plans are most closely tied to demand, according to this infographic, which was compiled by software company Sage based on survey results from almost 1,000 small businesses.
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5 tips for small-business owners to pick a content marketing expert
Business 2 Community
Content marketing continues to grow and for good reason. It enables businesses to leverage their expertise in a real and demonstrable manner, at a relatively low cost. So, why aren't more small businesses taking advantage and implementing content marketing? The answer is simple. They just don't have the expertise or the time. The good news is that there is help. Here are five tips for getting started when seeking your content marketer.
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4 success secrets for small-business sustainability
GreenBiz.com
Companies typically implement sustainability programs because they want to improve company culture, encourage employees to contribute to positive change and increase profitability by reducing costs. Yet even when the commitment is there, implementation can be challenging, especially in small companies where resources are limited and time is at a premium. Here are four key principles that make the difference between success and failure.
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