I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for small business things and one for technical things.
Here's a roundup of the most interesting small business articles I found this week. Enjoy!
How to jump into the social media pool without drowning – If you know me personally, you know I love pro/con lists. This article has an excellent pro/con list for the various social media outlets. Don’t miss the guidelines below the pro/con list. They are just as valuable.
Not Blogging? You’re in the Minority – Sixty-five percent of small business respondents have a company blog. That’s an impressive number! Of course, we know only about half of all small businesses have a website so while these numbers aren’t completely representative, they are telling. Essentially, you should have a company website and you should have a company blog. If you do it right, you could pull off using your blog as your website.
Five Time-Saving Tips for Updating Web Content – Excellent tips for keeping your website up-to-date on a time budget! I try to do most of these, although considering I’m in the middle on a major redesign of my site right now… I guess I’m not really doing any of them! Are there any others you do to keep your content fresh without spending a lot of time?
7 Not So Obvious Habits To Maximize Your Productivity – Some very interesting, somewhat unconventional ways to help you stay productive. If you are stuck and your typical productivity methods aren’t working for you, or you just want to try something new, take a peek. I think it’s particularly interesting how they’ve broken it into different methods for different days of the week. Interesting to mix it up that way.
New Legislation Aims to Simplify Home Office Deductions – The US is considering simplifying the home office tax deduction, allowing for a standard $1,500 deduction in lieu of itemization we have to do now. That could be pretty great, especially if your itemized expenses wouldn’t make $1,500 for the year. Many of the small businesses in this country are home-based businesses so it makes sense to simplify things for those folks that don’t want to itemize. I’m not saying I’d do it but I like having the option. It’ll be interesting to see if this passes.
It’s National Small Business Week! I’d like to say thanks to all of my clients and all my fellow small business owners. And say good luck to all the folks out there just getting started. It’s exciting and rewarding and lots of hard work but it’s so worth it! I love what I do and it’s a pleasure to work with the folks I get to team up with. Most days it doesn’t feel like “work” at all!
Up next is tech news. Have a great weekend!