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Weekly Small Business Roundup – July 8, 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Weekly Small Business Roundup

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!

Time Off Is No Option: It’s Required – Another “why entrepreneurs need a vacation” article. I’ve finally taken the hint (and my own advice) and am taking my second 3-day weekend in a row! What are your summer vacation plans?

Five Copywriting Errors That Can Ruin A Company’s Website – Some really excellent tips for writing your website copy. Take a look if you are writing copy for a new website or considering rewriting your current content.

Not Everyone Is The Right Customer – This is a really great reminder. As freelancers and small business owners I think we tend to push for quantity over quality, which I know is hard to avoid when it comes time to pay the bills each month. We just need to remember we can all choose to be “picky” because in the long run a few “right” clients are worth so much more in sanity, job satisfaction, and revenue than having many “headache” clients.

Top 5 Website Secrets for Turning More Prospects into Clients – A few not-so-obvious points in this article, such as “Secret 2: The Purpose of Your Website Is Not to Sell.” I think “Secret 4: Less Is Actually Less” is the obvious but really hard one for most people. Do you have any secrets to add to the list?

5 Productivity Tools To Boost CreativityBuffer looks pretty cool. It allows you to post a bunch of tweets at once and publishes them throughout the day so as to not overwhelm your followers. Ge.tt, for file sharing, looks like an interesting alternative to Dropbox, too.

Why freelancers need Performance Reviews and how to do them right – You thought you left performance reviews behind when you jumped ship to start out on your own? I know, I was disappointed when I first read this, too. ;) The reality is we need to track our performance with more than just our financial results. Where are we getting stuck? What are we awesome at? Figure out what works and doesn’t. The silver lining is really you can tailor your performance review to what you need for your business so it’s actually useful feedback. Oh, and, maybe don’t call it a performance review.

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Tech news is up this afternoon. Have a great weekend!

Weekly Small Business Roundup – May 13, 2011

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Weekly Small Business Roundup

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!

Killing Giants: A Small Business Must-Read – This is an interview with the author of Killing Giants, Stephen Denny. The book is all about the little guys taking on the big guys. Very inspirational for this small business owner. I’ll be picking up a copy. On a related note, The Rise Of The Micro-Enterprise And Why It Matters talks a little more about what it means to be a so-called “little guy.”

7 Steps to Disciplined Business Blogging – This is an excellent guide to get you started with blogging. Or to keep it up if you already do it. Be sure to click through to the editorial calendar template. It may seem overwhelming to add one more thing to your list but you’ll be totally set if you spend even 15-30 minutes per day on your blog (or other social media for that matter). I know it really helps me to have a deadline for posts and I work on them just a few minutes a day. It takes a little longer than that to get them ready to publish at the end of the week but I think it’s worth it. I get such great feedback on these posts!

Chart: Mandatory Paid Time Off Around The Globe – The US is alone (on this chart – I’m sure there are others!) with China in not requiring paid time off. This is a good reminder that we need to plan for time off. As small business owners we think our businesses can’t survive without us, even for a day. That’s simply not true. The sky will not fall if you take a break occasionally. (Yes, I need to be reminded of this regularly!) You can find a way to make it work. Your body and mind will thank you! How do you sneak in a break from your business? A day here and there or a week or two all at once?

More Terrifying Facts About How Sitting Will Kill You – There have been a lot of stories about just how bad it is to sit all day. Take a look at this infographic for some startling facts and some tips on how to get active if you must sit. If you have a job where you sit all day, how do you stay active?

Facebook’s Best Practice Guide (PDF) – Facebook released a 14 page “best practices” for marketing on Facebook. Although the guide is specific to Facebook, the principles work anywhere in social media or marketing in general.

Tech Roundup coming next. Have a great weekend!