You’ll find approximately 2.1 million sellers on Etsy. That makes it the largest platform for the selling of handmade items in the world. So clearly we can say that handmade industry is booming. The festive period presents the perfect opportunity. A handmade business can capitalize on the growing demand for quirky, interesting and unique handmade
If you’re interested in exploring online business ideas, ecommerce can be the perfect way to go. Selling online looks a bit different for everyone. With so many different platforms, products and business models to choose from, there’s no shortage of ecommerce business ideas out there. More and more people are buying products online, from everyday
Daycare businesses brought in more than $57 million in revenue last year. Though many of these providers are small businesses, it’s still possible to start a daycare business that is able to grow and scale through the years. Daycare businesses are always in demand. Here are some steps and tips to follow while starting a
Forget the small size of your business. Offering benefits creates a powerful incentive. For example, a retirement plan helps create a strong team. It produces happy workers. And they stick together for years. For you, it means less employee turnover. That means teamwork makes the dream work, as the saying goes. Combine a 401k with
Business networking is a fun time — mingling, eating, chatting about business. But do you walk away with solid connections? Many business owners attend networking events but don’t utilize the time or crowd as well as they can. They walk away having spoken to a lot of new people, but not having made any real
Two new apps are providing online green business certifications. The company behind them is The Green Business Bureau (GBB). As a result, small businesses can manage, certify and prioritize environmentally friendly practices with them. Small Business Trends contacted to Bill Zujewski, CMO of GBB, to learn how SMBs can use these tools. “The Green Business
Do you have an entrepreneur personality? Do you have the right mindset and leadership style? This personality quiz helps you see how well you fit into entrepreneurship and whether starting a business is right for you. Scroll down to take our simple entrepreneur quiz and see! Psychology of the Entrepreneur People often wonder if they
October 16, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Selling a small business for the maximum value to the right purchasers on the right terms can be a tremendous challenge, even for experienced business owners. Buying and selling an existing company is a complex process, but one that should be
The first year of operation for small businesses is full of challenges. And when it comes to capital, most of them rely on personal savings and income from another job. The data comes from SCORE’s second part of a three-part series titled Megaphone of Main Street. In the first part, which is titled Finding Your
Tailored offerings and great customer service allow Small and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) to forge deeper personal relationships with customers, according to a survey conducted by Zendesk. The Big Expectations, Small businesses: What Customers Want survey (PDF) indicates that 91% of respondents prefer small businesses when convenient, while 74% actively search for opportunities to support SMBs
We all know bad customers are unpleasant to deal with. The consequences of bad customers can reach into other aspects of your business, too. They contribute to churn when they don’t listen to you and don’t realize value from your offering. They take up more than their share of resources in terms of time and
It can pay to win - and in most cases, you can’t win if you don’t apply. October 10, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Distinguishing yourself from the competition is challenging, and if you’re a small business or startup, this hurdle is even harder to overcome. As the
Running a small business requires entrepreneurs to learn constantly. You need to learn about your customers, learn new content strategies and even learn how to deal with your own experience as an entrepreneur. To get a feel for all these different lessons, check out the below insights from members of the online small business community.
Small businesses know that mentors are a major driver of growth. Small Business Trends contacted Innovation and Disruption Keynote Speaker Bonin Bough to get some advice SMBs can use. Bough is a renowned marketing executive also known as host of the CNBC show Cleveland Hustlers. The Value of a Mentor Bough starts by talking about
If you’ve yet to have familiarize yourself with web accessibility, now’s the time to make it a priority. September 26, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Web accessibility may not be the first thing you think of when designing a website for your small business, but in the long
Small businesses across the United States spend a staggering $60 billion on energy every year, most of which is consumed in electricity. Keeping work premises warm in the winter and cool in the summer is a necessary part of running any business but is also energy intensive, equating to one of the biggest energy costs.
Wood burning is the art of decorating, writing or drawing on a wooden object with a heated stick or poker. This allows you to customize various products or create truly unique works of art. There are more than 8,000 wood burned products listed on Etsy alone (which makes that an ideal source of wood burning
As we take time to thank the brave men and women who served and protected the U.S. this Veterans Day (Sunday, November 11, 2018; observed Monday, November 12) it’s also a fine time to recognize the ones who’ve made the courageous journey into entrepreneurship. When veterans return home from service, many will seek career paths
How Fintech is Helping Small Businesses in Good Times and Bad Businesses of all sizes have used fintech for years to save time or grow. As a result, many SMBs rely on fintech every day to operate efficiently. In times of chaos, a business can even keep its head above water using fintech. Though this
The Chubb’s Third Annual Cyber Report reveals employee education is key for small businesses to prevent cyberattacks. Even with headline after headline about the latest data breach, people are not encouraged to defend against their cyber exposure. The goal of the report is to determine the level of understanding individuals have about their cyber risks.
Working from the comfort of a home office comes with many cost-cutting benefits to a small business, the biggest being the lack of a costly and time-consuming commute to work. However, there are expenses associated with running a home office, with energy costs being a leading overhead. What Devices Use the Most Electricity If you
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announces plans to offer a boost for local artisans in its Amazon Handmade community by offering them faster delivery of their products through its Prime Now service. A specially-curated list of products from Amazon Handmade artisans is available through Prime Now in time for the holiday season. Last-minute shoppers can order handcrafted
Brooklyn residents were quick to embrace Chick-fil-A after the fast-food chain opened in the city for the first time ever. Chick-Fil-A in Brooklyn People gathered outside the location ahead of it’s opening. The line got so long that what appears to be red velvet rope was needed to organize the gatherers. Chick-Fil-a is opening in
In the fourth edition of the Megaphone of Main Street report from SCORE, 68% of entrepreneurs say they are looking for full-time self-employment, as opposed to gig work. Even though gig workers are now classified as contractors by the Department of Labor, the fact they need to always look for the next gig doesn’t sit
The annual World Economic Forum at Davos is nearly here, and one topic that’s sure to get a lot of attention this year is the environment. While sustainability has been in the conversation for some time, it’s catapulted to the forefront thanks to (among other things) the U.S. government’s recent report detailing the dire and devastating effects of climate
Sometimes your success depends on why you are starting a business in the first place. September 13, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s no secret. Most entrepreneurs will never build successful ventures, no matter how much they risk to start and grow and business. A select few will
Amazon launched its Amazon Handmade page back in 2015. Since then, it has become one of the premier online destinations for handmade artisans looking to sell their goods. Rachel O’Neill is one of those artisans. She runs the online shop Loftipop, which sells art prints and other printed goods like mugs featuring her designs. Here are
As noted in our article on franchises under $10K, you don’t have to have vast sums of money to open your own franchise. There are plenty of franchise opportunities available for under a $20K investment. Top Franchises Under 20k If you’re interested in opening a franchise without having to make a six-figure investment, take a
Should a Small Business Owner Independently Learn SEO and Digital Marketing? Do you like business horror stories where the good guy wins in the end? Then this story is for you. With a population of 31,000, Juneau, Alaska is the biggest city in its region. But physical roads to the outside world are practically non-existent.
Do you have sore, burning, itchy or tired eyes? Are you having blurred or double vision? If yes, then chances are you are spending too much of your time in front of your laptop, desktop or smartphone. According to a new infographic from BusinessFibre.co.uk, “Americans spend an average of 6.31 hours time per day accessing