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Doing Your Small Business Homework

Doing Your Small Business Homework

You have got your small business going, but are you still doing your homework to keep up on what you need to do to keep your business afloat and thriving? Yes, things may be good today, but what is coming up in your industry tomorrow? In a blog some time ago, we told our followers to watch other small-business blogs, but today we are telling you to also follow websites that are small-business-friendly to know what is trending and what you should do to prepare.

Whether it’s about how to use social media, getting through the early days of a start-up, or about marketing your business, getting advice can help your small business succeed. For example, Smallbiztrends.com is a site that you need to monitor. The articles and research that come out of this site may not talk directly into your industry, but they will give you the insight to extrapolate the findings that apply to your small business.

When your small business needs to keep up with trends in financing, bankrate.com can help you find evolving trends and new strategies for keeping your business afloat and in the game. New financial strategies are being discovered and published all the time. Sometimes it is your job as a small business owner to find them and ask your financial people and accountant if these strategies will work for your business. Knowing about them will help your financial advisors know that you are watching – and that they too need to keep up or they may be replaced.

For over 15 years CanadaOne.com has helped Canadian businesses start-up and grow. They  publish articles about issues that concern Canadian businesses. Our own resident expert Terry Van Horne has written several articles for CanadaOne regarding SEO issues for small businesses. CanadaOne features articles on starting a business, money & taxes, legal & insurance, invention & innovation, boosting sales, leadership, customer service and much more. If you are a Canadian small business, this is a site that you need to visit regularly.

Inc.com can often be a great source of information on what is going on in the business world, but most of its coverage seems to be about major brands. The thing is, sometimes small business needs to take a lesson from the mistakes and successes of major brands, so that they can learn from them and save money.

Just because your company has not yet reached Fortune 500 levels, does not mean you should not pay attention to the small business articles on the Fortune.com website. Fortune has a vast number of articles that are specifically written to an audience of small business owners. They do not only publish articles on success stories of businesses that have blossomed. Rather, they provide tips and strategies for small businesses that are looking to succeed.

Sbinfocanada.about.com regularly publishes articles that are specifically aimed at Canadian small businesses. The editor, Susan Ward, is a small business expert who provides information and advice on starting and running successful small businesses. Its mission is to provide information that makes starting and running a small business easier and more profitable.

And what blog about small business and entrepreneurship could not mention Entrepreneur.com? For over 30 years, Entrepreneur.com has been the definitive guide to all the diverse challenges of business ownership. Entrepreneur Magazine quickly expanded along with the needs of its readers, equipping entrepreneurs with the critical information they require and demand to grow their businesses. Now, the website is the go to place for many business owners looking for advice, expertise and knowledge.

Telsec bloggers often look at many sites for the answers that their readers are looking for, and then compile this information in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format. The variety and types of articles range from office space solutions to other small business issues that business owners encounter regularly. We are here to help.

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