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Weekly Roundup - Need Ideas? Time to Change Your Partner? Incorporate Your Biz?

Employee Emeritus Employee Emeritus ‎03-26-2011 08:26 PM

VZ small_biz_info ICON.pngIt’s the last Friday in March – I can’t believe April is around the corner!  What have you done for your business in the first quarter of the year?  Made any changes?  Improvements?  Cut cost?  Increased productivity?  Did you get your business more exposure?  If you need some ideas, do check out the free webinars presented by the Verizon Small Business Center.   There’s a large collection of topics that have been covered by industry experts like Anita Campbell, John Jantsch, Henry Blodget and Scott Belsky – to name drop a few – that may help grow your business. 


Could your business use Foursquare to attract customers?  Read what these businesses are doing and see if it’ll work for your business too.


If you have a business partner and all is not going well… it may be time to find a new partner.


Is your business incorporated or are you looking to form a LLC?  Check out this video about a business helping small businesses. 


This study shows that getting credit will remain a hurdle for prospective and existing franchisees; however the U.S. franchising industry is still poised for growth this year. 


And this just in… the U.S. economy grew more quickly than previous estimated in the fourth quarter.


Do share stories that have captured your interest below or let me know how you like the new logo for the Weekly Roundup. Have a wonderful weekend! 


Weekly Roundup – Tips to Cut Cost, Earn Commission and Seem Bigger

Employee Emeritus Employee Emeritus ‎03-04-2011 08:13 AM


If you are a Small Business Owner you know in today’s economy it’s more important than ever to find ways to cut cost and manage your expenses.


One way you can accomplish both and also help increase employee productivity and retention is by allowing your employees to telecommute even if it’s only one day a week. With gas prices soaring, not only will your employees save money in fuel costs, but you can save money too and benefit from happier employees who are not stressed out from a long commute when they arrive at the office.


Parents who are returning to the workforce and looking for jobs that are family-friendly may also be looking for opportunities to telecommute, especially if they are hesitant to return to work because of separation anxiety or childcare concerns.  If you run a business in a field that is listed in the 100 Best Jobs for Moms list, you may want to give some thought to hiring a parent and offering a part-time work from home arrangement.


If this works for your business, here’s an opportunity to earn commissions from Best Buy.


Lastly, if you are a Small Business Owner or a parent who is working from home, it can present a challenge if you don’t have the right workspace set up. Many single office and home office owners need to find ways to work more efficiently and to position their company as being larger than it actually is.


With a little creativity and flexibility you can find ways to cut costs, earn commissions and position your company as being bigger than it is to better compete for more business. 


Share below how you cut costs or keep your employees happy and productive at work.


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Tumara Jordan

Senior Manager: Verizon Business Markets

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Tumara is a contributor to the Business Markets Marketing team and she currently manages Social Media marketing campaigns.