10 Free Classified Ad Sites For Partner Marketing

Below is our top 10  list of free classified ad sites that will accept your business opportunity ads and even your partner links

They are ranked by Alexa ranking. The lower the Alexa ranking the more traffic the site gets. You can go to https://www.alexa.com/siteinfo to check the traffic rank of any website.

We Have Posted Ads On All of These Free Classified Ad Sites So You Will Not Waste Your Time With Dead Sites

If you even have tried to post a business opportunity on the number 1 free classified ad site in the world, Craigslist.org, you will know how frustrating this can be.

They will delete your ad  or even worse “ghost” your ad. Your ad disappears without notice and you have no idea why. Well, Craigslist.org does not want your business opportunity ad or affiliate links.

For a number of years Backpage.com was a great free classified ad site alternative for business opportunity advertising. However, they were shut down by the government for their controversial escort section.

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Here is the list of Top 10 Free Classified Ad Sites That Accept Business Opportunity Ads and Partner Marketing:

1. TheFreeAdForum.comAlexa Ranking- 16,220– The Free Ad Forum has been around for over 10 years in various forms. First as an actual form then as a free classified ad site. This site openly welcomes business opportunity ads and affiliate marketing.

You can upload up to 3 pictures, embed your YouTube video, create multiple clickable links using the html editor and include a link to your Facebook page.

It is free to post ads and your ads stay live on the site for 90 days. You then have the chance to renew the expired ad for $5. or simply post new free ads.

TheFreeAdForum is Recommended by Top Marketers Jay Brown and John Crestani

You can even include your affiliate link to Classifiedsubmissions.com Ad Posting service. The website will create a call to action and clickable link for you even if you do not know html.

The same is true for your main website link. Even if you just use a text only ad, your website link will by hyperlinked with a call to action without any knowledge of html.

TheFreeAdForum gets massive amounts of traffic with over 90,000 members and growing at about 1000 per day.

The site been recommended by top marketers such as Jay Brown and John Crestani. Here are videos by both top marketers where they explain how to use TheFreeAdForum to generate free traffic.

It is free to sign up for TheFreeAdForum. You can sign up here. The software that the site uses has been updated since the above videos were made to accommodate the massive amount of traffic it is receiving but it still functions more or less in the same way. It uses the open source Osclass Software.

It is Free To Sign Up For And Post Ads on TheFreeAdForum

There is even software that you can use to submit automatically if you do not want to post your ads manually. You can get the free version of the software here.

The free version posts as only in the business opportunity section ad does not allow you post save your campaigns. The pro version allows you to submit to any category and allows you to save unlimited campaign profiles.

This will save you time because you do not have to re-input all your ad information every time you submit.

Premium-  This means your ad will be in rotation with other Premium Ads at the top of your category and on the home page of the site. Your ad will be lightly highlighted to distinguish it from the free ads. Cost $5. one time fee.

Premium + Highlighted– Your ad is both put in rotation for 90 days in the Premium sections located at the top of your category and on the busy home page.

In addition the ad is boldly highlighted in bright yellow distinguishing your ad from both the other Premium ads and the free ads. Cost-$10. one time fee.

3 in 1 Pack– This upgrade option includes the Premium + Highlighted option plus your ad is bumped to the top of the free section of your category once every 24 hours. Cost- $20. one time fee.

TheFreeAdForum is one of  the premier free classified ad websites for business opportunity and affiliate marketing ads.

2. Oodle.com  Alexa Ranking: 17,917 – This is a very cleanly designed site with a good amount of traffic. You can include your YouTube url which will be embedded into your ad as well as several pictures.

Unfortunately the links in the ad do not seem to hyperlink even when you include the full https://. So if people want to visit your website they will have to copy and paste your link in the their browser.

Oodle Uses Your Ip Address to Determine Which Geographic Area You Will Post

When you post an ad it goes through a verification process but it is quick. My affiliate marketing ad was live within a few minutes.

In order to post your ads you need to register and account and confirm your email. Make sure you look in the spam folder. My confirmation emails found it’s way to my gmail spam folder.

Oodle will use your ip address to determine which city you post in.

I tried posting multiple ads with one account and the site would not let me. But one ad did go live.

3. Classifiedads.com Alexa Ranking 18,408 – This one of the most established free classified ad sites. The domain name itself must be worth a fortune. I have successfully posted 100’s of ads on this free classified ad site.

There is a system to posting ads on this very well designed and fast loading high traffic free classified ad site.

1. First you post your ad. You do not even have to register to post.
2. You will receive a confirmation link in order to edit your ad.
3. At this point you will be given a chance to register on the site. Do so.
4. Now your ad will be live.
5. You can now post more ads.
6. Each ad you submit will require you to either click a confirmation link in your email or click the Publish button from within your account to make the ad go live.

Here is a video which explains the process:

Classifiedads.com Is One of The Most Established Free Classified Ad Sites

The business opportunity section is located under the Jobs/Business Opportunity category. There is also software that will help you post ads automatically on this site. You can learn more about this automatic ad posting software here.

Your ads can stay live for up to 6 months if you wish. You can upload up to 5 images. You do need to fill out a captcha every time you post an ad.

4. Hoobly.com- Alexa Ranking- 20,808- The business opportunity section of this free classified ad site is the Employment & Careers / Marketing Category. You can upload up to 9 images (maybe more we stopped at 9), and you can include a clickable link using their html editor.

Please note you can only post ads in your home area. You can to choose a home area when you register. So if you wanted to post ads outside your home area you would need to set up different accounts with different emails and home areas.

With Hoobly.com You Can Only Post Ads in Your “Home” Area

We do not suggest this, it is highly impractical. So this site is a good option just to post one ad in one particular area. You can change your home area once every 6 months.

This is one of the simplest and easiest to use of the free classified ad sites. We did not see any options for uploading videos but they are very generous with the amount of photos they allow. The photos are not clickable but go in the gallery section.

You can purchase an upgrade for you ad. You can only use bitcoin to pay for upgraded ads.

Here is what you get with Premium Ads:

The cost is $12. per day payable only by Bitcoin. You can convert Bitcoin into cash using Coinbase according to their site. You may visit Hoobly here.

Hoobly.com Requires You Pay For Upgrades in Bitcoin Only

Of all the free classified ad sites listed here this is the only one that requires that you pay more upgraded ads by Bitcoin only.

5. Global-Free-Classified-Ads.com Alexa Ranking- 22,174- This is a high traffic free classified ad site using the now semi-defunct Geodesicsolutions script. They must have their own open source copy because it seems to be working great.

You can post up to 10 images, your YouTube video and a text ad only description. There is a place, however, to post your website url and it will hyperlink automatically even if the ad is in text only.

This free classified ad sites requires that you submit unique content every time you submit an ad. They will not accept ads that repeat the same content over and over.

Because if you are going to post lots of ads you need to come up with lots of titles and descriptions. Here is a video which shows you how to do this fast:

Global-Free-Classified-Ads.com features a nice view counter so you can see how many views your ads have been getting. There is software that you can get that will post your ads automatically for you as well.

Keep in mind that you need to come up with unique titles and descriptions that you can rotate using spintax. Therefore you cannot just blast the same ad over and over on this free classified ad sites.

Global-Free-Classified-Ads.Com Requires Posting Completely Unique Content Every Time You Post An Ad

Indeed many free classified ad sites are requiring that you post unique content each time you post and ad. . Learn more about the Global Free Classified Ad Submittter here.

6. Adpost.com– Alexa Ranking 24,900-This sites allows you to post ad text ad with your business opportunity ad or affiliate url. They do not allow html ads.

However, there is a place to put your website url and the site will create a hyperlink with your url and call to action. This way people can click directly on your link and go to your website.

Adpost.com Does Not Allow You To Upload Pictures Except For Your Profile Picture

Most noteworthy they do not allow pictures to be posted except your account profile picture.

7. Locanto.com– Alexa Ranking- 29,464- Your ads stay live 42 days. They have both a Multi Level Marketing and a Marketing PR section where you can place business opportunity ads.

Very well designed free classified ad site with good stats and email follow up. You can only post text ads but there is a place to put your website and your link is hyperlinked.

Ads Stay Live 42 Days With Locanto.com

You can also choose various upgrade options to get more exposure for your ad. We uploaded 12 images to our ad. Not sure what the limit is but allowing 12 images is very generous and probably more than most people need.

8. Adsglobe.com– Alexa Ranking- 39,478– The business opportunity section here would be the Jobs/Marketing/Commission Only section.  You can upload multiple pictures as well as your

YouTube video. There is an html editor for the description but unlike most html editors you actually need to go to html code mode and put in the actual html code to hyperlink your website.

Your ads are put into pending status first before being approved.

Freeglobalclassifiedads.com and Interleads.net Run On The Same Osclass Platform Ads TheFreeAdForum.com With Similar Features

9. Freeglobalclassifiedads.com Alexa Ranking-39,188– This site essentially runs exactly in the same way as The Free Ad Forum with all the same features. Please note that Freeglobalclassifiedads.com requires posting unique titles for each ad or your ad will not be published.

10. Interleads.net– Alexa Ranking- 197,389– This site has all the same features and is run using the same Osclass Platform as TheFreeAdForum.com. The site is easy to use and is a real up and comer. The domain is very old so this site could be valuable for back links. Ads stay live 90 days.

Keep in mind that Alexa rankings change constantly so most likely these rankings will not be the same when you are reading this post. If you have other classified ad sites where they accept business opportunity ads and affiliate links and that have better Alexa rankings than the ones here please let us know.

We also would ask that you at least post one ad on the site you recommend. We have posted ads on every one of these sites.

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Opportunity Grows for Entrepreneurs in 2020

By Ashley D. Bell

Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

White House Policy Advisor for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

WASHINGTON, DC – A new year brings new opportunity.  As we celebrate the 2nd year of the Tax Cuts Jobs Act, small businesses are well positioned to grow and prosper.

The year end-review highlights include more than 7 million jobs created since November 2016, and an unemployment rate at the lowest rate in 50 years, with rapid business startups by minority women.

This leads to 83% of small business owners believing that the TCJA is having a positive impact on the economy, according to a recent study by the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

To share some great news as we ring in the new year, in the last twelve months, American workers have seen a 3% wage increase.

Across the nation, women and especially minority entrepreneurs are starting businesses locally and adding flavor to local main streets and taking their business global.  Today, businesses are taking advantage of tax reform and the ability to deduct up to 20 percent of their qualified business income.

As we witness small business growth across the nation, we want to help entrepreneurs continue to grow through investment and diversification.

Throughout 2020 I have plans to tour the nation and host Opportunity and Entrepreneurship Summits. These events will help educate entrepreneurs on the opportunities that exist through investment into Opportunity Zones.

As private equity is growing in relevance to small business, opportunity zones present an additional outlet for small business to grow, thrive and invest.

Upcoming summits are scheduled for Columbus, OH, Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL. Phoenix, AZ, Philadelphia, PA and Las Vegas, NV. Please reach out to your local SBA district office for more information on these summits and to see what events may be coming up in your area in the near future.

The local SBA district offices may be easily found by visiting .

2020 is looking to be a full, prosperous year for small business and I look forward to working with entrepreneurs across the nation to help highlight future opportunities as well as to listen and learn about what policy changes are needed to assure continued small business growth.

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2020 Top Small Business Stories

The first weekly roundup of 2020 starts with some motivational quotes to get you up and running for the new year.

Once you are all pumped up, an article about the economy should also get you excited. The report says all 50 states have improved their GDP since the 2016 election. And if the rally of the stock market on January 2, 2020 is an indicator of things to come you can expect even better numbers.

The optimism for the coming year is also being shared by business leaders. Over two thirds or 76% of them say they see similar or more profits in 2020. The data comes as part of a survey that polled 940 business owners in this article.

Continuing with the new year theme, the IRS just announced the mileage rate for 2020. This is the standard mileage rate for reimbursing employees for miles when used for business purposes.

The different subject matter in this week’s roundup is a small sample of what you will find on Small Business Trends in 2020 about every imaginable subject related to small business operations.

So, stay tuned for more great content in 2020 and in the meantime take a look at the 20+ thousand articles we have on the site.

Economy

New Year Motivational Quotes

New Year’s Day is a great time to hit the reset button on your business — or at least your mindset about your business. What better way to do that than draw some inspiration for others. That’s why we’ve collected some of the best New Years motivational quotes we could find to get your new year off to a great start.

These States Have the Biggest Economic Growth Since the 2016 Election

In 2016 more than half or 53% of small business owners said they supported then-candidate President Trump. Six months after he was elected 47% approved of the job he was doing, and the Q4 2019 CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey has revealed it now stands at 60%; a 13% increase. A new study of the 50 states in the U.S.

Small Business News

More than three-quarters of business leaders believe their business will be equally or more profitable in 2020. 55% of executives said they think their business will definitely be more profitable in the forthcoming year compared to 2019. 2020 Small Business Expectations Advisory and accounting firm EisnerAmper LLP compiled this research. They surveyed around 940 business owners.

IRS Mileage Rate For 2020

The IRS has just released the standard mileage rates for 2020. The big change is the business mileage rate and some moving and medical expenses dropped.  IRS Mileage Rate For 2020 The IRS mileage rates for 2020 for business vehicle use are: 57.5 cents per mile of business use. That’s a drop of 0.5 cents from 2019. 17 cents per mile to cover moving or medical purposes.

Annual LinkedIn Report Reveals Most In-Demand Jobs

The creation of new jobs is driven by a wide range of factors. And depending on the dominant industries in the market, some jobs are more in demand than others. The 2020 LinkedIn Emerging Jobs Report looks to find out the fastest-growing jobs around the world.

66% of Customers Look for Social Proof Before Making Online Purchases

A whopping 66% of customers are more likely to purchase a product if it has some form of social proof that it is a quality item, via likes, reviews, mentions, testimonials, public endorsements and more. When it comes to social proof, 82% of consumers believe positive ratings and reviews are the most trusted form of social proof.

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What is Public Relations?

Public relations is the art of crafting and delivering messages that inform and persuade the public, and get people to change opinions or take action. Public relations (PR for short) is often done to generate publicity and promote a business.

Small Biz Spotlight

Spotlight: Mavely Helps You Shop for a New eCommerce Experience

The company aims to support women owned businesses and responsible retailer through its curated shopping experience. Influencer marketing and social media have completely changed the way people shop online. But many of those eperiences are still hosted across various platforms. Instead of that traditional experience, Mavely wants to create something new.

Small Business Operations

How to Use Body Language to Attract People Your Business Wants

You’ll find a lot of studies revealing how much of communication is nonverbal. Body language creates a more true measure of what the person is actually trying to communicate. Compare this to what is coming out of their mouths. In your business, communication attracts or repels the customers that you want.

Startup

How to Open Your Own Paint and Sip Studio

Paint and sip businesses have really taken off over the past decade. A few of the big names in this space, like Painting with a Twist and Pinot’s Palette, actually launched in the 2000’s. But the concept has moved into many more communities thanks in large part to franchise programs over the last several years.

What is Urban Farming and is it Profitable?

Urban farming includes a wide array of food-producing projects and activities. And with the recent resurgence of farming in and around cities, people have been reconnecting to agriculture by growing food themselves and visiting farmer’s markets. This fast-growing phenomenon has the potential to nourish communities and create economic opportunities.

Don’t Overlook These Small But Impactful Business Tips

Small business owners can only focus on a finite number of tasks at a time. This means that there are many areas or strategies that tend to get overlooked. If you’re ready to step up your business process, consider these tips from members of the online small business community about some overlooked areas of business.

Technology Trends

Cloudways Makes Google Cloud and AWS Hosting Understandable

Cloudways is a hosting company located in Malta. They are bridging the gap between the big cloud platforms that are still technical and the needs of small businesses. Cloudways is helping SMBs take advantage of what cloud hosting has to offer. For example, it tackles the complexity of configuring and setting up platforms like AWS and Google Cloud.

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4 Tips That Can Help Your Small Business Stay Cash Flow Positive

There are many advantages to starting your own business. You can gain financial rewards, independence, and have the freedom to be creative. However, there are many risks involved. Thousands of small businesses close each year in the country. While there are multiple reasons for this, the most common denominator is inadequate planning.

As a small business owner, you can take some early steps to ensure that your business survives its first year and reaches its potential by growing into a thriving enterprise. These tips can help your small business stay cash flow positive:

1. Control Your Expenditures

As a small business owner, it’s important to keep your expenditures in control, especially when your margins are razor-thin. Review your expenses and minimize your costs by eliminating unnecessary expenses. Get the best price on your supplies and ask for discounts when your company grows, and your orders increase.

Make sure that your employees know that frugalness is a company policy. Remember, it all adds up. At the same time, avoid penny-pinching. For example, the cost of maintaining an office coffee machine is worth the boost in employee morale and performance.

2. Maximize Your Revenue

Improve your market reach. A larger customer base will boost your revenue. Think outside the box by taking advantage of targeted social media marketing. Also, conduct market research to set the ideal price for your products. If your price is too low, then you’ll lose revenue. Alternatively, a higher than market price will lose customers.

When launching new products, test them on new customers by offering them at discounted prices. This will not only help you test the market, but it will improve customer loyalty.

3. Follow Good Invoicing Practices

Most invoices don’t get paid on time, so be proactive. Send your invoices on time and follow up with polite reminders. Make sure that they’re detailed and correct to avoid time-consuming delays. Train your team to use the latest invoicing software to improve the efficiency of your collection process.

You can use early payment bonuses and late-payment fees to incentivize timely payments. Requiring deposits can also improve your cash flow. Consider developing a friendly relationship with the accounts payable department at your biggest customer to get paid faster.

Accept many payment options such as checks, electronic bank transfers, credit cards, and e-payment solutions, and make sure that these options are available on the invoice.

4. Get Your Financing Sorted

Many small businesses close because of temporary financial setbacks. Your projected revenue three months down the road won’t be worth much if your business isn’t around to take advantage of it. Have the reserves to survive financial turbulence.

Make sure that you raise enough capital before starting your business. A crowdfunding campaign, bootstrapping, angel investors, and family can help with the fundraising. You should also consider utilizing the services of an alternative funding provider that specializes in financing small businesses with smart funding solutions transparently and reliably.

While it’s exciting to start a small business, it’s also easy to run into financial hurdles. By following these four tips, your business can improve its cash flow and increase its chances of becoming a successful enterprise.

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Starting a Small Business Begins with a Business Plan

There's never been a better time to start a small business and be self employed.

Small firms—those with fewer than 500 employees—accounted for 8.7 million net new private sector jobs since 2005, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy said in its October 2019 Economic Bulletin.

That's 62% of all the jobs created over that period.

But if your small business is going to succeed, you must start with a business plan.

"Just as you would follow a GPS to navigate an unknown journey, you'll want to have a plan to help guide you along the road of small business ownership," says Allen Gutierrez, associate administrator of the SBA's Office of Entrepreneurial Development.

It begins with putting your ideas to paper and developing the business plan.

"This is the first—and most important—step on your entrepreneurial journey," Gutierrez said.

He provides these tips for developing a business plan:

Roadmap: Think of your business plan as a roadmap to success. It's a document that should guide you through the startup stage and prepare your business for successful growth. It can also help you obtain funding by highlighting the value of your business, and show potential partners that you’ve thought through your business concept and are confident with your plan.

Choosing the right plan: There's no standard way to create a business plan. Some owners use a traditional business plan format, which is usually several pages and includes multiple sections. This comprehensive format takes more time to write but is the type commonly requested by lenders and investors. Traditional business plans are ideal for the detail-oriented entrepreneur. Include sections that make the most sense for your business and needs, which could include an executive summary, company description, market analysis, and financial projections.

But if you're hoping to start your business quickly or planning to update and refine your plan, consider a more streamlined startup format. This includes easy-to-read charts that describe your company's value, proposition, target customers, and more.

Focus more on visualizing facts about your company than using words to make your point. No matter the format, make sure your business plan includes key elements you personally need to keep the company on track for success.

Dive right in: Don't wait to start your plan. There are resources to get you going on your journey to start, grow, or expand your business. Gutierrez' suggestions include:

  • Writing or updating your business plan—December is National Write a Business Plan Month—and starting 2020 on solid ground.

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7 Strategies To Generate Sales Leads In Your Small Business

Small scale business owners are invariably seeking ways to place their business on the map. Having access to a constant stream of sales leads is one of the basic elements for growing a business. To a small business owner, generating new leads and transforming them into sales is thrilling.

As it is known, making a profit is the sole aim of establishing a business and to ensure that profit comes into the business, the customer base has to be expanded. Sales leads are people who have an interest in the product you sell or the services you render.

Persuading an audience to purchase your product/services requires some airtight strategies. Below are some strategies to assist you to generate sales leads in your small scale business;

1. Target Identification

Identifying your target is the first step in sales leads generation. You cannot reach your audience or sell your products/services if you do not have it in mind the target you intend to reach out to. It is important you carry out research on your audience identifying who they are, what they like to do, where they live, their economic class, what their personality and lifestyle are like, their needs, age, culture, and even their buying habit, etc.

2. Pick Your Promotional Methods Carefully

Generating sales leads requires a promotional plan that will get your services/products into the mind of your target audience. These promotions include blogs, industry events, Pay per click advertising, social media, traditional advertisements, speaking engagement, generating customer referrals, etc.

The goal is to reach your target, so pick a promotion method that will help you actualize your goal. For instance, if your targets are the youth then you use social media as a promotional outlet.

3. Implement a Sales Funnel

Once you know who your targets are and how best to reach them, collecting contact data should be the next step. Implementing a sales funnel is the first part of the process. A sales funnel is a progressive process that permits you to bring your potential customer closer to your offer and encourage them to purchase your product/services through a chain of marketing actions like automated videos, emails, landing pages and articles that will do the selling for you.

A sales funnel helps you monitor your audience while allowing you to win them over. You could motivate them to reveal their contact information in exchange for a coupon, gift or sample.

At this stage, it is crucial to set up a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) to help keep track of potential customers.

4. Utilize Social Media

The social media is used by about 42% of the world population, so why allow such wide coverage slip through your hands. LinkedIn offers an astonishing network for small businesses, but tapping into other media outlets such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook will attract additional benefits.

Generating leads from your social media could be quite easy, you could pick one or all media outlet to tell your target more about your business, get recommendations from other customers, post special offers, inform your customers about new offers which could be taken up by them, and also use the avenue to find out what they want.

You can also respond to queries, suggestions raised by your users, complaints and also engage them in conversation. The more positive communication a customer has with your business the more trust is built, and the more likely your sales will increase

5. Develop Informative Content

Social media is an exceptional platform for small businesses to provide valuable content to their audience. This content should be captivating enough to lure your customers into making a purchase. Take advantage of the blog section of your website; make certain it is frequently updated with appropriate blogs focused on your services and product.

These blog posts could be promoted on social media. Customers will view your publication in search of information, thus creating awareness about your product and also increase your sales leads.

6. Answer Questions on Q & A Services

The Quora which is an example of a Q & A service is a site where you can ask questions and get answers. You can enter this platform as an expert who is there to answer questions or you enter as one who asks questions.

Your business can benefit from posting on Quora; not only does it allow you to answer questions related to your product but it also allows you to generate traffic on your website if done properly.

This can be achieved by integrating links to your website in the answers. You can also use Quora to investigate your target audience’s problems are and provide a solution to their problems.

If you provide answers that help other Quora users in the long run, they turn into your subscribers, website visitors, and even your customers. However, it should be known that Quora is not a platform to promote your business rather it is a platform to share knowledge.

7. Introduce a Referral Program

Generating leads is not just enough. It is important you generate highly qualified leads. These are chances that are much more likely to encourage others to buy your product/services. That’s where customer referral comes in.

Referrals are high-quality leads because buyers will consider you after hearing someone else certify your product, most especially if that recommendation comes from someone they know and trust.

Nothing good comes easily; you have to introduce rewards; this is to encourage your already existing customers to refer your business to their friends and families. These rewards are known as referral incentives. Your reward could range from gift cards, discount coupons, free trials of your new products to even cash.

Conclusion

Lead generation cannot be the same combinations for every business due to this; you may be required to engage in quite a bit of trial to ascertain what lead generation works for you. The above-listed strategies are not the only way to generate sales leads for your business; you could also employ a qualified lead generation analyst. It doesn’t matter which lead strategy you chose to use for your business what is important is that you arrive at a positive result.

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Targeting Leads for Small Business Loans

Small business owners and entrepreneurs struggling to build their startup businesses have to make constant efforts to generate funds. While these businesses make the best leads for small business loans, they still face a great deal of difficulty in getting funded. The reason behind this is the low credit score of these businesses, which means traditional banks refuse to give them loans.

After being rejected by traditional banks, these businesses look for alternate funding options and a merchant cash advance makes the perfect choice for them. It is fast, hassle-free, and convenient for them to get funding this way. If you’re an MCA provider, struggling to find the right MCA leads for your business, understand that small businesses and startups are looking for you.

However, even with great demand for MCA providers, they still struggle to get to the most qualified leads and convert them successfully. Does this sound familiar? Well, that’s because the competition has grown in the market. There are so many MCA providers out there, all targeting the same leads for small business loans. So, how do you get to these leads, target them effectively, and convert them?

The answer to your question is lead generation professionals like Merchant Financing Leads.

How Lead Generation Pros Help You

You know the drill; there are highly qualified leads out there but it is tough to spot them, target them, approach them, and convert them for your MCA business.

Your solution lies in performing the first step correctly and everything else will fall in place.

Let’s put it this way – if you approach the right leads through your MCA marketing efforts, you won’t find it difficult to convert them. This is because these MCA leads are already looking for MCA loans.

Lead generation providers help you by providing you a resourced list of qualified MCA leads. These lists are created through in-depth market research, conducted on a regular basis, by lead generation teams. With a high level of accuracy and regular updating of these lists, they become the best resource for targeted marketing efforts!

Here are some benefits of choosing lead generation pros:

  • Cost-effectiveness

Getting help from lead generation professionals might seem like an extra expense but it actually saves money. Wondering how? Look back and analyze your previous marketing efforts. When you carry out marketing without the right resources, the right strategy, and the right audience, you’re bound to waste a lot of your time and money.

In contrast to this, if you buy merchant cash advance leads information, it cuts down on the waste and saves a lot of your money.

  • Targeted Marketing

When you have high-quality information about qualified MCA leads on hand, your marketing efforts become highly targeted. You don’t have to worry about aimless marketing anymore.

  • Accuracy and Reliability

The data provided by lead generation experts is updated regularly. This makes the data very reliable and accurate, leading to fruitful marketing results.

  • Time-efficiency

When you target only qualified MCA leads, a lot of time is saved versus being wasted on targeting random businesses that are not even interested in MCAs.

This saves time and makes your marketing efforts fast and effective.

As you can see, with the help of lead generation experts, things can get better when it comes to targeting leads for small business loans. If you agree, get in touch with Merchant Financing Leads!

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Why and How to Take a Financial Stress Test - Nevada Small Business

A financial stress test could be just what your business needs to be prepared for the future and any uncertainty that it holds. Consider taking measures to conduct one so that your business is secure.

What is a financial stress test?

The concept of a financial stress test comes from a practice used by some banks. Essentially, it is an analysis of how your business would handle difficult financial circumstances, whether it be new, unexpected competition, a recession, or even a natural disaster. Simply put, it's a plan to deal with worst-case scenarios to help your business avoid being blindsided by them and help you weather whatever is thrown at you.

How can you conduct a financial stress test?

You're basically giving your company an evaluation the way you would for an individual employee to assess their value to the business. What areas need improvement and which ones are making a positive impact? What can you do to tilt the scales further in a positive direction?

Bill McBean, author of The Facts of Business Life, suggests1 analyzing what went well and what did not for your business over the past year, going over your processes and systems to see what's efficient and what's not, reviewing marketing campaigns, cutting costs, setting realistic goals, and pinpointing the best customers and adding value for them to increase loyalty.

Outside advice can also prove extremely valuable. Don't be afraid to reach out to other experienced entrepreneurs and experts who can help you figure out how to steer the ship in the right direction.

Go to the SCORE website and request a mentor if you haven't already. SCORE is a huge network of volunteer expert business mentors. According to the organization, small business owners who receive three or more hours of mentoring report higher revenues and increased growth.2

You can also get helpful advice from those in your inner circle. McBean says, "Meet with key advisors. These specialists, including your accountant, attorney and banker, almost certainly know things you don’t. Planning for a future you can’t predict is part of a business owner’s job. These advisors can help you gather the information needed to get the 'lay of the land' and give you market information or alert you to new circumstances you weren’t aware of; that helps you make better decisions."

Financial stress tests can help alleviate human stress

Don't discount the effect that a financial stress test can have on your own positive attitude and that of others who depend on your business. Steve Nelson at Evergreen Small Business suggests the biggest benefit may be the reduction of anxiety among stakeholders, including owners, employees, vendors, and customers.3

"If people know the firm will still be around even after a worst case scenario actually occurs, that means people can focus on getting through the storm safely and keeping the business as strong and as healthy as possible," he says.

Prepare for harsh times

As you prepare for the worst, one of the best things you can do is to give yourself as much financial padding as possible. Sure, you can cut costs and add more to your savings account on a regular basis, but it’s also prudent to get a business loan or line of credit before you really need one. Apply for financing when times are good, because it may be harder to get what you need if you wait until you're desperate. Develop an emergency fund to draw on when cash flow dries up or when times get particularly tough.  

Analysis and preparation could be the difference between your business staying open and having to close due to a crisis. The sooner you can enact a financial stress test, the better handle you will have on how your business will be able to withstand such circumstances.

The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. 

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20 Things To Do in Your Small Business Before 2020

It’s December, and the holidays are upon us. Before you start checking out early to get your shopping done and spend quality time with family, it’s time to get your business in order. Let’s set things up in your business for 2020. Start the new year organized with a plan that will set you up for success.

There are lots of things to consider. What do you need to get in place before January? New website? Podcast? Video series? Do you need to switch payroll services or request a line of credit? Now is the perfect time to start getting things together while the rest of the world is off for the holidays. Here are 20 things you should take action on in your business before 2020.

1.Review Your 2019 Results Put together a list of wins and what went wrong for the year. The process will help you to think about what you can do better next year. What were your revenues and profitability this year? How many proposals went out? What was your close ratio? What was your shopping cart abandonment rate? How many revenue streams does your business have? Is it time for a brand refresh? Do you need to add to your team? This will help you establish your small business goals for 2020.

2. Develop Your 2020 Budget Now is a great time to develop a budget for next year. You need up-to-date financials so that you can see what you spent this year. It’s always best to base a budget on the previous year. If you used accounting software, you could use that as a starting point for creating a budget for the next year.

3. Develop Your 2020 Sales Goals Review your revenue for this year and how many clients you served. Think about where you want your business to be this time next year. Develop your annual sales goal, which will give you your monthly and weekly sales goals.

4. Tweak Your Sales Strategy Develop a new sales strategy for your business in 2020. What is going to be your main offering? How will you generate leads? How will you qualify the leads? Will you hire a salesperson this year? Do you have any upsells for your existing customers? You need to start the year with a plan to fill your sales pipeline. Do you have an email campaign to roll out to generate interest? Will you do webinars? Or develop a new ebook to attract prospects? Put together a marketing budget that will help implement the new sales strategy and meet your sales goals.

5. Schedule a Retreat I hold a retreat with my key team members every January so that we can set up our sales game plan for the year. As a team, we also identify key targets we’ll pursue for business, and we make decisions about what our product offerings we’ll promote for the coming year. You need to decide on a retreat in the new year now, people need to make travel plans and you need to hire a facilitator or decide if you have someone in-house who can organize the agenda and activities. Your team needs to get together for leisure too.

6. Evaluate Your Social Selling Strategy There’s lots of competition on social media platforms, so it might be time to add something new. Think about creating a podcast. Instagram is the fastest growing social platform and people are spending more time there. Live video streaming is now on every platform YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Choose just one new thing to add to your social media mix.

7. Set Up an Alexa Flash Briefing Develop an Amazon Alexa flash briefing to regularly deliver product updates, event information, and expert tips to an engaged audience. Setting up your own flash briefing for the Echo allows you to deliver 10 minutes of prerecorded audio content to customers and prospects on a daily or a weekly basis.

8. Make a Promotional Calendar Map out what promotions you’ll be running next year. What month will you launch your new product or podcast? Do you have a promotional campaign that ties-in with a national event or holiday like “Valentine’s Day,” “St. Patrick’s Day,” or “Back to School” or “Thanksgiving”? Start planning your special promotions now, so your team won’t feel like they are running from fire to fire, getting ready for the latest marketing promotion.

9. Complete Your Tax Planning Reach out to your accountant to schedule a meeting to talk about how you are positioned for your taxes. He or she may advise you to make a major purchase to increase your expenses before the end of the year. Make sure your accounting records are up-to-date. Pull any extra paperwork together so tax time will go smoothly. Remember, business taxes are due March 15th, not on April 15th like personal taxes.

10. Set up Your Admin Files for 2020 I’ve been in business for a long time, and often I need to refer back to old projects and contracts. Every year I create files for the coming year to keep things organized. My filing system is by year, then a category, for example, 2020 Contracts. How do you file your contracts, blog posts, special projects, PPT slides, HR files, etc.? Develop a system, and you’ll save lots of time.

11. Update Vendor 1099’s and W2’s Reach out to all your contractors and consultants and get them to update the W9 forms. Any vendor who you’ve paid more than $600 during the year should receive a 1099-MISC. The IRS requires 1099’s be mailed before January 31st, 2020. Any employees must receive their W2’s by January 31st, 2020. Your payroll service should provide W2’s for you and your employees.

12. Sign and Scan Your 2020 W9 Form Some vendors or corporate clients will ask for a W9 form before paying any invoice. If your business is a sole proprietor, LLC or an S-Corporation, you will send over a W9 with your invoice to get paid.

13. Update Your Website Your website is your #1 sales tool, and most people are looking at it from a mobile device. You need to make sure your website is simple and engaging on mobile-first. Pay close attention to load time. Take a look at your site navigation. How many choices are there? Are your calls to action simple to see on mobile? You might not need to do a complete overhaul, but mobile is really important, so make sure your website speaks to mobile visitors. You also should add videos with subtitles.

14. Review Your Google Analytics You want to see if your marketing efforts have been working or need to be tweaked. Pay close attention to your sources of traffic, which is generating the most referral traffic, most popular content, and the time on site. This will help you determine where to invest your time in social media.

15. Touch Your Customers If you are a B2B service provider, how often do you call your customers? You need to keep track of anyone who advocates for your business. Sometimes people switch companies or retire this time of the year, so stay in touch. You might learn about potential opportunities coming up. Reach out to at least 10 current and former customers a day for the next two weeks.

16. Clear Your Desk & Email Do you have 10,000+ unopened emails? Make it a goal to get back to no new emails before the end of the year. And is your desk cluttered? A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind. Deal with those stacks of unopened mail, who knows there could be a check in one of them. If your workspace or computer is cluttered, spend a few hours and set up a system. Shred things you don’t need and organize your computer files. It will save you hours later.

17. Review Your Monthly Subscriptions There is nothing worse than paying for something you don’t use. With all the apps and subscription services out there, you could be paying for things you no longer need or paying for apps that do the same thing. Productivity apps, media subscriptions, and music are a great place to start. Do you need Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon music? What about your CRM software? Look at social media scheduling tools too. Save money where you can.

18. Develop a New Sales Funnel You need to have a way to capture an email address, nurture, and educate a prospect, then sell something to them. You might need to invest in a professional copywriter to help you develop the email series. Leverage email marketing tools like Infusionsoft, or MailChimp, to set up a sales funnel using an autoresponder series of emails that goes out on selected dates after someone downloads a free offer from your website. You should develop a new sales funnel for 2020 before the year is out.

19. Send Direct Mail Direct mail has made a comeback, especially with existing customers. All the online clutter makes it easier for you to stand out if your mailer shows up in their box. Try a double-sided postcard to keep the bulk postage price low. Coupons are great to offer this way. If you’re a pizza shop, for example, you could send your customers an offer for 20% off on Tuesdays, if that is your slowest day of the week. Direct mail can spark repeat business.

20. Invest in Online Ads Paid ads are now a necessary method of marketing. There are lots of options from Retargeting, Google AdWords, Facebook Ads, Mobile SEO, and Mobile ads are major things to consider in 2020. Always test your campaign first, then invest in a longer campaign. Some platforms, such as Facebook, allow you to target ads to your existing email list or website visitors which allows you to stay in front of them all over the internet.

This is a really big to-do list, but if you jump on it quick, you can get this stuff handled before year-end. You have a few weeks, so get it done. A sale is nothing more than preparation meeting opportunity. Get prepared so that you can hit the ground running in 2020.

Do you have any more key task suggestions for 2020? Share them below in the comments. 

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Secrets of Successfully Working from Home

1—Are Your Online Store Listings Correct? It Could Mean Disaster if They’re Not

An analysis of five major retail chains that are closing a lot of their stores by the end of this month reveals they all had many inaccurate online store listings. (A store listing is any online directory, such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. or social and review-oriented site, like Facebook, Yelp, TripAdvisor, etc. with information for a local business, such as name, address, phone number, hours, and more.) The study, by Uberall, Inc., the location marketing solution for businesses competing to attract and win local brick-and-mortar customers, of Toys “R” Us, Dressbarn, Family Dollar, Office Depot, and Payless has lessons for small businesses.

51% of failing store listings are inaccurate

Uberall discovered that the listings of these five retailers’ 46% featured missing information (e.g., no phone number, no hours, etc.), while 51% were incorrect (e.g., misspelled name, wrong address, etc.). Only 3% of the listings were completely accurate.

“Building high-quality online listings should be a top priority for retailers,” says Florian Huebner, Founder & Co-CEO of Uberall. “Brick-and-mortar customers and prospects rely on online information during their shopping journey. If they are doing a ‘Near Me’ search, for example, any missing or inaccurate information slows foot traffic and sales. It ultimately makes online discovery harder, hurting revenue. The closing locations we examined were plagued by low-quality listings, which likely contributed to their struggles.”

“It’s possible that these major retailers could have been struggling, in part, due to a lack of more sophisticated location marketing, which would have improved listing accuracy,” said Huebner. “Without standardized and correct information online, especially basic information such as hours and addresses, it makes it very difficult to increase foot traffic to a brick-and-mortar location. Also, an inaccurate listing doesn’t just hurt revenue by creating challenges for store discovery. If a shopper visits a store based on incorrect hours, it becomes a broader reputation issue that can kill customer loyalty across the board—not just for a single store.”

You should immediately check your online listings to make sure they’re up-to-date and accurate.

2—Increasing Exports from U.S. Small Businesses

Technology, says Google, has made it easier than ever for American small businesses to find new customers abroad. As an example, they cite Strider Bikes in South Dakota which has sold more than 2.5 million bikes to customers in 78 countries, and their international sales account for over half of the company’s business. Through products and tools like Google AdsYouTube and Market Finder, small businesses like Strider Bikes are finding new markets and building relationships with customers around the world.

Yet, Google says, a majority of small businesses currently do not export their products, and many that do export continue to find it a difficult process. There is a strong international opportunity for American small businesses, and technology can play a critical role in helping them to overcome the challenges they face as they begin the export process.

To gain a better understanding, Google commissioned a study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Brunswick Research on small business exports. The report, Growing Small Business Exports: How Technology Strengthens American Trade show small business exports support more than six million jobs across all 50 states, and add over $540 billion annually to the American economy. If policymakers and the business community can help small companies overcome some of the challenges of exporting—like language barriers, customs issues and payment challenges—the report indicates nearly 900,000 additional jobs in the U.S. could be created.

Technology is key

According to the survey 70% of small businesses aren’t aware of digital tools, such as translation services, digital marketing and advertising and online payment platforms, that could help them go global.

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3—The State of Workplace Automation

It came as no surprise to me that Americans log longer hours at work than our global peers, making the opportunity for automation of mundane workplace tasks more needed than ever. Recently, released its report on The State of Automation in the Workplace to understand this key trend in the future of work and workers’ relationship with technology.

“The future of software lies in allowing teams to collaborate, facilitate transparency and automate mundane tasks so people can see the full picture of their workflow, ” says Matt Burns, head of Customer Success at monday.com.

Key findings

Repealing the repetition

We’re wasting our true skills at work with tedious tasks—54% of the workforce believes they would save 5 hours+ from tools that automate tasks.

Burnt (out) to a crisp

The mundanity takes a toll—57% of workers have started feeling burnt out.

Everything is distracting

Technology, notifications and pings are one of the biggest culprits of work distractions. But so are our colleagues.

Make time to create

With more focus on productivity and output, workers are feeling a lapse in creativity and opportunity to show meaningful work.

4—How to Successfully Work Remotely

Guest post by Jono Bacon, a leading community and management strategy consultant, speaker, and author. He is the founder of Jono Bacon Consulting, which provides community and management strategy, execution, and coaching. He’s the author of  People Powered: How Communities Can Supercharge Your Business, Brand, and Team. You can connect with him on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube, and LinkedIn.

Remote working seems to be all the buzz. Apparently, 70% of professionals already work from home at least once a week. It seems to make sense: technology, connectivity, and culture seem to be setting the world up more and more for remote working. Oh, and home-brewed coffee is better than ever too.

Here’s the stark truth: remote working is not a panacea. Sure, it seems like hanging around at home in your jimjams, listening to your antisocial music, and sipping on buckets of coffee is perfect, but it isn’t for everyone.

Some people need the structure of an office. Some people need the social element of an office. Some people need to get out the house. Some people lack the discipline to stay focused at home.

Remote working is like a muscle: it can bring enormous strength and capabilities IF you train and maintain it. If you don’t, your results are going to vary.

I have worked from home for the vast majority of my career. I love it. I am more productive, happier, and empowered when I work from home. I don’t dislike working in an office, and I enjoy the social element, but I am more in my “zone” when I work from home. I also love blisteringly heavy metal, which can pose a problem when the office doesn’t want to listen to After The Burial.

I have learned how I need to manage remote work, using the right balance of work routine, travel, and other elements, and here are five of my recommendations:

  1. You need discipline and routine (and to understand your “waves”)

Remote work really is a muscle that needs to be trained. Just like building actual muscle, there needs to be a clear routine and a healthy dollop of discipline mixed in.

Always get dressed (no jimjams). Set your start and end time for your day (I work 9am – 6pm most days). Choose your lunch break (mine is 12pm). Choose your morning ritual (mine is email followed by a full review of my client needs). Decide where your main workplace will be (mine is my home office). Decide when you will exercise each day (I do it at 5pm most days).

Design a realistic routine and do it for 66 days. It takes this long to build a habit. Try not to deviate from the routine. The more you stick the routine, the less work it will seem further down the line. By the end of the 66 days it will feel natural and you won’t have to think about it.

Here’s the deal though, we don’t live in a vacuum. We all have waves.

A wave is when you need a change of routine to mix things up. For example, in summertime I generally want more sunlight. I will often work outside in the garden. Near the holidays I get more distracted, so I need more structure in my day. Sometimes I just need more human contact, so I will work from coffee shops for a few weeks. Sometimes I just fancy working in the kitchen or on the couch. You need to learn your waves and listen to your body. Build your habit first, and then modify it as you learn your waves.

  1. Set expectations with your management and colleagues

Not everyone knows how to do remote working, and if your company is less familiar with remote working, you especially need to set expectations with colleagues.

This can be pretty simple: when you have designed your routine, communicate it clearly to your management and team. Let them know how they can get hold of you, how to contact you in an emergency, and how you will be collaborating while at home.

The communication component here is critical. There are some remote workers who are scared to leave their computer for fear someone will send them a message while they are away (and they are worried people may think they are just eating Cheetos and watching Netflix).

You need time away. You need to eat lunch without one eye on your computer. You are not a 911 emergency responder. Set expectations that sometimes you may not be immediately responsive, but you will get back to them as soon as possible.

Similarly, set expectations on your general availability. For example, I set expectations with clients that I generally work from 9am – 6pm every day. Sure, if a client needs something urgently, I am more than happy to respond outside of those hours, but as a general rule I am usually working between those hours. This is necessary for a balanced life.

  1. Distractions are your enemy and they need managing

We all get distracted. It is human nature. It could be your young kid getting home and wanting to play Rescue Bots. It could be checking Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to ensure you don’t miss any unwanted political opinions or photos of people’s lunches. It could be that there is something else going on your life that is taking your attention (such as an upcoming wedding, event, or big trip).

You need to learn what distracts you and how to manage it. For example, I know I get distracted by my email and Twitter. I check it religiously and every check gets me out of the zone of what I am working on. I also get distracted by grabbing coffee and water, which then may turn into a snack and a YouTube video.

The digital distractions have a simple solution: lock them out. Close down the tabs until you complete what you are doing. I do this all the time with big chunks of work: I lock out the distractions until I am done. It requires discipline, but all of this does.

The human elements are tougher. If you have a family you need to make it clear that when you are work, you need to be generally left alone. This is why a home office is so important: you need to set boundaries that mum or dad is working. Come in if there is emergency, but otherwise they need to be left alone.

There are all kinds of opportunities for locking these distractions out. Put your phone on silent. Set yourself as away. Move to a different room (or building) where the distraction isn’t there. Again, be honest in what distracts you and manage it. If you don’t, you will always be at their mercy.

  1. Relationships need in-person attention

Some roles are more attuned to remote working than others. For example, I have seen great work from engineering, quality assurance, support, security, and other teams (typically more focused on digital collaboration). Other teams such as design or marketing often struggle more in remote environments (as they are often more tactile).

With any team though, having strong relationship is critical, and in-person discussion, collaboration, and socializing is essential to this. So many of our senses (such as body language) are removed in a digital environment, and these play a key role in how we build trust and relationships.

This is especially important if (a) you are new to a company and need to build these relationships, (b) are new to a role and need to build relationships with your team, or (c) are in a leadership position where building buy-in and engagement is a key part of your job.

The solution? A sensible mix of remote and in-person time. If your company is nearby, work from home part of the week and at the office part of the week. If your company is further away, schedule regular trips to the office (and set expectations with your management that you need this). For example, when I worked at XPRIZE I flew to LA every few weeks for a few days. When I worked at Canonical (who were based in London), we had sprints every three months.

  1. Stay focused, but cut yourself some slack

The crux of everything in this article is about building a capability and developing a remote working muscle. This is as simple as building a routine, sticking to it, and having an honest view of your “waves” and distractions and how to manage them.

I see the world in a fairly specific way: everything we do has the opportunity to be refined and improved. For example, I have been public speaking now for over 15 years, but I am always discovering new ways to improve, and new mistakes to fix.

There is a thrill in the discovery of new ways to get better, and to see every stumbling block and mistake as an “aha!” moment to kick ass in new and different ways. It is no different with remote working: look for patterns that help to unlock ways in which you can make your remote working time more efficient, more comfortable, and more fun.
…but don’t go crazy over it. There are some people who obsesses every minute of their day about how to get better. They beat themselves up constantly for “not doing well enough”, “not getting more done”, and not meeting their internal unrealistic view of perfection.

We are humans. We are animals, and we are not robots. Always strive to improve but be realistic that not everything will be perfect. You are going to have some off-days or off-weeks. You are going to struggle at times with stress and burnout. You are going to handle a situation poorly remotely that would have been easier in the office. Learn from these moments but don’t obsess over them. Life is too damn short.

5—Global Sales Soar

The global e-commerce industry is growing according to a new study—the Global Seller Index Q 3, a bi-annual global report from cross-border payment leader Payoneer. And the U.S. holds the #2 spot of top 10 countries by international sales volume, with year over year growth spiking up to 49%, much higher than #1 country China’s 33% increase.

Insight from the report

Read more about it in their blog post.

6—Find a PR Pro

Need a pubic relations expert? Check out the new Pro-only Public Relations category on Fiverr. Fiverr explains on their : “As a Pro-only category, businesses now have access to vetted experienced professional freelancers that offer high-quality services to meet their communications needs, including strategy and planning, press release pitching, crisis communications planning, and many more. Businesses can now access high-quality Public Relations professionals from across the globe save time, allowing them to focus on other aspects of their business.”

7—Making Shipping Easier

During the busy holiday shopping season, shipping can be a common pain point for small business owners. According to a recent survey commissioned by Scotch™ Brand, 54% of small business owners spend more time on shipping-related tasks during the holidays than the rest of the year.

Scotch™ Brand and TaskRabbit teamed up to award more than 250 small businesses across the country shipping help through the Scotch™ Brand ‘Getting Ship Done’ Contest. Though the contest is now closed (winners will receive Scotch™ Flex & Seal Shipping Rolls and a TaskRabbit code to redeem for Tasker support with packing and shipping starting during the busiest shipping week of the year, December 16).

The Flex & Seal Shipping Roll was just named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019.

They also conducted a survey of small business owners and discovered:

Cool Tools

8—Controlling Cash Flow

Small business owners are always looking for solutions to help them control their cash flow. Check out Bento For Business, a leader in the B2B Payments market. Bento for Business gives SMBs control and clear visibility into all your expenses using three different methods.

  1. A Bento Corporate Debit Card: Lets you build your expense policy into corporate cards with detailed spending controls for each employee.
  2. Bento Virtual Cards: Generate and assign virtual cards in your account. Instant and secure access.
  3. Bento Pay: Send and track digital payments to any business using just their approved email address.

Bento for Business says it focuses on  helping “traditional American SMBs in such sectors as construction, fleet management, and nonprofits.” The company says its card controls are the most comprehensive in the industry and using Bento Pay you can pay another business, using their email address. Plus, it provides 24/7 American-based live customer support.

9—Call Tracking

Wouldn’t it help you to know which marketing campaigns and search keywords are driving valuable phone calls? CallRail’s easy-to-use cloud platform can help by providing call tracking and analytics services for small businesses and the marketing agencies that serve them.

You can use the call analytics to optimize your advertising campaigns, increase sales, and improve customer satisfaction.

CallRail was recently named as one of the top 10 fastest-growing companies in Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

10—Retirement Savings Selector Tool

Need help figuring out the right retirement savings option for your business and your employees? Check out the newly launched Retirement Savings Selector Tool for Small Businesses from Millennium Trust Company, LLC (“Millennium Trust”), a leading provider of retirement and institutional services.

The Retirement Savings Selector Tool for Small Businesses was created in conjunction with Millennium Trust’s Workplace Savings Solutions to help small businesses identify a retirement savings option that may be a fit for their business by answering a few questions. The results of the tool are determined based on factors such as how many employees the business has and how much the employer would like to contribute to the account.

“The Retirement Savings Selector Tool for Small Businesses is a completely agnostic resource,” says vice president of Workplace Savings Solutions, Kevin Boyles. “We want to help businesses understand their workplace savings options, even if that leads them to something, we are unable to directly support.”

According to the 2018 Millennium Trust Small Business Retirement Survey, 45% of small businesses surveyed did not research a retirement savings option, and those who did research ultimately chose not to offer anything. This may often be due to perceived misconceptions related to size, cost and complexity, which are often associated with the assumption that a 401(k) plan is the only option.

“Many employers are aware that offering a retirement savings option would be beneficial to their employees,” adds  Boyles. “But, despite this interest in offering a retirement savings benefit, there is a significant lack of education surrounding alternative options, like SIMPLE, SEP and Payroll Deducted IRAs. This is why we developed the Retirement Savings Selector Tool to serve as an easy start to understanding what may be right for a small business and its employees.”

The Retirement Savings Selector Tool for Small Businesses generates which retirement savings option may be the best fit and lays out comparisons of each plan for small businesses to explore further.

 

11—Lack of Office Resources Costs Businesses

According to Office Resource Woes, a report from ZenBusiness:

12—Power of Color

Review42 has put together a really useful report on the psychological power of color and how it can affect your branding and marketing

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