Reputation Economy- Bullshit or Brilliant?

Every year or even less, it seems like it’s another kind of economy. Shared economy, virtual economy, ecommerce economy, green economy, social economy and now reputation economy. True enough, we are living in a fast moving global economy and a smart business owner pays attention to the trends. But not everyone has to become part of the trend. Sometimes a phase (or fad) works for some, it doesn’t for others. […]

5 Spring Cleaning Ideas for Your Small Business

With warmer weather setting in, now is the perfect time to spring clean your small business. [Tweet "#SmallBiz Spring Cleaning ideas in this guest post from @HiscoxSmallBiz."] Spring has been associated with cleaning and renewal since ancient times, when it coincided with the first opportunity to open windows and doors closed for the winter, clearing the air of dirt and dust of the winter. Today’s spring cleaning focuses on swapping […]

Accidents happen, are you covered?

General liability insurance acts as a security blanket against claims arising from accidents What’s the forecast look like for your small business in 2014?  It’s likely to include plans for growth in sales, more clients or customers, and becoming more well-known in your industry and geographical area.  These are all worthy goals and attainable with focus and effort. [Tweet “Find out why YOUR small business needs liability insurance in this […]

If You’re Serious About Growing Your Business, Start with Workforce Planning

“Workforce Planning” sounds like something straight out of a big enterprise. And it is. But it doesn’t mean it can’t be applicable to small businesses too. I see it all the time. Small business owners and startup founders will set their minds on working with a skeleton crew for as long as it takes to reach a breaking point. Then they find themselves scrambling to find people to handle the […]

4 Biggest Mistakes Small Businesses Make That Stunt Their Growth

Small business owners have a lot on their hands. Trying to manage employees, service customers, keep the bills paid and keeping their name in the forefront of people’s minds can be a difficult juggling act; especially if you’re running understaffed. Often times, in being caught up in the day to day of running the business, owners make some crucial mistakes that keep them from truly growing their business. [Tweet “Are […]

The New Networking: It’s About That Money, Honey

OK before the moral police come for me, calm down. It’s not what you think. Or maybe it is, just a little. If you want to be successful in networking, you have to stop being afraid to talk about making money as it relates to networking. Sure, money is not the end all be all, and there is more to life than money. Real relationships have true value, and so […]

As Your Small Business Grows, So Do Your Risks

Let Professional Liability Insurance help protect you The goal of almost all entrepreneurs is company growth. These small business owners are not the type to aim low; they set aggressive goals and work diligently toward them. If you count yourself among this group of go-getters your business is likely growing or on a solid path to increases in sales and clients. But as your business grows, so does your risk.  […]

Your Ego & Pride Could Be Blocking Some Well Deserved Blessings

How open are you to suggestions for improving your business? Put aside criticism and let’s focus on well-intentioned guidance or suggestions. How many times has someone offered a suggestion about something like a new class to help you learn or thinking about adding a new product or service, and you told them “no, I don’t do that/that’s not right for my customers“? [Tweet “Step out of your ego & stop […]