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16 Gas Station Franchise Businesses

With billions of dollars’ worth in annual sales, gas stations are big business in the United States. Gas station franchises offer the chance for individuals to jump on the gasoline retail bandwagon and run a busy and profitable business. Small Business Trends takes a look at 16 gas station franchise businesses throughout the U.S. Gas Station Franchise Businesses to Consider ... Read More »

23 Percent of Millennial Entrepreneurs Value Influence Over Personal Wealth

When it comes to fundamental goals, 23 percent of entrepreneurs in their 20s cited becoming more influential or having a positive impact on their communities. It’s a considerable increase over the 13 percent of entrepreneurs over 50 who say the same. The data shows a considerable difference in values between two generations of entrepreneurs,  says the 2017 HSBC Private Bank: ... Read More »

IT export to grow at 7-8%, 1.5 lakh jobs to be created in 2017-18: Nasscom

Indian IT exports will grow by 7-8 %, unchanged from previous year’s growth, despite protectionist voices in major markets like the US, industry body Nasscom said today. The $ 156 billion Indian industry — the biggest job creator in the organised sector — is also projected to add 1.3-1.5 lakh new jobs during 2017-18 compared to a net hiring of ... Read More »

Never bought a business that wasn’t already part of Quikr: CEO Pranay Chulet

In the North Bangalore headquarters of online classifieds company Quikr India Pvt. Ltd, the conference rooms are called ‘jaldi’, ‘raftaar’, ‘daud’, and so on, names that are synonymous with speed. The nomenclature couldn’t have been more apt, given Quikr has been buying companies at breakneck pace. On Wednesday, it made its latest acquisition, buying blue-collar jobs listing company Babajob in ... Read More »

In the catfish economy, things are hopeful

Townsend Kyser says economic optimism translates into more people eating out, which boosts his business. – Darren McCollester/Getty Images We like to talk to small business owners in order to get a handle on how the economy feels. Catfish farmer Townsend Kyser, who runs Kyser Family Farms with his father, is someone we check in with every so often. The last time ... Read More »

27 Percent of Small Business Owners Use Same Bank Account for Business and Personal (Infographic)

Managing finances is a key priority for small businesses. Yet many business owners make financial mistakes that may cost them dearly. For example, a new study has revealed 27 percent of small business owners use the same checking account for personal and business finances. Downsides of Using the Same Bank Account for Business and Personal While it may seem easier ... Read More »

Take Your Business to the Next Level with Marketing Automation Software

Marketing your small business, whether online or off, is a time intensive process. As your business grows, managing lead capture, nurturing, converting and relationship management become too big to handle manually, which is why small business owners turn to marketing automation software to manage the load. In general, automation brings many benefits to your small business including: Speed; Lower costs; and Time savings. ... Read More »

Amazon Buying Whole Foods? What Small Businesses Can Learn

Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) just announced plans to purchase Whole Foods (NASDAQ:WFM). The deal, valued at about $13.7 billion, also offers a few potential lessons for small businesses. Whole Foods, which broke onto the scene offering stores full or organic food options, has struggled and faced pressure from advisors to sell or merge with another company. Amazon, a company that has broken into ... Read More »

Small Businesses Do 40 Percent of the Hiring in the Gig Economy, New Study Says

Over the course of the last decade, the so-called “gig economy” has rapidly expanded to become one of America’s most crucial labor markets. Around one in three American workers are now freelancers, and more than one third of Millennials. And according to a new study compiled by LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), it’s small business owners that are the driving force behind that exponential ... Read More »

30 Top Social Media Sites to Market Your Small Business Locally

The coming of social media has really been the game changer in the way we carry out business marketing and related activities. Their birth has made custom targeting of prospective customers a breeze. It has enhanced our ability to communicate directly with those we seek to reach. However, are all social media websites best for business use? Below we disclose ... Read More »