Survey Reveals the Struggles and Successes of Online Businesses

Copyblogger recently released their 2015 “Cost of Online Business” survey. Overall, the survey yielded some interesting data about online businesses. While most website owners reported that they were struggling to make a living online, more and more people are choosing to enter the online business realm. Most respondents reported that the biggest challenge of running…continue reading …

Small Businesses Are Avoiding SHOP Exchanges

Some small business owners are choosing alternative health insurance options over the government sponsored exchanges (operating under the Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP). Business owners and health insurance brokers are citing a number of reasons for this current trend, including limited federal tax credits and a small menu of insurance offerings (which is…continue reading …

Top 10 Technology, Economic, and Social Trends for 2015

Small Business Labs, from Emergent Research, recently released their 8th annual top 10 small business technology, economic, and social trends list for 2015. Small Business Labs forecasts continued expansion in cloud and mobile computing tools, which it believes will drive long-term fundamental changes in business processes and structures. In addition, the U.S. economy for 2015…continue reading …

New Survey Reveals That Small Business Shopping Is a “Feel Good” Experience for Consumers

Recently, independent marketing performance specialist Ebiquity conducted a survey of 1,999 male and female consumers 18 years of age and older: the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey. Among other things, this survey looked at consumer small business shopping trends, particularly at how consumers felt going into this holiday season. Here are some of the…continue reading …