May 4 – 8, 2014 is National Small Business Week. In the United States there are between 20-30 million small businesses that create two out of every three new jobs. Small businesses are extraordinarily important for this country, and why this country has recognized National Small Business Week since 1963.
At RingCentral we value and support the small business. In recognition of this year’s National Small Business Week we’ve compiled six of our favorite articles geared toward helping small businesses succeed.
1) 5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Your Own Business
Starting and running your own small business is no walk in the park. There are countless challenges to overcome. In this post Australian blogger, Monique Craig, shares five pitfalls to avoid when starting your small business. If you’re thinking about starting a business be sure to avoid these small business startup dangers.
2) RingCentral for Entrepreneurs: Business Credibility
Credibility is imperative when it comes to small business success. Maybe your business is young, very small or struggling to achieve brand recognition. No matter the reason, a lack of business credibility can cripple your company. In this post RingCentral’s Product Marketing Manager, Jim Payne, shares easy to execute tips for building business credibility.
3) Conducting a Phone Interview: 4 Things to Listen For
Hiring the right workforce is key to growing a robust small business. Phone interviews provide small businesses with a convenient and efficient way to conduct the first steps of the hiring process. However, it can be difficult to fully gauge whether or not a candidate will be the right fit without a face-to-face interview. Editor in Chief at SoftwareProviders.com, Abby Perkins, shares her insights into how to hire the most qualified applicant from a phone interview.
4) Social Media Tips For Any Business
Every small business must have marketing and advertising strategies. In this post, business consultant and writer, Nick Rojas, reveals specific tips and tricks secrets for how any business can win when they correctly utilize social media.
5) 4 Ways Mobile Technology Enhances the Customer Experience
If your small business is a restaurant, or in the service industry, then this is a must read post. Four killer techniques for nailing customer service using mobile technology. Apps, mobile payments, and flexible business phone options will help your small business stand out from the rest.
6) 6 Ways to Protect Your Brand with a Blog
Online reputation has become more and more important over the years. One of the best ways to protect your brands online reputation is strategic blogging. In this popular blog post, blogger and entrepreneur, Zac Johnson, reveals the best ways to use a blog to keep your online reputation safe while also improving your chances for ranking right at the top of the search results.
What other advice can you share with entrepreneurs to help them become successful in their new venture? Share your small businesses success tips in the comments below. We would love to hear about your small business and how you’ve overcome challenges!