With the recent federal ruling against Apple in their e-books price fixing case, our attention turned this week to a company’s reputation – specifically that of the small business.
First impressions are critical in business, but not just for potential employees and customers. The first impression people have of your new product can be the deciding factor in its success or failure.
Graduation season is upon us, and colleges and universities across the country are awarding diplomas to the Class of 2013 – just over 1.7 million new entrants to the job force.
Remember how easy it was in school to get your homework and projects done on time? Well, “easy” might not be the right word, but motivation certainly wasn’t a problem: if you didn’t turn in the assignment, you had an irritated teacher and a bad grade to contend with. Now that we’re adults, the only person we have to answer to for most things is ourselves—and we tend to be pretty lenient on discipline.
Spring is here at last, but that means severe weather for many parts of the country. We got our first taste of it yesterday as thunderstorms and heavy rain grounded flights out of Chicago and Denver, and cancelled two Major League baseball games. No tornadoes or large hail this time around, but Midwest weather can take a turn for the worst this time of year. That’s why it’s important to have a disaster recovery plan in place, for both your home and your business.
In last week’s blog, we looked at the surge of small businesses taking to the web to help their companies grow. This week, I want to take a look at a specific type of small business that has seen a resurgence despite few changes in business model: the independent bookstore.