“This next decade will be the decade of the small business.” That assertion comes from Intuit in its “QuickBooks Future of Small Business Report,” which estimates that over the next decade the growth of small and micro businesses will accelerate from 30 million in 2016 to over 42 million in 2026. According to Intuit, there … Continue reading Small business growth is accelerating and cloud computing is a key enabler
Forecasts are like the weather. They can change rapidly. But right now there are signals that small business is planning for growth in 2017. Small business insurance provider Insureon surveyed over 1,000 small-business owners in November to find out about their plans for growth next year. Among respondents, 82% said that they plan “at least … Continue reading Small businesses can bolster hiring plans for the New Year with flexible work options
Small businesses aren’t letting uncertainty over the upcoming presidential election or holiday shopping dampen their outlook. A just released Fall/Winter Chase Business Leaders Outlook finds that 65% of nearly 900 small businesses surveyed are optimistic about their business over the next 12 months, and 55% feel the same way about their industry. On the economy, … Continue reading Small businesses hiring is up. Make sure remote employees are productive and engaged
Small businesses have jumped onto the cloud across the globe, according to a recently released study by Intuit. The “2016 Appification of Small Business Report,” which focused on 2000 small businesses in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia, found that 64 percent run in the cloud. With cloud computing, applications and company data no longer … Continue reading Where to find small businesses these days? In the cloud
Desiring to be “always on” and connected, today’s workers are employing a range of devices to get work done. (See: “Are small business employees using multiple devices for work? Tips to protect data.”) However, thanks to an abundance of mobile apps and cloud computing, it’s very possible to run a small business strictly using a … Continue reading How to run a small business from a smartphone
Are mobile working small business employees missing customer calls? When they are out of the office, mobile workers may be taking calls on their smartphones, using noise-canceling headsets to block out background noise. But if calls are coming into traditional desk phones that can’t switch to a mobile device or another desk; customers and prospects … Continue reading Is it time to update your small business phone system?