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Reads of the Week – April 17

Date: April 17, 2015

News on Any Platform: Computer, Tablet, MobileWe know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments.

An emerging and growing trend in business hiring is pre-hire tests. Eight of the top 10 U.S. private employers now administer pre-hire tests in their job applications, a trend that doubled over a 12-year period to 57%. With competition steep in certain fields, it may have just gotten steeper. Is this something you’ve used or experienced?

Another trend playing out in the B2B  space is the use of ACH payments which has spiked to nearly 23 billion electronic payments in 2014. According to new data released this week, more than $40 trillion worth of funds were transferred over the ACH Network. Contributing to that growth were recurring payment and WEB transactions which together, represent a segment of payment processing capabilities which are leading to an increase in B2B transactions.

If the thought of payment processing doesn’t warm you up, maybe some of these products will. For those of us who live in areas that experience a traditional winter, meaning wet, cold and snowy, by mid-April, we’re ready for spring. Full-blown spring. To help you spring forward, whether the weather cooperates or not, here are 8 essential products to welcome in the new season.

Speaking of spring, is there a better way to fall asleep than a light rain tapping on the windows? This new smart pillow will not necessarily bring spring showers, but it emits relaxing, low-frequency noises that help improve your sleep with a built-in accelerometer. It wirelessly syncs with your smartphone to help you get better quality rest. Check out Chrona, when it’s available, or help fund it on Kickstarter.

5 Ways to Make Tax Season Easier Next Year

Date: April 15, 2015

Today is Tax Day. If you have already filed your business and personal tax returns, congratulations! If you are one of the almost 12 million people who file an extension -- get back to work if you owe money, as you will still need to pay about 90% of…

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Non-Bank Options for Small Business Loans

Date: April 14, 2015

Consider these alternatives to traditional bank and SBA loans if your business is new, your credit isn’t stellar, and/or you need a very short-term loan.

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Life is All About the Moments

Date: April 13, 2015

I was in Santa Monica last weekend enjoying spring break with my daughter. While we were hanging out at the pool, I overheard the conversation next to me. OK, I was eaves dropping, but we were actually in the hot tub, so it was tough not to listen in…

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Reads of the Week – April 10th

Date: April 10, 2015

We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners including tax deductions, social media lessons, and getting a website for your business.

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Two Free iPad Apps from Adobe for Creating Video Presentations, plus Android and Desktop Alternatives

Date: April 07, 2015

There was a time when visually stunning, interactive marketing materials with cinema-quality animation, studio-recorded music, and professional photography were exclusively available to large companies with seemingly bottomless budgets. Happily, tha…

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We Are Always at the Best Place We Have Ever Been

Date: April 06, 2015

At the beginning of all of our quarterly board meetings I spend the first few minutes giving a high-level overview of where we are as a company.  It is always my intent to give my board the most honest and transparent view of where we are as a com…

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Reads of the Week – April 3rd

Date: April 03, 2015

We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners including how to handle competition, finding an affordable pro, social media misses and how to eliminate a bad apple.

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Why Security is More Important to Small Businesses than It Is to Mega Companies

Date: March 31, 2015

Unless you’ve been so engrossed in your small business that you have not paid attention to the news for the past year, you’ve heard about the large-scale data breaches at Target, Home Depot, Sony, and other mega companies. You would think that t…

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Celebrate What Makes You, You

Date: March 30, 2015

On Friday night my teenage daughter walked into my room and said sadly, "All of my friends are hanging out together and I wish I was with them at this party." …

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