News You Can Use On Main Street 12/20/2013

Our picks for this week’s top news on Main Street.  Each week we give you links to posts we believe will be of benefit to you and your business.

  • 6 Tips To Make Your Business Resolutions Stick

So 2014 is the year you’ve vowed to (finally) stick to your New Year’s resolutions., writes Lee Polevoi. “Congratulations! Whatever resolutions you make, be prepared to do whatever it takes to realize your goals.” Here are six (6) ways to do that.  Intuit Small Business Blog

  • Launching a gift-card program? Here Are Some Tips You Should Review.

“Want to make sure you’re selling what customers want to buy this holiday season?” writes Kathryn Hawkins. “The answer is simple: Offer gift cards.” She has tips on gift card laws, the best type of gift card to offer and marketing your gift cards. Intuit Small Business Blog

  • Don’t Put Customer Service On Hold

“Waiting is high on the how to antagonize customers list”, writes Errol Allen. “Can you put your finger on the reasons your customers wait?” he asks. Here are a few of the more common reasons Allen has found why customers wait. B2C Marketing Insider

  • Planning ahead will make blogging easier

Blogging is essential to modern business success, but it can also be very time consuming. Michael Schein reviews how to do it in 20 minutes a week without overloading your already jam-packed schedule.  Inc. online (free registration)

  • Meet Your Financial Goals in 2014

“Motivation tends to slump several weeks after the new year has set in,” notes Miranda Reiter, a financial adviser at She & Money Financial Planning. She says to stay on track all year it is essential to “set reasonable goals for your small business’s growth” and offers five (5) tips to do so. Intuit Small Business Blog




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