Small Business Tips

Owning a small business often means wearing every possible hat available, from marketer to sales clerk and inventory manager to HR professional. Learn from the experiences of the small business owners who are NFIB members as well as the best experts for each industry. Below you will find small business tips for everything from taxes and regulation to promotion and networking.

INFOGRAPHIC: Top 3 Small Business Tech Trends

Posted On: April 13, 2016

Stay on top of the latest technology to help run your business. NFIB members save big on computers and servers. And don’t lose out to the competition—stay up on tech trends. We make it easy: The Hottest Tech Trends Retailers Need to Know New Technology for the Office Can Change the Way You Work 5 Tech Mistakes Small Business Owners Make FIND MORE ARTICLES in...

5 Surprising Business Lessons You Can Learn from Mick Jagger

Posted On: April 12, 2016

When you think of Mick Jagger, business skills probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. But the rocker, who’s worth an estimated $328 million, has spent more than 50 years building the Rolling Stones brand into a powerhouse instantly recognizable across the globe. Here, small business owners share lessons they’ve learned from his career. 1. It’s not enough to...

The Mobile Revolution and Your Small Business: A Free NFIB E-book

Posted On: April 06, 2016

The world has gone mobile. And that’s good news for small businesses that have an online presence: 70 percent of mobile searches lead to online action within an hour, according to a study by iAcquire and Survey Monkey. Is your small business keeping up? In NFIB’s The Mobile Revolution and Your Small Business, we cover best practices for optimizing your website for...

EMV Credit Cards: Are Small Businesses Adapting to the Change?

Posted On: March 28, 2016

Customers seem to be adjusting well to the new checkout drill at some stores: Insert an EMV chip credit card and leave it in until the prompt. Business owners, however, are facing much greater inconveniences from the new cards. Despite the October 2015 deadline to adapt to EMV technology or be liable for counterfeit card transactions, many merchants haven’t made the...

A Beginner’s Guide to Building a Small Business Website

Posted On: March 21, 2016

Building a website might sound like an overwhelming task for small business owners with limited tech skills and small budgets. The good news is that if you’ve been operating without a website, then you probably don’t need a complicated, custom solution to create an online presence for your business. This beginner’s guide will help get you online in no time.  1....

How to Improve Your Business Communication Skills

Posted On: March 17, 2016

In order to run a successful business, effective communication skills are a must! From writing a business plan to creating marketing materials to pitching or presenting in front of a crowd, being able to communicate in a clear and compelling manner is important for every entrepreneur. And while communicating effectively comes naturally to many business owners, others need a little...

4 Lessons Your Small Business Can Learn from Amazon

Posted On: March 14, 2016

As an e-commerce juggernaut with billions of dollars in sales, Amazon may seem an unlikely source of inspiration for small businesses. But the company’s market value doubled in 2015, and third-quarter revenue from its new business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), grew 78 percent compared to the same period in 2014—enviable successes for businesses of any size. We talked to three...

NFIB's Small Business Startup Checklist

Posted On: March 08, 2016

If you’re thinking about starting a business, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all the to-do items – or unsure of how to begin! You don’t want to miss any crucial steps that could impact your business’ success, but you’re also excited about launching your business, connecting with customers and generating cash flow. NFIB understands the concerns and questions that arise...

Why “Smarketing” Is a Smart Idea

Posted On: March 07, 2016

According to inbound marketing company HubSpot, 87 percent of the terms that sales and marketing teams use to describe each other are negative—hardly the kind of rapport a small business owner wants to see among his or her employees. One possible way to bridge the divide: adopting a “smarketing” strategy. Smarketing aligns sales and marketing efforts to create not only a...

How the New Facebook Pixel Adds Power to Your Advertising

Posted On: February 15, 2016

Later this year, Facebook will eliminate its conversion tracking pixel, which allows advertisers to see what happens after someone clicks on their Facebook ad. Replacing the conversion tracking pixel is the Facebook pixel, a similar tool with expanded benefits for small businesses. We asked a Facebook marketing expert how small business owners can use the Facebook pixel to target so-called...

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