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Wix is hoping to hit the high note with independent musicians on its latest offering. Saying that indie musicians are under-served in being provided a competent Web platform to share and sell their music, Wix has introduced WixMusic. This new specialty platform allows musicians to upload their recorded music directly to their new Wix site and sell it immediately. Wix says it has created specialty site themes targeted at musicians. And because mobile devices are often used to stream music, the new WixMusic sites are optimized for those devices, too. Wix hopes the new platform will appeal to independent bands, DJs, music producers, more >>
Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
You can accomplish amazing things in business when you have the right tools, both technological and social. This is especially true for managing company projects. With some great tools in your arsenal, such as those that follow, you should be able to address all your project management needs. Do you have all seven of these? Project Management Software Thanks to modern technology, project management software has become easier to use than ever. The best programs enable you to keep all your collaborators on the same page, with interactive timelines, data tracking, time stamping, expenditures on each job, content gathering, and delegation capabilities. According to Tom more >>
Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
During my sophomore year of college, I took a speech class called Intro to Public Speaking. Our final project was a 10 minute speech on a topic of our choosing. We were allowed note cards, visuals—anything that would help us give an engaging presentation. Sounds easy enough, right? I thought so, until I saw some... The post Is Bad Body Language Ruining Your Pitch? Here's How to Fix It appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment] more >>
Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Source: BP Plans
Tax time is fast approaching, and hopefully you have your financial records in order, but in case you don't here's some advice on how to hire an accountant. While there are many aspects of your business that you can handle on your own, accounting is one worth turning over to a professional. Accounting goes far beyond simply sending invoices and tracking expenses; a good accountant can also help you with your taxes, as well as find ways to keep cash flowing. First: Understand Your Needs In addition to accountants, there are also bookkeepers and Certified Public Accountants that provide slightly different services more >>
Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
Whether you're just starting a new small business or you're already a successful small business owner, it's very possible that you're about to make (or you've already made) biggest branding mistake. Don't feel bad. You're not alone, but it's a mistake you should definitely fix as soon as possible because it could destroy your business. I'm talking about your business name. If you're using your business name to promote and sell your products and services in the marketplace, then that business name is also a brand name. That means it serves two purposes and needs to be registered in two different ways more >>
Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
Could Amazon be the next place people go to hire a landscaper? Starting today Monday March 30, small businesses in select markets nationwide will be able to offer services to customers through the eCommerce site up until now known mostly for selling products. A report from TechCrunch notes that Amazon will re-launch its Amazon Local Services as Amazon Home Services. The new service will allow businesses like plumbers, house painters, vehicle mechanics, and other service-based operations to sell their skills on Amazon. The new Home Services can be viewed as direct competition to a site like Angie's List, which also connects local service businesses more >>
Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
On Monday, March 30, BlackBerry announced the new BlackBerry Leap will be open for pre-orders. Pre-orders will be available in five regions but supplies will be limited. Blackberry did not announce just how many phones are available so if you are interested you might not want to wait. Currently availability is only offered for the US, UK, Germany, France, and Canada. For buyers in France pre-orders already started on March 26. Pre-orders will begin in the US, UK, and Germany starting on March 30. Unfortunately for interested parties in Canada a pre-order date has yet to be announced. The Blackberry Leap features more >>
Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
You probably wouldn't dream of loaning large amounts of money without credit information on the borrower, right? But do you pull credit reports on the companies with whom you do business? The comparison is clear enough: In business-to-business transactions, credit is often extended directly or indirectly. A baker who delivers to restaurants with “net 30″ terms can have thousands of dollars in bread out there while he waits a month for payment. A roofing contractor can pay out thousands in employee wages on a project long before he collects anything more than a deposit for materials. Yet, despite the fact that they're routinely extending credit more >>
Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
Entrepreneur and cat lover Michael Phillips decided to return to the business world with his latest restaurant franchise … after retiring to paradise. Phillips founded Coconut's Fish Café in Khei, Hawai'i, on the island of Maui, opening the doors of the flagship restaurant in 2009. Named after the family cat, Coconut, the eatery has been named number one in the city five years in a row. Phillips' ah-ha moment came when he realized how expensive fish was at surrounding restaurants, and decided there was a niche to be filled. In an interview with Business Opportunities, Phillips explains: “While I always enjoy going out and more >>
Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends
Now more than ever, the Internet has become the primary method used by home buyers when looking for a new home. Online searches and listings have made it easier for prospective home buyers to find their dream homes. In 2013, 90 percent of home buyers did research online before choosing to buy their homes. Additionally, 76 percent of home buyers actually drove by homes that they found on the Internet. It's clear that the Internet has become a staple in the world of real estate. This is great for home buyers and realtors too. However, this paradigm shift has created new challenges for more >>
Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Source: Small Business Trends