It's the end of the year - and as always for small business owners it has been a tough year - but that doesn't mean it's been a bad year - just an acknowledgement that it's always tough for the small business owner. But the end of the year is still a time to look forward with optimism - and to celebrate. With that in mid, we ran a couple of stories about gifts for the small business owner - one books (it's always a good idea to get more insight and knowledge) and one general gifts. Why not pass the articles on to your friends as a hint about what they can get you?
And in terms of looking ahead we had a great article about the seven things you should focus on in 2013. We also had two more entries in our small business Startup Diaries series. One, as promised, is about the unexpected hard work in owning a small business. The other is a touch late out of the gate at this point - on the topic of maximizing holiday sales - but it's a keeper for next year...
If you haven't taken the plunge yet, hopefully some of these articles give you the impetus to start your own business — and if you do, we have tools to help. Besides our domain name, web hosting and ecommerce products, we also have just added an innovative marketing dashboard that you can try for free even if you don't use our other products.
Some other great small business articles from around the web this week.
Are you ready to expand your startup of one? - maybe you had a great year and maybe it's time to grow?
Melinda Emerson has some tips on how to expand your business website.
Ever wonder why small business owners don't pay a lot of attention to site metrics? Maybe its because they keep getting told to look at the wrong things. This article is good advice for really big businesses as well as small ones. It's really about being smart about what you measure to track success instead of just measuring things that don't matter.