Now that the Olympics are wrapping up and the return to school for kids and teens is on the horizon, it's time to refocus on some core business basics - and there isn't really anything more basic than sales. We've got a mix of articles this week from our own site and from external sites that highlight some best practices and interesting ideas around sales, marketing, reaching out to customers and also take a look at some new practices and what the US government may have in store for small business owners. There's also a little career advice, how NOT to do PR and why old school marketing can still beat out new fangled methods like social media.
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.
10 Common Misconceptions about Small Business Websites
The Ultimate Guide to Startup Marketing
What is the most important thing to have when you are just starting your company?
5 Ways to Inspire trust in your small business
5 Tips for Negotiating Pricing with Product Vendors
Are You Really Listening to Your Customers?
Have a great week, watch the bottom line and let us know in the comments if any of this was especially useful or if you have any advice you'd like to share.