Five Fabulous Websites for Creatives in Business!

I’m friends with a lot of writers and artists and costumers (because I do writing and art but not costuming) and we’ve all been hit by the down economy.  It’s tougher when this is your only source of income and the real hassle is that when you’re NOT producing, you’re not really getting money.  Meanwhile…

This Week’s Fabulous Five Websites

I’ve been prowling around the Internet this week wasting time looking for the best advice on how to update the Friends In Business website. There’s a lotta distractions out there, let me tell you — and a lot of information. Sadly, much of it is pure garbage and some of the sites for people interested…

To Pinterest or Not to Pinterest

There’s no doubt about it — interest in Pinterest is on the rise. You’ll see it mentioned all over Facebook and you’re likely to stumble across “pins” from people on message boards. But does it make sense for YOU to take up your pins and start a Pinterest page for your small business? Maybe. Pinterest…

Avoiding the Dreaded Business Slump

Guest editorial by Patricia Snodgrass My father, stone mason by trade, didn’t turn his construction business into a fortune 500 company, and chances are you probably won’t either. However, like him, you can still grow a very successful business, if you avoid these five problems that plague nearly every company at some point. Pitfall #1.…

Stale Tweets — And How to Avoid Them

So you’ve been reading all about the magical things that Twitter can do for your business and you keep running across articles on “how to increase your twitter followers.” Of course, increasing followers and KEEPING followers are actually two different things — and most sites that are trying to sell you a “how to” don’t…

Should you consider podcasting?

Videocasts and podcasts have always been popular on the Internet, and businesses of all types are turning to these channels for boosting business and spreading awareness of their websites. But what about someone who has a tiny home business? Is it worthwhile trying to create a podcast about your products or services? In some cases,…

Tis the season for Tax Fraud Spam

This scam is the sort that’s going to really heap up trouble on top of misery.  It starts out with an email titled “Government Offers Tax Reduction of 88%, See If You Qualify!” or “remove IRS penalties” or “Pay Only 1% Of Your Tax Bills!” and the sender is often a name like “Tax shield”…