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1. The pros and cons of selling on Amazon

SmartBrief on Small Business | Jan 23, 2015

More than 2 million third-party sellers operate on Amazon, where they pay fees that typically range from 8% to 15% of sales. Many appreciate the exposure, but some are looking into less costly alternatives that could let them maintain more control of their brands. "You can’t really be a high-volume seller online without being on Amazon, but sellers are very aware of the fact that Amazon is also their primary competitor," said Kevin North, CEO of Terapeak. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/14)

2. 6 ways to build close connections with customers

SmartBrief on Small Business | Jan 28, 2015

Making personal connections with customers is key for a small business, writes Varsity Tutors CEO Chuck Cohn. Establish and maintain such connections by asking for feedback, meeting clients face-to-face and writing messages to your customers, he writes. Entrepreneur online (01/27)

3. E-commerce trends to watch this year

SmartBrief on Small Business | Jan 26, 2015

More consumers will be shopping and buying via mobile devices in 2015, experts say. Meanwhile, it may become easier for small businesses to move into e-commerce and to understand the return on investment of their social media outreach. Small Business Computing (01/23)

4. Craft brewers reflect on challenges in a growing field

SmartBrief on Small Business | Jan 27, 2015

Craft beers are more popular than ever, but these small businesses face competitive and regulatory challenges. Several small brewers talk about the difficulties they face in growing their businesses, finding top-notch ingredients and managing distribution. "Getting product to market is complex," said Michael Wright, founder of The Commons Brewery in Portland, Ore. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/26)

5. Company looks to grow sales of stand-up bike

SmartBrief on Small Business | Jan 23, 2015

Entrepreneur Rainer Udala wants to expand sales of the StreetStepper, a stand-up bicycle, in North America. Udala is thinking about setting up an assembly operation in San Diego, and he is looking for investors. Competitors are in the market, experts warn, and Udala should look for partners and product evangelists who will be interested in building the brand. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (01/21)

6. Key tax deadlines to keep in mind

SmartBrief on Small Business | Jan 28, 2015

CorpNet CEO Nellie Akalp lists key dates that business owners should keep in mind as they file their taxes and manage the reporting requirements that come with running a corporation or limited liability company. However, it's important to note that your requirements may vary depending on where your business operates. Mashable (01/28)

7. Building a better mattress-buying experience

SmartBrief on Small Business | Jan 26, 2015

Entrepreneur Sam Prochazka launched an online mattress company called Novosbed after a bad experience trying to buy a mattress. The business, which has eight employees and generated more than $5 million in revenue last year, now manufactures its products in Pennsylvania. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (01/26)

8. 8 tips for helping employees who repeat the same mistakes

SmartBrief on Small Business | Jan 23, 2015

Several tactics might prove useful in salvaging a promising employee who keeps making the same small mistakes. Suggestions include inviting the employee to come up with his or her own solution to the problem and using checklists to ensure that the work is done correctly. Fast Track, The (01/22)

9. Workers appreciate these 15 benefits

SmartBrief on Small Business | Jan 29, 2015

Fifteen founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council share the perks their employees prefer, including free catered lunches, paid time to volunteer, flexible hours, telecommuting, book clubs and even a specially created money management seminar. (01/19)

10. Tips for protecting your Wi-Fi network

SmartBrief on Small Business | Jan 23, 2015

You should consider several security issues when offering free Wi-Fi to your customers. Steven Scheck, principal of Inspire WiFi, offers tips for keeping your network safe. Small Business Trends (01/21)

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