In this week’s small business news roundup, we’ll discuss small business confidence—or lack thereof, how to protect your business from hackers, whether a deal site is good for your enterprise, and what we can learn from the Netflix/Qwikster fiasco. Let’s go!
- Small Business Confidence Sinks to a Two-Year Low: Business Insider reports that “[s]ome 1,700 small business CEOs surveyed in September predict weak economic conditions to carry on in the year ahead, says the Vistage CEO Confidence Index, a quarterly report.”
- Protecting Your Business From Hackers: The Wall Street Journal gives an overview of why it’s important for small businesses to guard against hackers. One tip is to be careful about allowing employees to check their personal email from work to guard against phishing and malware problems. This article contains a link to What to Do If You’ve Been Hacked, and inside that are Things to Do Before the Next Breach on the left side.
- Small Business Strategies: Deal site or no deal site?: USA Today’s Rhonda Abrams breaks down daily deal sites like Groupon, Living Social, etc. Because all small businesses are different, there’s no one right answer as to whether a deal site would be good for your enterprise; Abrams gives you some factors to consider when making your decision.
- 5 Small Business Lessons from Netflix’s Qwikster Split: Carol Tice at Entrepreneur pinpoints what small business owners can learn from Netflix’s, oh let’s just call them what they were, mistakes when it split its DVD-rentals from its streaming service. I’ve been chuckling over the Twitter handle fiasco for a while now, and it’s still amusing. And a big caveat.
What’s new in your small business world this week?