Midweek Reading: Big Orders and Self-Help


When entrepreneurs get their first big order from a national retailer, it can create new challenges with producing at a much larger scale and more complicated logistics.

As more and more people get out of the traditional work model of having a job that reports to a boss, self-managing time and productivity is increasingly important—and the self-help genre has boomed to meet the perceived need.

What’s the #1 small city in the US to start a business? Personal finance website WalletHub suggests it’s Holland, Michigan.

Despite all the predictions of futurists, the salesperson as a role is not just surviving, but thriving. It’s the top occupation in the US, and despite businesses trying many alternatives they have not yet found a better solution than the personal touch.

Facebook and its powerful ability to target specific audiences has had a perhaps unintended consequence: an increase in the sheer number of consumer goods available, as it’s easier than ever for a niche product to find its audience.

According to a recent survey, loan approval rates for small business applicants at big banks and institutional lenders are on the rise, while smaller and alternative lenders have slightly declined.

Tobi Lutke of Shopify discusses his approach to building a successful culture, including his own approach as a leader and how to get everyone on the team to understand their own strengths and weaknesses.

Marketing doesn’t always have to be expensive. Here are some ways you can advertise—not just cheaply, but for free.

If you’re a non-resident or foreign citizen living in the United States, you can still start a business. Here are the things you need to know.

If you’re struggling with procrastination, here are 8 ways that the most successful people overcome this universal hurdle.

Edwin Bevens

Edwin Bevens

Edwin Bevens is the Head Writer and Editor for Tarkenton Companies, and the Editor of SmallBizClub.com. With a background in journalism and publishing, Edwin received a 2008 South Carolina Press Association Award for reporting. Developing, producing, and maintaining content across multiple websites, Edwin focuses on helping small business owners find the right match of voice, audience, and medium for every message.