This week’s Small Business Roundup includes marketing tips, Square, home office tax tips, and Emergency Turnaround Clinic from IttyBiz.
Square Updates Mobile Payments App – How would you like to pay for something just by speaking your name? That’s one of the new features in the Square iPhone app. Coming soon to Android.
7 Steps To Sure Fire Marketing Success – Admittedly, I haven’t had a chance to read this in detail yet. That’s part of the reason I’m keeping it on the list – so I can remember to read it later. Looks like some good stuff.
What and How Much of Your Home Office Can be Deducted – As always, run any tax advice by your accountant first, but some good tips here if you have a home office. And I didn’t know you could deduct repairs and improvements. That’s super handy!
Google+ Pages: connect with all the things you care about – Google+ now allows companies and brands to sign up. Are you going to sign your business up? I probably will but it’s not high on my priority list right now. Here’s another article, including 4 reasons why you should give G+ a chance: From #BWELA: Why Guy Kawasaki and Chris Brogan are betting big on Google+
New Google Search Update Could Spell More Trouble for Business Websites – In case you needed another reason to keep your website updated (Do I sound like a broken record yet?), here’s more proof of the benefit. Google is focusing more on regular updates in its newest search algorithm. So if you haven’t updated your website in 5 years but have great search rankings – that might change.
Finally, I’m taking a class from IttyBiz this month. It’s called Emergency Turnaround Clinic. First off, I’m a huge fan of Naomi from IttyBiz. I think she’s amazing and a genius. I am so excited about this class. I’ve already had brilliant ideas and I’m not even halfway through. I can see taking myself through this class (or at least parts) once or twice a year. Yes, it’s that useful already. You can still sign up and you don’t have to be in “turnaround” mode but it is definitely geared toward that. It’s pay-what-you-can, so if you’re not in turnaround mode, I suggest you pay full price. If you are in turnaround, she really means pay-what-you-can.
Cross-posted from the Circa Consulting blog. Check out my Tech Roundup, too.
Tags: Emergency Turnaround Clinic, google, google search algorithm, home office, IttyBiz, marketing tips, Square, taxes