National Funding, a private lender of small business loans, recently found that more than 25% of small business owners expect better holiday season sales this year, compated to 2013. In the survey, 88% of small business owners said they have a neutral to positive outlook on the holiday season this year. This is a result of the increase in consumer confidence and the improvement in the economy, according to National Funding.
The internet is a powerful tool, and can often be underestimated by businesses. Small business owners must remember that nothing posted on the internet can be permanently deleted. Even comments on posts and social media can't be retracted. It is important to think carefully before responding to comments, posts and reviews.
Leadership is about applying knowledge and communication skills; not merely who and what you know. Leaders set examples, have integrity and set clear expecations to allow others to succed. You can be great at what you do, but unless you have the ability to motivate, encourage and manage a team of others around you, scaling a business or cause is ultimately going to fail.