By Peter Justen –
When I’m asked to speak on small business, it always amazes me how few people realize the role small business plays in our economy. Here are some interesting stats from the Small Business Administration.
- Small businesses Generate $5 Trillion in business in the US
- Represent 99% of all employer firms
- Pay 44% of total US payroll
- 68% of employment
- Employ 50% of private sector employees
These are the numbers that helped build our country, that keep our economy running strong, that create the jobs. We don’t need bailouts or government assistance…all we need is the opportunity and the drive to make it happen. (more…)
Success in the small business arena can be measured many ways. However, one of my favorite barometers is tied to the speed at which a business owner can adjust his business to the ever-changing needs of his customers. And making those decisions quickly is directly tied to having the right information at the right time.
Today’s smartphones empower business owners with real-time access to this information. But, with literally millions of apps competing for space on your phone, which programs should earn a spot? Following, are my four favorites that I use every day.
I used to keep a small slip of paper in my pocket, my to-do list. However, at the end of the day, it would disappear along with all of my undone tasks. Now, I don’t have that problem anymore. With toodledo, I can access my list from anywhere and any device. Their incredible iPad and smartphone apps sync, so every task is only a click away. All tasks are organized in folders of your choice to help separate, say, home tasks from office errands. This one app keeps me focused! (more…)