2015 is predicted to be a year of growth in the economy, and businesses are ready. Especially optimistic are the small business owners and entrepreneurs. It’s time to look forward and plan your strategy–if it’s not been in place since mid-year.
NPR: 2014: The Year the Jobs Market Finally Turned the Corner
If you’ve seen the November jobs report, you know that unemployment is down. (In Texas, unemployment is at 5.8%, and nationally it’s at 6.2%.) Job numbers are high, and optimism is surging through the American economy. Small business owners are predicting that this will be one of the best years in a decade, and companies are optimistically looking forward to hiring again.
Inc.: Five Forward Thinkers Tell Us What’s Next for Entrepreneurs
Where is small business headed? The market is plastic, and it’s changing fast now. Of the five forward thinkers, one is a Millennial, one is a mom in her 40s, and only one is a “traditional” business leader. If you’re looking for insight on how to fully capitalize on 2014, here’s a sneak peek into what is possible.
BusinessWeek: You Stole Those Paper Clips Because You Were Stressed Out
Yet another side effect of stress—stealing, lying and cheating all become more “acceptable” when a person is stressed. So, if you’re wondering where your staplers and Post-Its have gone, it may be a sign that it’s time for some in-office stress reduction techniques, or maybe another staff member.
Inc.: How Do Small Businesses Feel about the Affordable Care Act?
Small business owners have taken the time to understand the Affordable Care Act, but that doesn’t mean that they like it. It’s not employee healthcare that small businesses are against—92 percent offer insurance to their employees—it’s the way in which it is being executed by the government. In a year that is predicted to be one of the best for small business in a decade, government-sponsored healthcare is one of the things that may hold them back.