This Week in Small Business: From Instagram Success to Business Writing Tips

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Looking to add tools to your toolbox? Check out these articles from Bplans.

This week on Bplans, we discussed several useful tools that entrepreneurs can use to help start and run their businesses. Maybe you’re a hairdresser looking to use Instagram to your advantage, or a business owner looking for the best mobile payment processor. Or, perhaps, you are a content creator hoping to take advantage of the newest crowdfunding site. These articles will give you the rundown on tools to help you start and run your business more smoothly.

1. 8 Questions to Ask Before Launching an Online Store

So, you’re ready to launch your eCommerce site? The question is, have you done the due diligence required before you start? Here are the important questions to ask yourself before you launch your online store. We cover everything fromm addressing your target market to adding product value.

2. The Ultimate Instagram Guide for Hair Salons

Ever wanted to know how to make it big on Instagram as a hairdresser? Wonder no more. Lisa Furgison covers what to post, tips on attracting followers, using hashtags, and a number of excellent picture-snapping tips and tools.

3. The Best Mobile Payment Processor

Mobile card readers provide small businesses with an incredibly low investment way to process payments made by credit cards. We looked at five major brands of mobile credit card processors and picked the best. Here is our complete review.

4. How to Use Patreon to Start a Business from Home

Starting a business from home doesn’t have to follow traditional methods. If you’re on top of things, giving new tools a spin is well worth it. Patreon is the latest and most interesting platform for the aspiring self-employed. It’s basically a Kickstarter campaign for life!

5. My Favorite Patreon Profiles

If you don’t yet know of Patreon, go now and read about it. If you have heard tell, take a look at what these 10 incredibly creative people are doing to make money online. From the traveling Troubador Nate Maingard to Kickass Cake Tutorials, there’s sure to be something here to inspire your artistic tastes.

6. Tools, Tips, and Tricks to Improve Business Writing

Being able to convey and communicate your messages clearly is of paramount importance in the business world. The problem is, many people don’t know how to do it. Here are five tools to help you get it right.

7. Why My Crowdfunding Campaign Failed

Many people think crowdfunding is a guaranteed way to find instant success—after all, how many startups have reached their funding goals, virtually overnight, as a result of a successful campaign? Not so fast. Crowdfunding can help you reach your funding goal, but it isn’t a given. We asked several entrepreneurs with unsuccessful crowdfunding campaigns why they failed, and what they would do differently.

What would you like to see covered on Bplans? Is there an aspect of starting your business that you would like advice on? Let us know in the comments!

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Briana Morgaine
Briana Morgaine
Briana is a content and digital marketing specialist, editor, and writer. She enjoys discussing business, marketing, and social media, and is a big fan of the Oxford comma. Bri is a resident of Portland, Oregon, and she can be found, infrequently, on Twitter.
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