7 Businesses That Make Money Right Away (In 1-3 Months or Less)

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Times are bleak, and it’s comforting to think about building something new. But how do you decide on the right business idea? How long will it take to bring in profits? If you’re looking to explore businesses that make money right away, you’ve come to the right place. You’ve probably skimmed plenty of listicles by now … Read more

7 Real Examples of Small Businesses Cultivating Community

How These Small Businesses Cultivate Community

🖊️ Small Business, Big Lessons is a podcast from Buffer that goes behind the scenes with inspirational small businesses to explore how they are questioning the best ways to build a business and uncover the big lessons we can learn from their journeys (so far). Check out the first episode here. Building and managing a … Read more

The Top Traffic, Conversion, & Lead Trends in Q3: Data & Takeaways from 120,000+ Businesses

The Top Traffic, Conversion, & Lead Trends in Q3: Data & Takeaways from 120,000+ Businesses

When it comes to Q4, Halloween isn’t the only spooky thing haunting marketers. In fact, the most intimidating part of Q4 is the pressure to end the year with great results, while also taking on immense annual planning to start the new year off right. And, on top of the normal stressors of Q4, businesses … Read more

Why these Small Businesses are Turning Down Big Money

Why these Small Businesses are Turning Down Big Money

🖊️ Small Business, Big Lessons is a podcast from Buffer that goes behind the scenes with inspirational small businesses to explore how they are questioning the best ways to build a business and uncover the big lessons we can learn from their journeys (so far). Check out the second episode here. In 2014, Buffer was … Read more

5 Small Businesses to Support this Hispanic Heritage Month

5 Small Businesses to Support this Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year, the U.S. observes Hispanic Heritage Month from September to October. The celebration got its start in California when congressman George. E. Brown introduced legislation to create a week acknowledging the positive contributions of the Hispanic community. That same year, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed September 17, 1968, as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, … Read more

Facebook Groups for Small Businesses in 2022: The Benefits + Examples

Facebook Groups for Small Businesses in 2022: The Benefits + Real Examples

Any company can sell its customers a product or service, but a great brand offers its followers something even better – a sense of community and belonging. After all, a major goal for all businesses is customer retention, that is, having loyal customers who repurchase from your brand time and time again. There are many … Read more

Google Lets Businesses Set Auto Responses To Common Questions

Google Lets Businesses Set Auto Responses To Common Questions

Google is rolling out a new feature for Business Profiles that allows you to set up automated responses to frequently asked questions from customers. Using this feature, you can suggest questions for people to ask when messaging your business via your Google Business Profile. Similar to how a customer service chatbot works on business websites. … Read more

How These Small Businesses Give Back: Real Examples from 5 Businesses

How These Small Businesses Give Back: Real Examples From 5 Businesses

Your small business is the perfect outlet for your passion and creativity. With your products and services, you’re able to positively contribute to your customers’ lives. Simultaneously, your company can also be a great channel for championing a cause that you and your team care about. Through your brand, website, and social media channels, you … Read more

How I Manage Work, Finances, and Travel with 4 Kids and 2 Businesses

4 Kids, 2 Businesses, and 1 Year Abroad: How I Manage Work, Finances, and Travel

Travel has always been a fundamental part of my life. A love for not only destinations, but for the journey to reach them, is what led me to found my company, SteamLine Luggage. So during the pandemic, being stuck at home while still promoting travel inspiration to my customers felt surreal.   In October of … Read more

How These LGBTQ+ owned Businesses Did Pride on Social Media

How 6 LGBTQ+-Owned Businesses Celebrated Pride Month on Social Media

💡 This piece was a collaborative effort between me and Tamilore. The first-ever Pride parade – also known as the Christopher Street Liberation Day March – occurred in New York in June 1970 during the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It was a way for the community to reflect and honor the bravery of … Read more

How These Small Businesses Are Winning At Email Marketing

How These Small Businesses Are Winning at Email Marketing

Sending emails. Checking emails. Responding to emails. Emailing – in all of its iterations –  is a huge part of communication in today’s world. For many, email strikes the perfect balance of conveying information— it’s an organized, instantaneous, and convenient way to stay in touch with others. Emailing has especially proven to be an effective … Read more

How Codie Sanchez Built a TikTok Following on “Boring Businesses” – Q&A

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Codie Sanchez quit her job on Wall Street and became a serial entrepreneur and investor focusing on the niche of “boring businesses”— car washes, laundromats, vending machines, etc. She built a $30M portfolio of 25 of these businesses that produce 8 figures in revenue. Then she launched Contrarian Thinking, a content platform and consulting agency … Read more

Best Social Media Marketing Strategy for Ecommerce Businesses (Strategies + Examples)

Best Social Media Marketing Strategy for Ecommerce Businesses (Strategies + Examples)

Raise your hand if you’ve ever daydreamed about deleting Instagram from your phone and quitting social media forever. To be honest, as a business owner, I’ve deactivated and reactivated my business accounts more times than I can count. Proving that posting a selfie to Instagram has any real ROI for your business can be frustrating, … Read more

How I Run 3 Small Businesses Without Compromising My Life

I Run 3 Small Businesses—Here’s How I Do It All Without Compromising My Life

Most entrepreneurs and small business owners are familiar with other people not understanding what the heck you do and why. Your friends ask, “You can make money doing that?” Your parents pester, “Why don’t you just get a ‘real’ job?” Well, I’ve experienced this threefold because I run three small businesses: boutique accounting firm Gratiam … Read more