Hope your summer’s going well! Don’t get too caught up on the beach—or running a business—to miss these insightful reads from the past week.
1. Planning is key
A series of studies done by Rice University found that when it comes to launching a business, preparation is often far more important than passion.
2. Poor sales mean poor moods
Small business optimism is down, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Taxes, inflation, and poor sales were the most common concerns.
3. Watch out, startups
Martin Zwilling has identified how many startups waste their resources without adding value.
4. Prime Day problems
Amazon hailed this week’s Prime Day as “bigger than Black Friday,” but customers came away disappointed, with many taking to social media to get their wisecracks in.
5. Higher rates for the Fed
Janet Yellen says the U.S. economy is on track for the Fed to raise rates later in the year.
6. The benefits of listening
Richard Branson talks about the forgotten art of listening and how it can benefit leaders and entrepreneurs.
7. Don’t pay for LinkedIn
Ever wondered if a paid LinkedIn Account is worth the cost? Sarah Santacroce says it has its uses, but for most users, her answer is no.
8. The gig is up
Inc. warns entrepreneurs to stay wary of the so-called “gig economy.”
9. Time to get serious
Small Biz Trends talks about what it takes to seriously engage in digital commerce.
Business advice from the headlines:
- What’s a registered agent? Corpnet talks about why one can come in handy when founding a business.
- Anyone starting a business knows how easy it is to worry about money. But James Altucher has a few key things that are far more important in the end.
- Funding Gates has a great set of tips from accountants that started their own firms.
- Gene Marks has three major reasons why now might be a good time to sell your business.
- Boefly CEO Michael Rozman offers a few pointers on how to finance a new franchise.
Which story did you find most interesting? How did you feel about Amazon Prime Day? Let us know in the comments!