Business as usual, starting a business, advice: Small Business Reading for April 19, 2013

    By owenl | Small Business

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    This past week has been a tough one for many in the US - and a hard one during which to remain focused on business. And yet that is what millions of small business owners need to do - not just for themselves but it is important that acts of terror do not deter us and do not make us afraid to carry on. With that in mind this weeks roundup is deliberately dedicated to business as usual.

    I'm going to reiterate our new series on starting a small business - part 3 on the topics of funding and partnerships will be up next wee. This series will run for the rest of this year and walk you through the thought process and practical steps to help you start a business as successfully as possible.

    Is it time to start up that startup business?
    The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 1 - Goals, values and Ideas
    The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 1 - Resources for Goals, values and Ideas

    Build a Winning Business Right from the Start
    The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 2 - Defining your business concept
    The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 2 - Resources for Defining your business concept

    And here are some of the best stories from the past week on Advisor - in no particular order.

    Ten people who have fake followers on Twitter - and why it's a bad idea.

    Putting Play to Work

    Creating an office culture when there is no office

    From furniture seller to entrepreneur - Craigstruck delivers.

    Startup Diaries: Three free ways to advertise your business.

    If you haven't taken the plunge yet, hopefully some of these articles give you the impetus to start your own business — and if you do, we have tools to help. Besides our domain name, web hosting and ecommerce products, we also have just added an innovative marketing dashboard that you can try for free even if you don't use our other products.

    Some other great small business articles from around the web this week.

    Sramana Mitra has been offering a great service to startups for a long time - a weekly roundtable where she critiques some pitches from startups and discusses the issues they raise. The next one can be signed up for here and a recap of yesterday's is here.

    What a good boss should be doing.

    How to reinvent yourself to start a small business.

    Example customer service standards.

    Discover your strengths to supercharge your business.

    Book yourself solid.

    Have a great week, watch the bottom line and let us know in the comments if any of this was especially useful or if you have any advice you'd like to share. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

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