Case studies, inspiration and the time to start: Small Business Reading for May 31st, 2013

    By owenl | Small Business

    Inspiration and ideas

    Ideas and inspiration. These are the starting point for any business whether it is a tiny mom-and-pop or the next billion dollar internet startup. We've recently profiled a set of businesses that are at various stages from just starting out to settled, global success and which cover a range of industries. But they have one thing in common - they all got their start from great ideas and inspiration. Take a look at Barefoot Wines, Ivy's Garden, Bulk Apothecary, Fish Flops and CampusBookRentals. For those of you that haven't yet taken the jump into starting your own business, you can get started with our series on starting a business - the links to the three articles that make up part four (all about naming your business) are below and you can find the links to parts 1 through 3 in them.

    Recent small business articles from Advisor

    Tending the talent: Think perennially - a look at the advantages of hiring for experience

    Small Business: Big Crime - a nice infographic from Bolt Insurance about the huge costs of fraud and other crimes to small businesses

    Which businesses default the most - a surprising look at whether smaller businesses are more of a credit risk than larger ones

    The economic history of the world in one picture - a history of economic change through the ages and the big changes happening right now

    Tubifi - a new, simple platform for creating business video

    Four dumb branding mistakes to avoid - counter examples about branding your company and good advice on how to avoid these blunders

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

    Why the best entrepreneurs search for the questions, not the answers

    5 website metrics that matter for your business

    7 building blocks for starting your small business blog

    and finally, an eye-opening blog post about how the global economy is shifting and causing real movement in where opportunity lies.

    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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