Facebook, debates, the real issues for small business, and extraordinary bosses: Small Business Reading

    By owenl | Small Business

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    We had an interesting week with some minor fallout from the second presidential debate that once again failed to address small business in any real and lasting way but played a great deal of lip service. There was also a strong theme in the news this week about the changes Facebook has made to the way business pages operate - and specifically how they are aggressively moving to charge businesses for putting their status updates in front of their own followers. It's Facebook's platform to do what it wants with but I fear that int he long run Facebook's position as the top social media and marketing solution for small business may be damaged.

    We also looked at what extraordinary bosses have in common, some great credit card perks and also gave a tip of our hat to a possible new trend - insourcing. And next week look to see some new writers covering bookkeeping and general business operations.

    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.

    Qualifying for the Small Business Healthcare Tax Credit

    Matt Johnson at Alley Interactive wrote a great piece - very much in sync with our own thoughts about the political failures for small business - called 'How both Obama and Romney are wrong on small business'

    Three reasons to grow your business with virtual employees

    In line with our concerns about Facebook, here's an article pointing out the reluctance small business have to pay for promotion on Facebook.

    And it isn't just Facebook where small business may be having trouble with online promotion.

    Small business split on perceptions of recovery and more on paying for social media promotion.

    And Slate piles on to the current thinking about taxation being a political diversion from the real issues for small business.

    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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