Making hard decisions and employment: Small Business Reading

    By owenl | Small Business

    As the year comes to an end it is fitting that we look both backward and forward in this week's recommended reading. For many reasons it is a good time for reflection and using the lessons of the past to help move forward. It's also a good time to look to the things closest to us - family, friends, and yes, our businesses - and take a look at the bigger picture and make changes to improve where we are headed. This week in our Startup Diaries series we took a look at a business that made the tough decision to hit reset and postpone a launch rather than get it wrong. We also looked at one that looked inward and to the past to make the decision to take the leap into getting started.

    The Small Business Administration continued to demonstrate why it is an effective branch of government for the small business person with the launch of a new program to help transition people from unemployment to self-employment. On the topic of getting people to work we also has an interesting op-ed looking at the skills gap in technology - a very real problem - that we should be treating as an opportunity. Anf for those looking for any form of employment we took a look at ten skills that should get you hired in 2013. The underlying moral of the last two stories is that education - the RIGHT education - is more important than ever.

    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.

    In keeping with this week's theme, this fantastic post reflects on balancing the work and business decisions with the life decisions.

    Melinda Emerson, the Small Business Lady, has a great post about choosing a target audience and finding them online.

    10 Tips to build a successful small business brand.

    SCORE's list of startup trends for 2013.

    Ten ways for a small business to reduce expenses.

    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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