Small Business Reading – bad communication, business ideas and plans.

    By owenl | Small Business

    customerdialogLast week we started this new blog series rounding up some of the best small business reading from here on Yahoo! Small Business Advisor and also elsewhere. We continue this week with some great advice and success stories.

    You should also take a look around some of what Yahoo! Small Business has to offer. 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.

    We also have a tools section within Yahoo! Small Business Advisor where you can quickly and easily create a press release with a wizard, track packages, calculate loans and look up zip codes.

    We had an interesting set of stories in this week at Yahoo! Small Business Advisor that included the following:

    The inconvenient history of Silicon Valley. (It turns out that the entrepreneurial capital of the US was created on the back of LOTS of government support.)
    Four signs you're a terrible communicator.
    How we founded myYearbook. (A success story of a teen and her brother starting one of the web's top 25 sites.)
    Few claim health insurance tax credit.
    Four cost-effective tips to get more customers for your business.

    And from elsewhere on the web...

    Board Service Enhances Leadership Skills of Business Owners.
    11 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make.
    The Price of Free - an infographic about the freemium model.
    6 Tips For Better Small Business Branding.
    Marketing Plans vs. Business Plans: What's The Difference, and Why Do You Care?
    What to do First With a Great Business Idea.

    This lineup has a great mix of success stories, practical advice, tips and historical lessons and perspectives. If you have any suggestions on what or who we should cover or any additional advice for your fellow entrepreneurs and business owners, drop it into the comments.

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