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New Startup Diaries Series, technology, budgets: Small Business Reading

Here at Yahoo! Small Business Advisor we started a new series this week - Startup Diaries. This series is going to follow between four and eight small businesses as they go through the ups and downs of establishing and running their businesses. Some are already established, some in the middle of starting up and some still in planning. But we are committed to bringing their stories and lessons learned regularly and in the authentic voices of the owners themselves. First up was a customer service insight from Art Cardenas and next a quick look at the kind of side task small business owners have to undertake in order to get from point A to point B. In this case some remodeling by P. Quick.

We also took a look at how technology is driving entrepreneurship and job creation, a really great article with seven reasons why a strong budget is a good idea and seven different viewpoints on what our politicians can do to help small 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.

Business choices to make in the 21st century

Issues for small businesses in California (ED - we initially credited the wrong source - our apologies - this infographic was created for California Bank and Trust)

8 places to find a small business mentor

7 Small Business trends for 2013

Turn incredible customer support into a profit center

A paid search marketing walk-through

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!

Infographic source:

http://www.calbanktrust.com/marketing/infograph/

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