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Small business ideas for veterans

Small business ideas for veteransWith Veterans Day being observed last week, we’re providing veterans with ways to explore different career options once they get settled back at home.

Starting a small business can be a great way for veterans to exercise the skills they learned during their time in service. But, it can be difficult to come up with small business ideas that are both fulfilling and successful. Here are a few ideas for veterans looking to start their own small businesses. Read More »

Top 3 ways to prepare for Small Business Saturday

Top 3 ways to prepare for Small Business SaturdayThe holiday season is prime selling time for any business, and small businesses can maximize their efforts with seasonal holiday shoppers on Small Business Saturday.

Though it started only a few years ago, American Express Small Business Saturday, has quickly become an annual tradition celebrating independent retailers. Buying from local shops on the Saturday following Thanksgiving has become a great way for small businesses to compete with larger companies during the holiday season. In 2014, Small Business Saturday falls on November 29th. You can make sure your business is prepared by following these tips. Read More »

Social media for business 101

Social media for business 101Using social media for business has become a mainstay in the digital marketing world, so be sure that your small business doesn’t get left in the dust.

The number of social media users has continued to grow in the last several years, and businesses have noticed. Whether you choose Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or another network, here are some tips on using social media for business. Read More »

Meet the 2014 Hiscox Small Business Stars!

2014 Hiscox Small Business StarsFor the second year in a row, Hiscox presents its list of small business stars.

At Hiscox we strive to be a dedicated resource of information to help small business owners launch or grow a business. We know that it takes courage each and every day to hold the title of business owner. As a recent Top 100 Small Business Influencer Award recipient, we hope we’re on the right track of providing the information you need to help your business succeed!

For the second year in a row, we’ve compiled a list of must follow small business experts to guide your small business success. The 2013 Hiscox Small Business Stars featured the SmallBizLady Melinda Emerson, Inc.com columnist and small business expert Gene Marks and many more. The promises to be just as great! Read More »

Top 10 small business tips for all industries

Top 10 small business tips for all industriesStarting your own small business can be overwhelming, especially if its your first time. Our small business tips can help you run yours.

Sometimes it can be difficult figuring out where to focus your attention, especially when it seems like there are a million items that need to be taken care of all at once. Here are some small business tips that apply to all industries, which can help ease you into owning your own business. Read More »

10 ideas for marketing your small business this holiday season

10 ideas for marketing your small business this holiday seasonThe holiday season is around the corner. Help your small business receive a boost in sales with these marketing ideas.

For most folks in the United States the fourth quarter of the year is for shopping. Enjoying the holidays and celebrations loosens purse strings – not just for gifts and food, but for services, too. Whether your small business is retail or not, this time of year holds valuable marketing opportunities.

Here are 10 ways to take advantage of those opportunities, from the easy to the not-so-easy and everything in between. Let us know if you use any and if so, what the results are. Read More »

Hiscox Business Insurance customers – You could be featured on Under30CEO.com!

Hiscox Business Insurance customers You could be featured on Under30CEODon’t miss the opportunity to have your small business featured on the popular website Under30CEO.com.

For the second year in a row, we’re partnering with Under30CEO.com to spotlight Hiscox customers. Under30CEO is an online destination dedicated to inspiring the next generation of business leaders. The site provides business related news, tips and resources focused on helping to grow and launch a business. Much like the Hiscox small business blog, Under30CEO is a go-to resource for business owners.

The Hiscox Starting a Business as a Young Entrepreneur series, will launch at the end of November and highlight the stories of small business owners and entrepreneurs. This is the perfect opportunity to share your expertise with other business owners. In addition to being promoted to Under30CEO’s over 375,000 monthly blog readers, your company will also be featured in the site’s daily newsletter, which boasts 28,000 subscribers, and across Under30CEO’s social media accounts. We’ll also promote your feature on our Hiscox Business Insurance social media accounts.

How can you get featured?!

Under30CEO.com is looking to feature small business owners and entrepreneurs who meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a Hiscox Business Insurance customer.
  • Must have started your business before the age of 35 years-old.

If you meet these requirements and would like to be considered for a feature on Under30CEO.com, please email the Hiscox team with your name, title, company name and a short description of your start-up story by Friday, November 14th.

There are a limited number of spots available, so be sure to email us today. You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity to promote your business!

What is a BOP and why do you need one?

What is a BOP and why do you need oneYour small business could benefit from having small business owner’s insurance coverage. Read on to learn more.

A business owner’s policy is an insurance package that covers a broad range of property and general liability claims against your small business.

There’s no way to know exactly what types of lawsuits may come your way when you run your own business. Being prepared for anything and everything will help your small business remain afloat in the event of a poorly timed lawsuit. Read More »

How will small business owners vote in the midterm elections?

The midterm elections are coming up next week and the leadership of the US Senate is in the balance with Republican in the lead in the majority of polls.  Beyond the current hot button issues of Ebola, ISIS, immigration and more is the question of which party has the best policies for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Hiscox surveyed small business owners across the country to find out what’s important to them and how they think the government can help.  Do these issues ring true for others out there?  Let us know.

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What issues are important to small businesses and entrepreneurs and how can the government help?

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5 tips for finding the best credit card for your small business

5 tips for finding the best credit card for your small business

Guest blogger Odysseas Papadimitriou shares insight on securing the best credit card for your small business.

Guest blogger Odysseas Papadimitriou of CardHub and WalletHub shares insight on securing the best credit card for your small business.

Trying to find the right credit card for your small business can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. As CEO of the credit card comparison website CardHub and the personal finance social network WalletHub, I’ve come into contact with small business owners who know this first-hand. There are thousands of offers out there and it’s difficult to determine which ones are actually decent – not to mention which will approve you.

It’s an important decision, though.  Credit cards are double-edged swords – offering both an array of perks and significant downside – and it’s especially true for business owners that choosing incorrectly will drastically increase the odds of a negative outcome.  With that in mind, here are five of the most important things you need to know about choosing a credit card for your business. Read More »

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