News Roundup for Small Businesses: Issue 6, March 12th

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More Freelancers are Providing Professional Services to Businesses



News Roundup for SMBs is a new series we’ve started this year, with a new issue coming out every week. We’re putting together news regarding Finance, Economy and Small Business Opportunities, so you can spend less time reading up on the news and more time focusing on growing your business.

 

More Freelancers are Providing Professional Services to Businesses

The number of independent professionals has almost doubled since 2011, and most of them end up working with small businesses and nonprofits. Perhaps not surprisingly, most freelancers are highly-skilled workers looking to take ownership of their schedules. This is the main takeaway from MBO Partners 3rd annual Client of Choice study. So if you’re business is looking to close a skills gap, maybe a freelancer is exactly what you need.

 

U.S. Small Business Gauge Snaps Longest Losing Streak Since 1998

After a two year low, the National Federation of Independent Business reports that their optimism index rose. Five of the ten index components improved, including views of the current environment for expansion and capital spending plans.

 

There is no such thing as a business without intellectual property

A Forbes contribution busts the myth that there are companies or fields where intellectual property doesn’t exist or at least doesn’t have enough weight to impact decision making. We’d like to correct that: what you produce as content, processes, or designs are all considered intellectual property, and should be valued.

 

Is the age of ugly presentations coming to an end?

After taking the world over in the last year, beautiful.ai is brought forward again through a review made by Ramon Ray, the small business magazine editor, and writer. Between AI-powered editing capabilities, in-app royalty free photo options, and smart templates, even the most design-challenged business owner now has the resources to show off a great presentation.



The go-to-list to find out where to post job openings in 2019

If you’re wondering where to post your latest job opening to get the most and hopefully, best applicants, Fit Small Business has curated a list of the 34 most relevant websites in 2019. With pricing ranging from free to membership subscriptions, and audiences varied from general, to highly-skilled workers, to college graduates looking for internship positions, there’s something here for everybody.



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