The National Small Business Week in the United States kicks off this Monday and runs until Friday, the 16th. It’s time to honor the top entrepreneurs from the US and attend some of the hottest events — whether online or out in your local community.
Fox Business had this to say recently:
Today, it is estimated that more than half of Americans own or work for a small company, and these firms create about two-thirds of all the new jobs in the private sector each year.
The fact that self-employed are four times more likely to become millionaires, makes the entire idea of starting a business highly attractive. Given the improvements in technology, more people worldwide have the chance to embark on this journey and benefit from trading internationally.
Today, most small business owners understand the importance of having a strong online presence. This includes a professional website along with a YouTube channel, different social media accounts and so forth. The biggest challenge for those wearing too many hats — a.k.a. small business owners – is the fact that, having and maintaining a website is just one thing of a thousand a small business owners has to juggle and manage.
The following infographic highlights several costly mistakes small business owners make when they create their own website.
The top 5 website mistakes with the highest percentage are as follows:
1. 96% don’t offer reports on their homepage.
2. 82% don’t reference their social media profiles.
3. 72% lack calls to action on interior pages.
4. 70% have no clear call to action on the homepage.
5. 68% don’t include an email address on their homepage.
Small Business Website Mistakes
Infographic Source: Small Business Trends
Last year, the US celebrated the 50th anniversary of the National Small Business Week. If you want to have a look at some of the highlights from 2013 check out the following short video provided by the SBA.
Small Business Week Highlights
What about you?
Are you going to attend an event in your local community?
Personally, I would have loved to attend Twitter’s kick off event in San Francisco this Monday but unfortunately it’s sold out. I do hope we’ll get a recording, but in case it doesn’t happen, I’m on the waiting list for next year 🙂
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Looking forward to your precious small business perspectives and insights. Hit me up on Twitter @KriszRokk and share your favorite events.