In our email newsletter, we always offer a tip ─ a tool, resource, or article relevant to running a small business. We thought a fun (and helpful) way to wrap up the year would be to share with you the most popular tips of the year.

These are the top ten tips you clicked on the most in 2016:

10. Free flyer templates

If you use flyers to promote your business, these templates are an easy way to get a custom, professional look without breaking the bank. (Most are under $10.)

9. Overtime regulations

New Department of Labor overtime regulations were set to go into effect December 1, 2016, but are now on hold. Here’s what you need to know now.

8. Getting press coverage

A press mention can be great visibility for your small business. Signing up for HARO (Help A Reporter Out) is a good place to start. It’s a free service that connects journalists to sources for their stories. HARO emails a list of sources needed, and you respond directly to the journalist pitching why your business would be a good fit.

7. National Day Calendar

The National Day Calendar is a database of special days, weeks, and months and their designations. For example, if you own a pizza shop, you might want to know that September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day or that October is National Pizza Month.

6. Section 179 and bonus depreciation

Both Section 179 and bonus depreciation are tax breaks small business owners can take advantage of. Here’s an overview of both, but the clock is ticking. Any equipment purchased in 2016 has to be put into service before the end of the year to qualify.

5. Productivity hack

To eliminate distractions and increase productivity, try the Pomodoro Technique. It’s a simple way to work more efficiently by breaking down tasks into 25 minute chunks. There’s no equipment or spending involved and is a great tool when you can’t get traction on a project.

4. To-do list app

For tracking and sharing to-do’s, try WunderList. Not only does it sync to all your devices, but you can also share tasks with other people (especially handy when enlisting your better half to take care of something for you).

3. Free printable to-do lists

Love a good old fashioned to-do list? On paper? Here are seven free printable to-do lists to help you organize your day.

2. Facebook business pages

With 169 million daily users in the US, chances are, your customers are on Facebook. Here are 10 ways to get the most out of your Facebook business page.

1. Free marketing materials

Small Business Saturday might be over, but you can still get free “Shop Small” marketing materials that you can use all year long.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the tips and blog posts we’ve shared with you this year. If you have a tip you think would be helpful to other business owners, email it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you.

Our mission at Swift Capital is to unleash the potential of every small business by providing them with fair and convenient access to working capital. We harness data and technology alongside personalized human expertise to see the true potential in every business. Did you like this post? Tell us what you’d like to see on our blog. Email us at [email protected]


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