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Big companies often get a bad rap. But their success has to be attributed to something they’re doing well and #smallbiz owners should take into consideration their best aspects to elevate their businesses. On this week’s Trending Thursday, we’ve got several steps you can take to do so, along with apps to streamline your time management system, social media tips and advice for being a better boss.

See the full roundup of this week’s trending #smallbiz news below and let us know what big company you admire.

  1. TrendingApril7(1)The world’s most successful businesses have at least one thing in common: they are always evolving. Small businesses can take a cue from these success stories, especially when it comes to developing new, innovative ideas. Whether it is adding new products to the lineup, debuting a new service, or just freshening up what you already offer, every small business must change to stay afloat, and that starts with the dreaming/brainstorming process. Megan Totka at Business.com has listed several steps your small business can take to help you dream outside the box.
  1. Tracking and managing employee time can be, well, time-consuming – and as a #smallbiz owner, you don’t have any time to waste. But you can get that time back with the right time management solution. Jared Hecht at Huffington Post has put together a list of apps that can streamline the time-tracking process – and not only that, many of them also make scheduling and invoicing a snap. These include TSheets, FreshBooks, and Toggl.
  1. TrendingApril7(2)Running a small business is a lot of work, and it requires you to wear many different hats. From accountant to front of house manager to social media manager, there are tons of tasks – and just one you. Even if you have a bit of help, it can quickly get overwhelming. This often results in small businesses with little to no social media presence. Danielle Antosz says to get the most out of the time you dedicate to social, use these hacks specifically for small businesses.
  1. Think about the best boss you’ve ever had. Maybe you’re fortunate and we’re talking about your current boss. Maybe it’s someone you recall fondly from years ago. Regardless of who this person is, there are key aspects that they probably have in common. Bill Murphy, Jr. at Inc. has put together a list of 20 things highly respected bosses do every day. And if you’re a boss right now, you should try to emulate them!
  1. It’s easy to lose focus. Entrepreneurs are constantly making huge decisions and thinking about the welfare of our business in both the short and long-term. That is why recharging is crucial. Neil Patel at Entrepreneur says it’s not simply about long stretches of time off. Instead, he says small, simple moments in the day-to-day hustle are key for allowing our minds to stretch, loosen up and move in new directions is an important part of this recharging process. Without it we tend to become so emotionally and mentally taut that the littlest challenge or slightest whiff of altercation can make us snap. We can self-sabotage and derail the careful progress we are so anxious to make.

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