Here’s our weekly link roundup of small business buzz, musings and muchness. A curation of the best small business talk around the web.
The complete small business guide to the presidential election “President Obama and Mitt Romney have consistently made small business a big part of the presidential campaign. Both have argued that their policies would foster entrepreneurship and both have relentlessly attacked their opponent for making life more difficult for companies on Main Street.” (The Washington Post)
Startups: Monetize Your Extra Space With ShareDesk “Renting an office space is a big step for startups, one that entails typing up masses of capital that could be used elsewhere in the business. Enterprising startups, though, look for ways to reduce the risk an office brings by renting out their space when it’s not being used. Empty desks, vacant conference rooms, comfy couches — everything can be monetized.” (Forbes)
7 Facts of Business Life for Aspiring Entrepreneurs “When I started mentoring entrepreneurs and startups a few years ago, I anticipated that I would get mostly tough technical questions, but instead I more often hear things like “Where do I start?” I find that the basics are actually the hardest to answer, just like your parents found out when they first tried to fill you in on the “facts of life” a long time ago.” (Huffington Post)
Crowdfunding campaign hopes to help startups steer clear of patent trolls “Patent analytics firm IP Checkups wants to expose the patent portfolio owned by Intellectual Ventures, one of the largest patent trolls in the United States. ‘The idea is that this information will enable startups and investors to make more informed decisions.’” (VentureBeat)
How America’s Startups Are Creating a Culture of Collaboration “We’re learning to share. Well, at least our entrepreneurs are. It’s catching on — that sharing (to use the phrase, “is also caring”) — is actually stimulating our economy, creating jobs, and launching small businesses based on this premise. It’s called collaborative consumption, and more and more small businesses and entrepreneurs are using this concept to launch their companies.” (Huffington Post)