The country is slowly gearing up for the election season ahead and small business owners now have a clearer picture of the choices ahead of them now that Paul Ryan has been picked as Mitt Romney's running mate. We took an extensive look at the elections this week, including the results of a big survey we fielded with small business owners that basically showed that Romney is favored by small business owners but not overwhelmingly, that the economy is a big issue for all small business owners, that government roadblocks are seen as a big problem and that the issue of healthcare reform and how it affects small businesses is very divisive. We also took a look at new VP candidate Paul Ryan's attitudes to small business and how his pick affects people's opinions of the race.
In other, non-election news we also provided some feedback from our customer summit for Yahoo! Small Business merchants. One piece was on ten tips for running an online store and the other was general advice about SEO for ecommerce sites particularly in light of the recent Google search updates.
If you haven't taken the plunge yet, hopefully some of these articles give you the impetus to start your own business — and if you do, we have tools to help. Besides our domain name, web hosting and ecommerce products, we also have just added an innovative marketing dashboard that you can try for free even if you don't use our other products.
Here are some of the other good small business articles we have been reading this week.
Break the mold and change the game
Why you need an exit plan even if you love your job
Four reasons small businesses should have a blog
Five ways you can use old customers to generate new sales
What is the best way to build credit for my business?
Plus a bonus infographic about creating product listings from http://www.mattaboutbusiness.com/how-to-sell-products-online/trackback/…
Have a great week, watch the bottom line and let us know in the comments if any of this was especially useful or if you have any advice you'd like to share.