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Great Gifts for Small Business Owners

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According to the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, American companies are overwhelmingly made up of small businesses. In fact, companies with less than 20 employees make up 89.7 percent of all businesses in the US.

Chances are, you conduct regular business with one or more of these organizations, or care about someone who owns a small business. In either case, a holiday gift would be a nice gesture. You can even one up it by giving something that can be used year-round.

Organization Services

Small business owners are notoriously busy running day-to-day operations, overseeing personnel and planning for the future. It is not surprising to find that paperwork has piled up or that offices are in need of organization. For about $50 an hour, you can hire a professional office organization service, as The Washington Post reports. It’s a great way to tell someone that you appreciate how hard they are working, while providing them with a practical gift.

Security

If an identity thief were to steal the average American’s identity, the results could be messy with years spent trying to clean up the victim’s credit report. Should an information and identity thief steal a business owner’s personal and business information, the results could be catastrophic. In the months and years it takes to clean up the mess, the business may well have to shutter its doors. A service such as Lifelock provides protection that will help protect small business owners from fraudulent use of their identity. Go the extra mile by setting up Lifelock services for them this year. What could possibly be a better gift than peace of mind?

Gym Membership

Most small business owners will tell you that they cut out incidentals — like gym memberships — in order to focus their time, energy and money on business. A gift membership is a thoughtful way to allow a business owner a little luxury back into life, all while keeping them healthier.

Video Camera or Web Cam

U.S. News and World Report says that all business owners should consider taking to the Internet to talk about their business and the services they offer. After all, an entirely new generation of customers expects to be able to view videos online before they buy. As long as the business owner has an Internet connection, and a simple idea of how to get a message across, a video or web camera would make it easy to do so. It is also a gift that a business can utilize year after year.

Internet Postage

Services like Endicia or Stamps.com allow business owner to print postage from their computer to be used for envelopes and packages. It may not be the sexiest gift around, but who wouldn’t love to skip a trip to the post office if possible? It’s easy to buy, and incredibly thoughtful.

Java

According to Under 30 CEO, entrepreneurs run on coffee. It is not at all unusual for a business owner to be at work first thing in the morning, and to burn the midnight oil finishing up important tasks. Buy a special coffee blend and wrap it in a bow. Don’t be surprised if the business owner thinks of you every time the aroma of brewing coffee wafts through the office.

Author’s Bio

Keith Hart: Keith is a small business consultant and father of five from New York.
Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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