10 Platforms Powering the Next Generation of Small Business

Small business is the driving force of the economy, contributing 64 percent of all new private-sector jobs. But almost every small business struggles with scarce resources, expertise and technology to efficiently operate and grow. New online platforms are now transforming the way small businesses operate in every industry.

1. Finding Customer Leads

The old way: Yellow Pages, local newspapers and classifieds.

The new way: Thumbtack.

Thumbtack is a lead-generation platform for every type of small business profession. Consumers post a detailed request, and small businesses pay to respond to the lead. It’s performance marketing at its best: business owners only pay for the leads they respond to.

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