From time to time, I like to lose myself in Google. It usually starts with an obscure question that I need an answer to.  I begin by Googling my question, but that always leads to more questions.  Before I know it, hours have gone by and I have learned everything I "needed" to know about subjects I never knew existed.  I had an episode last night regarding small business trends for 2017 and found some very interesting articles I thought I would share with you. 

40 SMALL BUSINESS TRENDS & PREDICTIONS FOR 2017 (businessnewsdaily.com)
This article gives an overview of trends happening with small businesses of all kinds.  It is a great overview and touches on social media marketing, technology and finance. 

10 SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING TRENDS TO PREPARE FOR IN 2017 (smarthustle.com) 
This article breaks down several different types of social media marketing.  Even if they aren't all for you, you can gain knowledge from knowing the difference of each. 

7 MOBILE TRENDS EVERY SMALL BUSINESS SHOULD FOLLOW IN 2017 (biznessapps.com)
More and more buyers are using mobile devices everyday.  This trend is only getting stronger.  Be sure you account for this in your business.  Here are several things to think about. 

As small business owners, we often get tunnel vision and obsess about the day to day operations or the things that are on our plate today.  It is important from time to time, to take a big picture look at the small business environment, especially in your field. The more you know about where the small business world is heading, the better you can prepare yourself to be successful.