With every end of the year, the promise of the next year offers hope for advancement and growth. Small businesses face challenges in getting proper funding and competing against larger rivals. These smaller businesses tend to be responsive and innovative so that they can respond to new prospects, high-tech developments, customer needs, and other market forces. Listed below are nine trends that small businesses should keep an eye out for in 2018 and some methods to prepare for them.
A bubble somewhere will pop
There’s a bubble out there, but no one is exactly sure what this means or where it is. Stocks have ascended to crazy heights with price-to-earnings ratios well above their “normal” ranges. 2018 seems to be pushing hard for a burst bubble.
The millennials will get their say
One of the reasons individuals might be amassing their bookkeeping economic leaps for joy could be that a lot of the people getting richer are the millennials, a disreputably anxious and cautious market group.
IoT, AI, and ML will be ongoing buzzwords of 2018
The internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML)— were the buzzwords that Big Tech couldn’t stop chatting about in the previous year. Expect more of the same in 2018.
“Made in America” will make its return
Okay, “Made in America” hasn’t gone anywhere, but it has been a smaller movement in recent years. This year, American products and jobs have often been a focus of the Trump Administration, leading to a reassessment of U.S. trade agreements and tariffs. While it’s simmering as a social dispute right now, in 2018, American made will be a big deal.
You will get hacked
In 2018, you’re going to get hacked. Maybe it’ll be personal; maybe it’ll be your business. One way or another, you’re going to have to put up with someone getting their hands on something you’d rather they didn’t. With nothing to lose for market indolence, large companies will continue letting standards slide, which means you and your customers are going to have to deal with the repercussions.
Scheduling laws are going to change the local landscape
Within a few weeks, New York City’s new scheduling bookkeeping laws will take effect for fast food and retail employees. These laws have a lot of insinuations, with the largest surrounding changing employee working patterns.
Hyper-local advertising will hit the uncanny valley
Your phone now knows where you are at all times, which means that every app you’ve distractedly installed and permitted location access knows where you are too. The uncanny valley is just around the corner, though. Soon, you’ll open your phone and get an ad from the store you’re in proposing a substitute for something you searched for on your laptop. That’ll give even the most enthusiastic tech adopters among us an instant of pause.
Remote workers are on the rise
While the future won’t be office-free, that’s a number that’s only going to rise in 2018. Employees and employers both get something out of remote work, though the overall benefit hasn’t been proven. Remote workers get to work from the comfort of their own home, while managers need to buy fewer desks and less office space.
Customers will fight to control their personal data
We all know that trusting random online businesses is a bad choice. In 2018, that will start changing. In part, it’s going to be a function of privacy concerns. A larger part will be driven by a handful of businesses that see the dual value in retailing a product that doesn’t rely on personal information but does rely on edge computing power.
In 2018, we’ll see a little more of the same, some new directions here and there, and consumers realizing the power they exert. As we move into 2018, some of this momentum will remain, some will get lost, and—hopefully—we’ll pick up some new steam as well.
About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud-hosted desktop where their entire team and tax accountant may access the QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools in an efficient and secure environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.