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Friday Links: Office Babies; a Google Tax

Posted by: John Tozzi on January 8, 2010

USA Today Columnist Rhonda Abrams tries letting employees bring babies to the office.

Ten trends for rural small businesses in the year ahead, by Becky McCray at Small Business Trends. Among them: implications of the Census, shop local campaigns, stimulus-fueled infrastructure projects, and regional partnerships.

Think side businesses don’t generate real money? Ramit Sethi interviews Elizabeth Weil, who worked at VC firms and now at Twitter, about how she made more from her handmade letterpress business than from her salary at a VC firm.

A French commission suggests taxing Google and other Internet companies that make money by selling ads against third-party content and using the revenue to help musicians, newspapers, and other content creators, Devorah Lauter reports in the LA Times. (H/t Planet Money)

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What's it like to run your own company today? Entrepreneurs face multiple hurdles new and old, from raising capital and managing employees to keeping up with technology and competing in a global marketplace. In this blog, the Small Business channel's John Tozzi and Nick Leiber discuss the news, trends, and ideas that matter to small business owners. Follow them on Twitter @newentrepreneur.

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