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5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Business Entity

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Leadership|

What to consider when choosing the right entity for your business You should choose your business structure based on your (and potential partner(s)) needs. Your business structure determines what it costs to start up,  how much your business will owe in taxes, and the personal liability you and potential business partners will take on. Familiarize yourself [...]

Are You Making These Common Business Mistakes?

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Small Business|Tags: |

If you’ve just started your small business, there’s a good chance it’s your first one. You may have talked to other small business owners, consulted with your family and maybe even gotten the advice of a fortune teller, but at the end of the day, it is up to you to make sure your company is [...]

Just How Safe Is Your Password?

By | May 25th, 2017|Categories: Technology|

It seems that every website you visit nowadays needs an account and a password to access. From social media to news sites with paywalls to online banking, everything is protected by a string of letters and numbers. If you’re like most people, you avoid the hassle of remembering a complicated password by creating a simple one, [...]

The 5 Most Common Data Vulnerabilities for Small Businesses

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Technology|

One of the biggest worries for small business owners is often how secure their customers’ data is. Business owners know they need that data for a variety of reasons, including processing payments. At the same time, though, they also know that any breach of data could result in customers never coming back, at the very least. [...]

3 Easy Ways to Keep Employees Happy

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Human Resources|

Employee retention is one of the most important elements of success for a small business. After all, if you have just a few employees, they are likely wearing quite a few different hats. They have perfected the balance of everything they have to handle, and have become invaluable to your team. If they leave, you have [...]

3 Criteria for Classifying Workers Correctly (and Avoiding an Audit)

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Taxes|

As you grow your small business, you will need to bring on new hands to help you handle your increased work orders and other tasks. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just pulling someone in off the street or picking a name from a pile of applications. You must also decide whether you want to work [...]

3 Ways to Not Waste Marketing Dollars

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Marketing|

As a small business owner, your marketing budget is probably pretty limited. Wasting even a small portion of it can be detrimental. Too often, owners get sucked into marketing schemes that sound great, but turn out to be minimally effective at best --- or a total scam at worst. That money down the drain often means [...]

The Struggles Almost All Small Business Owners Face

By | May 14th, 2017|Categories: Small Business|

From their inception, most small businesses struggle. They are likely in a highly competitive industry, trying to take some of the marketshare away from titans. Some succeed through innovation and sheer willpower. However, many also crumble due to lack of revenue and other universal struggles. Here are the top 5 most common struggles for small business [...]

4 Habits of Productive People

By | May 9th, 2017|Categories: Productivity|

For many of us, being productive all day at work is simply something that doesn’t come naturally. After all, being entertained by social media, cute cat videos and other distractions is much more fun than filling out expense reports. But, as a manager or business owner, if you aren’t productive, there’s a good chance your employees [...]

Why Small Businesses Start to Stagnate

By | May 6th, 2017|Categories: Small Business|

You’ve started your business. The location is great, and you’re finally turning a profit. But, that’s all you’re doing.  There’s no expansion, no increase in revenue. In short, you’ve plateaued. There are any number of reasons why this may happen to your business. Luckily, nearly every reason can be overcome with a change in mindset and [...]