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Pinterest opens up its ads manager tools to smaller and medium-sized businesses

Pinterest today is releasing a set of new advertising management tools that were previously unavailable for smaller businesses as its portfolio of advertising products — and revenue potential — continues to grow.<p>All these tools continue to give smaller and medium-sized businesses new opportunities …

Tax Scams Are Up 400% This Year

Don't let fraudsters claim your refund.<p>Here’s your annual reminder that the email in your inbox from the IRS is most definitely a scam.<p>Phishing and …

Three Cash Flow Musts That Your Small Business Needs to Make

Cash flow is a common concern among many small business owners, with many business models dependent on incoming cash flow at various, often unpredictable times a year versus a steady flow of income. Sound familiar to you, by chance? If you are among the thousands of businesses that are not sure …

A Break for Small Business

Hidden in the back of the big omnibus bill that passed just days before Congress broke for the holidays was an important new change in the tax laws. …

5 Automation Tools to Boost Your Small Business Social Reach - Small Business Trends

There are any number of automated tools you can make use of today to really boost the social reach of your small business.<p>Tools have been developed …

Don’t Panic! You CAN Do Your Taxes Error-Free. Here’s How

Getting a bit queasy as tax time nears? Worried about making mistakes or missing out on a deduction — especially if this is your first time itemizing?<p>…

The Creative Process of Customizing Landing Page Copy

You’ve decided to create a landing page for your company. You’ve signed up, chosen a template and picked out an appropriate color scheme. Quickly, …

7 Actions to Take After Incorporating Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Much has been written about incorporating a new business, including advice on how to incorporate and what business structure to pick. However, I have found that new business owners can have just as many questions <i>after</i> incorporating or …

Small Business

The Best Leaders Consider These 4 Factors When Making a Decision

Learn how to best make the choices that keep your business moving forward.<p>I have found that when it comes to leadership style, like most things, one size does not fit all. Two predominant styles of leadership have become known as "dictatorial" and "participatory." The dictatorial leader commands …

The Best Strategy for Developing Leaders Is No Strategy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What is your leadership development strategy?<p>It’s a question I’ve been asked scores of times. It often happens when someone gets close enough to the places where I’ve been privileged to lead, and they see many high-capacity leaders being …

Leadership

3 Things Managers Should Be Doing Every Day

“When are we supposed to do all <i>that</i>?” That’s the question we constantly get from new managers, only weeks or months into their new positions, when we describe the three key activities they should be focusing on to be successful as leaders: building trust, building a team, and building a broader …

Facebook Releases Guide on How to Maximize Local Awareness Ads

Almost a year ago, Facebook introduced a new ad offering called 'Local Awareness Ads'. Just as it sounds, Local Awareness Ads make it easier for …

Social Media

How to make your site mobile ready

Mobile has the moxie and if your business hasn’t stepped up to the mobile bar, there is no doubt you’re missing out. Today we’re talking about the single most critical mobile component of your business: Your website. Is it mobile-friendly?<p>Google recently announced a major change to its algorithm, …

Top 5 Must-Have Software Tools for Startups and Entrepreneurs - Review

Brian Williams<p>6/20/2015 Entrepreneurs, Software, Startups, Tools<p>From the advent of the first computer to - <b>"There's an app for that"</b>, we have come a …

A CPA Answers: 'How Should Someone Estimate Taxes When Filing For An Extension?'

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p><i>In our “Ask a CPA” Q&A series, we’re ceding the floor to a certified public accountant to help address some of the trickiest tax topics out there.</i><p><i>Today, we pose a common conundrum—how to estimate taxes when filing for an extension—to PJ Wallin, CPA and</i> …

5 Important Tax Season Tips For Startups

It’s tax season and a good time for business owners to take a look at their accounting system, tools and processes to make sure they’re doing everything they can to maximize income and minimize taxes. Startup founders and small business owners generally concern themselves with growth and …

Three Digital Marketing Tactics You Should Adopt in 2015 [Infographic]

Are you prepared to tackle digital marketing in 2015?<p>A total of 91% of consumers check their email daily. Moreover, 66% of consumers have made a …

How to Get the Most From Your Social Marketing Investment

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Skip the Boring Business Plan. Focus on This Strategy Instead.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The concept of starting a business without a plan would send anyone running -- and for good reason. Every great business begins with a plan that outlines measurable goals and the methods for achieving them. Plans, done correctly, can be a …

Lean Startups

5 Mistakes You're Making With Your Content Marketing Strategy

In the grand scheme of things, content marketing is still a relatively new concept. The general idea behind it is easy to understand: you create valuable content that attracts attention, builds buzz, and establishes trust. However, as with anything new, there’s a learning curve.<p>This article will …

Marketing

Swyp is yet another one-card wallet vying for your attention

High-tech cards that store all your credit, gift and loyalty card info haven't exactly made it big yet, but the competition's already heating up. The newest entry in the race is called Swyp: a metallic device with a screen that transforms into the card you want to use when you need it, so long as …

How to Get Started With Mint.com

Like many people this time of year, I’m thinking about my financial goals and resolutions for the New Year. Last year was the first year I diligently …

Personal Finance

How to Train a New Employee to Be an All Star

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every time you hire an employee, you’re making a gamble. You might end up with a great, creative and ambitious new hire who complements your team and drives your business to new heights, or you might end up with a glorified robot, doing …

Employment

Do You Need to Write a Formal Business Plan?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every entrepreneur needs a plan for his or her business. However, they may or may not need a formal business plan.<p>First, let’s start with the basics. Every business must answer these three questions:<p>1. Why should a prospective customer …

Small Business

Content Marketing Strategies You Can Steal

This story appears in the December 2014 issue of <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>What’s the profile of a modern, best-in-class content marketer? By <i>modern</i> I mean someone who is using new tools and resources (social media, video and data) in concert with traditional marketing programs. And by <i>best in class</i> I …

Marketing

How To Ease The Tax Bite On Your 401(k) Payouts

<i>Midway through your 70th year, the law requires you to start withdrawing from your retirement accounts. Trouble is, you get taxed on it. Jim Blankenship, a financial planner at Blankenship Financial Planning in New Berlin, Ill, is the go-to guy about taxes and Social Security. Here’s his expert</i> …

From Our Community: Get Paid, Avoid Tax Errors - Small Business Trends

Starting a business can be fun. But there are always aspects of running a business that aren’t that fun or exciting. Tracking down payments from …

Money manager: 4% retirement rule is broken

If there is one thing that can capture the imagination of the public when it comes to money, it's a simple rule of thumb.<p>That has been part of the appeal of the so-called "4 percent rule"—an investment-income strategy that says as long as you withdraw no more than 4 percent of your initial …

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