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Bookkeeping for Small Business

Accurate bookkeeping is an essential component of small business success. While it may be a nuisance and feel like a chore, it’s vitally important …

Nick VanWagner of LinkedIn on Social Business: It's Getting Personal

Social selling is a concept that’s been taking the online business world by storm.<p>If you do business online, whether it’s selling marketing services …

Why Small Businesses Haven’t Been Giving Raises - Small Business Trends

Pay at small businesses has been largely flat for the last 25 years.<p>Don’t think that means workers aren’t deserving of raises. They’re working harder …

Alternative Financing for Small Business Owners | Fox Business

Are you getting ready to grow your small business? I hope so—all economic signs are pointing up, and many recent surveys show entrepreneurs are feeling more optimistic than they have in in years. But there’s one thing that’s different this time around: according to reports, on the whole, small …

10 Success Habits That Will Dramatically Improve Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In order to achieve success, you need to adopt the habits that will drive you to the top. Successful people strongly believe in something and are driven to manifest it. Their path is so strong that it keeps them true to their ideas and …

5 Things You May not Know about Small Business Taxes - Small Business Trends

Dealing with taxes is a fact of life for small business owners.<p>Annual expenditures for taxes for most owners is likely their largest outlay each …

3 Ways IT Innovation is Changing the Game for Small Businesses

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Today’s business environment is moving at a faster pace than ever before. It’s imperative that organizations of all sizes be nimble enough to respond and pivot according to business and market demands at a moment’s notice, or risk falling …

Your Employees Won't Pursue Success The Same Way You Would, And That's Okay

<i>By Kuty Shalev</i><p>Your business is your baby. You’ve worked hard, and your sacrifices have paid off — you have a team of excellent employees, and your company is growing more and more every day.<p>However, sooner or later, one of your innovative team members will come up with an idea that just doesn’t …

A Corporate Card Just For Small Businesses

<b>Startup</b>: Bento<p><b>Location</b>: San Francisco<p><b>Cofounders</b>: Farhan Ahmad, CEO, and Sean Anderson, chief product officer<p><b>Employees</b>: 7<p><b>Launched</b>: Small beta for family and friends began at the end of January; the card will be available to everyone today.<p><b>Product</b>: A prepaid commercial MasterCard designed …

The Formula for Success, and How to Actually Use it

Here's a solution that can clear the confusion and get you back on the path to success.<p>We've all been there: You're sitting at your desk reflecting, finding yourself frustrated with the lack of results you're getting in your business. You reach the conclusion that you're either working too hard and …

Why designers should be shaping business strategy

Business strategy and design thinking haven’t always been on the same page.<p>In fact, until fairly recently, they weren’t even in the same room. Men in …

The Largest Tax Refund Request Ever! Plus Tax Tips For Small Business Owners

In what could be the most amazing tax move ever, a Georgia woman filed a $94 MILLION tax refund! You have to make over $1.6 billion dollars in income …

How To Reduce The Costs Of Technology In Your Business | SMALL BUSINESS CEO

Every company is concerned about the bottom line. Without that attention to detail they’ll constantly be throwing good money after bad. The quickest …

4 Reasons Data Driven Small Businesses Are Embracing Big Data

Small businesses are thinking bigger about their data – and it’s about time.<p>The term big data sounds intimidating – reserved only for the Fortune 500 …

How to Price Items Fairly for Customers

When businesses think about marketing, they often consider things like advertising, social media, and in-person sales. But pricing is another very …

5 Reasons Why an LLC is the Right Structure for Your Startup | Inc.com

Despite the lingering effects of the Great Recession, people are more optimistic about the general business climate in the country, even though much of the wealth being generated hasn't spread to the nation's poor or middle class. Despite that, over 27 percent of those polled think that economic …

Small business owners forced to battle IRS over seized bank accounts

Andrew Clyde, a Navy veteran who served in Iraq, started his small firearms store in Athens, Ga., in the 1990s.<p>Over the years, he watched his business grow.<p>And then, on April 12, 2013, two IRS agents swooped in and seized nearly a million dollars from his company's bank account.<p>Clyde was on the …

5 IT Terms Every Small Business Owner Should Know

<i>By Seth Bailey</i><p>Technology affects every business, no matter its size. This isn't exactly a news flash, but it's true now more than ever. And since …

What The Super Bowl Tells us About Running a Business | Inc.com

Business is filled with sports analogies and metaphors. How many times have you heard a manager say "We're going for the win" or "This is a homerun" or "We need everyone to step up to the plate." Hopefully you don't hear things like "We've got no other options...this is a Hail Mary"<p>But that's …

Best Neglected Team Building Idea You've Never Heard Of

Find a good subject, a good teacher, and an hour of blocked time and you have a great team-building idea for a management team.<p>I’ve seen this work …

25 Free and Low Cost Ways to Market Yourself

I admit it. I’m a media junkie and a marketing warrior. There I said it. I have loved everything about media and marketing from my early …

How To Report Health Insurance to IRS Under Obamacare

This year as you complete your federal income tax return, you’ll need to provide extra information, due to Obamacare.<p>The Affordable Care Act will …

12 Quotes That Take You Inside The Mind Of Billionaire Mavs Owner Mark Cuban

Mike Stone/Reuters Mark Cuban always seems to come out on top.<p>His first job was tending bar in Dallas. Then he took a gig as a computer salesman. He was fired — and he realized he "was never going to be a very good employee."<p>So he started his first company, MicroSolutions, which he sold for $6 …

10 Questions to Ask Before Allowing Employees to Telecommute

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>More than ever, people are opting out of clocking in at the office and are working from their own turf instead. One in five workers across the globe telecommute from outside the workplace, many of them from the comfort of their homes, …

A Simple Bracelet Can Turn Your Arm Into an Interactive Smartphone Display

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Smartphone addicts will want to pay close attention to this.<p>Say, for example, you're taking a shower or relaxing in a hot bath. Your smartphone is nowhere near your wet, soapy hands. Just then an important email comes in. You either have …

The Top 5 Trends in Taxes for the Coming Year

As I look back to the 2014 tax trends I discussed, I see that things haven’t changed all that much. In fact, the trends in taxes that I foresaw for …

Teach Your Team to Make Fearless Decisions

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Allowing your employees the power to make decisions not only makes them feel empowered, but it also just makes sense. By delegating tasks to staff members -- and not micromanaging -- you can focus on the company's long-term strategies, …

6 Qualities Smart Businesses Strive to Embody

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Between the day-to-day tasks of running a business, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. But your business is about so much more than the bottom line. If you want to create a product or service that lasts, you must think …

Public Speaking Tips to Maximize Your Reach and Revenue

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Conferences can be expensive ways to market yourself and your company because although you may get a free ticket as you’re speaking, there are often travel costs and hotel bills to take into consideration, plus you’re out of the office …

How Highfive Plans to Make Video Conferencing a Bigger Part of Office Life | Inc.com

If you've ever done a conference call, you know all of the ways in which communication can break down. I know I do. My recent call with the founders of Highfive, a new video conferencing startup launching Oct. 7, took 15 minutes to start because no one could hear me on the other end. (A …