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Year-end tax planning strategies for small businesses

You still have time to significantly reduce your 2015 business income tax bill. Here are some of the best year-end tax-saving moves to consider.<p><b>Buy</b> …

Just Say No: 7 Canned Responses to Use at Work

There are plenty of requests you should probably oblige. The department head asks you to sit in on a high-level task force. Your favorite co-worker …

How to Use Instant Wi-Fi Hotspot in Mac OS X with an iPhone

The iPhone has long had the excellent Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot feature, which effectively turns an iPhone or cellular iPad into a wireless router that …

Beyond Customer Loyalty Programs: 7 Ways To Build Lasting Relationships

Business is about building lasting relationships, not bribery. So what does this mean for the future of customer service?<p>Businesses talk a lot about customer loyalty. It makes sense: A person you can count on to buy from you again and again is more valuable than one who disappears after the first …

9 Ways To Harness Your Creativity ("Think Outside The Box" is Overrated)

"Think outside the box" is overrated. How about "Thinking without rules" "Thinking without limit" "Limitless thinking" or "Think above the clouds".</b> …

8 Super-Specific Steps To Dealing With Gmail Overload

Next time you're checking your Gmail for new messages, ask yourself this: Is my inbox a free-for-all where Amazon daily deals are jumbled with important memos from my boss? If you answered yes, you're probably wasting valuable time sifting through junk to get to the information you really …

How to Measure the ROI from Your Ongoing SEO Efforts

A conversion can be a completed sign up to your email newsletter, which is considered a goal completion in Google Analytics, that will lead to revenue in the future or a purchase directly from your website.<p>The Multi-Channel Funnels report in Google Analytics is extremely helpful at visualizing …

Google Makes Quickoffice for Android and iOS Free for All

Google today announced it is making Quickoffice free for everyone. That means Android and iOS users can edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations on the go without paying a dime.<p>You can download the free versions now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store. The only …

Western Governors University: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Ideas<p>IdeasThis lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years<p>IdeasGamers are becoming a powerful source of philanthropic donations<p>IdeasWhat if economic growth isn’t as positive as you think?<p>Entertainment<p>EntertainmentFCC chairman Ajit Pai has “serious concerns” over Sinclair …

10 Ways To Be Healthier In 10 Minutes Or Less

It seems like our favorite excuse: "There just aren't enough hours in the day." It gets us out of workouts, concocting nutritious homemade meals, sleeping enough.<p>But does health <i>have</i> to be a trade-off with time? A new study examined the time American adults spend on beneficial behavior and found …

How To Setup Google Contact Sync on the iPad

Google has made some changes this year to how Google Contacts sync with iOS devices. For years I had just setup Google Sync as an Exchange account in Settings on the iPad and iPhone and it has worked beautifully for me. It had been especially good whenever I got a new iPad or iPhone – as all I had …

Good Employees Make Mistakes. Great Leaders Allow Them To.

As a business leader, I found that one of the scariest things to do was to give your people the freedom to make mistakes. While mistakes allow individuals to learn and grow, they can also be very costly to any company. Scared as I was, I knew that truly great leaders found ways to allow their …

Secret way to zoom in closer on Google Maps

In an effort to debunk a supposed Google Maps murder scene, Reddit user "xythrowawayy" shared a simple trick to zoom in closer than Google Maps allows. Google lets you zoom in only so far, but if you make a small tweak to a URL for a given location, you may be able to zoom in a level or two closer. …

Mini Display converts any iPhone or iPad into an external display for your Mac

The remote desktop app Screens is a perennial resident of my iPhone’s utilities folder. Its polished and pleasant interface, reliability and speed have enabled it to crush all of the other options I’ve tried over the years. Now, Edovia, the makers of Screens, have taken a turn at making your iPhone …

Five Critical Team Members For Business Success

You know your customers. You have a killer product to sell. The business plan is set, strategy thoughtfully documented and funds are in place. You’re ready to go to market or even poised for explosive growth. But, are you surrounded by the best possible teammates to make the dream a reality?<p>In my …

What The IRS Doesn't Want You To Know

<b>What triggers an audit?</b><p>While you can't fully protect your tax return from every examination, you should be mindful of some key tax issues when preparing your return.<p>Of course, some things are simply obvious audit triggers such as reporting more expenses than income. However, there are other areas …

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