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Internet or Real World: What Type Of Small Business Is Right For You?

-+*There are more options than ever that you can choose from when starting a small business, and you can work online or in the real world, or a combination of both.  Technology has made life easier and more flexible than ever before, and you do anything from graphic design to being a freelance office manager online.  Or, you can find clients online and serve them in the real world, or

2 Things You Need To Know About Healthcare Reform

-+*The year is 2013 and in less than 12 months, full-scale implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) will begin. Also known as Obamacare, the sweeping legislation will fundamentally alter the way in which small-business employers offer health insurance packages to workers. The reform is full of twists and turns, and as such, has thrown many an entrepreneur into a frenzy trying to understand their obligations under the

Freedom, Trust, And Savings Give BYOD Companies A Boost

-+*BYOD is becoming increasingly important for small businesses. Not so much BYOB. BYOD, or “bring your own device,” has become standard procedure for small businesses now that smartphones, tablets and laptops have, for all intents and purposes, become extensions of ourselves. When was the last time you left home or the office without a mobile device handy? Allowing employees to bring their own devices can do a number of beneficial things for

How To Land Federal Contracts for Small Business

-+*The federal government hasn’t exactly been the best ally to small business in recent memory. But for entrepreneurs looking to carve out a space for their startup through any means possible, there’s no ruling out working with feds in order to sustain future business success. Let’s put two and two together. Capitol Hill has a spending problem in that it likes to spend – a lot. A significant portion of

Small Business Conditions Remain Bleak

-+*It’s been five years since the economic collapse, and not much has changed. Sure, unemployment is now below 8 percent – not exactly as big of a win as some would claim – and consumer confidence is edging up, but far too many elements that go into the national economy are slugging along, making heralding proclamations of an economic recovery a bit misleading. Don’t get it twisted, Congress may champion a

An Entrepreneurs Guide To The Survival Preparedness Niche

-+*Some recent end-of-the-world scenarios were publicized, but never came to pass. In addition to doomsday predictions, some very real disasters – Hurricane Sandy, tsunamis, earthquakes and more – have made the topic of disaster preparedness much more legitimate among average consumers. And if consumers are talking about it, a smart entrepreneur’s ears should be perking up. With greater numbers of families and individuals talking about the importance of gathering survival kits and

How 2 Tax Hikes The Fiscal Cliff Deal Didn’t Avoid Will Impact You

-+*The fiscal cliff deal made on January 1 wasn’t so much hailed as a grand gesture in the face of economic doom, as it was tolerated by a population fed up with a game of partisan chicken. Sure, the fiscal cliff deal renewed some $46 billion in key tax breaks for small businesses like the Section 179 deduction, 50 percent bonus depreciation and the research and development tax credit. But

Fiscal Cliff Deal Preserves Key Tax Breaks, Credits To Save Money

-+*Capitol Hill politicians reached a compromise on the fiscal cliff, though it took 15 hours after midnight on New Year’s Eve to get full approval from the U.S. House of Representatives. The looming across-the-board tax hikes and draconian spending cuts that threatened to plunge the national economy into a double-dip recession were officially avoided with bicameral support for a plan forged by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader

18 States Can’t Pay Back Debt, Increase Unemployment Taxes On Small Business Owners

-+*Big government has done it again. Legislators have raised taxes on entrepreneurs, and this time, they did it without any help from the incoming Taxmageddon that will kick in after the country is pushed over the fiscal cliff and falls to its collective economic death. No, this time, the government is trying to make it so entrepreneurs in several states would pay more in taxes. The culprit? The federal penchant

If The World Doesn’t End, You Still Have To Pay Your Taxes

-+*Forget December 21, 2012, the date that some cornball doomsday conspirators identified as the last day of life on Earth. Their source? A ancient calendar from the Mayan civilization that has been thoroughly disproved at each turn. Entrepreneurs live in the here and now, and what they need to focus on is nothing short of the end of times for small business. But unlike the apocalyptic prophecies of self-appointed experts,

Small-Business Owners Hindered By Today’s Economy

-+*It is no secret that the confidence small business owners have in their companies and the current state of the economy will influence how they plan to operate their organizations in the upcoming months. Entrepreneurs seeking business startup advice can look at how successful small business owners ran their firms throughout this time. According to a survey commissioned on behalf of local media company Local Corporation, 92 percent of small-business owners

Corporate Sustainability Growing In Popularity

-+*Entrepreneurs looking to cater to customers who reward companies with their business due to their green initiatives should look to place a higher focus on corporate sustainability efforts. Firms are beginning to engage corporate sustainability within their process even more in recent years because business startup costs are high and company owners need to find a new way to earn back that money. The recent 2012 Greening of Corporate America