Small Business

Building An Easy And Effective Website

Your small business can have a distinctive and effective presence on the web if you build the right website.  From choosing the best domain name to working with the right host and finding the best design, it only takes a few minutes to get up and running.  But, it is important that you are not cutting corners along the way, because you and your customers will notice the difference.  Many

Franklin’s Contributions To Our Way Of Life

Benjamin Franklin is arguably one of the most famous, interesting and memorable founding fathers of the United States.  He was a printer, statesman, diplomat and philandering womanizer.  But he was also one of the greatest and most prolific inventors and entrepreneurs in modern history.  He is proof that if you let the mind run free, there are no limits and no boundaries to innovation and the discovery of new ideas. 

Don’t Guess, Get Help

One of the easiest ways to get into trouble is guessing how to fix problems, address concerns and tackle issues.  In business, this can translate into lost customers, trouble with the government and other hassles that are completely avoidable.  There are tons of resources that can help you to avoid problems, expand your horizons and grow and maintain your business with confidence and solid focus and direction. Taking the guesswork

Tools To Help You Start Your Small Business

You will have a million and one questions and concerns as you move past the idea stage and start to build your small business. From how to market and promote your products and services to how to get appropriate licenses and certificates. There are lots of resources that are available online as well as in the real world that can help, and connecting with the right ones can help you

Are You Sure You Want To Marry Your Business?

Starting a franchise may be a tempting proposition.  The promise of secure startup, the ability to make money off of a well known product or service and having everything you need to run your business at your fingertips is enticing.  However, one thing that many franchise sales people will not tell you is that you will be tied to the franchise like you are tied to a spouse.  Of course,

Take The Sting Out Of Filing Taxes

Your small business is your baby, and you want to make sure that you are not throwing your hard earned cash out the window from not doing your taxes properly.  Nobody likes filing taxes, and it can be a painful experience as you go through your paperwork and watch the government take what they require.  But, this is a necessary evil, and there are ways that you can make the

Taxes Are Not Fun, But They Are Not Bad

You don’t have to pull your hair out at the end of the year when filing taxes as long as you follow a few practical suggestions.  Many small business owners are either too distracted, busy or lazy to properly manage this aspect of their operation.  If you can find the time and the resources that will help you to keep up with your paperwork, you will be amazed at how

Your Online Business Must Fit A Niche

You can find work online anywhere- from freelancing to affiliate marketing or opening up a store that sells one of a million different products.  But, if you want to have a business instead of a job, then you should think about filling a niche that you can do better than anyone else.  And, you should choose a niche that is not loaded with competition.  Unfortunately, there is no easy answer

Social Media Is The Glue For Your Business Online

Social media is a powerful way to connect the various elements of your online presence, and it is the only format that gives you live interaction with your customers.  You can use it to connect your website or blog to your customers, maps and other location search directories and it can even help to boost your ranking in search engine results.  All in all, nothing is more important or more

Put A Brand To Work For You

Franchises provide an excellent business opportunity in the service industry because they are uniform and branded.  A consumer can see a logo on a store or online that they know and trust, and they will be more likely to shop there than to go with a lesser-known store.  While not everyone shops at chain stores or eats at corporate or franchised restaurants every day, the reality is that almost any

How To Keep Your Tax Liability Down

The best way to keep your tax liability to a minimum is to be familiar with the different rules, requirements, deductions and credits that are available for your particular business.  Sole proprietorships, LLC’s, partnerships and corporations all have different tax rules as well as independent contractors.  Before you even start your business, you should take a look at the various tax advantages and drawbacks for each so that you can