:: Women-Owned Businesses Grow, Yet Gender
Gap In Small Business Finance Remains
Much has changed since 1994 when the U.S. government
implemented an initiative to spend at least 5% of its contracting
dollars on women-owned businesses. Today, women-owned businesses
in the U.S. account for approximately 9.4 million companies
and generate more than $1.5 trillion in revenue nationwide.
Although it has taken more than two decades to reach its
goal, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced
that small businesses that are majority owned
by women earned $17.8 billion in federal contracting dollars,
which amounts to about 5% of the $400 billion budget for
:: 7 Social Media Tools
For Small Businesses To Manage Their Social Presence
With the positive effects of social media marketing
becoming more and more apparent, most small businesses have
started working on a social media marketing strategy.
One of the main aims of social media marketing is to stay
relevant to your audience. This might be harder for small
businesses as they have more to juggle, in terms of handling
tasks. Social media tools and apps can help reduce the stress
of multi-tasking and keep your social media activities consistent.
Below are social media tools for small business to help
make your life as a social media marketer easier.
:: Why Tax Planning is Key for Small
The 2015 tax season is here. Tax planning is a
critical part of a small business owners financial plan.
The majority of small business owners ignore tax planning;
yet good tax advice is a very valuable for a successful
business. There are many tax planning strategies available
to small business owners. Below are a just a few:
Lowering your tax rate to reduce the amount of taxable income
Taking advantage of available tax credits
Controlling the effects of the AMT (Alternative Minimum
I encourage business owners to work with a competent accountant
or CPA on at least a quarterly basis to take full advantage
of all the tax provisions that are available.
:: National Small Business
Association Reports Uptick in Small Business Growth
A full half of small business owners see growth
opportunities in the next six months, while 17 percent say
they are already seeing that growth.
Only 33 percent say they see no immediately growth opportunities
ahead. That’s according to the most recent survey by the
National Small Business Association.
According to the National Small Business Associations 2015
economic report (PDF), nearly 75 percent of small business
owners surveyed are confident in their businesses — the
highest percentage recorded in the last four years. However,
there was a relatively less positive outlook among the small
business owners on the overall economy than even six months
:: On Page Search Engine Optimization
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become a fine
science. Tweaking, changing, and measuring is all part of
the ongoing optimization process. SEO truly is a process
that requires constant monitoring and attention. In order
for a website to perform well, its managers and webmasters
must adapt their SEO techniques as the search engine algorithms
Page Search Engine Optimization
:: Need a Business Idea?
Here are 55
Today, tens of thousands of people are considering
starting a home based business, and for good reasons. On
average, people can expect to have two and three careers
during their work life. Those leaving one career often think
about their second or third career move being to their own
home. People who have been part of the traditional nine-to-five
work force and are on the verge of retiring from that life
are thinking of what to do next. The good news: Starting
a homebased business is within the reach of almost anyone
who wants to take a risk and work hard.
$1,500 or less to start up
:: Be Highly Successful: 9 Body Language
Secrets of Exceptional People
Your body language is a fundamental part of who
you are; chances are you do not even think about how you
stand, sit, and move. You should, of course, because other
people instinctively pick up the nonverbal signals you send.
Oddly enough, you also pick up on your own nonverbal signals.
Gestures and postures make a dramatic impact on how you
think, feel, and perform.
Want to use body language to be an even better you? Here
are ten simple ways:
:: 10 Ways to Become a Millionaire
in Your 20s
Imagine if you could become a millionaire. How
great would it be to have the money you need to live the
lifestyle you have always wanted? Now imagine if you could
do this in your 20s?
Even if you think it sounds like a stretch, it is possible
to become a millionaire at a young age. I became a millionaire
by age 21. My second millionaire student who followed my
program became a millionaire by the age of 23. The most
impressive part? He did it all by trading penny stocks.
:: 3 Big Ways Google Has Changed Small
Today, Alphabet, the parent company of Google,
announces its fourth quarter 2015 earnings. But it is also
going to do something different. The company plans to separately
break out the results of its core businesses from its other
bets. By doing this, the company opens itself up to
some criticism about the investments that it makes in unproven,
risky technologies – from driverless cars to Glass. But
without those investments, Google would never be the kind
of company that it is today.
:: 5 Things NOT to Do When
Running a Small Business…One Business Owner Tells All
Years of experience have taught me that running
a small business is a challenge, especially when you are
providing a service. Your expectations for success may not
match your results, because simply providing excellent service
within your field is not always enough. When I first started
running my business, I naively assumed that because I was
a master at my profession, my business would flourish. I
failed to realize that my business skills were equally important
and some of those lessons took hard tolls on me before I
fully understood them.
Luckily, many of the lessons that I learned were due to
mistakes that are actually quite easy to avoid. While learning
these lessons won’t make you a business genius overnight,
they will help you avoid rough spots that many small business
:: How Using a Credit Card Can Boost
Your Small Business
As with personal credit cards, business cards can
be dangerous if you do not use them responsibly. High interest
rates and fees can add up. But if your business needs a
little leverage and you do not have more favorable options,
a small-business credit card can be a valuable tool both
to get your business up and running and to streamline your
handling of operating expenses.
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:: 3 Rules About Cash Flow That First-Time
Business Owners Need to Know
For many businesses, getting paid is not the problem
– it’s when. Lumpy cash flow is a stressful experience
for business owners because the consequences can include
delayed paychecks to employees, missed bill payments or
stalled growth due to an inability to take on new clients.
So, how can business owners avoid putting themselves at
the mercy of clients and when those clients mail their checks?
:: 71 Percent of Small Businesses
Expect Growth, Report Says
Small businesses are hopeful about growth this
year according to the new State of Small Business Report
by software solutions provider, Wasp Barcode Technologies.
The study says 71 percent of small businesses expect revenue
growth, although 50 percent of small business owners said
hiring new employees would be the key challenge facing them
this year. And 45 percent said that challenge would be increasing
An earlier survey conducted by Yelp had similarly found
small business owners optimistic about growth in 2016. According
to that survey, the percentage of American small business
owners expecting to see revenues grow, however, is higher
:: 7 Ways Small Businesses Can Leverage
Third-Party Apps for Local Search & Marketing
Apps consume the majority of mobile media time,
but local business apps struggle to compete for attention.
Columnist Wesley Young looks at how SMBs can instead use
space on the most popular apps to get in front of customers.