:: Benefits of Shopping Online
Why buy online? Why not buy online? Have you ever
considered the pros and cons to shopping at a retail store
vs shopping online? Lets take a look at the advantages and
disadvantages of purchasing online...
Advantages Of Shopping Online...
1. Saves Time
If you already know what you are looking for, shopping online
can save you a significant amount of time. With just a few
clicks of the mouse, you can place your order and move on
to other things.
of Shopping Online
:: Small Business Marketing
Total marketing spending by U.S. small businesses
will expand in 2012, as an increased number of firms invests
in advertising and promotional activities. According to
New York-based Access Markets InternationalPartners, Inc.,
overall spending is expected to grow 4% rebounding from
2010 recessionary lows.
These findings from AMIs 2010 - 2011 U.S. Small Business
Marketing Activity and Spending Study reveal that apart
from social media marketing, which is estimated to grow
a considerable 35%, most marketing categories are still
slowly rebounding from the economic downturn.
:: Small Business Tax Headache
Taxes always give small-business owners a big headache.
Today, we hear there is more pain coming their way.
In Charge colleague Laura Saunders writes in an article
that the Internal Revenue Service, which is moving aggressively
to collect more taxes from small businesses, is now seeking
small companies software files.
The IRS is telling some businesses already under audit that
they must turn over records kept in popular software progams,
such as Intuit Inc.s QuickBooks or Sage Groups Peachtree,
according to the article.
Small-business groups are pushing back, saying the IRS should
realize that they are not big firms with elaborate accounting
systems or lots of tax professionals on staff Ȓ and that
they ca n not easily turn over very specific files. Instead,
to comply with the IRS requests, many small businesses must
turn over complete electronic records Ȓ and there is no
telling what the IRS might do with that, they complain.
:: What Is a Good Way to
Build Small Business Knowledge?
Few people begin building a small business with
full knowledge of the skills required for success.Even those
with extensive business experience or education still need
to bring themselves up to date on the effective use of new
technology, employee management, business development and
Fortunately, the range of small-business-oriented learning
opportunities and training programs has never been broader
for experienced and novice entrepreneurs. Seeking help is
simply smart. No business owner can be adept at every aspect
of operating successfully. Plus, conditions change rapidly,
so keeping yourself informed is vital to long-term success.
:: Small Business Development Center
Starting or running a small business is not an
Many times, as consumers we do not see the trials and tribulations
that small business owners go through. We miss the sacrifices
they make to their families in order to provide a living
for themselves and their employees. This week is dedicated
to them and their commitment to making their communities
and companies better.
During the last couple of years, the business world has
seen great turmoil.
Business Development Center
:: Office Depot Helping Businesses
in Disaster Area
The Office Depot Foundation, the nonprofit charitable
giving arm of the office supplies giant Office Depot, announced
Friday that it is offering a number of programs and services
to help the families and small businesses affected by the
recent tornadoes in the Southeast. The Foundation has teamed
up with the National Disaster Help Desk for Business to
provide information and facilitate aid to businesses located
in the tornado disaster areas.
Businesses needing assistance with relief and recovery efforts
can call the Help Desk toll-free 24 hours a day, as well
as email and reach out on Twitter.
Depot Helping Businesses in Disaster Area
:: Taking Stock of Your Small Business
The midpoint of the year is a great time to take
stock of your companys progress, though, and make plans
for what you want to accomplish by the end of 2011. Taking
summer classes at a local business school or college can
help keep you on track with those goals -- or inspire you
to set some new ones.
Stock of Your Small Business
:: Retirement Plans for Small
If you have no employees other than your spouse
or a partner, you can establish an owner-only 401k,
also known as an individual 401k. This plan offers many
of the same advantages of a traditional 401k: a range of
investment options, tax-deductible contributions and the
opportunity for tax-deferred earnings growth. You may even
be able to choose a Roth option for your 401k, which allows
you to make after-tax contributions that have the opportunity
to grow tax free.
:: SEC Small Business Committee
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is
forming a small-business committee to review fundraising
rules for small private firms that critics say hinder access
to capital and are stunting economic growth.
:: Small Business Week -
This year, National Small Business Week, May 16
through 20, will again shine the spotlight on entrepreneurs
and independent business owners.
:: Best Banks for Small Businesses
Wells Fargo, HSBC and U.S. Bank are the worst credit
card companies for small business, according to a recent
study by Card Hub. The study rated each of the top 10 credit
card issuers in the U.S. in terms of both its transparency
and the extent to which it has voluntarily extended the
new credit card laws protections to its business credit
cards. Bank of America, the study says, was the only major
issuer to apply all of the major protections implemented
by the law—the Credit CARD Act of 2009—and is therefore
the best credit card company for small business owners.
:: Small Businesses Lagging
Telestra says small business is dragging its feet
on take-up of new technology, with thousands of firms still
not using computers or mobile phones.
More than one in ten businesses with less than 20 employees
operate without even a desktop PC, according to a study
commissioned by Telstra.
Telstra says the survey of 500 business decision makers
found nearly one-quarter did not use a standard mobile phone,
while 45 per cent did not have smart phones.
Around half of the businesses surveyed did not have a website
or use online transactions in their business, Telstra said.
:: Small Business Market Survey
he Small Business Authority with a portfolio of
over 100,000 business accounts, announced recently the findings
of its SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey, a monthly window
into the concerns of independent business owners. Based
on a poll of approximately 1,200 respondents, one of the
key findings from Aprils survey was small business owners
apparent lack of e-Commerce initiatives.
:: Things to Know Before
You Start A Business
Mention starting a small business and conventional
wisdom will tell you that you should write a business plan
first. Generally every small business needs a plan, but
there are a few steps that should be taken before you invest
any time writing one. A small amount of time spent considering
what it will be like to start and own a business can help
you avoid major mistakes and pay big dividends later.
Know your personal goals. Decide what you want out of life
and then build a business that supports those plans. Take
time to think about the entrepreneurial lifestyle and how
it fits in with your personal and family lifestyle. One
definition of an entrepreneur is someone who is willing
to assume the responsibility, risk and rewards of starting
and operating a business. Does that describe you and does
it fit with the kind of life you want to live?
:: Business Opportunities in the South
Ten of the nations top 20 markets for small business
are in the South, according to the report.
The rankings were derived from a formula that considered
such factors as local concentrations of small business,
population growth and employment gains or losses.