:: Small Businesses Staying Small
A survey of business owners finds small businesses
may remain small to avoid employee health coverage required
by the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.
Oklahoma City-based staffing firm Express Employment Professionals
surveyed business owners, hiring managers and human resource
professionals on the ACA and its impact on hiring decisions.
The survey found that 70 percent of survey respondents whose
companies have 45 - 49 employees said they would try to
remain under 50 employees. Businesses with 50 or fewer full-time
employees do not face a penalty for not offering health
coverage under Obamacare.
:: Why Growth Can Destroy
a Small Business
Small Businesses have a desire to grow – grow
their sales, customer numbers and enter new markets. However
unless you have adequate resources and a clearly defined
strategy, then growth can lead to the demise of your small
:: 11 Tax Solutions for Small Businesses
Small business owners shouldn't have to do their
taxes on their own. Tax solutions provide a do-it-yourself
way to easily prepare and file taxes — without all the
guesswork. If you don't have an accountant, or tax services
are way out of your budget, there are several tax apps,
software and other tools specifically created with small
business tax needs in mind. Here are 10 tax solutions to
get you started.
:: Small Business Ideas
Small towns and cities seem to be gaining popularity
as locations for startups, but a metropolis like New York
or Los Angeles is still great place to own a small business.
With a large population as your potential customer base,
there are plenty of opportunities to make your entrepreneurial
dreams come true. Here are seven small business ideas for
:: What I Learned About Business Shoveling
While shoveling 8 to 10 inches of snow out of my
driveway during our fourth Northeastern storm, I started
thinking about running my small business. The decision process
I used to clear my driveway is similar to the decisions
you need to make to run a small business.
:: Entrepenurial Nightmares
What is affecting me, my clients and other small-business
:: How to Prepare for a Data Breach
That is the crux of the problem facing Americas
small businesses and consumers: they may not think they’ll
be targets of hackers looking for big scores… but all
of them probably will be. It is just too easy and too lucrative
for hackers to gather and utilize people’s personal information
for anyone to be safe – including small enterprises with
databases that seem at first blush to be of limited utility.
Reality check: hackers will always go after the weakest
link. If they determine that the big guys have toughened
up, they’re just going to go after easier targets, like
:: Plan for Small Business
Unfortunately, the first step that most business
owners take involves sitting at their PCs and plugging away
at outdated or unsuitable software technologies; and they
make little progress. How can you avoid such a fate?
:: 4 Social Media Mistakes Small Businesses
Social media presents a useful and viable tool
for a business to build their brand and increase their visibility.
In fact, it is getting to the point where you are probably
going to be at a disadvantage if you do not have at least
some form of an online presence through these mediums.
While online marketing spans a wide range of topics, social
media has quickly become the primary vehicle through which
businesses and their websites increase traffic, reach potential
clients and develop their brand. When done right, it is
quite possibly the single-most useful tool at the disposal
of todays website admin and or small business owner.
:: 10 Things Your Phone
Can Do in Emergency Situations
Owning a cell phone has come to be regarded as
a necessity in modern society, and with the great advances
that have been made in smart phone technology, most of us
rely on our phones to help us in an array of situations.
While most smart phone owners are acquainted with the helpfulness
of features such as navigation apps and mobile broadband,
many people have yet to discover the array of uses they
may put their phones to in the event of a true emergency.
Things Your Phone Can Do in Emergency Situations
:: Small Business Practices that Make
a BIG Difference
I have been running a small business since 1999,
and at times it has been a trip through Hell. If I were
to expound upon all the challenges and trials I have faced,
you might ask what monumental changes I made to make things
better. Looking back, what surprises me is how much of what
has improved has been due to small and simple modifications
in how I managed the business.
:: Pension Plan for Your
If you have a very small business and are looking
to set up a retirement plan, you may want to consider a
self-employed 401(k) plan.
:: Moving Tips for Small Businesses
When moving your business to a new location, proper
planning saves you time and money. Packing and unpacking
take time, and haphazardly placing critical support equipment
in your new space can result in ongoing inefficiencies.
:: Is Text Messaging Ruining
If you have noticed the apparent omnipresence of
cell phones, as most of us surely have, it likely will not
surprise you that about 86% of the worlds roughly seven
billion people have access to a mobile phone, or that 80%
of cell phone owners use their devices to send and receive
text messages. You may also be unsurprised to learn that
the vast majority of texts are sent by teenagers under eighteen,
and that the average teen from this group sends over 3,300
texts each month. The story that these numbers tell is hardly
something we do not know: while Generation X grew up with
face-to-face communication and calls from the landline,
the social sphere of today's youth exists on LCD screens.
Text Messaging Ruining Our Youth
:: Why Does The SBA Not Help Small Businesses
Small business exporting has gotten plenty of attention
since President Obama set the goal of doubling U.S. foreign
sales in his 2010 State of the Union address. Despite the
interest in helping more small companies sell abroad, only
a small share of such businesses actually export, according
to a report last week from the Congressional Research Service.
:: Small Businesses Take
Responsibility for Your Mistakes
There is a constant, prevalent in every entrepreneur
who fails, without exception, and that is the entrepreneur
unwilling to take responsibility for their own flaws, mistakes
If you fall into this category and are unwilling to start
taking responsibility for your mistakes, you will not be
successful in your quest for prosperity and success. Because
one thing is certain: No entrepreneur can have enduring,
consistent success until they look at themselves and discover
the real origin of their flaws.
:: Small Businesses Not a Fan of Big
Americas 23 million small businesses should represent
a giant market for big companies, particularly as small
businesses leave the Great Recession in the rear-view mirror
and look to invest in new equipment. One problem: Main Street
does not seem to like large corporations much.
:: Will Your Return Be Audited?
Nothing sends small business owners into nail-biting
mode than news that they are being audited. Even
if you have all your ducks in order and can defend your
deductions and support your income, the process is still
time-consuming, costly and nerve wracking.
:: 10 Simple Ways to Cut Business Expenses
Holly Perez, senior manager of personal finance
software company Quicken, shared these 10 cost-cutting solutions
to help you reduce your business's budget:
:: Why Small Businesses
Should Focus on Return on Investment
With the recent controversy surround guest blog
posting, it is easy to be pulled into the controversy. As
always, there are contradicting viewpoints on small business
SEO and the guidance from Google is, well, confusing at
Small business owners do not have the luxury of being wrong.
They live close to the edge, and rainy-day financing is
hard to come by.
For these reasons, small businesses need to be guided by
statistics and analytics. They need to avoid wasting time
in controversial discussions that have no end.
:: Easiest Way to Fight Procrastination
My task management system is rooted in the way
my father helped me plan my school work. I was born in India
but mostly raised in Abu Dhabi by parents, who set an excruciatingly
high bar for academic achievement. My particular problem
with studying was focus. I was good at my work, but I seldom
got around to doing it. I had a tendency to drift off, let
assignments pile-up, and then work myself into a funk as
deadlines began to explode around me.
:: Crowd Sourcing and Social
Media; Their Real Impact
It seems that our society is growing ever more
dependent on social media; more and more people are joining
social networking giants such as Twitter, Instagram, and
Facebook, and more such websites and applications are springing
up to meet the rising demand for them. As society and culture
continue this turn towards technology, so do the operations
of society, especially through crowdsourcing. A powerful
tool, crowdsourcing does much good, but has also caused
a number of problems. In such a situation, one must ask:
do the benefits of crowdsourcing really outweigh the risks
Sourcing and Social Media
:: Small Businesses Avoiding ObamaCare
The Small Business Health Option Plan, the Obamacare
program intended to help insure employees of businesses
with fewer than 50 workers, is off to a rough start. Technical
problems caused the federal government, which is operating
SHOPs in 36 states, to delay launching online marketplaces
by a year, until this November. State-run SHOPs that managed
to launch online have seen low enrollment.
Alex Wayne writes for Bloomberg News today about just how
slow the uptake has been. Kentucky, which garnered praise
for the launch of its state exchange amid healthcare.governments
rocky rollout, had enrolled just 14 companies in SHOP plans.
Colorado had enrolled 101 companies, and Connecticut 106.
In New York, about 5,000 employees at companies with fewer
than 50 workers had signed up for Obamacares small business
:: Leadership is Essential
to Small Business Success
Do an Internet search on leadership and
you will find no shortage of articles, books, and quotes
about what it takes to be a successful leader.
That’s because no two leaders, or leadership situations,
are alike. Each of us brings different skills, talents,
and experiences to the table. How we apply them depends
very much on the circumstances at hand. So while people
like Theodore Roosevelt, General George Marshall, or Microsoft
co-founder Bill Gates are all considered great leaders,
their respective approaches to particular problems might
have been quite different.
:: Protect Your Small Business With Insurance
You invest a great deal into starting and growing
a business, so it makes sense to protect it. Many types
of insurance are available, but not every business needs
the same type of coverage. What's more, your needs may change
as your business grows.
:: Small Business Spending
One of the best indicators of how well an economy
is doing is the strength of small businesses. With that
standard, 2014 is looking to be a good year for the U.S.
Two optimistic signs are that small businesses created 102,000
new jobs in November and 89 percent of small businesses
increased their travel from fall 2012 to fall 2013.
Optimism is high for small business owners, with 37 percent
declaring their coming year's business prospects as excellent
and 45 percent as good. Eighty percent plan on increasing
hiring in 2014 as well as increasing the number of products
:: One Small Business Will Win Big at
Super Bowl suspense is building — for the game
and the commercials. With an audience of over 100 million
people, advertisers covet this space, but at a reported
$4 million a spot, only the mightiest corporations can afford
Super Bowl exposure. This year, though, there is an exception.
One lucky little business will get one of those primo slots
:: 10 Hiring Tips for Your
Hiring is one of the most important things an entrepreneur
will do to grow her company. For a small business, each
new hire has a tremendous impact and influences the company's
culture far more than a new hire at a 200- or 500-person
company. The stakes are high, so you need to ensure that
each of your new hires is a passionate, engaged and committed
:: 5 New Year Resolutions for Small Businesses
1. File all of that legal paperwork.
2. Re-Analyze your ROI.
3. Get your estimated tax payment in.
4. Explore social media.
5. Update your site.
:: Big Issues Facing Small
Small-business owners are probably glad to put
2013 into the books.
For many, it was a frustrating year of waiting. Waiting
to learn about the new health care law. Waiting for lawmakers
to solve budget disagreements. And waiting for the economy
to improve. Many put off big decisions like purchasing equipment
and hiring as they sought clarity. But in the end, owners
fought inertia and appear to be looking forward to 2014.
Hiring seems to be showing an uptick and lending to small
businesses is improving.
Here is a look back at some of the big issues small-business
owners faced this year:
:: 6 Ways Small Businesses Can Do Big
I learned a lot about selling to corporate America
from a mentor, who once worked as a sales professional focused
on business-to-business customers. He sold telecommunications
systems and services to large corporations in the highly
competitive retail market. Although million dollar deals
were common for him, he taught me that the fundamentals
of sales are the same when closing any sized deal. Here
are six ways small businesses can do business with corporations.
:: 5 Small Business Mistakes
to Avoid in 2014
Believe it or not, it is creeping up on the end
of the year again, which means it is time to start lying
to ourselves about how few carbs we are going to eat and
how many sit-ups we are going to do in the coming year.
December is also the time when small business owners should
be taking stock of how things have gone over the past 12
months and looking ahead to the future. The things we vow
to do and do better at in our professional lives are to
be taken seriously. Below is our list of 5 things we think
are likely mistakes for small business owners to make in
2014. Read, avoid, and be ahead of the curve.
:: Why Do New York Politicians Hate Small
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed a commission
to figure out how to make the Empire State more business-friendly
and change its reputation for high taxes. The New York state
government is now running commercials on national television
touting the tax breaks that businesses can get by relocating