:: 3 Ways to Stay on Top
of Small Business Technology
Small business owners know that rapidly changing
technologies offer great potential for profit. But with
countless technology offerings and few clear ways to weed
out gems from the fads, it is easy to get overwhelmed.
:: Small Business Dashboards
Learn why every small business needs a dashboard,
and how it can transform your success.
:: Should Your Small Business
Offer a 401k Plan?
If your business has only a few employees, you
may think you are too small to offer a 401k plan. But even
entrepreneurs have to retire someday, and there's no time
like the present to start planning for the future.
:: 3 Tips for a Small Business Strategy
But Pubsoft Director of Marketing Heather Wied
says small businesses should not spread themselves thin
trying to master every social network under the sun. Pubsoft,
which helps businesses publish online content, integrates
social networking to help customers spread the word about
The best social network for you is dependent on your
target market, says Wied.
To maximize your time on social media – without losing
your mind – check out Wieds three best tips:
:: Facebook Small Business
After years of courting the nations biggest advertisers,
Facebook is going after the 99%.
That figure represents the long tail of advertisers; the
plumbers and dentists, restaurants and political candidates,
app developers and direct-response advertisers. These small
and mid-sized businesses do not have Facebook account reps
and are left to figure out Facebook advertising for themselves.
:: How To Choose The Right Apps To Manage
Your Small Business
At Sage, we meet with small business owners regularly
to get a complete picture of how their businesses run. We
have had countless discussions about the tools these business
owners use and why they chose them. These are businesses
of all types, sizes and ages; but do you know what is common
To some degree, they all use a mix of tools that are either
the wrong fit or not connected with each other…or both.
One conversation that comes to mind was with a consultant
who was using desktop accounting software that she described
as too much for her needs. This business owner used
three separate applications to track time, organize tasks,
and collect online payments, none of which were connected
to each other. She struggled with sharing pertinent information
with her business partner who was in another city. The result
was frustration and wasted time as she tried to make it
all work, and she is not alone.
:: Small Business Tax Paperwork
Owners now say the administrative burdens of tax
season pose a bigger burden than their actual tax bill.
:: Clean Up Your Small Business Tech
After a winter most of us would like to forget,
spring is here. But with the good, comes the bad it is time
for a little spring cleaning, or to spruce up your small
business technology. Considering how fast business is evolving,
this is going to take more than the traditional broom and
If you, like many small business owners, have been reluctant
to invest in new business technology dues to the after-effects
of the Great Recession, this is the time to finally get
moving and create and implement digital priorities. Here
are some tasks you need to put on your spring
:: 5 Money Saving Tips for
Owning your own company can be a dream from making
your own hours and choosing your own staff, to even doing
something you love. However, owning a small business can
also be really exhausting, difficult, and time consuming.
If you are still looking into self-employment, doing your
research first will help. However, if you already own a
small business, your next task might be determining how
you can save time and money on that business. There are
many easy ways for small business owners to save time, including
choosing the appropriate staff, picking deadlines, and using
programs that are designed to help business owners save
time, like Zirtual assistant. Many of the tools that save
time also save money, and Zirtual’s assistants are a great
example of this. Read on to learn five ways you can save
money for your small business, and hopefully, save some
:: 5 Great Things Managers Do
Despite the importance of putting the right people
in charge, companies fail to choose the managerial candidate
with the right talent for the job 82 percent of the time,
according to new research from Gallup. The research revealed
that, overall, just 1 in 10 people possess the talent needed
to manage others.
:: Simple Lessons for Entrepreneurial
1. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.
2. Commit yourself.
3. Really understand your clients/customers/target audience.
4. Get connected.
6. Team up.
7. Find your balance.
8. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
9. Make it fun! Starting
:: Three Questions To Ask Your Lawyer
Before Starting A Small Business
Gaining customers. Producing a quality product.
Finding new markets. These are the things that small business
owners focus on when starting their latest venture. But
while entrepreneurs are busy planning for the future, many
fail to prepare for the worst.
Businesses large and small are loaded with risk. Liability
is—or should be—a chief concern. Too many entrepreneurs,
however, overlook the need to plan for and manage risk when
launching their businesses.
:: Run Your Small Business
Like an Enterprise
Just because you are small does not mean you have
to act small. With a few smart adjustments and a solid NAS
setup, you can give your company the capabilities of the
big guys in a package that will not break the budget.