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:: Working From Home

09/23/2013
Developments in technology have made it possible, if not easy, for small businesses and employees to telecommute. Working from home can be quite a different experience from an office job, and many find it a preferable one. However, those who work from home may also face some of the intrinsic downsides of telecommuting. To sort out the good and the bad of telecommuting, we have compiled a list of the major pros and cons that those who work from home might experience.

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:: Use Equity to Hire Small Business Talent

09/20/2013
Unfortunately, executives of this caliber generally already have day jobs. Sandberg was a vice president at Google, Kilgore was director of marketing at Amazon, and Schmidt was CEO of Novell. Day jobs like those, at big companies with big-time resources, make it extremely hard to poach the talent you need. These executives already have generous salaries, good benefits, job security, and possibly even a decent amount of flexibility and work-life balance. It is your job to persuade them to give up all that. And like it

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:: 5 Qualities of Successful Founders

09/19/2013
Dreaming up a promising idea and then executing your vision certainly matters in business. But it is not the only thing. Success matters, too, on the make-up of the founder.

To gain insight into the crucial qualities of outstanding business founders, I reached out to Mike Rothenberg, founder and CEO of the seed fund Rothenberg Ventures. He speaks with business founders every day and has a pretty specific idea on the core traits necessary for long-term success.

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:: How Small Businesses Should Prepare for Disasters

09/18/2013
How your small business should prepare for a disaster.

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:: 5 Small Business Media Mistakes

09/17/2013
Small businesses can use social media to boost sales and gain attention from potential customers. Unfortunately, a lot of small businesses make mistakes when trying to harness the power of social media. Some of those are rookie mistakes that are easy to avoid, if you just are conscious of them and work to handle them differently.

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:: Mark Cubans Rules for Starting a Business

09/16/2013
Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own. My rules below are not just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering going to work for them, as well.

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:: Small Business May Face Fines with Affordable Care

09/13/2013
Beginning Oct. 1, any business with at least one employee and $500,000 in annual revenue must notify all employees by letter about the Affordable Care Acts health-care exchanges, or face up to a $100-per-day fine. The requirement applies to any business regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, regardless of size. Going forward, letters are to be distributed to any new hires within 14 days of their starting date, according to the Department of Labor.

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:: How to Teach Anyone Anything

09/12/2013
Most people are familiar with the phrase: Those who can not do, teach. Ironically, it is the converse that creates dysfunction in business. So often these doers get stuck doing and doing because they do not know how to teach their skills and knowledge to employees and colleagues. Talented people end up overtasked and the company suffers from inefficiency.

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:: In Memory of 9-11

09/11/2013

Let Us Never Forget September 11th.

:: Our Future Is Bright With Students Like This

09/09/2013
Checkout this Young Entrepeneurs TED Talk that discusses a revolutionary device he built to save lives!

:: Documents Every Small Business Should Keep

09/06/2013
Most small business owners know they need to keep receipts, bank statements and other data for at least four years in the event of an audit.

The IRS has three years unless fraud is suspected to audit your income tax return and assess additional tax if it does not agree with claimed income and deductions. But even if you keep every receipt, they will not help you fight the taxman if you are found to not have a business intent for claimed expenses.

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:: Small Business Insurance Scoop

09/05/2013
Following are some types of insurance you’ll want to consider, depending on the nature and scope of your venture:

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:: How to Prevent Small Business Ownership Disputes

09/04/2013
Most family businesses are faced with the same challenges that other businesses face, yet the more personal relationships that exist within family business create different considerations – especially when things go wrong.

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:: How Happy Are Small Business Owners

09/03/2013
Running your own business is a demanding job, but it offers a sense of autonomy that you just can’t get working for someone else. Still, how happy are small-business owners? A recent survey from online marketing company Yodle polled over 300 U.S. small-business owners across a variety of industries and found that most are pretty happy - 55 percent.

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:: Small Business Vs Personal Credit Cards

08/30/2013
When Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., introduced the Small Business Credit Card Act of 2013 to Congress back in June, she was attempting to right a wrong that has persisted since the original CARD Act took effect in October 2010.

The landmark law, which has increased transparency and bolstered consumer rights throughout the credit card industry, does not apply to credit cards branded for small business use. And while Loweys bill has the potential to correct this oversight, it has only a 1 percent chance of being enacted, according to GovTrack.

The roughly 37 percent of small business owners who leverage credit card debt each year must therefore learn how to get by without important legislatively provided rights if they wish to achieve debt stability and avoid losing money. CardHub conducted a study analyzing the small business credit card policies employed by the nations 10 largest issuers, and the five major takeaways are listed below.

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:: How to Do Market Research

08/29/2013
Market research will help you understand your customers, familiarise yourself with the competition and get to know what people are prepared to pay for your product or service.

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