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  • Going on a business trip? Visiting a potential vendor, customer or wholesaler? Confused about what business travel expenses you can and can’t deduct? Here’s what you need to know about what you can and can’t deduct as well as some tips, tools and mobile apps for managing your...
    November 13, 2011 - 4 comments
  • One of the first steps in the business planning process is determining who your target market is and why they would want to buy from you. It sounds simple, but do you really know what you are selling and to whom? Is the market you serve the best one for your product or service? Are the benefits of...
    November 10, 2011 - 27 comments
  • It was a scary Halloween weekend for those living on the Eastern seaboard as many plans were pre-empted by a massive and unseasonably heavy snowstorm. Travel was halted as more than 30 inches of snow fell in some places.  More than two million homes and businesses lost power as snapped tree...
    November 09, 2011 - 4 comments
  • Getting ready to enter the commercial real estate market? In an earlier article, I outlined 6 Tips for Negotiating a Commercial Property Lease without Getting Burned.  If you are looking to rent or buy space for your small business, it’s well worth knowing some of the common terms that...
    November 09, 2011 - 9 comments
  • How does your business cope with the peaks and valleys of increased workload? By hiring the expertise of subcontractors, independent contractors, or freelancers to handle your extra work, your business can quickly scale up without creating a lot of additional overhead. However, to realize these...
    November 07, 2011 - 1 comments
  • Has the state of the economy affected your company’s bottom line?  Sales down? Looking for new customers? Consider breaking into a huge new market by going global. After all, 95 percent of the world’s customers live outside the U.S. You might be thinking: “Export? Me? I don...
    November 03, 2011 - 4 comments
  • Many consider email marketing as the de facto way to generate leads—just think of the countless offers and specials you get in your personal Inbox daily. But email marketing is more than that, it’s a general outreach tactic that every business can benefit from to help improve brand...
    November 03, 2011 - 9 comments
  • The idea behind surety bonding is simple and direct.  One person, or entity, guarantees to another that a third person will perform a contract according to its terms.  Historical records show a personal surety assuring Pharaoh that a farmer will place an agreed upon amount of grain, of a...
    November 02, 2011 - 2 comments
  • You may think that a board of directors is reserved for large corporations with shareholder investments to oversee and strategic decisions to be made. The truth is that many small businesses can benefit from a board of directors. If you structure your business as an S Corporation or a Corporation...
    November 02, 2011 - 1 comments
  • Everyone has to increase their prices eventually. If you’re fortunate your customers won’t notice. But in a budget conscious economy, the chances are they will. If you run a contract- or consulting-based business, it can be doubly difficult to raise your rates because you’re...
    October 31, 2011 - 9 comments

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