If you are one of the 52% of small businesses that has made the decision to operate a home-based business ( Green Commuting Options - From Teleworking Programs to Transit and Ride Share Tax Incentives - A breakdown of how you can help your employees take advantage of green commuting options, including teleworking, and how you both can reap the benefits of green commuting tax incentives.
From the moment you start-up, and throughout the life of your business- hiring your first employee, formalizing your business structure, and so on-you'll need to understand and comply with a host of government laws and requirements. But for many business owners, there's a parallel path of ever changing trade- and industry-specific government regulations that must also be navigated. The federal government alone has more than 25 regulatory agencies who are responsible for enforcing legislation that impacts how and what businesses manufacture,...
In the past few years 'business turnaround' and 'entrepreneurial' reality TV shows have become compelling viewing - opening our eyes to the successes and challenges inherent in being an entrepreneur or small business owner. From UK imports, such as Shark Tank, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and BBC America's excellent business transformation shows - Hotel Inspector and Mary Queen of Shops - to homegrown productions such as NBC's 'The Restaurant' - reality-business TV offers a fascinating, albeit voyeuristic, insight into the highs and lows of...
Tax season may not be upon us yet, but it's certainly around the corner. And, as every good accountant worth their salt will tell you, getting ahead of your obligations and doing some early tax planning and preparation will stand you in good stead once reporting time comes around. Whatever your business structure and reporting requirements there are several steps you can take now to get your small business tax obligations 'ducks in a row' to help you maximize your deductions and sail through tax season. 1) Gather Your Records and Check...
Back in October 2009, *Duct Tape Marketing, a small business marketing site, published a survey that suggests that more and more small businesses are starting to adopt social media as a means to promote their business. Despite apparent initial skepticism, 45% of the 2,000 surveyed small businesses reported that they are now using some form of social media. The statistic may seem surprising. While many business owners already live in an online world, and find adoption of social media an inviting and essential challenge, for others simply...
Back in January 2009, 'open government' was the hot topic in Washington, D.C. In fact, President Obama's first memorandum on entering the White House proclaimed a new era of openness in government centered around the core mandates of transparency (making government data and operations more open), participation (driving greater and more diverse expertise into government decision making) and collaboration (fostering cooperation across agencies and with the public). This week, the spotlight is firmly back on 'open government' as a host of...
In business, we all struggle with highs and lows, but for seasonal businesses - those that make the bulk of their profits at certain times of the year - knowing how to optimize the lows while riding the highs requires a particularly innovative and diligent entrepreneur at the helm. Seasonal businesses are all around - from garden centers and snow removal firms to summer camps and beach stores. Some will choose to remain open for business throughout the year, while others will close during the slow months. If you operate or are looking to...
The fitness industry continues to be a lucrative market opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Despite a crippling recession, the *IHRSA (the fitness industry's global association) forecasts that U.S. health club memberships will reach 50 million by 2010 - a staggering 25% growth rate over today's numbers. Many factors play a part in fueling the success of this largely recession-proof industry - not the least of which is the growing trend among the 80 million plus baby boomers who are willing to part with their money to stay fit...
Being your own boss and earning a living as a freelancer has an appealing ring to it - so much so that approximately 25 million people in the U.S. are doing it! But freelancers are also business owners who must self-motivate, self-manage and self-promote. They must also take care of business administration, business operations, business development and business risk. Quite a lot for one person to manage! And while the savvy freelancer will be wise to factor in the cost of doing business as part of their hourly or project...
During one of the worst recessions in U.S. history, a little sugary confection - the great American cupcake - is proving to be an unexpected fast food market opportunity for many entrepreneurs. One city where the cupcake sector is booming at a rate faster than your average coffee shop is Washington, D.C., where an investigatory article by The Washington Post found that at least half a dozen cup cake eateries - or 'cupcakeries' - have opened in the past 20 months, with more on the way. ('Cupcakeries Emerge as Washington's Sweet Spot in a...
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