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  • Negative SEO -- does it really exist?   And if it does, what is it and how can you protect your site?Consider this post a short whirlwind tutorial for a typical small business websiteWhat is Negative SEO?Negative SEO is when a third party targets a website and attempts to lower its...
    November 16, 2017
  • When it comes to investigating franchise opportunities, you have lots of choices these days.You can explore:Food franchisesRetail franchisesB2B franchisesMaintenance/Cleaning franchisesAutomotive franchisesThe list goes on and on.In addition, you’ll have to decide whether you want to invest...
    November 14, 2017
  • The month of November is a time to celebrate Veterans Day. This year Veterans Day falls on Saturday, November 11 (Friday, November 10 is the federal holiday to celebrate it). There are more than 19 million veterans, and one or more of them may be a good fit for your company. Here’s what...
    November 08, 2017
  • A business credit profile is the face that a company presents to lenders, suppliers, insurance companies, lessors and other businesses when they decide whether to extend credit or do business with that company. It’s used for setting terms on credit, loans, lease payments and insurance...
    November 08, 2017
  • Small Business Saturday is bigger than ever—and despite what you may think, it’s not just for retailers or even just for brick-and-mortar businesses. Here’s what you need to know and how to take advantage of small business’s big day.Held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving...
    November 02, 2017
  • I’ve posted here before about about why to forecast basic business numbers and how to forecast better. I write about the value of realistic forecasting in those posts and others. So for this post I want to address what makes a forecast realistic. How can we tell? What do we look for?As I do,...
    November 02, 2017
  • It’s not unusual to turn a hobby into a business, and that includes crafting. If you have ever thought about selling your crafts or turning your crafting love into a part-time or full-time business, here are things to consider in how to start a craft business. Research the Market...
    October 31, 2017
  • Generally speaking, the franchise business model is a good one. Over the years, it’s enabled thousands of people to start businesses.Those businesses have brought much-needed revenue to city coffers. They’ve also provided employment opportunities for people residing in areas where these...
    October 18, 2017
  • In August and September, individuals and businesses in two of the most-populous states in the country—Texas and Florida—suffered unprecedented natural disasters: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The impact was felt in Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina, and shortly thereafter as a result...
    October 12, 2017
  • Should you finance or lease business equipment?Although both options help break down the overall cost of business equipment into smaller amounts, they are very different in how they’re set up.If you decide to finance your equipment, you own it outright because you are purchasing the equipment...
    October 11, 2017

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