Planning is an essential act for every business of course. Done well, it's far more than a tool for raising capital; it can also be an effective guide through the inevitable chaos that hits every business. There are, however, a number of myths and misconceptions about plann... Read More
Posted Nov 13 2014 by Admin
Oct 30 2014
Keywords: the foundation of all online marketing
Keywords. It's a term you've probably heard before because it's central to every digital marketing program. The definition is simple:
Keywords are the words and phrases that people use to search the Internet.
Simple enough, but understanding and effectively ... Read More
Posted Oct 30 2014 by Admin
Oct 16 2014
Digital Marketing Primer
The Internet has fundamentally changed the way people shop for products and services. It's also transforming the way businesses interact with their customers, and the implications of this new model are exciting for businesses of all sizes.
Our marketing partners at FitzMartin contributed greatly to this next series of posts. They will discuss insights into marketing and sales, in general, with an emphasis on developments in digital marketing that every small business should be aware of.
Professional Services: Keeping your business healthy
There are a few topics that come up time and again with professional services business owners; issues that, no matter how much you try to stay on top of them, never seem to go away. First among these issues to never take your eye off of is cash flow. Specifically, managing ... Read More
Posted Sep 18 2014 by Admin
Aug 07 2014
At the End of the Day, It's About Getting Paid
A few posts back, we discussed whether your business should accept credit card payments. It's astounding that only 55 percent of the nation's 27 million small businesses... Read More
Posted Aug 07 2014 by Admin
Jul 24 2014
How to Afford Outsourcing as a Small Business
In a previous post, we shared some of the benefits of outsourcing. Now, take careful measure in planning for it. First, analyze your staff's abilities and time before making plans to outsource. Employees usually have hidden skills outside their assigned role. They may be a... Read More
Posted Jul 24 2014 by Admin
Jul 10 2014
The Benefits of Outsourcing
Most entrepreneurs and small business owners have either dabbled in or have considered outsourcing - the practice of hiring outside contractors or firms to handle a project or help with a function normally performed within a company. While many large companies may choose o... Read More
Healthcare Coverage: Drop it or Keep it? What Best Benefits Your Business?
Current group health insurance premiums are increasing, causing many small businesses owners to question what would be more cost-effective to them. Keep their current coverage or drop it and pay workers an amount equal to what they pay for the insurance?
Every business has a potential cash problem, meaning if you don’t keep an eye on your cash flow, you’ll almost certainly have problems. Misunderstanding cash flow, or underestimating its im... Read More
Posted Jun 23 2014 by Admin
Jun 03 2014
Fraud prevention is everyone’s business
Fraud is a significant problem when it comes to credit and debit card processing, costing billions of dollars each year. Your business does not have to be a victim of fraud, however. You can take simple steps that can help you detect and deter fraud before it happens.
Should your business be accepting credit card payments?
Credit card payments, also known as merchant services in the banking industry, have long been a staple product for retail businesses. But credit card technology is making its way into corporate purchasing processes for businesses of all sizes, and the trend is set to contin... Read More
Posted May 30 2014 by Admin
May 27 2014
Business Auto Loans and Equipment Loans: finding the right loan for your business
Auto and equipment loans are still important financial tools for many small businesses. Finding the right lender, however, isn’t as simple as it once was, as banks of all sizes are scaling back on these types of loans.
For many banks, business auto and equipm... Read More
Posted May 27 2014 by Admin
May 22 2014
Why you should have your financial statements reviewed before applying for a business loan
When you apply for a business loan, audited financial statements might play a decisive role in your lender’s decision and, in the end, save you considerable amount of money. The benefits of audited financial statements often far outweigh the associated costs.
Small Business Loans: How to make a business loan a more profitable tool
Debt is not always a four-letter word. It can be an important and powerful tool for small business owners, one that helps sustain you through tough times or gives you the resources to capitalize on new opportunities. Regardless of the purpose of your small business loan, yo... Read More
Posted May 20 2014 by Admin
May 01 2014
Facebook Marketing: It’s Changing, Should You Too?
Social media, particularly Facebook, has become a major resource for small businesses and promising startups to get the word out about their company and to do it affordably or basically for FREE. Ask most small business owners how they feel about it, and you’re likel... Read More
Posted May 01 2014 by Admin
Apr 07 2014
Small Business Taxes: What You Should and Shouldn't Be Doing
Tax season is usually rough and stressful for everyone, BUT when you're a small business owner, it can be one of the most challenging and frustrating times of the year. With all the demands that come with running a business, do you really have the time to stay up-t... Read More
Posted Apr 07 2014 by Admin
Feb 27 2014
Unsecured lines of credit: a powerful cash flow tool
An unsecured line of credit is a credit tool available to help finance your business operations. It’s “unsecured” because it doesn’t require collateral to close the loan; how much you qualify for depends on your credit history. Typically with an unse... Read More