Small Business Tax Calendar


With the start of a New Year often come resolutions about money and managing finances. April’s tax season is only a few short months away, so make sure you’re prepared now and resolve to meet 2019’s deadlines early if possible. The IRS’s tax deadlines are based on the calendar year and outline specific payment dates … Continue reading Small Business Tax Calendar

Create a Budget in 6 Simple Steps


Create a Budget in 6 Simple Steps

The U.S. Small Business Administration says the “key to a successful business is preparation.” Whether you’re just starting up or have been around for a while, understanding your expenses will go a long way toward keeping the doors open. Each business will have a different financial picture, whether it be brick and mortar, online or … Continue reading Create a Budget in 6 Simple Steps

Smart Record Keeping for Tax Time


Record Keeping

Keeping good business records can help you monitor the progress of your business, prepare your financial statements, identify sources of income, keep track of deductible expenses, prepare your tax returns and support items reported on your tax returns. According to irs.gov, “the responsibility to substantiate entries, deductions, and statements made on your tax returns is … Continue reading Smart Record Keeping for Tax Time

Insurance 101: Getting the Coverage You Need


Are you covered?

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), “business insurance protects you from the unexpected costs of running a business.” Accidents, natural disasters and lawsuits are all potential problems significant enough to shut down your business if you’re not properly prepared and covered for them. The federal government requires every business with employees to have … Continue reading Insurance 101: Getting the Coverage You Need

SEO Crash Course for Small Businesses


SEO Crash Course for Small Businesses

We’ve all heard the term SEO, which stands for search engine optimization, but what does it mean and how should we be using it? Many small businesses don’t use SEO to their advantage. SEO can determine whether you gain or lose a sale when customers search for your business online before buying. The right online … Continue reading SEO Crash Course for Small Businesses

Your Business and Hurricane Season


Your Business and Hurricane Season It’s not too late to prepare

It’s not too late to prepare Hurricane season officially begins June 1st each year and runs through Nov. 30, but that doesn’t mean that a named storm won’t pop up before then.  In 2018 the first named storm, made landfall Memorial Day weekend. No matter each season’s predictions, it’s important to be prepared both at … Continue reading Your Business and Hurricane Season

Three Reasons to Use Your Bank’s Credit Card


Three Reasons to Use Your Bank’s Credit Card

Small businesses don’t always have all the cash they need to get started. While starting a business solely on credit probably isn’t a great idea, supplementing some expenses with credit can be. Many banks offer credit cards created just for small business owners. These types of cards often offer cash back, provide credit under your … Continue reading Three Reasons to Use Your Bank’s Credit Card

8 Ways to Motivate Employees


8 Ways to Motivate Employees

Lots of us resolve to make major changes in our personal lives and health as a new year begins, but did you know that business owners also believe it’s the best time to boost their employee culture? Now is a great time to introduce and help establish new habits and lasting motivation. As a business … Continue reading 8 Ways to Motivate Employees

Top Three Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner


Top Three Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner

All business owners want to be successful, but the statistics are high for failure in the first five years. Not understanding customers, differentiating the business in the marketplace or leveraging future growth are some of the top reasons businesses fail. So, what makes business owners successful? It takes a lot of time, effort and planning … Continue reading Top Three Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner