Keeping a Watchful Eye on Fraud During the Holidays As businesses prepare for a busy holiday season, with increased customers, sales and especially e-commerce transactions, it’s important to keep fraud risk in mind. Fraud can be especially crippling for small businesses. According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Report to the Nations 2018 … Continue reading Protect Your Business During the Holidays
You might have a successful, growing business, but without money coming in on time, you won’t be able to continue operating. Getting invoices out regularly and getting them paid on time helps to keep the cash flowing. It’s always smart to have a set policy when dealing with collections, whether you’re sending invoices out yourself … Continue reading How to Handle Unpaid Invoices
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
Fraudulent financial schemes aimed at the elderly population are increasing rapidly. Together, we can fight it. A Few Common Schemes • “You won the lottery!” Victims are told they’ve won big and are asked to pay a fee to unlock their winnings. • “Hi Grandma, do you know who this is?” This is an attempt … Continue reading Elderly Financial Abuse: How to spot it and help stop it.
Going from passionate and hardworking to burned out can happen quickly. Research shows that burned out employees are unengaged and less healthy. According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults — and it has escalated progressively over the past few decades. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Avoid Employee Burnout
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
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
An important investment for any small business is technology, because most businesses cannot operate without computers or software programs these days. When considering an annual budget, upgrades for technology and related services should be at least one line item. Office technology can make your job and your employees’ jobs easier and more efficient, thus justifying … Continue reading Does Your Office Technology Need a Refresh?
Project: Time Off — a national movement to transform American attitudes and change behavior — reports that 80 percent of workers said they would take more time off if they felt supported and encouraged by their bosses. Beginning in 2000, vacation usage in our country started to fall and has steadily declined since. Some employers … Continue reading Is Paid Time Off a Good Fit for Your Business?
What exactly is social engineering and why should you be concerned about it? Social engineering is a very popular form of hacking that’s been called the greatest security risk in the decade ahead. It can be done by email, phone or text messaging, and usually the hacker is someone trying to trick you into giving … Continue reading The Threat of Social Engineering: What owners need to know to keep their businesses and clients safe.