5 Employee Incentives to Consider


The value of employee retention cannot be overstated. Talented employees who understand your business and your customers are an asset, and one that business owners should protect. Losing a key employee will cost you money. The higher up they are in the organization, the more costly it will be. Your money would be much better … Continue reading 5 Employee Incentives to Consider

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

How to Handle Unpaid Invoices


How to Handle Unpaid Invoices

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

Small Business Advertising Ideas on a Budget


Small Business Advertising Ideas on a Budget

Advertising and marketing is often the most neglected aspect of a small business. Business owners are so busy serving customers and taking care of their employees that they sometimes forget to toot their own horn. A big challenge in business is growing and attracting new customers while also taking care of the loyal ones you … Continue reading Small Business Advertising Ideas on a Budget

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

How to Find the Best Merchant Services Provider for Your Business


How to Find the Best Merchant Services Provider for Your Business

No matter the size or type of your business, you’re probably finding that at least some customers want to pay by credit card. Even if you’ve operated mainly on cash or check payments in the past, you will lose customers if you’re not set up to accept credit cards — and even other forms of … Continue reading How to Find the Best Merchant Services Provider for Your Business

How to Effectively Manage Employee Expenses


How to Effectively Manage Employee Expenses

Employee spending can add up fast and also lead to fraudulent behavior if left unchecked. Managing employee expense reimbursements can be challenging, especially for a small business. As a business owner, you need to know what you’re reimbursing for, while also being fair to employees. Here are four tips to help keep expense costs down … Continue reading How to Effectively Manage Employee Expenses