Fall means football season across the United States, and with 59.3 million people playing fantasy sports this year in the U.S. and Canada, almost anyone can participate. In spite of the popularity of playing fantasy sports — which first started with golf in the 1950s — there are some legal issues involved. Depending on which … Continue reading Is Fantasy Football Good For Business?
Most times small businesses are focused on customer retention, but the reasons for losing a customer can be just as valuable. With so many online tools and the popularity of social media, customer competition is more aggressive than ever before. Customers want you to go above and beyond their expectations because, if you don’t, they’ll … Continue reading 10 Ways to Lose a Customer
Smart and successful business owners know how to manage their finances throughout the year. Weekly, monthly and annual check-ins may be necessary to make sure business operations are on track for where you want to go. If it’s too much for a business owner to check in regularly, the halfway point during the year is … Continue reading Quick Checklist for Small Businesses
Effective July 1, 2017, three of the major credit-reporting companies began following improved standards that will cause some credit scores to rise. As part of the National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP), TransUnion, Experian and Equifax are no longer including information about tax liens and civil judgments on a consumer’s record if the data doesn’t include … Continue reading Why Credit Scores are on the Rise
Protecting yourself and your business from fraud allows you to concentrate on what matters most: the success of your business. Running a business is a big investment. Any level of fraud, especially for a small business, could be costly and devastating. Small businesses tend to be more informal, with family-type environments and less checks and … Continue reading How to Protect Your Business From Fraud
Arm yourself with knowledge. What is CATO? Corporate Account Takeover (CATO) is a type of corporate identity theft whereby a criminal steals a business’s valid online banking credentials. Keeping Passwords Safe Isn’t Enough Criminals use various ways to obtain access to the legitimate banking credentials of businesses. For example, your business’s systems may be compromised … Continue reading Protect Your Business Finances
After developing your business plan, a mission statement is often viewed as next most important step in launching and sustaining a new business. Without an overall goal or philosophy, it’s easy to lose focus and forget why you established your business in the first place. While serving as a reminder to you, a mission statement … Continue reading Writing a Mission Statement that Inspires
Cash can be an invaluable safety net for a small business. Having enough cash on hand during lean times or for an unexpected emergency is crucial to your business’ survival — and future growth. But too much cash can mean money not being put toward its best use. It’s a general rule of business to … Continue reading How Much is Too Much Cash?
Learn how outsourcing some operations can grow your bottom line. As a small business owner, you often have to wear many hats — if not all of them. Reputation is everything in business, and the best owners know they must be hands-on if they want to have happy customers. But, as a business owner, if … Continue reading Build Your Business from the Outside
Studies have shown that the happiest companies are also the fastest growing. The formula is simple: Happy workers boost your bottom line and make for happy customers. Investing in employees — and working hard to retain them — pays off in the long run. Not only will you be creating a positive work environment, but … Continue reading 5 Tips To Happy, Healthy Employees