How Much Does an Employee Really Cost?


How Much Does an Employee Really Cost?

When you hire an employee, there’s salary or hourly wages to consider, but that’s just the starting point for the true cost of a new hire. How do health insurance, payroll taxes, workers compensation insurance and more factor into the big picture, not to mention various hidden costs like work space and training? Using an … Continue reading How Much Does an Employee Really Cost?

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

Is the New Tax Law Good for Business?


Is the New Tax Law Good for Business?

There are plenty of ways that new tax laws in Washington will affect your bottom line, but not until you file your 2018 taxes. You can still take advantage of 2017 tax breaks now and then start planning for changes next year. Depending on how you and your business will be affected, it might be … Continue reading Is the New Tax Law Good for Business?

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

10 Money Saving Tips for Small Businesses


10 Money Saving Tips for Small Businesses

  In a rising interest rate environment, now is a good time for small businesses to think about cutting costs and boosting savings. Some cost-cutting strategies are quick and easy, like getting rid of unnecessary expenses or scaling back free lunches, but others represent more long-term options that can make your business leaner, more profitable … Continue reading 10 Money Saving Tips for Small Businesses

Is Fantasy Football Good For Business?


Is Fantasy Football Good For Business?

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?

10 Ways to Lose a Customer


10 Ways to Lose a Customer

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

Quick Checklist for Small Businesses


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

Why Credit Scores are on the Rise


Why Credit Scores are on the Rise

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

How to Protect Your Business From Fraud


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