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 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

What You Need to Know About Louisiana’s State Sales Tax Change


What You Need to Know About Louisiana’s State Sales Tax Change

Under a compromise plan finalized June 24, 2018, during the Louisiana Legislature’s third special legislative session, the state sales tax rate residents currently pay will be reduced. Beginning July 1, 2018, the overall rate went from 5 percent to 4.45 percent and will stay that way until June 30, 2025. This is actually a partial … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Louisiana’s State Sales Tax Change

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

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?

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 Ways to Simplify Your Finances


Simplify Your Finances

Time is money, at least to many people. Simplifying your finances can save not only time but also reduce stress and possibly put more money in your pocket in the long run. Being able to see a clear picture of your financial situation is invaluable. Money matters often seem unmanageable or overwhelming, but these 10 … Continue reading 10 Ways to Simplify Your Finances

Buying vs. Starting a Business


So, you want to be a business owner? Owning your own business comes with a lot of perks — and could be something you can pass on to future generations — but it’s also a big responsibility. As many current business owners reach retirement age, the option to purchase an existing business is becoming more and more attractive. Rather than reinventing the wheel, you would be getting a built-in customer base, cash flow and location. But if you’d rather start fresh, there are some things you should know.

So, you want to be a business owner? Owning your own business comes with a lot of perks — and could be something you can pass on to future generations — but it’s also a big responsibility. As many current business owners reach retirement age, the option to purchase an existing business is becoming more … Continue reading Buying vs. Starting a Business

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