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

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

Is Paid Time Off a Good Fit for Your Business?


Is Paid Time Off a Good Fit for Your Business?

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?

Three Reasons to Use Your Bank’s Credit Card


Three Reasons to Use Your Bank’s Credit Card

Small businesses don’t always have all the cash they need to get started. While starting a business solely on credit probably isn’t a great idea, supplementing some expenses with credit can be. Many banks offer credit cards created just for small business owners. These types of cards often offer cash back, provide credit under your … Continue reading Three Reasons to Use Your Bank’s Credit Card