In our effort to protect the usefulness of the community, we are reviewing accounts as they are created to weed out spammers and bots. But sometimes they slip through the cracks.What Is Spam?Here are some examples of spam on this site:Any posts, discussions, or comments that are obscene or vulgar. Any posts, discussions, or comments that are not related to small business.Mass unsolicited sales messages.How to Handle SpamIf you suspect a member is a spammer, please send a message to our…Continue
Welcome to the Small Business Bonfire! Your first stop should be our Membership section. As a member of the Bonfire, you get free and unlimited access to some very useful tools for small business owners that aren't available anywhere else:The Spark NewsletterRed Hot Tool of the Week ArchiveSmall Business LibraryBonfire Member Discounts and Special OffersAnd a lot more...The…Continue
The home office has made a radical transformation in the last five or so years. What was once a place of necessity, where you could retire to catch up on some work during off-hours, is now a place of great value. For many people the home office has become the primary office. With that revelation comes the desire to make home offices wholly ours.
Perhaps I'm biased, because of my line of work as a home contractor, but building something, rather than buying it, provides a much more personal connection. If we want our home offices to be wholly ours, then why not set aside some time and build a piece of furniture that will not only serve the utility of work, but also provide you with a sense of accomplishment? Every day when you walk into your office, you will be reminded that it is yours.
Think that building furniture is too difficult? If you're talking sofas, and even chairs, then you're probably right. But even a novice can find some basic plans and create these pieces…Continue
The holiday season is here again, and if you’re a small business owner that can only mean one thing – it’s time to start planning for the annual office holiday party. Quotidian though they may seem, office parties have become an important part of the American workplace over the years. While many offices tend to be less productive during the season, a good holiday party can help your employees cap off the year on a high note, which will help them get a running start heading into the new quarter.
With that said, it’s important to remember that being a good employer doesn’t necessarily make you a great event planner. As many of my peers have learned the hard way, some of the worst holiday parties have been thrown with the best intentions. Don’t let that happen to you this season. Follow these simple “Dos” and “Don’ts” to ensure that your office holiday party is…Continue
Even if you are running a small home-based business, you will have to comply with many local, state and federal regulations. Avoid the temptation to ignore regulatory details. Doing so may avert some red tape in the short term, but could be an obstacle as your business grows. Taking the time to research the applicable regulations is as important as knowing your market. Bear in mind that regulations vary by industry. If you’re in the food-service business, for example, you will have to deal with the health department. If you use chemical solvents, you will have environmental compliances to meet. Carefully investigate the regulations that affect your industry.
Being out of compliance could leave you unprotected legally, lead to expensive penalties and jeopardize your business.
When starting a business there are many types of licenses, both state and local as well as professional. Depending on…Continue
If you have a boutique biz, this is the perfect time of year to kick it into high gear - especially if you’ve been feeling stuck, stagnant, under earning or suddenly your back is really against the wall! Here are a few things that I have found work well and work fast when you need … oh, well… instant results!
1. Work ONLY for MONEY $$. This may sound basic, but it’s easy to get lost in a long list of “to-do’s”. Let go of growing your list, improving your blog or designing that fancy new logo - unless it’s going to bring in money - now. Track the number of hours you are working each day and make sure that the revenue supports this. With every task you do, ask yourself “Is this going to bring me money right away.”
2. Decide on ONE RESULT you need this week. Yes, just one, and be really clear. Maybe it’s signing one new client, or 10? To book a corporate gig? Or sell 5 of your pieces? What is it going to…Continue