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Selecting a Business Structure

When you’re deciding to register your business, the legal vocabulary and tax options can be overwhelming, especially for a first time business owner.

Typically, a small business should consider one of two options: a sole proprietorship, or a limited liability company (LLC).

These structures are usually inexpensive to set up, easy to run, and allow for pass-through taxation.

However, there are key differences between the two that a business owner should…

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Added by James Gilmer on July 10, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Part Time Entrepreneur – Automate Your Way to Success

In the bestselling book, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, author Timothy Ferriss explains how entrepreneurs can master time. Ferriss shared how he changed his priorities, reformed his management strategy, and reduced the number of hours he worked each week. In the process, he learned how to work less hours and increase profitability.

It doesn’t matter how many hours a week you work now, the size of your business, or what type of…

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Added by Liesha Petrovich on June 12, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

Have you created a business or a lifelong job?

Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.’ John Maxwell

One of the first questions I ask when I present to business groups is: ‘Why are you here? Why are you in business? Why on earth have you left the security of a job with regular pay to start your own business, with all the uncertainty…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on April 23, 2014 at 3:23am — No Comments

3 Home Office Solutions When You Don't Have an Extra Room

Working from the comfort of your own home can be a thrilling experience. Say goodbye to the traffic-filled, frustrating daily commute. Forget about spending hundreds, even thousands every year updating your office wardrobe. So sleep in a few extra minutes, enjoy your breakfast, and make a pot of coffee.

You might have just one issue: where do you actually go to do work? This is a surprisingly common issue for new telecommuters, but there is seemingly little advice that addresses it.…

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Added by Diane Kuehl on April 14, 2014 at 4:36pm — No Comments

4 Tips on Bringing a Business Partner on to Your Small Business

By Bert Seither, Vice President at 1800Accountant



About the author: Bert Seither is the Vice President at 1800Accountant, the nation’s leading accounting and consulting firm for small businesses. Seither has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs to find prosperous paths over the past 10 years.



Bringing on a business partner to a small business can be a difficult yet extremely…

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Added by Bert Seither on April 9, 2014 at 4:39pm — 2 Comments

What Training Should I Get if I Want to Work in PR?

What Training Should I Get if I Want to Work in PR?

by Mickie E Kennedy, founder of eReleases PR Distribution

 

Working in public relations takes more than good people skills and a bright, shiny smile. There is a lot to learn, so here are some tips on what to focus on.

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Added by Mickie Kennedy on March 27, 2014 at 7:19pm — No Comments

Local Search: Internet Advertising for Local Businesses

Why Every SEO Strategy Should include Local Search Marketing:

Online Internet Advertising - Internet Advertising for Local Business



Most Retail and Service Businesses draw customers from a radius around their locations. To effectively attract customers, in our age of mobile search, internet advertising for local business can be accomplished using several online marketing techniques.



The first concept of internet advertising…

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Added by Shepard Morrow on March 18, 2014 at 4:23pm — No Comments

Opening a Business in Massachusetts: Answers to Three Burning Questions

Starting a business can seem like an intimidating and overwhelming process. If you are driven and motivated, however, this shouldn’t prevent you from following you dream. Check out this…

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Added by Evelynn Rollins on March 13, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

How to Create a Successful Social Media Strategy for Your Small Business

While traditional advertising still has its perks, engaging with your clients or potential customers via social media is a great way to increase…

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Added by Evelynn Rollins on March 7, 2014 at 4:04pm — No Comments

New Study: Online Ads Do Increase Brick-and-Mortar Store Sales

Many owners of traditional businesses don’t appreciate the connection between internet marketing and offline results. If they don’t offer products or services online, why do they need to focus on their web presence?

But this mindset causes them to miss out on opportunities for growth. There’s no question: online efforts can have a significant impact on the bottom line of every business.

A recent study conducted by Applied Predictive Technologies recently looked at one…

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Added by Shepard Morrow on March 4, 2014 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Small Tips to Improve the Efficiency of Your Business

Are you looking for small ways in which you can improve the efficiency of your business? Look no more! This article has some ideas that will…

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Added by Evelynn Rollins on March 4, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

3 Ways to Make a Small Business Look More Professional

To play with the big boys, you’ve got to look the part. You might be a small business, but if you know that your bedroom start-up has the potential to compete with the industry leaders, then don’t let your current lack of budget, manpower and resources keep you out of the game. Here are a few ways to make yourself look more professional, and show your customers that you’ve got what it takes. 

Design a killer website

If you want a professional looking website but can’t…

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Added by Peter Boucher on February 28, 2014 at 11:57am — No Comments

There are only two reasons to be in business. Do you know what they are?

According to Dun & Bradstreet* reports, “Businesses with fewer than 20 employees have a 37% chance of surviving four years and only a 9% chance of surviving 10 years.” 

I believe that the primary cause of these staggering statistics is that too many people go into business for the wrong reasons.

For me, there are only…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on February 26, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments

The Psychology of eCommerce Price Marketing

 

There’s more to a price than the price tag might suggest. In fact, it’s not just economics. There’s a psychology behind everything you see. Whether you’re shopping for boots, books, cars or electronics, the result remains the same. Prices take on different meanings to the consumer and the…

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Added by Kayla Matthews on February 14, 2014 at 2:35pm — No Comments

How should you calculate your small business startup costs?

By Bert Seither, small business consultant



About the author: Bert Seither is a longtime small business consultant. He has assisted thousands of small business owners to find a path to entrepreneurial prosperity in his 10+ years of experience. Learn more at www.bertseither.net.



We all know that the startup phase of a small business is incredibly time-consuming. However, it can also take a gigantic bite out of your…

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Added by Bert Seither on February 13, 2014 at 10:54am — 2 Comments

The 9 big DON’TS if you want to successfully grow your business

Everyone is always telling you what you should do to be successful in business.  I thought for a change, I’d tell you (based on my own bitter/sweet experiences) some of the things you really shouldn’t do.  Here are my top nine DON’TS when it comes to being successful in business:

1. DON’T start or continue a business with no idea of why…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on February 12, 2014 at 5:43pm — No Comments

How to Motivate Your Team - Motivation Checklist

In my latest book, The Liber8 Disciplines, I’m working with HR consultant Antonia Haythornthwaite on the key strategies to build a high performance team.  Antonia advises that you find out what key factors motivate a particular individual and then use these to encourage the best performance from this person.   Knowing what motivates an individual and then building this…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on February 6, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Your business is like a shed!

Here’s something I tell business owners all the time… “your business is like a shed”.

Whaaaat??!!

Read on for the explanation…

If I asked you to build a shed, what would you do?  You would do what you do with any project, right?  You’d get a picture of what the shed is supposed to look like. You’d look…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on January 17, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

A Lowdown on Angel Investors for Small Businesses

By Bert Seither, Director of Operations at Corporate Tax Network



About the author: Bert Seither is the Director of Operations at Corporate Tax Network, a national accounting and business development firm. For nearly 10 years, Seither has assisted small business owners to help put their companies on a path to prosperity.



In the small business…

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Added by Bert Seither on January 23, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Press Release by the Numbers

Breaking down the press release process can be easy as 1-2-3, quite literally! In this article we’ll look at the numbers behind the art of the press release.

1 Interesting Subject

While this means you need to make sure what you’re writing about is definitely newsworthy and actually worth reading in the newspaper, it also means you should focus your press release on…

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Added by Mickie Kennedy on January 13, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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