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What is the Entity Classification Election?

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 October 25, 2013 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Google's Hummingbird Update: How Does it Affect the Future of Your Business?

For the first time since 2001, Google has completely rewritten its search algorithm. Unlike Panda and Penguin, which were updates to the existing algorithm, Hummingbird is a complete replacement designed to be more precise and provide faster results. 



It’s big news, and it has many businesses with an internet presence worrying about how it will affect them.



First, here’s the good news: the change has already been implemented – a month before the…

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Added by Shepard Morrow on October 21, 2013 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Lessons in business from Bette Midler and John Farnham? Why having a voice is the way to fly…



“What is your platform?”

This is the question I’ve been asking my small business clients recently. But what do I mean?

Here’s an imaginary scenario to help explain:

Imagine you are on a plane with 20 other business owners in the same industry as you, selling products or services in a similar genre to yours.  Your destination is an airport in a…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on October 17, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

4 Tips to Reduce Your Taxes as a Small Business Owner

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.



When you open the…

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Added by Bert Seither on October 9, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Tired of being tired? Here are 3 steps to overcome business fatigue.

I talk with small business owners every day and there are two words I hear all the time:  “busy” and “exhausted”.   It’s a common ailment of the business owner operator.  I’m sure you know how it feels.

So how can you look after yourself and try to minimize that feeling of overwhelm that sometimes feels like it will consume you?  Here are three…

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Added by Laura Humphreys on October 7, 2013 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Why shouldn't you dream that dream?

 We are born to dream.  Every one of us. But how often do you hear these lines?
'I'm not smart enough to chase that dream' 
 
'I'm just a housewife - I don't know what my dream is'
'I can't afford to leave my job - my family needs me to earn this income.'
 
'It's too late for me:  I've made my bed so now I'm lying in it'
 
'I just don't have the time…
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Added by Miriam Miles on October 3, 2013 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Does Your Service Business Need A Website?

If you were to start a new business today, what is the first step you'd take? While different minds will come up with an array of answers, chances are the most common would be to create a website. After all, if your business doesn't have a website how are people going to know you exist?

Yet for the past three-plus I've run my own service business without the benefit of an official website. The thought to create one has crossed my mind a number of times, but there always seems to be…

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Added by Diane Kuehl on October 2, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

5 Capital-Raising Strategies 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.





To launch a…

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Added by Bert Seither on September 25, 2013 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Determine Who Your Customers Are, Then How to Target Them

I’ve found that most businesses are guessing who their customer really are. Many owner operators are working with outdated information gathered when they first created a business plan for their company. Others have never done the research, instead simply work with personalized assumptions. And some, particularly brick and mortar businesses, don’t understand the value in identifying their customers from a data driven Lifestyle perspective.



But here’s the thing: you don’t need…

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Added by Shepard Morrow on September 18, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Review Best Online Order Management Software CRM

(This is an independent review which is conducted without any consultation with vendors.)

An order management system is a computer software system which basically drives a business process or flow which requires creation of quotation, sales order, invoice and receipt of the payment. Orders can be received from businesses, consumers, or a mix of both, depending on the products or services. An integrated order management system should at least include following…

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Added by Dan Sarmah on September 15, 2013 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

How an LLC is Structured and Taxed

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.

Before you are able to…

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Added by Bert Seither on September 10, 2013 at 12:27pm — No Comments

How To Find the Right Business Lawyer

If you own your own business, at some time or another, you will need a business lawyer, or in more intimidating terms, a corporate lawyer. Different businesses will have specialized needs. For example, media companies may need specialists in libel, slander and intellectual property whereas a biomedical company or other technology company may well require the services of a patent lawyer.



Regardless of your industry, there are multiple reasons to consult with a…

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Added by Sam Brandes on September 3, 2013 at 6:08am — No Comments

The #1 Tip to Improve IT Process for Small and Medium Business

The amount of technology that small and medium business implement these days is creating a significant amount of IT process. This in turn can put great demand on the organization to administer and manage these growing and changing processes with limited IT resources. Fortunately, by following this one simple tip, SMB can significantly improve their IT processes and more importantly the…

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Added by Mike Mazzolini on August 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Importance of Knowing your Market Segments

Being a business owner in today’s extremely diverse consumer-driven world can be daunting. How does one advertise successfully? The first step is identifying your individual market segments. How can a seemingly homogenous market be separated and categorized? Don’t worry, there are numerous, easily recognizable groups of consumers that tend to respond to certain marketing or promotions in predictable ways. First, you must learn to recognize and try to connect with each type of group, or…

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Added by Mickie Kennedy on August 26, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments

2013 mid-year tax planning tips 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.



Even though April…

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Added by Bert Seither on August 23, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

3 Ways To Make Office Technology Easier

It might be that you, the business owner, possess many technical skills, Perhaps you pride yourself on your ability to fix any machine, whether it's Mac, Windows, or Linux. Maybe you have the latest gadgets, including the most up-to-date Android smartphone and iPad tablet. Understand, though, that your employees might not be so technically inclined.

For all the benefits it can provide, technology in the workspace can be a divisive force. Those who are more adept will think themselves…

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Added by Joe Pawlikowski on August 20, 2013 at 11:23am — No Comments

Day # 8 Stop Biting yourself: Accept, Respect and Honor your emotions

You have advanced a lot identifying your area of improvement. You pictured yourself achieving your goals and dreams. Now is time to honestly evaluate which are the rules, protocols, standards, procedures and laws that you follow. Are those set of rules aligned to your core values, or are impose?

In this step, you have to listen to your self and be completely honest. There a lot of "society" rules, and also there are a lot of "stereotypes". Be different is OK, be unique is OK,…

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Added by Dr.Wanda Bonet-Gascot on August 8, 2013 at 7:20am — No Comments

Innovative Strategies for Local Retail Marketing Online

Local businesses don’t have the same resources at their disposal as national brands when it comes to online retail marketing. But here’s the good news: you don’t have as big an audience to reach either. The internet makes it easier than ever to put your resources to more efficient use, targeting just the people who want what you offer.

This strategy of focusing on local relevance has also proven to be effective for local stores that belong to a regional or national chain. Local…

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Added by Shepard Morrow on August 2, 2013 at 5:06pm — No Comments

5 Commonly Overlooked Small Business Tax Deductions



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.



As the owner of a new or…

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Added by Bert Seither on August 2, 2013 at 11:39am — No Comments

Day 1: What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to listen, accept, respect and honor your emotions and those of others. It sounds like something very interesting to do, but what that means? 

Today, in our day #1 of 42, I want to explain in details the importance of developing emotional intelligence. 

Emotions are a fundamental part of our life. We feel, it's the true. But we are a society that is taught to hide our emotions, to be ashamed of them or to be afraid of them.There are not…

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Added by Dr.Wanda Bonet-Gascot on August 1, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

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