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  • Planning for Seasonal Business Downswings

    October 12

    Running a seasonal business has its upsides: for some small business owners, it offers a revenue stream that comes with built-in flexibility and work-life balance as you can plan for and take advantage of cyclical business shifts. But, as with all things, there can be drawbacks to seasonal small business, not least of which are: getting the maximum return out of the busy season, and ramping down costs during the off-season.

  • Let's Get Down to Business: How to Defeat Your To-Do List

    October 4

    An appealing aspect of becoming a small business owner is the ability to be your own boss and run things the way you want. While this is exciting, it can become overwhelming fast when you realize how many tasks are on your to-do list. When you are the one running the show, how do you prioritize all of your tasks to be your most productive self?

  • Webinar: Small Business Retirement Planning

    August 22

    With only half of all Americans set to meet their retirement savings goals, it stands to reason that the earlier you start planning for retirement, the better. But when it comes to small business owners and employees, planning and saving for retirement might at first seem like a bigger challenge.

  • Are Small Businesses Falling Behind in the Race to Retirement?

    August 2

    Are you in the 2/3 of Americans who are NOT saving for retirement?

  • The Best Retail Technology to Measure Performance

    July 28

    Technology has made, and continues to make, an impact in every sector of business, and the retail industry is no different. While some may say that the retail industry has been the most resistant to the technology evolution, others say that it's leading the way. Whatever side of the argument you are on, the reality is that the technology used in retail stores has undergone a significant transformation in the last ten years for both the customer and the business owner.

  • How to Prevent Your Small Business From Ruining Your Personal Credit

    June 2

    It's age-old advice: Keep your professional life and personal life separate. But for small business owners, it can be hard to view the two as mutually exclusive. As an entrepreneur, you probably know a poor personal credit score can hamper your ability to finance your business. However, it's important to note that business debts can wind up harming your personal credit, too.

  • 10 iPhone Apps That Small Business Owners Need

    December 29

    Small business owners must constantly be working on building their business, utilizing every tool within their reach to make the best use of their time.  The iPhone has become one such tool that allows you to run your business on the go.  The advent of the App Store has made it possible to access hundreds of applications designed especially for small business owners so that they can connect with clients, view and edit documents, and even manage their payroll…all directly from their cell phone.  Some of these apps stand out above the rest and fall onto the “must-have” list for small businesses.

  • Alternative Lending Increases, Bank Lending Slows Down

    December 2

    With the biggest banks in the United States cutting back on small business lending, alternative lenders are attracting more borrowers than ever before.

  • How to Create a Branded Email Signature Using Microsoft Outlook

    October 29

    The use of email to communicate with clients has become commonplace, often replacing what used to be client letters or telephone conversations. Email is popular because it is efficient and often more effective than what used to be time-consuming phone tag with clients. Because of its prevalence in business, an email should be handled with the same level of care as a message leaving your office on company letterhead, which includes a signature that is professional and branded to promote your business.

  • How to Open and Operate a Nail Salon

    October 12

    Did you know that approximately half of all nail techs are 80 – 100 percent booked, according to NailMag.com? It's this type of statistic that gets so many people excited about operating a nail salon.

  • 3 Important Leadership Qualities for Business Owners

    October 9

    There are those who lead and those who follow. If you want to be a successful business owner, it is imperative that you are driven by the goal of becoming the best leader possible. Not only will this do wonders for your mindset, but it will also go a long way in helping your employees succeed.

  • Top 5 Hidden Costs of Running Your Own Business

    October 4

    As a small business owner you know you have big responsibilities. While serving your customer base is most important, it's essential to keep a solid grasp on your company's financial situation.

  • How to Start a Small Business in California

    September 21

    With a population of more than 38 million, California is home to a diverse group of people. As an entrepreneur, the Golden State provides you with a unique opportunity to start a successful small business.

  • The 4 Best Known Ways to Build Business Credit

    September 20

    Some small business owners are surprised to learn that when they start a new business, not only does their business have "no" credit, but that no business credit also means "low" credit.

  • 4 Crucial Tips to Running a Profitable Business

    September 18

    Running your own business can be an extremely fulfilling occupation, but it will not last long if the business does not turn a profit. How do you make sure you are not spinning your wheels or falling into an expensive hole while pursuing your dream of business ownership?

  • 6 Inexpensive Ways to Reduce Waste for Your Small Business

    September 15

    We all know it’s possible to use waste policies to cut company spending. 3M, for instance, was famously able to save around $500 million just by implementing a more aggressive waste reduction strategy. 

  • 3 Ways Every Business Can Help Save the Planet and Benefit Too

    September 15

    Every business can see financial benefits from being environmentally conscious, thanks to both savings in your operating costs and consumer goodwill. When customers see that a company is sustainable or otherwise committed to ethical choices, 66% of them are willing to pay more for their products and services.

  • How to Start a Small Business in New York

    September 1

    As of 2010, there were approximately two million small businesses in the state of New York. During that same year, these companies employed 3.7 million workers. Even though the business world and economy changes with each passing year, the opportunity to start a small business in the Empire State remains.

  • What to Do If You Can't Pay Quarterly Bonuses

    August 31

    Imagine this: you are a small business owner who has paid quarterly bonuses to certain employees for many years. You enjoy showing them how much you care. And of course, they enjoy receiving the additional compensation.

  • Top Habits of the Most Productive People

    August 28

    “It should go without saying that a good night’s sleep will help you be more productive the following day. Even then, many people continue to burn the candle at both ends.”