Small Business Owners

  • 5 Marketing Blogs Worth a Small Business Owner's Time

    June 5

    Online marketing has become a necessity for many small businesses today. With so many people shopping and researching their purchases online, it’s often essential for a business to connect with this growing audience. Ignore it and risk being left behind.

  • Quick Ways to Find Your Peace at the Office

    May 31

    The majority of the population says work is a major stressor in their lives, and small business owners are no exception. Not only do they have to manage their own stress, but they also have to monitor and alleviate the stress level of each employee to ensure the health of the company. This is no small task.

  • 3 Bad Email Habits That Kill Productivity

    May 20

    For many business professionals, email is a necessary evil. They enjoy the benefits, but at the same time they despise how it continually kills their productivity.

  • Docking Employee Pay

    May 15

    Do you have exempt employees working for your company? Generally speaking, these are salaried workers. For this reason, docking exempt pay is more complicated than it is with a nonexempt employee.

  • 10 YouTube Videos Every Small Business Owner Should Watch

    May 3

    With over a billion users, you never have to worry about fresh content being uploaded to YouTube. It’s also the second biggest search engine behind Google, with people looking for everything from how to pitch a business idea to how to make a billion dollars.

  • How to Start a Small Business in New Jersey

    April 18

    Did you know that small businesses represent more than 98 percent of employers in the state of New Jersey? In 2010, these businesses employed approximately 1.7 million workers.

  • How to Give Constructive Criticism

    April 4

    Constructive criticism is not meant to cause harm. In the workplace, for example, it is meant to help another person improve his or her performance.

  • Grants for Women-Owned Businesses: 4 Resources

    April 2

    Recent research suggests that women-owned businesses have increased dramatically over the past 15 years.  According to a recent American Express OPEN research report from 1997 to 2013, the number of women-owned businesses in the U.S. increased by 59 percent, while overall business growth lagged behind at 47 percent.

  • Common Types of Business Insurance: Do You Need a Policy?

    March 28

    Business owners are faced with many questions, including those associated with protecting themselves and their company from danger.

  • The Hardest Part of Owning a Business

    March 18

    Not every business owner comes from a background of entrepreneurship or a family business. Many are first time owners who had to learn the hard way how to change their mindset from employee in someone else’s business, to owning their own operation.

  • 5 Finance Terms Small Biz Owners Must Know and Understand

    March 16

    As a small business owner, you will have a lot on your plate. From hiring new employees to bringing in new business, you will wear many hats.

  • How to Start a Small Business in Illinois

    March 14

    According to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, small businesses represented more than 98 percent of all Illinois employers in 2010. In terms of quantity, there were approximately 1.2 million small businesses in the state at that time.

  • CEO Salaries: Who Makes the Most?

    March 12

    In our last blog post, we talked about CEO pay compared to their employees. The disparity, as you may have guessed, was quite pronounced. We thought it only natural then to look at the highest paid CEOs. The list might surprise you a bit, as the CEOs of Apple, Google and Microsoft don’t even make the top 10.

  • What You Should Know About S Corporations vs. LLCs

    March 10

    In the alphabet soup world of business structures, the trend lines are clear: The 900-pound gorillas known as “S Corporations” are under assault from the hard-charging “LLCs.”

  • How Billionaires Make Their Money: Are You on the Right Track?

    March 6

    The “billionaire club” is exclusive. You don’t reach this level of wealth by mistake. And of course, you don’t hold onto this type of money unless you know what you are doing.

  • 7 Ways to Reduce the Risks of a Home-Based Business

    March 4

    A home-based business can offer the best of both worlds: You can earn a nice income while keeping your overhead costs low. Your hours are flexible, and you can work in your pajamas if you like. Given the advantages, it’s no wonder that the U.S. Census reports that more than half (51.6%) of all small businesses are run from home.

  • Don't Just Hand Down the Family Business, It Might Fail

    March 2

    As a successful business owner, it can be difficult to think about how your company will operate after you hang up your work boots.

  • 5 Qualities Successful Businesses Have in Common

    February 16

    Did you know there are tens of millions of businesses operating in the United States? Did you also know that a high percentage of businesses fail?

  • Workers' Compensation and Keeping Your Employees Safe

    February 11

    One of the many “surprises” of becoming a small business owner is something called workers’ compensation insurance. Yes, if you have any employees, you need it. And, yes, it might be expensive.

  • 9 Ways to Save Cash For Your Business Every Month

    February 8

    There may come a time when you realize your business expenses are out of control. Even if this day has yet to arrive, there is nothing wrong with taking a big picture view of your current budget. You may be surprised at what you find.