Small Business Blog
News, tips, and advice for small businesses
The Art of Business and the Business of Art.
In this season 3 episode of Back of the Napkin, Kelly O'Neill, owner of Fusion of Iron and Earth, shares the inspiring story of her transition from the corporate world to starting a small business from little more than clay, scrap metal, sheer determination, and the passion to honor her father's legacy.Read More
Payroll Training Expert Cory Hershman Offers Tips to Avoid Small Business Payroll Mistakes
Cory Hershman, online payroll training expert, reveals common small business payroll mistakes and shares her thoughts on whether you want to mess with the IRS.Read More
A Taste for Rapid Expansion Serves Up Valuable Lessons Learned for Hiran Patel.
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin - Friday Fails, Hiran Patel, owner of Naansense Indian restaurants in Chicago, discusses the issues he encountered when expanding to a second location and the wisdom gained from failure. Listen to the episode.Read More
‘Thank You’s’ Do Go Out of Style.
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin - Friday Fails , Rachel Doyle, social entrepreneur, CEO and founder of GlamourGals, shares an early failure due to inexperience writing thank you notes.Read More
Ready for Your Close-up? GlamourGals Opens the Door to Seniors in Isolation.
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin, social entrepreneur Rachel Doyle, owner of GlamourGals, merges makeovers and service to bring joy to isolated seniors. Listen to the episode.Read More
Wage Theft and the State of Small Business Employee Trust
As a small business owner with employees, it’s important to accurately pay employees. While this may seem obvious, a lot goes into preparing paychecks and the opportunity for miscalculations is high when following a DIY approach to payroll.Read More
What's the Cost of Losing an Employee?
There is no better feeling than bringing a new employee into your company. You’re positive that he or she will have a huge impact on productivity, efficiency, and of course, your bottom line.Read More
How Do I Choose a Legal Structure for My Small Business?
When starting a small business, there are many things that you are going to have to consider and important decisions you’ll have to make in order to get your business up and running. One of these decisions that you won’t want to take lightly is choosing a legal structure. As a small business owner, there are several options to choose from, with pros and cons for each depending on your business goals.Read More
4 Things to Add to Your 2019 To-Do List
There’s nothing better than the feeling of a new year. While you’re resolutions and best intentions may have dipped a little in the last month, it’s not too late to re-focus and take control of your business.Read More
Client Corner: MOORE Toys & Gadgets
Located in Wheaton, IL, Diane Moore owns and operates the toy store MOORE Toys & Gadgets. Originally a forensic accountant, Diane was looking for a way to spend more time with her family, and possibly get them involved in a business, and thought a fun toy store is something her town needed.Read More
Customer Service - January 25
When thinking about customer service, you probably are focusing more on the actual conversations with customers or ensuring you have a plan in place to help them throughout their buying journey with your small business. However, customer service is more than just the face-to-face interactions or the emails you send to customers and the help you provide when customers have questions or problems. To make your customer service efforts better than ever, we encourage you to look at other areas of customer service that you may have not considered.Read More
Optimize Your Morning Routine
Being productive comes in waves; some days it’s easy to hop out of bed and be ready to hit the ground running, and other days you’re hitting the snooze button continuously. If you’re trying to be more productive this year and start crushing your goals, we found some articles that can help.Read More