Why Small Businesses Fail to Grow

Running a small business requires superior problem-solving and an ability to look at the bigger picture. Aside from ensuring that your business turns a profit on a regular basis, you also need to be concerned with your own financial health over the long term. That includes having a strategy in place for building wealth, so […]

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Top 10 Checking Accounts for Small Businesses

For small business owners, the best checking account is the one that addresses the company’s needs with the lowest cost and the highest level of convenience. For example, a business with a high percentage of cash transactions is served best by a bank with convenient physical locations, as opposed to an online bank. On the […]

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Employee Non-Compete Agreements Come Under Fire in New York

Employees seen as paying the price for the advantages an employer gains. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announced a settlement with a major legal information publisher — Law360, which is owned by LexisNexis — regarding requiring a majority of its employees, including low-level reporters and editorial assistants just out of college, to sign […]

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10 Easy Ways to Be a Better, Non-Awkward Networker

Networking is about forming genuine, authentic relationships. Answer by Nelson Wang, VP of Partnerships at Toptal, on Quora: Networking isn’t about exchanging business cards or handshakes or getting deals done. Networking is about getting to know other people. Networking is about helping others. Networking is about learning. Networking is about forming genuine, authentic relationships. Networking […]

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Top 10 Home Business Tax Tips

It is said so often that it has become a bit of a cliché, but one of the great virtues of starting a home business are the tax breaks you can claim. Another popular belief surrounding home businesses, however, is that claiming aggressive – and maybe slightly exaggerated – write-offs is a sure-fire way to […]

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BBB Small Business Tip: Watch Out for Directory Scams

BBB has seen an uptick in directory scams (or “Yellow Pages scams”) aimed at small businesses. Reports to BBB Scam Tracker (bbb.org/scamtracker) have increased dramatically in recent weeks, and BBB is reminding business owners and employees not to fall for this trick. Here’s how the scam works. The company gets an invoice in the mail […]

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5 Ways Remote Working Will Actually Work

Little by little remote working is becoming a reality. Over a quarter of U.S. workers are now operating remotely for at least a few hours every week. But making it actually work on a more permanent basis and taking it from an idea in a white paper is an different scenario entirely. This guide is […]

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Is Your New Business Idea Patentable?

Congratulations — you came up with a great idea or designed a new invention! Now you may be wondering, “should I file for a patent?” Filing for a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is a great way to guard all your hard work, but there are rules to filing for this creative protection […]

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Should You Incorporate Your Business?

Home-based computing and the ability for people to easily communicate globally has led many to consider home-based businesses or work as independent contractors. A majority of these ventures are legitimate establishments that are best managed as corporate entities. Becoming a corporate businesses allows home-based businesses to take advantage of benefits originally designed for larger companies. […]

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5 Powerful Ways to Be Happier on the Job

When work feels like a drag, you’ve got the power to make it better — much better. A positive attitude can do wonders for any work environment. Happy, positive people are a pleasure to work with, particularly those who remain pleasant and even-tempered under challenging or difficult circumstances. So it’s important that everyone, boss and […]

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