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The Danger of Competing On Price Alone

Unless you operate your business solely to garner a tax write-off, you are certainly interested in generating a profit for your business. Unfortunately, many times, small businesses think that the best way to get more customers is to be cheaper than the competition. This is very dangerous for the longevity and growth of a business. […]

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Independent Contractor or Employee? Avoid Misclassification Penalties

One of the most common questions I get asked by my small business clients is, whether their workers should be classified as independent contractors (1099) or employees (W-2). I understand the reasoning. Employees are one of the most expensive cost of doing business. At first glance, it may appear that it is less expensive to […]

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First Step to Stay Safe Online – Change That Password!

It’s a new year! Time for resolutions, cleaning out the closets, putting away last year’s files…and changing your online passwords. On your list of of resolutions, make sure “Foil Digital Pirates” by changing passwords is at the top of the list. If you are like most people, you use the same password, or a variation […]

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Keep Learning, Keep Rising

As a small business owner, there are many tasks jostling for your attention. And “learning” typically takes a back-seat, until there is more time. But, there is never enough spare time. So, this new year, we encourage you to carve out a few minutes each day to expand your knowledge, which will help you and […]

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Happy New Year! Time to Meet the Deadlines!

As a small business owner, the deadlines never seem to end. And, unfortunately, right after all the hustle of the holidays, January can be the most overwhelming for tax deadlines. Below are some of the deadlines that need to be heeded before the end of the month: If you have employees: Form 941 filing and […]

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Why Bother With Writing a Business Plan?

With my small business clients, one of the scariest terms seems to be the dreaded “business plan.” And I get asked regularly, “Why do I need one?” Well, to be honest, you don’t, unless you plan an asking for funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA) or other entity. I successfully started a business from […]

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Stay On Top of Due Dates With IRS Tax Calendar for Businesses & Self-Employed

As a small business owner, there are so many IRS tax due dates to remember, and forgetting can cost you in penalties and interest. If you use QuickBooks or Microsoft Outlook, the software can alert you to upcoming due dates. If you do not use a software, you can setup a manual calendar or spreadsheet […]

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Free and Low-Cost Small Business Consulting & Training

As a small business owner, you know you need to wear many hats. Areas of importance to any business include: inventory management, bookkeeping, financial analysis, financing, human resources, information technology…and the list goes on. The challenge is when you are a “one man/woman show.” Many of these areas are not our forte, but that does […]

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The Crucial Question for Marketing Your Small Business

The term “marketing” is used in almost every industry and organization. There are plenty of books and blogs that tell us how important marketing is for business growth. But, what is it and what does it mean for your business? The dictionary defines marketing as “the action or business of promoting and selling products or […]

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It’s Almost the New Year – Small Business Year-End Taxes & Planning Guides

The holidays are coming, which is a busy time for all of us. It is hard enough to find time for all the holiday preparations and events, but it is crucial for small business owners to set aside a few minutes a day, over the next month, to get year-end business in order. Of course, […]

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