Tag Archives: Business Tips


The Franchise Forecast

The franchise forecast for 2013 is ‘partly cloudy’. The US Census Bureau, in its first comprehensive statistical report on franchise businesses, issued in 2010, stated that franchises comprise a very respectable 10.5% of businesses surveyed and were responsible for a disproportionately high figure of close to one sixth of total sales. However, the 2013 franchise [...]

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Why Do People Spend Money? The Good News

Spending money is a complicated subject in the minds of many Americans. Everywhere on the Internet you’ll find articles by wannabe pop psychologists explaining why people spend the way they do and how they could and should spend less … or differently … or something. Guilt, shame and entitlement are the used watchwords. Poppycock. It’s [...]

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When Uncertain, Invest in the Future

“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” Martin Luther said it back in the 16th century and it has never been truer than it is in 2013, especially when it comes to small business. CEOs of small enterprises are some of the most hopeful people around, building a business – often [...]

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Take on Competitors by Claiming Your Niche

Do you know who your direct competition is? If you’re a small business purveyor of artisanal popcorn, you might think your direct competition is other popcorn providers — big or small. You might even consider only those in the same regional area as you as your direct competition. But what about other firms that provide [...]

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4 Easy Business Networking Tips That Anyone Can Do

Unless you’re one of those uber confident people who just loves to work the crowd, business networking can be one of the more daunting aspects of running a business. If you are not a natural networker, there are nevertheless several things you can do to make the process more feasible. Finding an effective combination of [...]

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Turning to the “Crowd” for Your Freelance Needs? Proceed with Caution!

In previous posts, such as this one, I’ve discussed some of the unique opportunities crowdsourcing offers for small business owners- especially in the areas of business finance and market research. But there is a flip side to these benefits. If you do not exercise your due diligence, at best, you can end up forking over [...]

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Small Business

Faced with a lousy job market, many people are trying the entrepreneurial route these days. They start their new ventures which such high hopes and enthusiasm. But little do most of them know, that they probably won’t see their companies operating through 5 years, much less turn a profit. At least, that’s what the Small [...]

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5 Business Tax Tips to Make Your Tax Filing Easier

If the thought of filing your business taxes makes you head for a bottle of Tums, then take a look at these five business tax tips to simplify the process. Learn how gain more control, take advantage of free or low-cost tax tools, and get educated.  (Image Credit) 1. Maintain clear records and know what [...]

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Tips for Writing a Killer Press Release

One common and free way to generate publicity for your business is to send out a well-written and targeted press release. Small businesses can send newsworthy information to reporters and media people, who then write or report about the business.   How can you ensure that your press release is eye-catching enough for a reporter to open [...]

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Tips for Running a One-Person Business

Running a solo business brings all the glory and all the grief. On the one hand, the business owner is free to make every decision. On the other hand, he or she bears the burden of performing every last task.     Here is a list of some of the challenges associated with solo entrepreneurships, [...]

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