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6 Things Online Businesses Need to Know About the Equifax Data Breach

19 Oct, 2017 / Comments:Comments Off on 6 Things Online Businesses Need to Know About the Equifax Data Breach / By admin

In early September, 2017, Equifax announced that it had been breached, and the personal information of over 143 million Americans (along with individuals in Canada and the United Kingdom) had been compromised. The breach began in mid-May and went on for three months. Information including names, addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers and more were exposed. It’s not just consumers who are at risk. Businesses are at risk as well. Even if your business has not yet been affected by

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Tips for Managing a Healthy Work-Life Balance

05 Oct, 2017 / Comments:Comments Off on Tips for Managing a Healthy Work-Life Balance / By admin

Running a small business takes a lot of work. You are in charge of every little aspect of your business and ensuring that things run smoothly. It is very easy to become consumed with your work and let it take over your life. You suddenly find that you have little time for yourself and your family. The balance between your work and your personal life becomes tilted. While it may not seem like a big deal (your business is important after all), having this imbalance can actually be quite detrimental

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Solutions to the Most Common Growing Pains in a Small Business

03 Aug, 2017 / Comments:Comments Off on Solutions to the Most Common Growing Pains in a Small Business / By admin

Starting a small business is exciting but what’s even more exciting is watching it grow. When your small business is growing it means that something is going right but doesn’t necessarily mean that everything is going perfectly. This can often result in “growing pains.” Growing pains let you know that something needs to change. Here are 7 of the most common growing pains and what you can do to solve them.   Hiring the Right People Finding qualified employees can be a major challenge

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Simple Credit Building Hacks for Your Small Business

20 Jul, 2017 / Comments:Comments Off on Simple Credit Building Hacks for Your Small Business / By admin

You hear constantly about the importance of a good personal credit score. Did you know that your small business has a credit score as well? The credit of your small business is just as important as your personal credit. A better credit score will help you to secure better interest rates on loans, get better trade terms with suppliers and decrease the instances in which you might need to prepay for products or services. Building your credit will take some time and effort, but it doesn’t have to

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Tips to Protect Your Small Business Against Fraudulent Chargebacks

08 Jun, 2017 / Comments:Comments Off on Tips to Protect Your Small Business Against Fraudulent Chargebacks / By admin

You always hear about advice for consumers to protect themselves against credit card fraud. Sources like banks and consumer groups provide pages of information and tips. Consumers aren’t the only victims of credit card fraud. Businesses are just as vulnerable. No business wants to deal with fraud, but it can be especially harmful to small business owners. You already have a tight enough budget without having to deal with chargebacks. Chargebacks are disputed charges that are meant to protect consumers

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Affordable Legal Services for Small Businesses

25 May, 2017 / Comments:Comments Off on Affordable Legal Services for Small Businesses / By admin

You have a lot on your plate as a small business owner. One of your biggest challenges is most likely dealing with a limited amount of money. There’s a good chance that you’re constantly on the lookout for ways to cut costs. Legal services are easily one of the most expensive needs that a small business has. Both routine needs such as forming a new LLC or drawing up a contract and larger issues such as disputes or lawsuits that should be handled by a professional. Fortunately, there are ways

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5 Ways Customer Feedback Can Help Your Small Business

11 May, 2017 / Comments:Comments Off on 5 Ways Customer Feedback Can Help Your Small Business / By admin

As a small business owner, you have a lot on your plate. Between developing business strategies, implementing marketing techniques, orders and other tasks, it’s easy for other things to fall by the wayside. One area that is commonly overlooked is customer feedback. Customer feedback has the ability to give you the highest return on investment. Here are five ways it can help your small business.   You Can Improve Your Products and Services Customer feedback is a valuable tool all throughout

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Responsibly Managing Your Small Business Credit Card

27 Apr, 2017 / Comments:Comments Off on Responsibly Managing Your Small Business Credit Card / By admin

The use of small business credit cards has grown in the past few decades. They allow small business owners to cover their expenses. With proper use, a small business credit card can be a useful tool to help you grow your business. However, all too often, small business owners sink into debt as a result of poor credit card management. Learning how to manage your small business credit card responsibly is key to helping you reap the most benefits from it.   Mixing Expenses Can Be Devastating If

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Turning Business Vacation Expenses into a Tax Deduction

02 Mar, 2017 / Comments:Comments Off on Turning Business Vacation Expenses into a Tax Deduction / By admin

Vacations are a wonderful thing.  They allow you to rest and recharge away from the daily stresses of work.  For many people, that long desired vacation of soaking up the sun on the beach, or exploring a new city just isn’t in the cards.  Either it’s not in the budget or you just don’t have the time.  As a business owner, you already know that you can write off travel expenses for business-related travel, but did you know that you can also write off your vacation? You just need to follow

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5 Must Read Tips to Reduce Your Small Business Tax Bill

16 Feb, 2017 / Comments:Comments Off on 5 Must Read Tips to Reduce Your Small Business Tax Bill / By admin

Tax time is here again. If you are a small business owner, you know that running your business and paying your taxes are inseparable. While it may not be your favorite time of year, tax time is unavoidable. Making one small misstep can result in an astronomical tax bill, which could potentially sink your small business. On the other hand, taking the proper steps and planning can help you to reduce your small business tax bill and keep more of the money you have worked so hard to earn.   1.  Types

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