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How to Take Your Etsy Hobby to a Full Blown Business

03 Nov, 2016 / Comments:Comments Off on How to Take Your Etsy Hobby to a Full Blown Business / By admin

Running your own company is extremely difficult and doing so on Etsy is no exception. However, the good news is that setting up your Etsy shop is quite simple, there are over 1 million people that use the platform and the fees for selling your homemade goods on Etsy are relatively low—20 cents for a listing and 3.5 percent of the profits. Although you may just be small time now, if you put the work in, you can make your Etsy hobby a full blown business. All it takes is commitment and the right

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Top Financial Planning Tools for Small Businesses

13 Oct, 2016 / Comments:Comments Off on Top Financial Planning Tools for Small Businesses / By admin

It is often the case that financial planning tools are overlooked as a valid way to increase a small business’s bottom line. The truth is that financial planning tools have the ability to transform your business’s operations, lower costs, increase profit margins and improve productivity. It is imperative that small business owners take full advantage of the right financial planning resources and tools so that they are better able to plan their business’s future success. Here are the top financial

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Fastest Way to Establish Small Business Credit

06 Oct, 2016 / Comments:Comments Off on Fastest Way to Establish Small Business Credit / By admin

Establishing business credit is a critical component for any small business that is trying to get off of its feet. Doing so will help you to keep your business and personal credit separate and you will have the advantage of having good business credit even if your personal credit is lacking. Additionally, it shows separation between the business and the owner. However, establishing business credit is easier said than done. Let’s take a look at the fastest way to establish business credit. Keep

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Small Business Retirement Plan

29 Sep, 2016 / Comments:Comments Off on Things to Consider When Choosing a Small Business Retirement Plan / By admin

When it comes to securing your finances as a small business owner, a retirement plan may not be the first thought in mind. However, having the correct strategy for retirement can save you a lot of time and money, helping you achieve the right plan that fits in with your future, whatever it may be. Due to each small business being unique and different from the next, there are several factors that come into play when determining the perfect plan. Positives and negatives are present within each plan,

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5 Tips to Protect Your Business from the Negative Effects of Inflation

15 Sep, 2016 / Comments:Comments Off on 5 Tips to Protect Your Business from the Negative Effects of Inflation / By admin

Inflation sets your business up for a potential loss in the future if you are not careful. The rise in the price of goods suddenly makes your dollar a little weaker. Cash is the biggest loser during inflation, which is why it is a good idea for most businesses to steer away from cash assets and focus on diversified investments to hedge against inflation. There are several other ways to properly prepare your business for inflation as well, enabling you to take advantage of the market and those businesses

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7 Apps Small Business Owners Must Have

18 Aug, 2016 / Comments:Comments Off on 7 Apps Small Business Owners Must Have / By admin

When it comes to running your business, there are always problems to solve and new tasks to complete. Whether you are paying employees or charging customers, staying organized and efficient is easier when using a helpful mobile or desktop application. Owners are now able to enhance their workflow with apps that enable the charting of new ideas, enhancing communications, and improving customer service. Here are the top seven apps small business owners must have.   1. QuickBooks Finances can be

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Tips to Help Increase Your Business Credit Score

04 Aug, 2016 / Comments:Comments Off on Tips to Help Increase Your Business Credit Score / By admin

Business credit scores are not the same thing as consumer credit scores, which means different factors are taken into consideration in order to create them. What works for your personal score might not work for your business score. Here are some tips on how to get your business score up to where lenders want to see it, making you a good risk for certain business loans.   Ask Vendors to Report Your Payments Not all vendors report to business credit reporting agencies. If you make your payments

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The Best Payroll Companies for Small Business Owners

28 Jul, 2016 / Comments:Comments Off on The Best Payroll Companies for Small Business Owners / By admin

It’s crucial that your employees are paid on time each and every month, so that your business complies with the ACA, and that you properly track your attenda, PTO, etc. This task may seem a bit daunting, especially to new small business owners. However, a payroll company can aid you in streamlining these tasks by automating most of the work. This will give you peace of mind, while allowing you to free up time so you can run your business. Although some payroll companies can be quite pricey, hiring

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Ways to Stay Motivated as a Business Owner

25 Jul, 2016 / Comments:Comments Off on Ways to Stay Motivated as a Business Owner / By admin

Once you’ve established your business and the thrill of getting it up and running has worn off, you may find yourself with quite a few challenges that you have to work through. It can be tough to stay motivated to keep your team going strong and your business thriving. Although being the owner of your own establishment has major benefits, there are times when it can feel like an uphill battle and you need to remind yourself why you decided to become an entrepreneur. Let’s take a look at ways

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How to Find Grants for Small Business Owners

18 Jul, 2016 / Comments:Comments Off on How to Find Grants for Small Business Owners / By admin

Finding money to start your small business can seem like an impossible feat. How do you get started when you do not have any resources to get you up and running? If you do not want to get a loan and add to your debt load, you may feel you are stuck in your quest to get started. While there are not a ton of grants available for small business owners, there are some that can help you get started, but you have to know where to look.   Try Checking Grants.gov Start by checking grants.gov. This is

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