Category : Running Your Own Business

Financial Accounting Expertise and Basics SMB Owners Can’t Live Without

Small- and medium-sized (SMB) business owners are usually pretty fearless, which is a great thing when it comes to becoming a successful entrepreneur. However, that very same “can do” attitude can very well get you into hot water if you try to tackle too much or get in too deep. A recent study by office supplies giant Staples suggests that many SMB owners may be in over their head and ... [ Read More ]

FREE White Paper Helps You Pick the Best CRM Software

Small business owners each have different management styles, so choosing a CRM (customer relationship management) vendor, supplier or distributor with a product or service that best accommodates your own management theories and approaches is no easy task. How could it be when there are more than 800 companies all clambering for your attention, let alone your business? The fact is that it’s far too easy to make mistakes, ... [ Read More ]

FREE Guide Helps You Make Your Business Opportunity or Other Small Business Google Loveable

Okay, business opportunity and other small business owners, you may have noticed that all of Google’s recent algorithm changes have changed up your website rankings a bit in the last year or so…and not for the better. As a result, it’s never been more important to structure your site in a very conscientious and conscious way, especially if you want to get results when it comes to organic rankings. A ... [ Read More ]

FREE Guide to Toll-Free Phone Numbers and the Incredible Business Opportunity They Provide

Are you a business opportunity or other small business owner who wants to know whether or not making the investment in a toll-free phone number is worth the effort and expense? Have you ever thought about how a toll-free number might help you to more effectively market your business opportunity or other small business, expand your market reach or even grow your business in ways you never thought possible? If ... [ Read More ]

Boosting Morale on a Budget: Keeping Employees Motivated

A company is only as good as its employees. Keeping them motivated sounds easy but is harder to accomplish than most would think. According to Forbes.com, over 43 percent of workers cite a lack of recognition as a determining factor when it comes to how they perform while on the job. The question is how to keep employees happy and on track while maintaining a profitable bottom line. The ... [ Read More ]

FREE Trustworthy Legal Information and Case Evaluation at Nolo.com

If you’re an aspiring or existing small business entrepreneur, particularly one who is interested in business opportunities and other established small business models and their legal requirements and implications, chances are you have questions. And hiring an attorney to answer them can get quite expensive. So before you go that route, there’s a website out there you may want to know ... [ Read More ]

FREE Office Software for Your Business Opportunity or Other Small Business

The world’s leading open-source office software suite, Apache OpenOffice 4.0 is available to anyone completely FREE of charge and is particularly valuable for business opportunity, home-based and other small business owners who need to run their offices on a tight budget. Apache OpenOffice does everything you want and need your office software to do, such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and so much more! ... [ Read More ]

FREE Accounting Tools for Your Business Opportunity or Other Small Business…with NO Limits

Wave’s secure, cloud-based accounting tools are made especially for entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants and small businesses with nine employees or less…and they’re 100% FREE! Plus, they stay that way no matter how much you use them. With more than 1.5 million users and growing, Wave is changing the way today’s smallest small businesses manage all their finances and includes these key features: Unlimited Invoicing—Wave lets you send customized, professional invoices, and whether ... [ Read More ]

FREE Postage and Must-Have Mailing Supplies for Your Work-at-Home or Other Small Business

Leading provider of internet-based postage services and United States Postal Service (USPS)-approved and licensed vendor Stamps.com (Nasdaq: STMP) enables small businesses to print valid postage using three simple things: a PC, printer and internet connection, all from their own home or office. No wonder their motto is “Postage on demand!” The company’s no-obligation, four-week trial offer is a great deal ... [ Read More ]

5 Reasons You Should Use Dropbox for Your Small Business

Dropbox provides a service that lets you bring your photos, documents and videos in from anywhere and share them easily. In simple terms, it allows you to store your important files for FREE online, and then the system syncs each document to all of your access points. As a bonus, signing up for Dropbox costs you nothing, and it’s easy. ITConflict.com recently put together a short list of the reasons ... [ Read More ]

Send Invoices and Take Credit the Mobile Way with WePay

Mobile payment devices and enhanced technologies are making it easier than ever before for business opportunity and other small business owners to get paid in a day or days as opposed to weeks or months. That’s great news seeing as almost half of them said in a recent Bank of America survey that NOT getting paid on time by their clients and customers ... [ Read More ]

FREE Sales Tax Survival Guide Saves Business Owners Time and Money

All too often a business opportunity or small business owner’s worst nightmare is in trying to understand and manage sales tax. What is sales tax? What are its associated challenges? How do I manage my sales taxes most effectively? What are the sales tax compliance laws? The list of questions regarding sales tax for every business owner can and does go on and on…Avalara’s Sales Tax Survival Guide to the ... [ Read More ]

Four Quick Tips for Running Your Small Business on a Budget

Running a lean, and efficient, operation is the goal of many business opportunity and other small business owners. What processes and efforts yield the greatest ROI? Where can our business eliminate costs? These are just a few of the questions small business owners ask themselves. Small businesses have a lot to worry about, including their budget. If you’re looking for ways to save, you need to reevaluate the ... [ Read More ]

Taxes 2012: A Quick Primer on Small Business 1099 Reporting Requirements

As a small business opportunity, franchise or other small business owner, the chances are very good that you’ve employed the services of outside companies, contractors or consultants to help you run your operation this past year. Surprise, surprise, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to know all about it. Much the same way the IRS expects to be ... [ Read More ]

2013′s Top Websites for Women Business Opportunity, Franchise and Other Small Business Owners

Are you a woman who is interested in owning your own business? Does the prospect of becoming an entrepreneur and buying into a proven business opportunity, franchise or other small business model appeal to you? If so, you’re in good company. Once a man’s world, business ownership is rapidly becoming a more level playing field. Today, women entrepreneurs own close to 30% of U.S. businesses, employ approximately 7.7 ... [ Read More ]

The Business Opportunity and Other Small Business Owners’ Guide to Windows 8

It just wouldn’t be the end of another year without all of us having to reevaluate the technology in our lives, would it? Now that Windows 8 has been released, many home-based business opportunity, franchise and other small business owners are asking themselves the same question: Should I make the switch?   Developed with any eye toward making the PC more like your ... [ Read More ]

Is BYOD for SMBOs A Good or a Bad Idea?

Small and medium-sized business owners (SMBOs) are increasingly getting on board with one of the newest technology trends, now more widely and officially referred to as BYOD (aka Bring Your Own Device). And why wouldn’t they? Allowing employees to use their own handheld and other mobile devices at work to get the job done saves business opportunity, franchise and other SMBOs in particular considerable time and money, especially when ... [ Read More ]

Business Opportunity and Other Small Business Entrepreneurs…Today Is Your Day!

Business opportunity, franchise, distributorship, licensee opportunity, home-based and other small business owners, this day is for and about you. Why? It’s because today is National Entrepreneurs’ Day, and November is National Entrepreneurship Month. Proclaimed by the President, National Entrepreneurs’ Day “celebrates the hard work, ingenuity and courage of our thinkers, doers and makers.” It’s also a day for organizations like SCORE—mentors to America’s small businesses—to not ... [ Read More ]

New Help for Small Business Owners with Payroll and HR Problems

Some of the most costly mistakes business opportunity, franchise and other small business owners make involve issues surrounding payroll and human resources. In an effort to help them sort things out free-of-charge, SCORE, America’s leading small business mentoring organization, has announced it will be partnering with Paychex, a recognized payroll, HR and benefits outsourcing leader. Their combined effort kicks off with a webinar titled “How to Avoid 10 Payroll Mistakes ... [ Read More ]

Cashless Is King Thanks to DipJar

Just when we think there’s nothing new under the sun, along comes DipJar, the world’s first electronic tip jar. It’s perhaps an answered prayer for millions of small business owners and their employees who, thanks to an ever-increasingly cashless society, are working harder than ever before and for a whole lot less. Why? Once a staple of smaller retail and restaurant counter-tops everywhere, today’s tip jars are not so much ... [ Read More ]

September Is the Time to Prepare Your Small Business to Survive Any Emergency

Given that hurricane season is upon us, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has announced that for the ninth year in a row September is National Preparedness Month, a time for individuals, communities and business owners to take action in preparation to withstand natural or man-made disasters. The recent devastation wrought by Hurricane Isaac drives home the need for all of us to plan ahead. However, home-based and other small ... [ Read More ]

Nationwide Small Business Technology Tour Kicks Off This Week

The third annual small business technology tour may be just what you need to jumpstart your home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise’s marketing efforts heading into 2013. This year’s tour kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco, with seven other cities on the agenda from now through November, including Chicago (9/25), Boston (9/27), Phoenix (10/12), Washington, DC (10/18), Atlanta (11/1), Miami (11/8) and Dallas (11/15). Produced by Smallbiztechnology.com, a ... [ Read More ]

The Top 10 Colleges for Prospective Entrepreneurs

While the subject of how great the impact of a college education in entrepreneurship may or may not be on one’s entrepreneurial success remains the subject of much debate, knowing which institutions of higher learning offer the best programs may be of interest to those who take a favorable view. According to the latest rankings released this past weekend by Unigo, a free online college education resource for students and ... [ Read More ]

Online Marketplace Broadens Small Business Borrowing Options

Launched in 2010 and now boasting close to $3 trillion in transactions, BoeFly.com, which stands for “business opportunity exchange,” connects small business owners with lenders from its two-thousand-plus strong stable of participating banks nationwide. But BoeFly.com is not a broker. It does not charge a brokerage fee for its services. Instead, BoeFly.com requires its borrowers to pay a one-time fee of $99 to $499, depending on a number of ... [ Read More ]

Small Business Credit Basics: Part II

Yesterday, Part I of this two-part article on small business credit basics touched briefly on the differences between personal and business credit and how important they both are to any prospective or existing small business owner’s ability to borrow money. Today, we’d like to provide home-based and other small business, business opportunity and franchise owners with some simple steps they can take to build or boost their business credit score more ... [ Read More ]

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