preload preload preload preload preload preload

Tax Tips for Small Businesses

Posted by
Small businesses can’t usually afford to give money away to the government. If you deserve a refund, then you need to make sure you get it. It isn’t always easy, though, for small business owners to tell whether they have maximized their deductions. The following tax tips will help your small business thrive by lowering your tax burden. Tax Tip #1: Claim Your Auto Expenses If your business owns a car (or if you use your car for business purposes), then you can deduct auto expenses ...

Does the CARD Act Help Your Small Business?

Posted by
The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, usually just referred to as the CARD Act, offers numerous provisions that protect individuals from unfair practices used in the credit card industry. Just because the CARD Act helps you as an individual, however, doesn’t mean that it helps your business. CARD Act Provisions Some of the most important provisions in the CARD Act include those that protect card holders from companies that arbitrarily raise interest ...

Finding New Business Names

Posted by
Many entrepreneurs know exactly how they want to build their organizations. They know how to streamline services, identify qualified employees, and market products to a target audience. Unfortunately, a lot of them stumble when it comes to naming the new business. Even though this seems like a tiny chore, it can actually have a huge impact on your business’s success. The following tips will help you choose a name that people can remember easily, while fitting your brand. Tip #1 Brainstorm ...

The Different Types of Business Plans

Posted by
The Importance of Customizing Your Business Plan Business plans are used for a wide array of business purposes, from attracting investors to outlining future goals that are for internal eyes only; therefore, using the same business plan for all of your business’s needs is not recommended. Instead, writing a customized business plan tailored to your exact needs will help you improve your results, and make your company look like the professional entity it really is. The Startup Business ...

The Differences Between Email Marketing and Spam

Posted by
Not All Email Marketing Is Created Equal The Internet is one of the most effective ways of marketing a new product or service, especially for startup businesses. But, businesses need to be very careful how they go about trying to attract customers via the world of instant emails, as there is a very fine line between sending out an email a customer has opted in for, and one that they haven’t, which in other words can be called — spam. What Is Opt-In Email? An opt-in email is any piece of ...

How to Start a 501c3 Nonprofit Organization

Posted by
12 Steps to Building a Nonprofit Corporation If you have a cause that is near and dear to your heart, starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization will help you raise awareness for it and provide an avenue for obtaining funds to help support it. Of course, building a tax-exempt nonprofit organization is not without its challenges. Here are 12 steps to help you establish a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Step 1: Determine the Nonprofit’s Primary Objective There are several different legal ...

How to Market Your Business Online

Posted by
Getting the Most Mileage for Your Marketing Dollar Over the past decade, online marketing has become one of the most popular and effective ways for businesses to get noticed. Part of the reason is because customers are granted immediate access to information about the company they are interested in and part of the reason is that online marketing is inexpensive and easy to adjust to meet your target audience’s needs. But simply building a website is not enough to market your business online ...

How to Protect Your Business Idea

Posted by
Using a Confidentiality Agreement to Protect Your Business A single idea is usually the driving force behind a successful business startup. But, once the business has been established in accordance with the originating idea, additional ideas are required in order for the business to continue to grow rather than remain static. Because of this, one can reasonably say that ideas are among a business’s most valuable commodities – and do not think that there are not people out there who would ...

Top 10 Questions for Startups

Posted by
Do You Have What It Takes to Start Your Own Business? Many people dream of owning their own business and being their own boss, but dreams are one thing and actually starting and running a thriving business is another. Today, it is more of a challenge than ever to build a successful startup, but if you’re determined to be your own boss, here are the top 10 questions most frequently asked by those looking to start their own business. Question #1 – Can I Run a Business? The knee-jerk answer to ...

How to Write an Executive Summary

Posted by
The Keys to Summarizing Your Business Plan Every business plan needs an executive summary because it essentially acts like a blueprint for the one who is reading your business plan. It summarizes what the reader should expect to learn about a company, and provides a gateway to the more detailed information held within the business plan. The executive summary is designed to be featured at the forefront of your business plan, but it is often recommended that this informative piece be the last one ...