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10 ways to make your site one of the best small business websites online

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As any small business owner knows, your website is one of the most vital components of your business. Whether you’re in e-commerce or not, it’s the …

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How to follow up when a client doesn’t pay an invoice

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You’ve done your part: You delivered the product or service. Now, it’s time for your customer to do their part: Pay the invoice. Almost every small …

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Why apps are crucial to small business accounting

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You might be surprised to learn there are numerous apps that will allow you to scale your business and enhance productivity by removing the hassle you …

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38 places to find freelance jobs for all backgrounds

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So, you’ve decided to become a freelancer. First off, congratulations! You’ve just joined the ranks of more than 57 million enterprising small business owners. But, once you’ve …

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7 overspending traps for small businesses to avoid

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If you’re a small business owner, you know firsthand that every dollar counts. The less you spend on activities that don’t directly impact your business, the …

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A small business guide to identifying & preventing payroll fraud

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When you think about employee theft in your company, you likely consider acts such as employees stealing inventory or company or customer information through cyber fraud. …

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Pay your employees right: A guide to payroll services

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Ask any business owner about their top business challenge today, and we’d wager to say that it’s attracting and retaining employees. And, while there are a …

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How small businesses manage human resources

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When you’re a solopreneur, being in charge of “human resources” is pretty easy. As a party of one, you can confidently take a vacation to Fort …

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6 causes of inventory shrinkage and how to prevent them

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When you check your inventory on paper, or more likely in the computer, it seems you should have a lot of inventory of one particular item—and, …

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Tax pros warn small business owners not to deduct these expenses

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After attending her local Chamber of Commerce meetings and presenting, or exhibiting, at various trade shows, small business owner Becky Beach was shocked to learn that …

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Construction season: How landscapers & contractors can thrive at its peak

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Almost every industry has a busy season that it “trains” for all year. Retail has the holiday rush. Restaurants and bars have bowl season. And, landscapers …

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How to wholesale to retailers: 10 tips from successful small businesses

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If you’re an artisan or maker, you might dream of hitting a home run with a large retailer or national big box store. Creating something worth …

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7 reasons your small business should consider using eChecks

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Raise your hand if you want to get paid faster. Yes, all hands raise, I presume? A method of payment that you might be overlooking is …

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What is a restaurant POS?

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Restaurant owners wear numerous hats not just a chef’s hat. Chances are good that you write the menu, order the supplies, plan the promotions, schedule the …

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How to design a killer loyalty program

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When you think of a killer loyalty program, what comes to mind?  Free coffee from a punch-card? Free airline tickets from a credit card company? Maybe. …

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How to choose your company name, logo & website domain

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The concept of “brand” only matters to huge companies, right? Oh so wrong. In today’s world, where even tweens are focusing on their “personal brand,” every …

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12 great business apps to improve productivity

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Productivity, it is the key to our successes and the lack of it is often the cause of our failures. After all, the more you get …

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What to do when a good employee quits

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It was love at first sight. They swept in, full of ideas for streamlining processes, wooing customers or handling inventory. Before long, they were your right-hand. …

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10 ways to make your business website better

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If your new year’s resolution is to build your business in 2019, an excellent place to start is improving your website’s content and functionality. Here are …

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8 ways to improve your company’s social media presence

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A whopping 96 percent of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) say they use social media in their marketing strategy, according to Social Media Examiner. However, not …

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10 common time wasters & how to fix them

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Any small business owner knows that time is money. So why are you throwing it out the window wasting it on these top common time wasters? …

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Business credit scores: What you need to know

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You know a good personal credit score is critical for getting the best rates on everything from credit cards to mortgages and car loans. But did …

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5 steps to stop procrastinating once and for all

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Small business owners often waste time. Even though a study conducted by TSheets found that nearly 60% of self-employed workers said they either worked every weekend …