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Experts Weigh In: How are you getting “back to work” after a summer of fun?

As fall is quickly approaching, all of the kids are headed back to school! Similarly, small businesses are also getting back to work after summer vacation. The summer is often filled with employee vacations, varying schedules, and shorter work weeks, but now that we’re headed into fall and the holidays are just around the corner, it’s time to get back to business.

We asked our small business experts how they’re getting back to work after a summer of fun. Here are our favorite answers: (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: You just started your business, what’s next?

Starting a business is a huge process; it doesn’t happen overnight. Once you’ve incorporated, what comes next? We asked our small business experts what they did just before or after they opened their doors. Here’s what they had to say…

“When you start a business you need to get your legal docs (operating agreement or articles of incorporation) and accounting systems set up first. 

Once your business foundation is set up you need to focus on your product or service so you can provide customers with value that they will pay for. 

Finally, and most importantly, you need to focus on sales and marketing. Unless you can sell your product or service then you don’t have a business! 

It’s all vitally important, but if you don’t generate sales and revenue then the rest of it doesn’t matter.” –Nick Braun, Pet Insurance Quotes (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: What types of insurance do you protect your small business with?

You worked so hard to build this business from the ground up; it’s important to keep it protected. We were curious to see what types of insurance different business owners subscribe to in different industries. Here’s what they had to say…

“My husband and I own a business creating handcrafted grooming products. We want people to feel confident using our products and we want to protect our business and family, so for us, insurance is a must. We have a Commercial General and Product Liability policy through the Indie Business Network geared specifically for makers of handcrafted cosmetics.” –Carrie Seibert, Soap Commander, LLC (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: What are your tips for running a seasonal business?

The summer is always a popular time for seasonal businesses. Ice cream stands pop up, new food trucks start roaming the streets, and lots of beach-related products start to make an appearance. Running a seasonal business is different from running a regular, year-round business, so we asked some seasonal business experts for tips.

Here are our ten favorite answers:  (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: What’s the best tool to run your business with?

Running a business is a full-time job. Thankfully, there are a lot of really useful tools out there to help entrepreneurs run things smoothly. We asked our small business experts what their favorite tools are for running their businesses.

Here’s what they had to say…

“Without a doubt, our business would not be able to function without Google Drive. It’s free and we are able to share our documents with our business partners in other countries. We can even work together simultaneously on the same document. We use documents, spreadsheets and templates for invoices and other forms. It’s easy to insert our logos, signatures and other proprietary information.” –Jacquie Whitt, Adios Adventure Travel (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: How do you keep your business green?

According to a recent Manta poll, of the 1,174 small businesses surveyed about their attitudes and initiatives around sustainability, a majority of small business owners (93%) believe that sustainability is important to their small business, and are embracing eco-friendly practices. About two in three (64%) owners say they try to reuse or donate items, 58% recycle, 32% work with green vendors, 25% purchase Energy Star appliances and 20% run a paper-free office.

In celebration of Earth Day, we wanted to ask our small business experts how they strive to keep their offices green. Here’s what they had to say: (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: What’s Your Number One Tax Tip?

Tax day is just around the corner! Tax season can be a stressful time for entrepreneurs, so we wanted to reach out to our small business experts and ask them what tricks and tips they utilize to make this time of year as painless as possible.

Here’s what they had to say…

“Have your spouse on your Board of Directors (BOD). The IRS allows 1 BOD trip annually; all expenses are a 100% write off, including meals and entertainment. Nice perk.” –Phil Gafka, LEAP Associates, Inc. (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: What’s the luckiest thing to happen to you and your business?

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, we’ve got luck on the brain! Running a business takes a huge amount of work, but, ask any entrepreneur, and they’ll always tell you that there’s a little bit of luck involved.

We asked our small business owners what the luckiest thing to happen to them and their business was. Here’s what they had to say…

“My small business was lucky enough to acquire a massive client right at the end of our launch. As I finished my speech he asked, “Are you accepting paying clients?” Needless to say, he is now a client. It put the icing on the cake that was the launch of my business.” –Bryant McNamara, Initial PR (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: How are you growing your business?

Okay, so you’ve taken a risk and started your own business. You’ve done the hard work (starting), and now the ball is finally rolling. Your business is growing. So what’s next? How are you adjusting to suit the expansion?

We asked our small business experts how they’ve expanded their businesses once they started taking off. Here’s what they had to say:

“As Doubledot Media grows, we’re expanding our staff to include a global group of telecommuters who fill various roles. Hiring remotely expands our team and gives us access to the world’s best talent without requiring us to move to a bigger office.” –Simon Slade, SaleHoo  (more…)

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