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How to Wrangle Sales Tax When You Sell on Multiple Channels

It’s easier than ever these days for online sellers to sell products on multiple shopping carts and online marketplaces. But multichannel selling does add complexity to a business, and one administrative task that suffers is sales tax.

While I’m not saying sales tax is every simple, when you only sell on one channel you only have one report to pull and one set of numbers to wrangle into manageability. When you multiply that report, things start to get tricky. (more…)

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Are Web Templates Killing Your Business?

Running a digital design agency, I’ve noticed that there seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding the whole idea of web design. Most are quick to think of it as a purely creative-meets-technical thing that they know they need, but they aren’t sure why. Most clients I meet with for the first time just want “a cool website.” Sure, they may have a list of features they know they want, and an overall look they desire, but beyond that, they haven’t thought too much about it.

This overall desire to put something up on the web, coupled with a relative uninformed view of what a website can actually do for their business explains the success of all those templates and D.I.Y. web options you can find out there. (more…)

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Starting a Business Over the Age of 50

You want to start a business at the right time, right?

Traditionally, a few decades of working life mean that you would start winding down in business and start thinking about retirement, not start a business over 50. But in the new age of free and abundant information that encourages entrepreneurialism in myriad forms, some believe life after 50 is a perfect situation in which to start a business. You’ve learned a lot and have time and financial stability on your side. Let’s have a look at what this means: (more…)

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How Much Does a Company’s Culture Matter?

From small startups to Fortune 100 corporations, company culture seems to be the topic du jour as of late. But, is all of this airtime really warranted? Does a company’s culture truly matter that much? Who pays attention to this? A recent study jointly conducted by professors at Duke and Columbia Universities found that an overwhelming number of C-level executives believe culture matters—a  lot. So much so, in fact, that they said a potential business merger or acquisition could even fail if the cultures of the two companies involved did not mesh. (more…)

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How to Choose The Best Domain Name For Your Business

It’s common for entrepreneurs to put a lot of thought into naming their businesses, but, oftentimes, the domain name doesn’t get nearly the same amount of attention. In an age when every business is checked out online prior to becoming a customer, a brand’s online identity is just as important as the business name.

Here are some tips to choose the best domain name for your business from both a branding and SEO perspective: (more…)

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