Listen up, especially if you run a business from your home: About 60% of home-based businesses lack adequate coverage, according to a survey from the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. Don’t be part of that 60%.
Here’s why it matters. What if a deliveryman slips and falls on your front step while delivering parts for an order? What a child gets hurt at a home daycare? In either scenario, the business owner could find his or her finances on the line because of a lawsuit. Many home-based business owners leave their livelihoods to chance because they believe their ventures are covered under their home insurance policy – a big misconception. A typical homeowner’s policy, for example, provides only $2,500 coverage for business equipment, which is usually not enough to cover everything a business owner might use. Additionally, the homeowners policy won’t provide any coverage for liability issues associated with the venture.
If you work from home or own a home-based business, keep the following are three basic options for insurance coverage in mind.
By Mike Spalding
There is one area of business that very few business owners, managers or entrepreneurs really enjoy working on and that’s finance. Unless you happen to be an accountant, this is probably one aspect of business management that you try your best to ignore.
But it’s important that all businesses, charities and enterprises don’t ignore or do poor work on their finances either. For a small business it could be the difference between thriving and going bust. For a charity it could be the difference between helping those in need and falling short.
So with that in mind, how can technology help you to manage your all important accounts?
Are you an entrepreneur? Yes? Okay. I’m going to tell you something that sounds crazy–or at least like a line–but which I know to be unequivocally true. The right accounting software package will help make your dreams come true. See, I told you it would sound a bit crazy! Let me explain it a little more.
What feeds the fire of every start-up is an inspiration of what the company can be and what it can do better than any other on the market. But nothing douses that fire like drowning in inefficiency and tedious administrative processes.
Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO of CardHub.com
Small business owners are basically living in the dark ages. No, I’m not referring to the aversion many mom and pop stores seemingly have to the power of web-based marketing or even how tough it is to become successful in the currently gloomy economic climate. Rather, I’m talking about the fact that politicians and financial regulators don’t seem to think that small business owners are worthy of the same rights and protections as the general consumer population.
While the CARD Act of 2009 has proven to be a huge success – adding transparency and fairness to the personal finance industry – it doesn’t apply to credit cards branded for business use. That’s alright, you might be thinking; small business credit cards are just different, right?
In these tough economic times, it’s important that you carry out all necessary procedures to safeguard your business. Money may be tight but competition is rife, so you MUST keep all cards close to your chest to protect the company’s future.
There are various ways that you can keep your business secure and no we’re not talking about putting up CCTV or an iron gate. Yes, your business should have measures for physical security but today we’re discussing ways to keep your firm financially secure and here are 6 tips brought to you by the team at Real Business Rescue.
An Employer Identification Number, or EIN for short, is basically a social security number for your business. Like with social security numbers, the IRS uses EINs to track what businesses need to certain types of tax. However, not all businesses are technically required to have an EIN as sole proprietorships can be identified by the owner’s SSN instead. That doesn’t mean, though, that you should avoid filing for one, as there are three main reasons why obtaining an EIN is important for a small business.
It allows the business to hire employees.
If you run a sole-proprietorship and you are the only employee that works for the business, all of the profits and losses are going to be reported as part of your personal income. You then pay whatever state and federal taxes you need to, just like you would if you received an income from anywhere else. However, when you hire an employee, you are responsible for withholding any necessary taxes from that employee’s income. The IRS then cannot simply use your SSN to keep track of what they are owed as there are now two different employees, and that’s where the employer identification number comes in. EINs let the IRS and other tax-collecting bodies know what businesses need to be sending in the usual payroll taxes.
For most of the risks that you face in running a small business, there tends to be a corresponding payoff that goes hand in hand with it. Business insurance will deal with some risks that can damage your company and work on ways to mitigate them, but there are more general risks that a business faces that are far from insurable. Luckily, these less insurable risks do normally come with a silver lining to balance things out.
Risk: No financial security
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You’ve jumped through what seems like countless hoops to get your business going. You’ve filled out every form and talked to all the right people. You did all the research and learned from others’ past mistakes. Now it’s just a matter of getting it all done.
Of course this is easier said than done. There are a million things you have to do as a business owner you never dreamed about as a salary or wage worker. Aside from your usual business matters you must now attend to you have to worry about dealing with taxes.
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How well do you know your company? You may think you know your company like the back of your hand, but every business owner needs a little reminder to take a look at the big picture. Take the following quiz and think where you’re headed and if that’s the direction you want.
Question: Who are my customers?
Starting a business is a step by step process – starting with an idea, a business name, and creating a business plan. A business plan includes the purpose of your business and how you will go about marketing or advertising the same. It also includes the expenses, liabilities, assists, budgets, and how your business plans to make a profit and grow. Growth alone is a complicated subject where you have short-term and long-term growth plans based on how well your business is doing. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to address legalities such as licenses, insurance, recruiting employees, etc.