Business Basics: Business Licenses

This week in business basics, we chose to look at a topic that has regularly confused some of our customers – business licenses. Business licensing can be a bit of a tricky topic because, quite honestly, there is no one answer for most of the questions asked about licensing. But we can try and help give a broad overview so that our readers understand what a business license actually is, and what it allows you to do.

Getting a business license is not like getting, say, a driver’s license, where all anyone has to do is pass a couple of tests and get a piece of plastic that qualifies them to drive any personal car. Business licenses are essentially permits to operate a business in your state, city, and industry – whether you actually need one depends on the legal regulations those three groups are bound by, and enforce.
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What You’re Missing By Not Having a Server Maintenance Plan

It’s an insanely busy day in the office with everyone called in to work extra hours just so you and your company can keep up with customer demands and all of a sudden… total server shutdown.

It’s a nightmare! Not only can you not get any work done, which means you’ll be behind and possibly lose clients, you’re paying extra for people to just sit around. If only you had a server maintenance plan, you might have been able to avoid this problem.

What is a server maintenance plan? At their most basic, these plans are kind of like warranties or insurance plans, but describing them that way doesn’t really do them justice. With a server maintenance plan, you can make sure that your network is always running optimally, that data won’t be lost, and that you won’t have to suffer through downtime and outages that aren’t scheduled. Continue reading

3 Challenges to Owning Your Own Automotive Business

Owning your own automotive business is both a rewarding experience with plenty of options available to what your auto business will focus on. You might start up an auto parts store, a repair service, or a “quick oil change” business. No matter what business model you choose to follow, there will be some challenges that must be overcome along the way in order to operate a successful, profitable, and long sustainable business. Continue reading

Guest Post: Where Do You Get Stuck With Money?

As a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner, new clients come to me because they want advice on specific issues like:

What can I do to get better control of the cash flow in my business?
How can I develop a budget that allows me to spend and save?
Can I afford to get office space?
Am I on track to retire?
How should I invest my portfolio?
How can I get ahead in my financial life?

I bring up the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. As I begin to answer these questions, my clients realize that most financial decisions they must consider somehow relate to making a change. They become more aware of what’s getting in their way and begin to reflect on the notion that something has to change. Continue reading