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Experts Weigh In: How has luck played a role in starting your business?

Being a successful business owner takes a lot of hard work, and a little bit of luck. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we wanted to find out in what ways our small business owners have gotten lucky with their ventures.

Here’s what they had to say…

1. “It sounds weird to say it, but a family illness was actually the spark of luck that gave me the drive (and the excuse) to start my business. I have family in East Africa, and when one of them became very ill I ended up visiting them and staying there for a few months. I had time to pursue my dream of starting my own company, and it quickly took off. Luckily my family member got better too!” –Max Robinson, Mahlatini Safari (more…)

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What Contractors Need to Know About the DoL’s Paid Sick Leave Final Rule

On September 29 this year the Department of Labor (DoL) published its Final Rule on Executive Order 13706 (Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors) signed by President Obama a year earlier. Under the order the Secretary of Labor was directed to devise and issue rules and regulations for the implementation of the provisions of the order. A year later these rules are a fact! (more…)

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4 Health Insurance Musts for Entrepreneurs

For many Americans, the freedom associated with running their own business or working independently as a consultant or freelancer can be very appealing. But with that freedom and independence also comes a lot of responsibility, and not just the day-to-day operations and accounting processes necessary to keep the business afloat. There are also things like health insurance to consider. (more…)

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How to Improve Your Management Style from the Inside Out

As a manager, you may not always be happy with the performance of your employees, but it’s also important to remember that the performance of your employees is often a reflection of your own performance and managerial style. How you interact with your employees and the strategies you use to motivate and mentor them may need a tune-up. Here are some ideas to help you improve your management and keep things moving at a good pace for your business. (more…)

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13 Benefits of Online Invoicing for Small Businesses

In a traditional business model, every paper procedure is full of administrative steps and quirks. Also, it is time-consuming.Time is money, especially now when everything tends to automate.

We used to print invoices for years, put them in an envelope and send by mail to the customer. Although there is a more effective solution today, many companies still send invoices this way. There are so many reasons why you no longer need to do that. (more…)

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How to Prepare for the January Sales Tax Perfect Storm

Whether you file state returns every month, quarter, or year, nearly every online seller will have a sales tax deadline in January. Keep in mind that, in most states, January sales tax is usually due by January 20th. Around TaxJar, we call January the “Sales Tax Perfect Storm” and everyone is invited.

To prepare, here’s a quick refresher of the steps to get ready to file: (more…)

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How to Become the Perfect Leader for Your Business

Launching your own business might have been your lifelong dream, but this is not a destination, in fact, your journey has just become. Besides daily business challenges like taxes, staff necessities or marketing strategies, another crucial aspect should also consider is improving your managements skills. If you want your small business to thrive, you need to know how to guide everyone toward success. Let’s look at these basic abilities that can help you become the perfect leader for your business. (more…)

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3 Ways To Grow Your Small Business With Corporate Gifting

For small business owners, there are many challenges to introducing and growing a new company. How can you establish yourself in a new market? How can you attract clients? One tactic that can help address these questions, yet often goes overlooked, is corporate gifting. Corporate gifts are small tokens of gratitude that, given on appropriate occasions, remind the individuals important to your business that you value them. Done efficiently, it can benefit every aspect of your business. (more…)

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Centering The Image: What Neuromarketing Tells Us About Visual Content

We know that visual content can increase the amount of time users spend consuming content, but do you know why? It’s all thanks to neuroscience, or the impact that certain marketing aspects have on the brain. For that reason, marketers have coined a new phrase: neuromarketing.

The short definition of neuromarketing is the use of neuroscience tools and theories to help businesses better understand consumers and attract their attention. Neuromarketing is a relatively new trend in the marketing universe, but it’s already shown some impressive advantages over traditional advertising techniques. If nothing else, it’s helped to close the gap between marketers and everyday customers. (more…)

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