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…)
In all aspects of your business, you want to bring the most value to your customers, leveraging the fewest resources. Your website is no exception. In order to optimize online engagement (which fills your sales funnel), you need to a website that is lean and easy-to-navigate. These are the tools you need to simplify the process of creating it. (more…)
Small businesses are the economic engine of America. Did you know that there are more than 28 million registered small businesses in the United States? Cumulatively, SMB’s represent a 99.7% of national employers, and they are responsible for generating over two million new jobs in the United States annually.
Cities and towns know that small businesses are important to job creation. However, the cost of renting business space is accelerating in many areas of the United States, to the extent that it may jeopardize economic growth. Read: “How Rising Commercial Rents Are Threatening Independent Businesses, and What Cities Are Doing About It”. (more…)
Conventional, artificial office lighting is the stuff of horror movies. That flickering, soul-sapping, eye-scraping lighting that emanates from fluorescent tubes does no one any good. In fact, bad lighting has been proven to place significant strain on people exposed to it for long periods of time, adversely affecting mood, perception and overall psychological well-being. It can also cause eye strain, headaches and other health issues. No business can afford to make its employees less productive, so if you have a lighting problem, you need to address it—fast. (more…)
Every business owner deals with computer problems from time to time, and while frustrating, usually aren’t the end of the world. Most common computer glitches do not require expensive repairs and your systems will be up and running after just a few hours. Before you hire a technical support expert, you should try these common repairs. Knowing how to handle some common glitches can keep you in the clear and your business up and running no matter what. (more…)
The right synergy and combination of talent and experience are what forms the backbone of any startup. Though it does not ascertain future success, putting these four essential hires at the forefront of key daily operations can improve your chances of becoming a unicorn company in the near future. (more…)
In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re doing a three part series called, “How do you show love?” Today, we’re finding out how our small business experts show love to their employees not just on V-Day but all year. From Valentine’s Day massages to year-round unlimited PTO, we got some pretty sweet answers. (more…)
If you’re in the process of applying for a small business loan, something called “the SBSS score” has probably popped up in literature about credit screenings. So what is it?
The FICO SBSS score (Small Business Scoring Service), simply put, is a credit score that, in addition to your personal FICO score, determines the risk of U.S. small business credit applicants. While the scoring system has been around since 1993, it only recently gained popularity when the Small Business Administration (SBA) started requiring it for their 7(a) loan application pre-screening. How does it work? Let’s look in depth. (more…)