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Experts Weigh In: What’s Your Number One Tax Tip?

Tax day is just around the corner! Tax season can be a stressful time for entrepreneurs, so we wanted to reach out to our small business experts and ask them what tricks and tips they utilize to make this time of year as painless as possible.

Here’s what they had to say…

“Have your spouse on your Board of Directors (BOD). The IRS allows 1 BOD trip annually; all expenses are a 100% write off, including meals and entertainment. Nice perk.” –Phil Gafka, LEAP Associates, Inc. (more…)

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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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Top 5 Small Business Ideas for Baby Boomers

Baby boomers are the nation’s second-largest living generation, overtaken only recently by millennials. Even though many boomers have technically reached retirement age, that doesn’t mean they’re ready to stop working just yet. More and more individuals age 50 and older are choosing to embark on encore careers instead by starting their own small businesses.

As a leading provider of 401(k) business financing, my company, Guidant Financial, has seen its fair share of boomers making the jump from employee to employer. We’ve found that the market is exploding with niche opportunities that not only jive with boomer interests but have the ability to be extremely profitable. Here are the top five business industries in which we’ve seen boomers thrive: (more…)

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Experts Weigh In: What’s the luckiest thing to happen to you and your business?

With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, we’ve got luck on the brain! Running a business takes a huge amount of work, but, ask any entrepreneur, and they’ll always tell you that there’s a little bit of luck involved.

We asked our small business owners what the luckiest thing to happen to them and their business was. Here’s what they had to say…

“My small business was lucky enough to acquire a massive client right at the end of our launch. As I finished my speech he asked, “Are you accepting paying clients?” Needless to say, he is now a client. It put the icing on the cake that was the launch of my business.” –Bryant McNamara, Initial PR (more…)

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How to Draw Traffic to Your Website without Paid Advertising

Whether you are selling paper clips, vehicles, or merely selling your own private consultation online, you will need to attract lots of traffic to be able to convert a portion of those people viewing your offerings into quantifiable sales.

Two ways to do that are either to pay for it or to generate it for free. Paid traffic is generated through online advertising campaigns and can be very costly, but has a quick turnaround. Free traffic is labeled “organic” traffic because it stems from the natural process of attracting your own customers via content marketing and other online strategies. (more…)

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