5 Real World Networking Tips You Can’t Do Without

How Quick Business Loans Can Encourage Business TurnaroundThere are two main levels of networking for the modern-day entrepreneur: virtual and real-life. While virtual ties have their own strengths, the strongest partnerships and the deepest trusts are still built in the real-world. That is why, as an entrepreneur, you should want to go beyond your virtual network and build stronger ties offline. Start your real-world networking today with the help of these tips: Continue reading

Experts Weigh In: How is Your Business Transitioning From Summer to Fall?

Back to SchoolJust as it’s time to take the little ones back to school, it’s time for the adults to “go back to school” in a way as well. The summer is typically a time for fitting in vacation where you can, and taking it a little easier due to the slow season. But with fall quickly approaching, small businesses everywhere are figuring out how to make transitioning from summer to fall as seamless as possible.

We asked our panel of small business experts about how they’re making the transition, and this is what they had to say! Continue reading

7 Invoicing Best Practices for Small Business Owners

7 Invoicing Best Practices for Small Business OwnersThis guest post is brought to you by GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping (formerly Outright) the simplest way to manage your small business finances online. Sign up today for a less taxing tax time!

Running a business only works if you get paid. Sending out invoices with no answer from the client or customer can cause you to pull your hair out and stay up all night wondering how you’re going to pay the bills.

Now that GoDaddy Online Bookkeeping also includes a new Invoicing feature, we’ve taken a marked interest in how our customers invoice. And we’ve come up with several best practices that seem to get invoices paid promptly and in full.

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4 Steps to Keep Your Small Business Open After a Disaster

Even for small business owners in the Northeast that have recovered from Superstorm Sandy, the storm taught an important lesson: Be prepared. We’ve learned from Sandy and so many other recent disasters that no area is immune from nature’s fury.

In addition to the billions of dollars a big storm can cost in rebuilding expenses, their economic impact also lies in lost workdays for small businesses. Even if your physical building remains functional, an extended power outage can mean days without profit, and even send customers and clients elsewhere.

To prepare your business for a disaster, take the following steps:
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Listen in to Our CEO Deborah Sweeney and BizStarters Chief Coach Jeff Williams’ Podcast!

Have you asked yourself recently if your marketing plans are clicking on all cylinders and you’re doing all that you can possibly do for your small business? Our regular guest blogger and award winning business coach Jeff Williams with BizStarters recently did a podcast with our CEO Deborah – and additionally, he’s providing a marketing evaluation checklist for entrepreneurs and small business owners to use to give existing business concepts “a good once-over in the marketing department.” Click here to try it out and listen in on the podcast below!

Last Minute Tax Organization Tips!

With only 11 days left until April 15th arrives, small business owners and entrepreneurs everywhere are scrambling to get their federal and state taxes filed and sent along to the IRS with California doing the most scrambling of all. CohnReznick recently reported in one of their company newsletters that for LLCs and Corporations in California that fail to file their tax returns on time, they may wind up paying a $2,000 penalty as issued by the California Franchise Tax Board.

Don’t endanger your overall tax position – take our CEO Deborah’s tips into consideration when it comes to getting your taxes prepped and sent on their way. Best of all, these tips can be applied to the years to come beyond the 2013 tax year and once they’re in place will make filing taxes in the future much easier and more organized.

1) Make sure you have your documents prepared.
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The 2 Tax Deductions that Business Owners Often Leave on the Table

This guest post is brought to you by Outright.com, an alternative to Mint for business. Sign up today and make tax time less taxing!

Tax time is rough for everyone, but it can be particularly brutal for business owners. Everyone needs a little help from time to time, but business owners need to find every break they can to help them stay in business and grow their company.

However, these breaks aren’t just handed to you, and you have to know what they are ahead of time to take full advantage. According to an Outright study completed last year, business owners leave two major tax deductions on the table every year… and taking these deductions could save them tons of money! Continue reading

5 Tips for Preparing Your Small Business’s Taxes

At the beginning of each year, businesses begin to look at what they spent the year before, gather up receipts, approve budgets for the year, and start to get ready to file their taxes. Prepping your small business’ taxes early can be a long drawn-out process but gathering and preparing everything early on ensures that you and your employees are taken care of completely before April 15th.

Organize all of your records

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Small Business Owners: Give the Gift of Community for the Holidays

As another holiday season is upon us, it’s important to remember everyone involved with your business, and recognize their contributions in a meaningful way. In short, acknowledge the team of people that make it possible to run a successful small business. Here are some simple ways you can recognize their contributions: Continue reading