We have all been suffering from soporific presentations. So why annoy clients any longer with those dreary, monotone meetings? To be ahead of the pack, it needs more than traditional slides. A key to success can be the method of mind-mapping: Organizing information through visually prepared one-page depictions not only keeps the audience engaged; it also clarifies complex correlations and shows benefits and possible solutions in one spot. As mind-mapping pioneers, business consultants have gathered much experience in applying this brain-friendly way of presenting information. Any entrepreneur could learn from that. (more…)
Tax returns are offically due April 18th – unless you filed an extension, or live in Maine or Massuchessetts – and in honor of the end of tax season, and to hopefully take away some of the stress that comes with paying taxes, MyCorporation is offering $18 off either our basic LLC or Incorporation package on April 18th. Just use coupon code TAXDAY18 when you checkout!
And for those of you who filed early and have nothing to stress about (and those of you who are looking for a way to procrastinate before filing your returns), we also compiled 18 Tax Facts in honor of the looming April 18th deadline: (more…)
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…)
Running a digital design agency, I’ve noticed that there seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding the whole idea of web design. Most are quick to think of it as a purely creative-meets-technical thing that they know they need, but they aren’t sure why. Most clients I meet with for the first time just want “a cool website.” Sure, they may have a list of features they know they want, and an overall look they desire, but beyond that, they haven’t thought too much about it.
This overall desire to put something up on the web, coupled with a relative uninformed view of what a website can actually do for their business explains the success of all those templates and D.I.Y. web options you can find out there. (more…)
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…)
Before setting up a new office or expanding your existing one, you’ll want to get a handle on how much it will cost to fully stock the space. The lists below serve as good starting points for everything you may need: from budgeting one-time expenses like furniture and equipment to recurring costs like paper and everyday supplies. (more…)
You want to start a business at the right time, right?
Traditionally, a few decades of working life mean that you would start winding down in business and start thinking about retirement, not start a business over 50. But in the new age of free and abundant information that encourages entrepreneurialism in myriad forms, some believe life after 50 is a perfect situation in which to start a business. You’ve learned a lot and have time and financial stability on your side. Let’s have a look at what this means: (more…)
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…)
They say timing is everything, and nowhere is that phrase truer than in the world of small business — especially when it comes to business financing. If you’re relying on some type of funding to get your business off the ground, your opening date is completely dependent on when you’re able to secure start-up capital. So before you commit to a deadline, make sure your expectations are realistic by understanding the small business financing timeline: (more…)
Okay, so you’ve taken a risk and started your own business. You’ve done the hard work (starting), and now the ball is finally rolling. Your business is growing. So what’s next? How are you adjusting to suit the expansion?
We asked our small business experts how they’ve expanded their businesses once they started taking off. Here’s what they had to say:
“As Doubledot Media grows, we’re expanding our staff to include a global group of telecommuters who fill various roles. Hiring remotely expands our team and gives us access to the world’s best talent without requiring us to move to a bigger office.” –Simon Slade, SaleHoo (more…)