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Experts Weigh In: What’s the best tool to run your business with?

Running a business is a full-time job. Thankfully, there are a lot of really useful tools out there to help entrepreneurs run things smoothly. We asked our small business experts what their favorite tools are for running their businesses.

Here’s what they had to say…

“Without a doubt, our business would not be able to function without Google Drive. It’s free and we are able to share our documents with our business partners in other countries. We can even work together simultaneously on the same document. We use documents, spreadsheets and templates for invoices and other forms. It’s easy to insert our logos, signatures and other proprietary information.” –Jacquie Whitt, Adios Adventure Travel (more…)

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Mind the Tide: 4 Keys to Navigating the Flow of Data for Improved Business Performance

Tides are a fluctuation – rising and falling from forces exerted by the sun, the moon, and the Earth’s rotation. Depending on where you are on Earth, sea levels are subject to any number of external forces such as wind, inclement weather, land masses and changing shorelines.  By collecting and reviewing data on tides humans have been able to navigate the globe with some level of predictability. The same holds true for business. Collecting data from many sources, compiling, and analyzing it can help improve the way you navigate through your current business environment and provide a measure of predictability as you move ahead.  Here are four factors to consider as you work towards your goal:

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Should a Startup Rent or Buy?

The question of whether a startup should buy or rent can be a tricky one. Both options have obvious advantages and disadvantages and there is no single answer. There are some ideas, though, that can be used as general guidelines.

For some businesses, the answer to this is an easy one. For example, a business might be historically connected with a specific location so it makes more sense to own a facility there. Other startups might profit from the fact that they can transfer quickly to another location and for them, renting makes more sense. (more…)

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Starting a Business Debt-free: Benefits of Using 401(k) Business Financing

When it comes to small business financing options, it’s usually traditional funding methods that come to mind: working capital loans, SBA loans, business lines of credit, etc. But did you know an alternative option exists that’s allowed thousands of entrepreneurs to launch businesses debt-free? It’s called a Rollover for Business Start-up (ROBS), and it enables you to leverage your own retirement assets to buy a business without having to pay any tax penalties or get a loan. (more…)

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How to Choose the Best Office Space for Your Business

When it comes to your business, office space isn’t just one of those things that fall under the heading ‘nice to have.’ Office space is a necessity. But the right office space? Means so much more. The right space will lend your business legitimacy, possibly even prestige. Its functionality can help your productivity, amenities will increase employee satisfaction, and the location could determine the ultimate success of your business.

With all that in mind, here are some tips for choosing the best office space for your business.  (more…)

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How to Efficiently Deliver Client Presentations to Busy Executives Using a Mind Map

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…)

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Have a Stress-Free Tax Day With MyCorp by Saving $18 on April 18th

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…)

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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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Are Web Templates Killing Your Business?

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…)

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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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