How Managers Can Tackle Little Tasks Quickly to Focus on the Big Picture

The more you can have your employees working on assignments aligned with their skill set, the more productive your small business will be. Rather than have them stop every couple of minutes to work on a smaller task, it can help to find other methods to get simpler tasks done rather than have your employees stop everything they’re working on to do it. Here are a few great, efficient, and more affordable ways of getting the busy work out of the way so your team can focus on their assignments.

Outsourcing

It can be a bit of a dirty word these days, but outsourcing is an effective way to do business for not only large corporations, but smaller businesses as well. Your company should be focused on really doing one particular niche activity very well. Anything outside of the scope of that focus, or anything that your business may not be skilled at working on, could potentially be outsourced. Companies that emphasize their strength at writing code for websites, for example, could do things much better and faster.

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How to Build a Mobile App for Your Small Business

A June study by Nielsen found that more than 60 percent of mobile users in the United States owned a smartphone. People not only use their phones to surf the web and communicate with friends, but are conducting business that just a few years ago was reserved for notebooks and desktop computers. It is now more important than ever for businesses to optimize their websites for mobile technology.

While creating a mobile version of your website is a good start, an app is the most comprehensive way to ensure maximum exposure to potential customers. An app moves faster than a mobile website and can sync with other features on the phone. The problem is that most small business owners don’t have the technological wherewithal to code an app themselves. It isn’t as difficult as one might imagine, but also not as simple as printing business cards online. The following will help steer you in the right direction.

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50 States of Incorporation: Georgia

Georgia boasts one of the fastest growing populations, and economies, in America. 15 Fortune 500 companies call Georgia home and, if taken alone, Georgia would have the 28th largest economy in the world. Despite its reputation as the Peach State, Georgia also produces pecans, soy, corn, and poultry. Tourism and culture also make up a major part of the Georgian economy, and a flat corporate income tax of 6% continues to attract new businesses to the state. In fact, according to the Tax Foundation, Georgia’s state and local corporate, income, and sales tax are all low enough that Georgia falls below the national average tax burden. But what does it actually take to form a business in Georgia? And what should you know before incorporating in the Peach State?

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50 States of Incorporation: Connecticut

Connecticut is a state with a long and storied history. European colonists established what would eventually be Connecticut back in 1636, and towns sprung up on the banks of the Connecticut river, leading it to be called the River Colony. Largely due to a war with the Pequot people that inhabited the area, these river towns created a central government to pool resources and raise a militia. After the Pequot War the population swelled, and Connecticut received its royal charter in 1662.

Both it’s involvement in early American history and its natural beauty ensure Connecticut remains a top tourist destination – state officials estimate that tourism generates around $14 billion for the state economy. Well in line with its revolutionary history, Connecticut is also home to many of America’s major gun manufacturers, including Colt, Stag, and Mossberg.

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Why Small Business Websites Shouldn’t Overlook Good Contact Forms

By Scott Dutton

A good and working contact form is essential. Many websites include their contact details such as address, phone number, and email but do not use a contact form and miss the leads that they can capture from this valuable tool. People believe that most visitors get irritated on filling a form! Sometime when using a very long contact form the fact that it takes so much time it turns people off to contacting you. Every website, whether fashion, corporate, educational, or entertainment based, has a method in place for site visitors to be able to contact them. Having one central “contact us” page is a good idea to create on a website, but a much better idea is to create several contact forms on specific site pages that a visitor is able to fill out and submit.

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Business Basics: A Closer Look at Registered Agent Services

If you’ve been following our Business Basics series, you’ll know we’ve already covered registered agents, and briefly explained what it is they actually do. However, people still had questions about registered agents, as well as the benefits and pitfalls with choosing a third-party service like registered-agent.com. So we decided to re-visit the topic and dedicate a post to answering some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received. Also, if you haven’t read it already, we recommend first reading our last post on registered agents as it answers the more basic questions.

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The Small Business Guide to Pinterest

If you don’t know what Pinterest is, you aren’t doing a very good job with your marketing strategy. Pinterest is the fastest-growing site to hit the 10 million users mark in history, and it is responsible for generating more referral traffic than Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn combined. Pinterest is bringing businesses big results, and as a free site, Pinterest is a powerful tool that small businesses cannot afford to overlook or to mismanage.

Using Pinterest to its full potential can help you to get significantly more traffic to your site and more exposure for your brand, potentially helping you take your small business to the next level. Here’s what you need to know about how to start using Pinterest and getting results:

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Business Basics: How to Run a Benefit Corporation

No, you aren’t having Déjà vu - we’ve done a business basics on B-Corps before. However, we decided to revisit the benefit corporation because there are still so many question surrounding the new structure. In just a few short months, eight more states have enacted legislation to recognize benefit corporation, bringing the total up to twenty, if you include D.C. And, as more and more people weigh the pros and cons of forming a B-Corp, the inevitable question of ‘how do you even run one of these things?’ is bound to come up. Happily, running a B-Corp isn’t much different than running any other type of corporation.

Benefit Corporations: Part Two!


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Business Basics: Why Do You Even Need an EIN?

An Employer Identification Number, or EIN for short, is basically a social security number for your business. Like with social security numbers, the IRS uses EINs to track what businesses need to certain types of tax. However, not all businesses are technically required to have an EIN as sole proprietorships can be identified by the owner’s SSN instead. That doesn’t mean, though, that you should avoid filing for one, as there are three main reasons why obtaining an EIN is important for a small business.

It allows the business to hire employees.

If you run a sole-proprietorship and you are the only employee that works for the business, all of the profits and losses are going to be reported as part of your personal income. You then pay whatever state and federal taxes you need to, just like you would if you received an income from anywhere else. However, when you hire an employee, you are responsible for withholding any necessary taxes from that employee’s income. The IRS then cannot simply use your SSN to keep track of what they are owed as there are now two different employees, and that’s where the employer identification number comes in. EINs let the IRS and other tax-collecting bodies know what businesses need to be sending in the usual payroll taxes.
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