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Small Business New Year’s Resolutions

on 12/23/2016 - 08:56 am

It’s a new year with lots of changes on the horizon.  There is s shift in leadership in America and the economy has steadily improved over the last couple of years.  For these reasons alone and more, we know undoubtedly that change is coming.  That said, when you’re creating your New Year’s Resolutions for your business, make sure you’re prepared for what's to come.

CPA/Accounting/Finance Preparation:  Schedule a meeting with your CPA right away to make sure you’re business understands all the risks for the coming year(s).  For example, we understand the Fed may increase rates which in return effects the economy.  Underst ...

Preparing Your 2017 Annual Business Plan

on 12/22/2016 - 01:26 pm

Now is the time to finalize your business plan for the new year.  While some businesses are busy during the holidays with their business, there are a some businesses that might experience a lull during the December month.  Whatever state your business is in, make sure you make planning a priority.  It can be the difference of how much your business increases.  Below are some tips on planning that can help your business grow next year.

Previous Year Assessment:  Small business owners need to understand what worked the previous year and what didn’t.  Additionally, they should be looking at years prior for year-to-date growth to understand where th ...

Can I Qualify for a Small Business Loan?

on 11/29/2016 - 11:52 am

Ever wonder what your next steps are with your business?   Is money holding you back?  Has there ever been a time when you’ve wondered about a small business loan?  Is it the right time?  When is the right time for your business to seek outside funding?   How does a small business loan work?  A decade or so ago, getting a small business loan was incredibly difficult and many business owners used alternate methods like credit cards to don't their business ventures.  Today, things are vastly different.
Considering a Small Business Business Loan
Before you consider a business loan, define your plan or strategy for using the funds.  Any lender ...

Small Business Holiday Marketing Tips

on 11/29/2016 - 11:32 am

Most small businesses are just coming off the Black Friday buzz and are giving the holiday season a full court press before the end of the new year.  Other small businesses are still contemplating on what they can do to drive more business. 
For those who are still hesitant on what can be done, we’ve got some ideas that can help.
Holiday Promotions
By now you should know what your clients want. Holiday door busters are a great way to get your customers to spend a little more this holiday season.  Promotions such as dollars off or even BOGOs are great options to get customers buying.  Remember, most customers are looking for the best deal during the season ...

Small Business Black Friday Marketing Tips

on 10/28/2016 - 12:03 pm

You’ve decided to take part in the sales frenzy that’s known as Black Friday?  Excellent!  We want to make sure you get the most out of this sales event so pull up a chair and grab and pen and paper, because you’ll want to take some notes. 
First and foremost, don’t even try to compete with big businesses like Amazon, Target, Walmart or other big box retailers.  You’re a small business and you’re not in the arena of these heavy hitters, but you can still market your business during the mayhem and get some new customers out of it.

Identity Your Hot Deals:  Some of the biggest mistakes retailers, e-tailers or small busine ...

6 B2B Marketing Tips that Make a Difference

on 10/28/2016 - 11:12 am

Not all marketing efforts are alike, especially when you’re targeting other small businesses.  Before you head down the road of targeting the group of elusive business folk, don’t get mislead on the next great marketing gimmick.  Plan, execute and arm yourself with the best tactics to achieve maximum results.  Below are some of our favorite B2B Marketing Tips.
1. Focus on Customer Wants/Needs: 
It's easy to forget in the selling process what businesses want.  Instead, we get sucked into marketing ourselves with endless features that every company should have.  The truth is businesses run short on time and want to get down to making sure the ...

Tax Tips for Small Business

on 09/28/2016 - 11:50 am

Small businesses know by now the importance of preparing their taxes to make the most of the tax breaks. But are you doing everything to really capitalize on those breaks? Back in 2011, the IRS reported that only 7.6 million filers claimed a home office as a tax deduction. That's not that much when you consider that more than fifty percent of business owners run their business owners work from their home. Our tax break tips will help you get the most out of your filing.
Get Organized
Did you know that just by keeping organized you provide better insight into your business and potential deductions? Once you're able to see a clear snap shot of where you’re spending your money it will p ...

Benefits of Social Media

on 09/28/2016 - 11:04 am

According to a recent article, there are over 2 billion social media users. Additionally, over 90 percent of retail brand use two or more social channels. Those statics have grown since they were reported some twelve months ago. As a consumer you've witnessed some of your favorite brands in your social network of choice whether Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. You’ve probably liked/followed their pages/boards or even liked their posts. As a business owner, you might even be watching how a favorite brand connects with their customers. Despite all the pros there are with incorporating social media in your business, there are many small businesses that aren't implementing it. Why is that? ...

4 Steps to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog

on 08/31/2016 - 09:16 am

Are you looking to drive more traffic to your blog?  Do you ever wonder what the secret is to a great blog that’s widely read?  The truth is its hard work running a blog.  If content is king, you need to understand your market and understand your customers more. We have some excellent tips on how you can improve your blog and get better results for your business. 
Know your Industry Bloggers
Have you searched the internet and found those bloggers that write about trending topics in your industry?  Which ones within your industry are most popular?  Visit their blogs and start talking to them, engaging with them.  Visiting them on a weekly bas ...

Want to Start a Business? Here are 5 Easy Startup Ideas

on 08/30/2016 - 01:15 pm

Today, all people are in a hurry. Their business lives are busy and their personal lives are even busier. As an entrepreneur, your goal should always be to meet an unmet need. If you can do that and keep your business simple, you have a recipe for success. The following are Service Businesses for Customers on the Go!
Cleaning Service
In 2015, according to Franchise Help, the cleaning industry which includes “residential cleaning, commercial janitorial services, specialty cleaning and laundry/dry cleaning services generated $51 billion in revenue.” This business has an easy start-up with standard cleaning supplies, a list of clients and or business cards/flyers and or a ...