Is It Still Hip to Be Square?

Five years ago, Twitter's Jack Dorsey founded Square, Inc. An innovative startup, Square offered portable card payment processing for small businesses during a time in which card acceptance was becoming increasingly vital to business success.

Cash Flow Management Tips

Did you know that you could be showing a profit and still be going bankrupt? It's true. The definition of bankruptcy is running out of cash. Why are profits and cash flow often very different at a point in time? Here are five common reasons and what you can do about them.

5 Cash Management Tricks Every Small Business Owner Should Master

I'm going to let you in on a secret: When I first started my business, I wasn't very good at managing money. Filling in my knowledge gaps was crucial to my company's success.

Pricing Strategy Guide: Service Businesses

Developing a pricing strategy may not be a science, but sometimes it can feel about as difficult as performing brain surgery or engineering rocket ships!...

Avoiding Charge-Backs

A charge-back is a credit card processed sales transaction that occurs when your customer disputes the transaction or when you fail to follow proper credit card acceptance and authorization procedures. The result of a charge-back is a reversal of the transaction, the withdrawal of funds from your merchant account and a deposit of the funds back into your customer's account.

6 Steps to Take This Fall to Reduce Your Tax Bill in 2017

The weather is gradually cooling down, and the leaves are starting to change color if you’re a northerner. Football action has kicked off. Can...

10 Things Angel Investors Ask About Startups

Recently the angel investment group I’m a member of (Willamette Angel Conference) finished our eighth year of choosing a startup to invest in. Our investment...

5 Ways Subscription eCommerce Businesses Will Evolve

Today, we are in a subscription box craze with hundreds of “of-the-month clubs” providing a regular supply of everything from beauty supplies to socks....

Retirement Plans for the Small Business Owner: The Solo 401k

Self-Employed individuals and owner-only (and the owner's spouse) businesses and partnerships can save more for retirement through a 401(k) plan. The Self-Employed 401(k) allows you to take advantage of this increased retirement and tax savings opportunity with a full range of investment options.

Turn the Table: What’s an Angel Look Like?

Angel investors, particularly those in organized angel groups, are typically former entrepreneurs who have had successful liquidity events in their pasts, or executives of companies who've retired with the funds from their stock options.

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