Flying Blind

Imagine that you're a seasoned pilot. You've filed your flight plan, then a massive snow storm hits. Visibility is zero and the winds are gusting up to 30 knots. Are you going to take off?

Why Banks Deny Small Business Loans

There are many reasons why banks deny an applicant’s small business loan request. Unfortunately, this happens too often, even when the business idea is...

Chargebacks: Don’t Let Technology Hurt Your Business

Usually within just a few shorts months of entering the business world, most owners are confronted with a chargeback. If they didn't know what a chargeback was before, they quickly come to loath these financial nightmares.

The Best Practices for Modern Accounting

Accounting for a business is more complicated than just subtracting your expenses from your revenue. There are so many things to consider and monitor, which makes it a necessity for business owners to take advantage of all of the modern best practices for accounting.

5 Things to Know About Payroll Taxes

"Making payroll"—that is, managing a small business so that paychecks are delivered on time even when the unexpected occurs—can be one of the hardest parts of a small business owner's job. One thing certain to make that job even harder is a payroll tax mistake that can lead to IRS problems.

Guide to Smart Pricing: What Are You Really Worth?

Getting your pricing just right is tricky. There are big downsides to keeping your prices too low. But it's easy to raise them too high for people to buy anything anymore.

Valuation of Your Business for Tax Planning

Few business owners relish spending money on something they don’t need. And for most owners, hiring an expert to estimate the value of their...

Include Mobile Payments in Your Marketing Strategy

Though incorporating mobile payments into your business model can help you lower costs associated with point-of-sale hardware and improve operational efficiency, they also provide...

Tips to Avoid Credit Card Fees

Small businesses rely on credit card sales and payments to grow and move forward; however, many small business owners can feel the weight of high credit card processing fees pushing down on them, especially in lean economic times.

Retirement Plans for the Small Business Owner: The SEP Plan

Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) plans can provide a significant source of income at retirement by allowing employers to set aside money in retirement accounts for themselves and their employees. A SEP does not have the start-up and operating costs of a conventional retirement plan and allows for a contribution of up to 25 percent of each employee's pay.

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