Mixing Business Trips with Vacation

If you thought your business trips can be expensive, you need to think again. If you plan and strategize, the government can subsidize your trip so that your trip expenses are minimal. The idea is to combine your business travel with vacation time and document the time spent on business.

Financing Can Help Your Small Business Make a Difference

Using debt financing to start a new business seems like a no-brainer to many, but there are some who really do not think of starting a new business this way. To some, just the idea of taking out new debt to start a business is enough to turn them off.

5 Tips for Getting the Best Business Loan

As the job market and overall economy in general continue to improve, lenders seem to be beginning to loosen up capital for more and more business loans. Programs designed to incentivize banks to make loans to small businesses, in the hopes that those businesses will then use the cash influx to create jobs, make loans possible even for less-than-stellar applicants.

Growth Requires a Different Kind of Capital

Growing companies usually require more working capital during their periods of rapid growth. In past insights we have calculated the amount of additional capital needed for a business as it grows, and the additional capital required is often surprisingly large.

Learn the Language of Merchant Cash Advances

For many business owners, merchant cash advance jargon can seem like a foreign language. With a little bit of explanation, however, you can be using the words like a pro and bantering confidently with people in the finance world.

The Art and Science of Modern Invoicing

An invoice is more than just a receipt with a total at the bottom. It is a professional document that signifies the completion of a project or sales transaction. It is also the last impression you make on a client, so it is crucial that it is an accurate reflection of your company's brand and high standards.

Watch Out for Indirect Tax Audit Triggers

Your odds of facing an indirect tax audit are actually higher than the odds of IRS small business tax audits. That's because while the IRS audits 2–12% of the tax returns filed with the agency every year, some states audit up to 20% of the business sales tax reports filed each year.

5 Steps to a Great Pricing Strategy

There are many important aspects to running a business, but perhaps the most important of all is your pricing strategy. At the end of the day, whether customers are willing to keep spending money at your business and whether you can afford to stay in business comes down to your prices. Here are five steps to get you on the right path for an effective pricing strategy.

10 Ways to Attract the Right Kind of Investors

When you're initially starting up your company, any investment can feel like a welcome investment. The reality is that not all money is created equal. There are investors you want to attract and others you don't.

Are You Offering Your Customers Enough Payment Options?

"While credit card companies research and develop new anti-fraud measurements, alternative payment solutions providers are cashing in on the demand for online security and customer choice," say the folks over at EcommerceTimes.

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