Just a few years ago, accepting mobile payments was a novelty that only a select few businesses provided to their customers. Today, businesses have a variety of mobile payment providers to choose from, making it an affordable and simple solution to implement in a changing marketplace.
If you ever aren't sure on something a friend tells you about your taxes, always make sure to check the IRS site. If you can't find the answer there, look to someone who is supposed to know tax laws before deducting anything on your taxes.
‘Twas the night before Christmas / The store had just closed / I tallied receipts / Adding to my woes
What would you think of a restaurant that offered really good food, but the salad is free and the dressing is extra? The potatoes are free but the sour cream is extra. The soup is free but heating it costs extra. And table service is free if you wait two hours, but table service in 20 minutes costs extra.
Too many people still believe the urban myth that you can sketch your idea on a napkin, and people will throw money at you. Fundraising is indeed brutally tough at all stages, and the seed funding is the hardest to find.
Is every potential client a good fit for you? Before you answer, think carefully: every single one? Fairly often, I get quizzical looks when I tell people that I work almost exclusively with small non-profit organizations and very small mission-driven businesses.
The Small Business Administration has many helpful platforms and programs that are specifically geared towards veterans who are looking to engage in entrepreneurship and start their own small businesses. One such program is the Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (MREIDL).
The new hot topic for entrepreneurs the last couple of years is crowdfunding, which is anticipated to at least supplement, if not replace, the slow and mysterious process of current Angel and venture capital investors. The problem is that crowdfunding means something different to everyone, and even I have been confused by the different ways the term gets used.
If your business is trying to increase profits, raising prices is something you might consider in today's economy. However, you have to be so careful when doing this so as not to alarm your customers.
Finding a loan without collateral is never easy. Unsecured loans are hard to come by in the best of circumstances. Throw in some iffy credit history and it can seem almost impossible. It is not impossible to get one, however.