In the spirit of “there’s nothing new under the sun” and don’t try to “reinvent the wheel,” let’s look at what merchants, on average, did to boost sales over the holiday buying season. Consider this a report card against which you can judge your efforts this year and then use it to plan for other major shopping seasons.
Well into the 20th century, miners used canaries as a way to detect methane and carbon monoxide in mines. As long as a canary was singing, all was well. If a canary died, it was time to abandon the mine immediately. It meant the oxygen was running out.
With the holiday season in full swing, many of us are in a gift-giving mood. So this begs the question: Does the IRS allow business owners to write off gift expenses as a tax deduction when filing with Uncle Sam?
Does Santa use GPS? Is Rudolph an Apple or Samsung fan? Some questions might never be answered. But one thing is clear: despite global warming, each year the holiday shopping and advertising season starts earlier and earlier. And its ever-growing presence on our mobile screens and social networks only grows faster and faster.
For most people, the holidays are a busy time filled with family, parties, and travel. Business people are often faced with a dilemma: Enjoy some time off and lose business, or work through the holidays and cheat your family?
With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, it’s easy to get caught up in buying turkeys and finding stocking stuffers for the grandkids. However, it’s also a great time to start thinking about reducing your taxes and planning for April 15th.
Gift cards are extremely popular at large, corporately-owned, big-box stores. But if you proudly own a local small business, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t explore the possibility of offering gift cards to customers this holiday shopping season. Here’s why:
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