Business Management

small business strategic planningStep Up Your Business Strategic Planning Process

The last few years have been rough on small business owners. Most entrepreneurs have been working long hours under a lot of pressure to keep their doors open. The successful ones have learned to seize opportunities and… continue reading→

small business virtual asistantWhen is Virtual Assistance the Answer?

For most people, starting their own business can be a liberating feeling – no boss, no employees, no imposed deadlines. And many small business owners live by the motto “if you want something done right, you do it yourself…” continue reading→

small business owner time managementYou Can Manage People, Responsibilities, Money & Sales. Can You Manage Your Time?

As a business owner, you need to effectively manage people, finances, sales, and all of the responsibilities of the business. But at the end of the day, it’s your time that typically goes unmanaged… continue reading→

Work Less Play MoreAll in the Family? That Includes Managing the Squabbles, as well as, the Successes

Family-owned businesses comprise the majority of businesses in this country and many have achieved great success. Many hugely successful companies began as family-owned businesses… continue reading→

WBE certification minority business certificationWhat Can Certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Do for You?

Over the course of the last several decades, legislation and executive orders have been drafted to help level the playing field for women and minority owned businesses that compete for government contracts… continue reading→

small-business-strategic-plansYour Business Plan is Your Blueprint for Success

The plan illuminates your vision, mission, values and goals. Starting with a very broad brush, your vision should paint a picture of what people will see… continue reading→

business succession planningBusiness Succession Planning

For owners of closely held businesses, this task often is a case of “too little, too late.” If you own a business that you hope will continue in operation after you retire, then succession planning is something you have to think about earlier, rather than later… continue reading→

small-business-owner-mentor-supportKeeping Your Sanity: 5 Ways to Build a Business Support Network

Building a solid business support network doesn’t take a major effort and the benefits to be derived can help you to keep your sanity and grow your business more effectively. Starting and running a business is one of the most challenging endeavors one can undertake… continue reading→

small-business-owner-work-life-balanceTake a Break. Why working 24/7 Isn’t the Answer to Business Success

Instant communications, continuous connectivity, multi-tasking and mobile technologies have spawned a business mind-set that, in order to be successful, people need to be on top of their business 24/7… continue reading→

copyright-protection-300x263Using Copyrights to Protect Your Intellectual Property

It’s so easy to download or copy someone else’s work. How can you protect your intellectual property?… continue reading→

managing employee helath insurance benefit costsHealth Savings Accounts (HSA) Basics: Can an HSA Help You Control Your Healthcare Costs?

With businesses facing the uncertainty of changing health care laws and the prospect of higher costs, Health Savings Accounts (HSA) may provide the relief they need… continue reading→

small-business-bookkeepingYou Can’t Do it All: Why a Bookkeeper is Critical to Your Success

Hiring staff is one of the hardest decisions to make, especially for a small business. One area that often suffers from the penny- wise, pound-foolish error is bookkeeping… continue reading→

How to Know if a SEP is the Right Choice for Your Businesssmall-business-owner-retirement-planning

With over 60 million people employed by small businesses, and a secure retirement growing seemingly out of reach for many of them, employers are under tremendous pressure to provide their employees with and employer-sponsored retirement plan… continue reading→

Protect Yourself: How to Run Background Checks on Employeessmall-business-employee-background-checks

Employers are running background checks more frequently than ever. Background and reference checks help to ensure that new employees… continue reading→

Truth or Consequences: When is an Outside Contractor Really an Employee?A list of withholding taxes from the pay stuff

Many small businesses legitimately outsource work to outside contractors and consultants. Doing so is one of the ways that small businesses can be flexible and cost effective… continue reading→

Time to Outsource? 5 Questions to Ask Yourselfoutsourcing virtual assistants

Outsourcing has long been considered to be a strategy employed by larger businesses as way to reduce costs. Technology has made it possible for small businesses to utilize outsourcing even in the early stages of the business growth cycle… continue reading→

Don’t Mess with the IRS — How to Deduct Shareholder Benefit Costs in a Sub-Sdeducting-sub-s-benefits

Many business owners elect to use S Corporation status for tax purposes. S status is a tax status, not a type of corporation. To be taxed in this way… continue reading→

Before You Hire…5 Things You Need to Know about Employee Lawsmall business employment information

Of the myriad of regulations and laws that confront businesses today, none are more perplexing, or numerous than the laws regulating employment. When a business cycles into a hiring mode… continue reading→

HMO POS PPO different health plansHealth Insurance Alphabet Soup – HMO, PPO, or POS – What’s the Difference?

Most people participating in a health care plan through their employers, will be offered one or more of the following types to choose from: a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan… continue reading→

Simple 401(k)s are Anything but SimpleSIMPLE-401ks

In response to the growing demand by small businesses to be able to compete with larger companies, Congress, through the Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996, created a retirement plan called SIMPLE 401(k)… continue reading→

What Is a Health Savings Account (HSA)?HSA

Health Savings Accounts combine certain tax deferral benefits with a high deductible medical insurance plan. The increasing cost of medical insurance premiums today makes a Health Savings Account (also known as the HSA) worth considering as an option… continue reading →

What’s ERISA and Why Should You Care?pensions ERISA

Many small businesses offer some form of qualified retirement plan or welfare benefit plan, and in doing so, they fall under the governance guidelines of The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)… continue reading→