small business

10 Business Owners Share Tips for Saving Money

While it may seem like there is only so much you can do to trim your spending, the following opportunities for saving money come straight from the trenches.

5 Grinch-Free Ways To Celebrate The Holidays With Your Customers

The holiday season is an opportunity to deepen customer relationships and show your community your company cares. Here's how to hide your inner Grinch and spread some Joy.

Use Systems To Save Time And Money

For business tasks you dread or commonly avoid, build task management systems to help you stop procrastinating and free you to work where your skills matter most.

Easter Eggs Aren't Only For Easter

Easter Eggs -- inside jokes, hidden messages, secret bonuses -- reward customers who pay attention to your products and services. They reward you by coming back for more.

How to Assemble Better 401(k) Plan Options

A good 401(k) plan can be key to employee recruiting and retention. But how to tell a good plan from a bad one?

Don't Sweat The Small Things—Or, Well, At Least These 4 Things

Missing office stationery? Distracted employees? As long as the issues are minor, move on and stay focused on building your business.

Sweetening the Deal on Small Business Saturday

On Small Business Saturday, American Express offers small businesses a chance to boost sales. Some small businesses are boosting that opportunity with promotions of their own.

The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be: Are You Ready to Change?

If you're not planning ahead, you may have already fallen behind.

What Is Procrastination Costing You?

"Later" is the busiest time of the day. "Tomorrow" looks even busier -- and costlier.

4 Common Investment Mistakes With First-Time Profits

Getting a startup to profitability is cause for celebration. But it's no time to lose focus on the bottom line.

Are Capital Improvements Required By Law Tax Deductible?

When the government says jump, you ask how high. You may also be asking whether or not your compliance efforts are tax deductible.

5 Small Businesses That Made It Big With The Help Of Reality Shows

Appearing on reality television might be one of the biggest breaks you can get for your small business. Here's what to know, and how to make it happen.

How To Become A Better Boss In 10 Minutes

Your employees are looking for leadership. Teach them something useful to their careers and you'll be demonstrating it.

Building A Business Website Is Cheaper And Easier Than Ever

Your customers are looking for you online. Here's how to build the site where they can find you.

4 Genuine Ways To Execute The Brand Promise

It's not enough to develop a brand promise. To be successful, your company has to live up to it.

How To Identify And Eliminate Waste In Your Budget

When the going gets tough, the tough tighten their belts. Here's how to tighten yours.

Decoding The New Tax Rules For Merchants

Prelude to a national sales tax? Maybe not, but new IRS rules mean credit card companies and online payment processors now must report the transactions they manage.

Is Your Online Business In Danger of Privacy Violations?

A thoughtful privacy policy that respects and protects your customers' private data encourages trust, and sales.

Putting Pinterest to Work for You

Pinterest, the interactive pinboard, is another social media platform gaining popularity. It's also another opportunity to get noticed and gain customers.

10 Employment Laws You May Be Breaking

State and federal employment law can be arcane. But no matter how difficult to comprehend, you're still liable if you're not in compliance.