small business

The Negotiation Comfort Zone: How to Improve Your Negotiation Skills

To be a successful business owner, it is crucial to be comfortable negotiating, both in casual and formal situations.

Online Tax Payment and Filing for Small Businesses

The IRS wants businesses to pay their taxes online, as well as file their taxes online. It's faster, eliminates the need for the IRS to have people open envelopes and process pa

Money-Saving Strategies for Workers’ Compensation

The owner of an asbestos-removal company in New York was sentenced to prison for failing to pay workers’ compensation premiums, according to a July 2009 article in the New York

How to Get Huge Savings With Used Office Equipment

When you buy used office equipment, you can save 50-75% over retail. Here is our quick expert guide to knowing when to buy used, what to look for, and how it can benefit your botto

Take the Long View When Negotiating with Your Vendors

For many businesses, the prices your vendors ask can make or break you. And even if price is no object, your vendors' abilities to deliver products or services on time, while av

How Employee Benefits Provide Better ROI Than Cash

A dollar on a paycheck is worth a dollar to the employee. And it costs you a dollar. But benefits aren't like that. Sometimes, your employee will value the benefit much more tha

80 Small Business Twitterers You Should Be Following

Twitter is one of the best places to network and discover new business insights. We've compiled a list of some of the best and brightest minds in the small business Twitterspher

11 Sources of Free or Low-Cost Training

If your company doesn’t have a large budget for professional development, or if you want to explore less expensive options, here are some free or low-cost sources of training.

6 Common Money Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

Avoid these common pitfalls, and you'll increase your likelihood of running a successful — and lasting — business.

How Taking a Sabbatical Can Help Your Business

It seems counter-intuitive for us to take (what some may see as) excessive time off from our businesses in order to prosper and grow. But it works.

How Anticipating the Worst Can Help You Succeed

It doesn't do much good to be Chicken Little, constantly convinced that financial ruin is imminent. That said, the strongest businesses do prepare for the worst.

Money Pitfalls of the Big Sale

You've just scored your first big sale — hurray! But that new sale might be less lucrative than you expected, or even put you deeper in the hole. Learn why.

4 Reasons to Cut Hours, Not Wages

In the midst of the economic downturn earlier this year, I spoke with an operations manager who had received a mandate from his boss to trim payroll costs. He considered reducin

How to Deal with Tax-Deductible Receipts Quickly and Easily

How do you deal with tax-deductible receipts that you collect on the fly? Are they stuffed into your wallet until it becomes so distended that you are forced to do something abo

Okay, I’m Plugged In: But What If I Don’t Want to Be?

Social media has become a viable means for marketing businesses and making connections with customers. But what if you don’t want to be plugged in all the time? What if you just

Forget the Phonebook: 3 Local Marketing Initiatives With Higher ROIs

Even though few people use the phonebook to find local business these days, in an ironic twist, advertising in the phonebook has become more expensive. Small business can boost

5 Ways to Stay Profitable in Changing Times

A few weeks ago, after enduring a major rainstorm during a cycling training event, I accepted a ride back to my starting point at a local bicycle shop. The shuttle driver happen

17 Resources to Improve Your Small Business

Improving your business is critical to staying afloat and growing. Here are some resources out there that will sharpen your skills, improve your offerings and allow you to grow you

101 Small Business Mistakes (and What You Can Learn From Them)

Let's be honest: running a small business is not an easy task. And even the most successful business owners have had their fair share of blunders. Here are some of the biggest mist

How and Why a Business Plan Can Make a Difference

We have all heard that the business plan is the foundation for every business, and we may try to do one by going through the motions. But until we truly embrace the business pla