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Timely Tax Tips for Small Business Owners

Is it tax time again already? Three experts share tips and advice about getting through tax season unscathed.

Credit Scores

Maintaining a good credit score is important, no matter what your financial goals are.

When Do You Compensate Employees For Travel And Commute Time?

You probably know that you're supposed to pay your hourly employees for travel time. What about their commuting time?

7 Bootstrapping Principles Any Business Can Use

In a tough economy, too much focus on cost cutting can stifle growth. Here's how to keep your company growing without blowing your budget.

How to Write Off Start-Up Costs

Getting a business up and running is usually expensive. But once yours is a going concern, you can turn some of those costs into standard business deductions.

Cell Phones as Tax-Free Fringe Benefits

Due to changes in tax law, employers can now offer employees cell phones as a tax free benefit.

Settle Your Worker Classification Problems with No Penalties

If you fear the IRS may decide your independent contractors are really your employees, now is the time to take advantage of a special worker classification amnesty program.

What to Do About Financial Losses from Disasters

If your business was damaged by a recent natural disaster, here's where to look for financial assistance to help your business recover.

4 Ways to Defend Your Phone from Hackers

You may have lots of sensitive business data in your voicemail inbox. How safe is it?

7 Mistakes Bosses Make That Drive Employees Crazy

Sometimes leaders and managers can't avoid these seven common pratfalls of bad bosses. But with some careful management, these stumbles don't have to hurt morale or productivity.

How To Take Risks Without Losing Your Shirt

There's a difference between taking risks and taking foolish risks. Follow these steps to take more of the first and none of the second.

Why 9 out of 10 Businesses Fail

Innovation may be the key to a long and healthy business life.

Why Showing Your Customers The Love Is More Important Than The Sale

If you give your customers reasons to love you, they will. Here are six.

Are Loyalty Programs A Marketing Gold Mine?

Your customer loyalty program can be so much more than just a way to reach out to your customers.

Making Your Web Presence Both Local and Global

Think globally, act locally. Or is it think locally, act globally? With some planning, both can be true for your online identity.

Customer Service Mistakes You’ll Never Recover From

Gaining customers is hard work. Make sure you aren't losing them through preventable customer service blunders.

10 Examples of Great (Small) Investments for Small Business

Sometimes small investments lead to big returns.

3 Ways to Revive Burned Out Employees

Keeping your employees motivated and engaged can boost productivity and profitability.

9 Signs Your Service Can Be Turned into a Product

The number of hours in a day limits how much a service provider can work -- and earn. But what if some parts of that service could be turned into a marketable product?

5 Types Of Employees That Are Destroying Your Business

You can't afford to hire -- or keep -- these five types of problem employees.