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Should Your Small Business Accept Credit Card Payments?
Sat, 13 Aug 2016 16:35:24 -0400 - Credit card payments in the United States are on the raise. More and more consumers are signing up for the little pieces of plastic and using them as their main method of payment. This is in part due to banks making  rewards better and better for cardholders. If you’re planning to open up a small business, it’s
3 Early Signs Your Business Is Going To Fail
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:20:06 -0400 - My friend, entrepreneur Marc Kramer, has started about 20 businesses. Some have succeeded, others have not. Among his start-ups, I asked him if he got signals early on that he had a clunker on his hands, and if so, what the signs were. Generally, he said, he knew within about 120 days whether or not the concept is
How Your Hobbies Can Make You Money in Retirement
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:29:31 -0400 - If you’re looking to generate extra income during retirement , you might want to explore ways to make your hobby into a more profitable venture. After all, hobbies are the things you choose to do — activities that, in most cases, you’d happily do for free. And pursuing a hobby-related business can make for a
How to Hire for Your Small Business
Tue, 09 Aug 2016 16:01:54 -0400 - You should be asking yourself a few questions before you begin the hiring process for your small business. Why have you decided to hire someone? Does this reason highlight a fundamental problem within your business? Will hiring someone help you with your long-term goals? Can you  afford  to hire anyone right now? If
Three new reasons to expand your market horizons
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:32:02 -0400 - More than ever, 21st century small businesses have reasons and resources to expand opportunities beyond local markets, including international trade, and specifically exporting. Yet even though 97% of all U.S. exporters are small companies, only a fraction of that sector are exporters. But there’s good news that
Which Type of Online Lending Fits Your Small Business Needs?
Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:57:46 -0400 - When small businesses can’t get the funds they need from traditional lenders, they often turn to online lenders to find  funding solutions . Online lenders have more lenient eligibility requirements, which makes it easier and more convenient to get financing. They also offer a variety of products, which gives your
The Biggest Differences Between Traditional Lenders and Online Lenders
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 08:10:13 -0400 - Small businesses have historically struggled to qualify for loans from banks due to their more stringent requirements. As a result, online lenders have become popular alternatives to help fill this funding gap. Though traditional lenders and online lenders offer similar products, their application and funding
Three important people you want to be close to you
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Don't Qualify for a Small Business Bank Loan? Here's What You Can Do
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:17:18 -0400 - If you don’t qualify for a traditional bank loan for your small business, it can be a challenge to get funding. Thankfully, there are a variety of other lenders and methods for getting the money you need for your business. Alternative Lenders Lenders, like  Kabbage  and Bond Street, help fill the funding gap for
Pokemon Go Lures Customers to Small Businesses
Sat, 23 Jul 2016 12:57:37 -0400 - In July 2016, Pokemon Go, an augmented reality game, launched in over thirty countries. It first became available in the U.S., New Zealand and Australia on July 6, and most recently, in Japan on July 21. The game takes advantage of the nostalgia surrounding a popular Japanese franchise that was released two decades
The power of brainstorming with adjectives
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 19:54:04 -0400 - How dull would our world be without adjectives? You know, those handy words or terms we use, as Webster says, to "modify a noun." Indeed, without the descriptive power of an adjective, a noun is nothing more than a bland commodity – like broccoli without hollandaise. If I offered you a soybean, you would probably be
Tips on Taking Over a Family Business
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 10:53:37 -0400 - Taking over a family business combines two of the most important parts of our lives — family and work — in a potentially volatile process that can affect relationships and keep the transition from being as smooth as it could be. We asked Anna Sergunina , a financial advisor who works with small businesses and who’s
How Seasonal Businesses Can Manage Up-and-Down Cash Flow
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:06:33 -0400 - Some businesses see steady sales throughout the year, while others see their revenue concentrated into seasonal segments — think tax preparation offices or ski lodges. These businesses have particular challenges when it comes to managing cash flow , since expenses have to be paid throughout the year, even when
How Startups Can Control Spending in Their First Year
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:06:29 -0400 - The booming tech economy has produced a wave of smart, ambitious entrepreneurs intent on creating fast-growing companies that can disrupt existing markets or even create new ones. As with any new business, though, solid, common-sense business principles can mean the difference between prudent growth and excessive
10 reasons to never be too cool for Old School
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:53:42 -0400 - You may think you’re too cool for “Old School,” but there’s one thing it produced that you can’t be successful without: the fundamentals. Here are ten essential operating fundamentals that are timelessly, beautifully, definitively, non-negotiably, Old School. Financial statements: Become an expert at understanding

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