Buying a Brand: Franchising

In the aftermath of global downsizing, many out of work or dissatisfied employees are considering franchising. But what do these folks know about running a successful business? In fact, the best candidates for franchising are proven, successful small business owners ready to expand or take on a new challenge. Firstly, there are two main kinds of franchising to consider – …

Give your Business a Financial Facelift

  “Boiled down to the essentials, financial (or fiscal) planning is about two things – accumulating wealth and protecting it”. Don’t feel like these two simple things are happening? Then it is probably time to consider a financial facelift. Like its surgical equivalent, a financial facelift entails a quick nip and tuck procedure. The end result is a more streamlined, …

Secrets to Success – The Five P’s

  A lot of businesses position their marketing around what is known as the “Four P’s”: product, price, positioning and promotion. While sound advice, this strategy is missing a fifth, and vital, element: people! Without a direct focus on all FIVE of these areas, any business, even with a foolproof idea, can struggle. Let’s simplify this strategy, starting with the …

Plan For The Growth Of Your Business

Most businesses view growth as a sign of success. Yet uncontrolled expansion could jeopardize your company’s future.

Dependents Can Be A Complicated Tax Issue

Most taxpayers believe that a “dependent” is a minor child that lives with them. While that is essentially correct, dependents can include children and parents, other relatives and nonrelatives, and even children who don’t live with you. There is really much more to the dependent deduction than you might at first imagine. Exemptions and your taxable income. For 2013, each …

Watch Out For Moving Company Scams

Perhaps you’re a young adult trekking across the country to a new job, or a mid-career professional scanning the horizon for greater opportunities.

Get Equipped – Technology Tips!

Competing within an increasingly inundated market means that small business owners are constantly on the hunt for tools that give them a leg up. When utilized with savvy, technology can be that crutch. Taking advantage of all that technology can offer will require some concentrated attention, especially for those self-proclaimed tech-challenged individuals. But with a little insider information and a …