6 Strategies to Reach Your Goals

Setting goals is the best way to ensure progress, stick to deadlines and ultimately, to tangibly quantify success. But it is important to take on strategic methods when setting goals, and to stick to SMART goal planning. What are SMART goals? They are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Each time you lay out a goal, evaluate it for these …

5 Website Mistakes Small Businesses Should Avoid

“Your website is your opportunity to showcase the value of working with your business, as an employee or as a customer. It also allows for you to project your product offerings and messaging exactly as you wish them to be seen.” Eek, sounds important! It is important, and it’s worth the investment to build up a website that represents your …

Bank Shopping for a Small Business

Where and how a small business owner chooses to manage their money can play an important part in the overall success of the company. So often, entrepreneurs disregard the importance of shopping around for the right bank for the business and end up paying for it in the long run. Understanding what services your business requires is part of Small …

Leadership Styles – How to Make the Most of Them

Being an effective operations manager does not always translate into being a great leader, a common misconception in small business management. Leadership is about creating and communicating a vision, inspiring others, teaching others and promoting a positive business model. Operational details are one thing; human nature is a whole different ball game. A great boss inherently represents both sides of …

Healthy Wealth

“…Society has drummed into our heads that wanting wealth is a bad thing, one that will drive you to behave in ways that are unethical, corrupt and morally bankrupt.” The appeal of being a small business owner is usually twofold: being your own boss, and making lots of money…no? Okay, there may be other factors here and there, but when …

IRS Issues Rules On Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

Married same-sex couples will be treated for federal tax purposes just like opposite-sex couples, according to a recent IRS announcement. Same-sex couples who were married in a jurisdiction, domestic or foreign, that recognized their marriage as legal will be treated as married for federal tax purposes even if they live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages as …

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 – …