Start preparing now for upcoming tax season
Start preparing now for upcoming tax season

Leaving tax prep to a last-minute cram session could disrupt your business in the spring. To avoid a crunch, you should prepare for tax deadlines well in advance.

Your business plan: Do the financials add up?
Your business plan: Do the financials add up?

The financials section of a business plan is where you document the numbers and convince investors that your company is a good risk.

December 5th, 5:52 PM EST
How to know when the price is right
How to know when the price is right

How much should you charge for the goods and services you sell? For small businesses, that may be the most difficult question to answer-- and also the most important.

December 12th, 5:24 PM EST
Your business plan: Exploring the market
Your business plan: Exploring the market

Explaining the market for your product or service is one of the most important parts of your business plan. So do it right, even if it requires extensive research.

December 28th, 10:28 AM EST
A small-business insurance primer
A small-business insurance primer

Insurance is one of the most neglected small business responsibilities -- and one of the most confusing. Use this guide to begin sorting through your options.

November 21st, 5:39 PM EST
Coming to terms with public relations
Coming to terms with public relations

Give some thought to your company's public relations, whether you're looking to garner specific media coverage or just want to generate a general buzz about your small business.

October 11th, 8:37 AM EDT
Your business plan: Picturing your company in words
Your business plan: Picturing your company in words

Whether you're looking for money or simply creating an internal document, you must be able to present a clear portrait of what your company does.

November 14th, 5:19 PM EST
How much personal savings should you have before you start a business?
How much personal savings should you have before you start a business?

Conventional wisdom is that you should have up to 12 months of living expenses put away before you start your own business, although the figure depends on a few factors.

June 7th, 2:38 PM EDT
Building your small business: A business plan FAQ
Building your small business: A business plan FAQ

Here are the answers to some of the most often-asked questions about business plans.

November 7th, 5:28 PM EST
Show me the money: Funding your small business
Show me the money: Funding your small business

Even if your business plan calls for instant profitability, almost all businesses need initial funding to get up and running. Here's a guide to where the money is.

October 31st, 6:08 PM EDT
Cash flow is a key to unlocking business profits
Cash flow is a key to unlocking business profits

A healthy cash flow not only gives your business stability in its current operations, but it also gives you a position of strength from which to plan for future growth.

October 24th, 5:24 PM EDT
Time out: It's OK to take a break from your business
Time out: It's OK to take a break from your business

Sometimes the hardest part of running a small business is knowing when it's OK to take a break.

October 17th, 3:39 PM EDT
7 ways to boost employee compensation
7 ways to boost employee compensation

An overview of some benefits that may help you strengthen your employee packages.

October 4th, 8:45 AM EDT
Uncle Sam extends a helping hand on the Web
Uncle Sam extends a helping hand on the Web

Among the online resources are key government publications, forms, statistics and regulatory data that can help you plan for your small business.

September 27th, 9:38 AM EDT
Common startup mistakes to avoid
Common startup mistakes to avoid

No matter how much research and preparation you do, you will make mistakes when you start a business, but the common errors listed here may help you avoid a few.

September 19th, 3:52 PM EDT
Smaller tax bills for your small business
Smaller tax bills for your small business

Here are some ideas to help you get the most from your business deductions, avoid problems that can affect small business owners and plan for the future.

September 13th, 8:07 AM EDT
How to write the right job descriptions
How to write the right job descriptions

Creating a clear job description before you begin the hiring process can help you choose the best candidate from a pool of applicants.

August 16th, 8:03 AM EDT
How to perform cash flow triage
How to perform cash flow triage

It's Monday morning and you don't have enough cash on hand to make Friday's payroll. What options do you have?

July 28th, 5:34 AM EDT
Naming your business to spell success
Naming your business to spell success

Naming your business should be done carefully because this is a decision that you will have to live with for a long time.

February 23rd, 3:50 PM EST
Your pre-vacation checklist
Your pre-vacation checklist

You can alleviate the stress that can accompany a vacation by creating a list of tasks that need to be managed when you're not there, then checking off each item as it's handled.

July 12th, 10:48 AM EDT
Elements of a successful press campaign
Elements of a successful press campaign

To conduct a successful public relations campaign, it helps to be familiar with some of the basic PR tools.

June 7th, 2:38 PM EDT
Top 6 pricing mistakes
Top 6 pricing mistakes

A sound pricing structure helps companies generate sales and build customer loyalty. The wrong pricing structure can leave businesses struggling to reach profitability.

July 12th, 10:47 AM EDT
Streamline purchasing through online procurement
Streamline purchasing through online procurement

The Internet has made it easier than ever for small businesses to track down and work with high-value suppliers.

July 12th, 10:47 AM EDT
What financial information should I include in my business plan?
What financial information should I include in my business plan?

Business plans should be written for specific audiences with specific purposes in mind. And the level of detail should depend upon the expected reader and the plan's purpose.

July 12th, 10:47 AM EDT
The new rules for dot-com startups
The new rules for dot-com startups

The hypergrowth needs of fast-growth startups have turned the old rules of venture financing on their ear.

June 7th, 2:39 PM EDT
Writing a partnership agreement
Writing a partnership agreement

A partnership agreement can give you a framework for defining each partner's obligations, and settling the conflicts, disagreements and other issues that occur in every relationship.

July 28th, 5:34 AM EDT

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