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Quiz: Are You Ready for the Affordable Care Act?

The Affordable Care Act will soon be the law of the land. Take this short quiz to build up your health law knowledge. (Don’t peek — answers are at the …

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How SparkRent Helps a Property Manager Track Payments

Time is limited for Kevin Hanks, who holds down a full-time sales job at a major software company while also managing a fourplex in Santa Cruz, Calif. And he has …

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How You Manage Money Should Change When You Start a Business

In some ways, managing your business’s money is similar to managing your personal finances: You should practice disciplined spending, pay your bills on time, and regularly balance your books. In …

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6 Steps to a Paperless Workplace

Some small-business owners are hesitant to shift to a paperless workplace because the transition seems overwhelming. But the switch doesn’t have to happen overnight. If you need motivation to get started, …


New Rules for 2013 Regarding Labor Posters

With the election over and a new year under way, we’re already seeing an uptick in legislative activity. State and federal changes that will likely affect U.S. employers in 2013 …


4 Mobile Apps for Managing Your Business Expenses

One of the best things about being a small-business owner is being able to deduct most of your work-related expenses — as long as you remember to keep detailed records …

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How Much Does an Employee Really Cost?

Considering hiring an employee? It’s going to cost you far more than the salary you agree to pay. In fact, each person you hire could cost you twice that amount …

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5 Apps for Running Your Business from a Smartphone

A recent national survey of entrepreneurs showed that 88 percent of small-business owners use mobile apps to conduct business on their smartphones or tablets. Yet more than half of those …

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How Gaumenkitzel Tickles Its Customers’ Palates

In 2011, after working in the construction business for 20 years, Kai Flache and his wife, Anja Voth, opened the restaurant Gaumenkitzel in the San Francisco Bay Area. Flache handles …

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From Corporate Engineers to Sustainable Farmers

Tales of corporate executives who dream of transforming their passions into small businesses are common. But those who are able to realize their dream while maintaining a career and a …

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Finding and Selecting a CPA for Your Business

No matter how small your business is, at some point in time, you’re going to need an accountant. Some small business owners only call up their CPA once a year …

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How Will the IRS Delay in Processing 2012 Tax Returns Affect You?

You’ve probably been following the recent federal tax law changes to determine how they’ll affect your small business. Whatever the financial impact, the IRS recently announced that it won’t start accepting …

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5 Small-Business Lessons from “It’s a Wonderful Life”

After watching Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life again this year, we realized that there are a few things all small-business owners can learn from the holiday classic. George Bailey’s …

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Forget Paper Paychecks: Direct Deposit Can Save You Time and Money

Are you still cutting paper checks for employees? Although it may seem easier to stick with procedures you’ve always followed, automating your payroll system can save you hours per week …

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10 Employee Health Benefits Cheaper Than Insurance

Nearly half of U.S. firms with three to nine workers offer some form of health insurance to employees, as do 71 percent of firms with 10 to 24 workers, according …

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