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5 Keys to a Successful Relationship With Your Tax Accountant

Even if you employ a bookkeeper or an office manager to handle your day-to-day finances, you’ll want to cultivate a strong working relationship with a tax accountant. “The best thing …

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Don’t Let “Feature Creep” Kill Your New Product

Entrepreneurs working on creating a new product often feel that adding one more feature or capability — like the Spinal Tap amplifiers that “turn up to 11” — will automatically make their offering …

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How to Get Organized for Filing 1099s

The 2014 tax season is fast approaching, which means small-business owners who pay independent contractors must prepare to file 1099-MISCs. Like W-2s for full-time employees, 1099s for freelancers must be …

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Business Expenses Right Now

Bolstering your business’s bottom line can be as much about cutting unnecessary expenses as increasing sales. The problem is identifying which of your current expenses are truly “unnecessary.” Think you’re …

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Can You Require a Minimum Purchase for Credit Card Users?

Cash may be king at your small business, but it’s likely that plenty of customers would prefer to pay with plastic. Accepting credit and debit cards isn’t free: Merchants pay …

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How to Know When It’s Time to Grow Your Small Business

Every small business eventually reaches a plateau. You’ve maxed out your current capacity, but you’re hesitant to hire another employee, open another location, or take another step forward. You fear …

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Deciding Whether to Lease or Buy for Your Business

Small-business owners often find that they need a fair amount of stuff — from office equipment to an actual office — to start a company. But that doesn’t necessarily mean …

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How Going Green Can Make Your Business Money

Fourth-generation egg farmer Jesse Laflamme says going organic saved the family business. “We were nearly out of business,” says Laflamme (pictured), co-owner and CEO of Pete and Gerry’s Organics in New Hampshire. “My …

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5 Ways Retailers Can Prepare for Sales-Tax Holidays

Unless your store caters to warm-weather activities, you may notice a drop-off in business in the summertime when people go away for vacation and spend less time shopping more time …

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Strategies for Expanding Your Business

So you’re thinking about expanding your small business. Congratulations! That means you’re doing well enough to consider tackling new challenges and opportunities. At the same time, you need to make well-informed …

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In the Trenches: Going for Grants

Having built Cranky Concierge from scratch, without any external funding, it didn’t dawn on me until recently that I should look beyond my own pocketbook to finance the business’s growth. …

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Mom’s Market Uses Green Incentives to Drive Sales

Energy costs are a constant headache for many small-business owners. Even after cutting any wasteful usage, your monthly bill may keep rising with the prices of gas and electricity. But there …

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Avoid These 5 Small-Business Scams

Small businesses are the most common victims of fraud, at the highest rate — 31.8 percent — of any company-size category and with the largest median loss, Reuters reported in September. …

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Building a Baklava Business, One Market at a Time

Katerina Georgallas founded Baklava Couture in Washington, D.C., to make her Greek pastry the way she felt it ought to be: bursting with rich, often unexpected flavors, like rosemary dark …

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