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Tips on Using Independent Contractors Millions of small businesses use independent contractors to perform a multitude of tasks. But when is an independent contractor really an employee? Knowing the answer could keep your business out of serious trouble with state and federal taxing authorities.  View
How to Cope With a Supply Chain Crisis Have you ever ordered something online from a store you’ve never bought from before? Have you waited and wondered why your order didn’t arrive in a timely manner? For customers, this experience is frustrating, and as a small business owner, disruptions in your supply chain that... View
10 Tips for Picking a Payment Processor These days, it’s easy for almost any small business to tap into the electronic payment system and accept credit and debit cards along with other types of e-payments. And there are plenty of payment processors competing for your business. View
They’ve Got Your Number When checking out prospective accountants, find out what kinds of services are offered such as bookkeeping, management consulting, investment management and estate planning.  View
6 Ways Business Owners can Work Smarter Business owners and entrepreneurs are notorious for working long, hard hours to grow their companies. But what if you could accomplish more, in less time? In many cases, an excessively long and tyrannical “to-do” list is only part of the problem. The other part may simply be you and... View
50 Small Business Tips for 50 Years of Success: Productivity SCORE and MassMutual know how important it is to get good advice. That is why, for SCORE’s 50th anniversary, we are sharing helpful, relevant, and succinct tips for your business success. The tips are based on real-life experiences and successes from people like you. During each... View
A Growth and Startup Program that Really Rocks A few years after launching the Charleston Cookie Company in 2003, Judith Moore, CEO, enrolled in a little known but highly effective program called FastTrac (www.fasttrac.org) that helps both startups and existing owners grow their businesses.  View
Distribution 101 for Entrepreneurs When you start marketing a product, you have a lot of options. You can sell directly from a website or physical storefront, through channel partners or corporate B2B partners, or through distributors. View
How to Run Your Business from a Browser It’s never been easier to start and run a small business. Not easy, mind you, but much easier thanks in large part to a wide range of low-cost, easy-to-use cloud-based applications.  View
6 Tips and Tactics for Hiring Seasonal Help Millions of small businesses in the U.S. hire seasonal, summer, holiday or other part-time and temporary help. But finding such workers – especially good ones – isn’t easy and comes with a unique set of requirements compared to full time employees. View