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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
Especially in professional service firms, sales typically rely on you, the owner.  All inquiries, good and distracting, get forwarded to your inbox.  All contracts need your review and all price considerations require your analysis.  The busier you are, the more these activities
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
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. 
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.
Inkjet or laser? Single-function or multifunction?  Color or black & white? Printers are a necessity for almost every business. What may seem like a minor investment could cost you more in the long run if you don’t make the right selection. But how do you choose?  With the
An important part of your role as an employer is to ensure that you pay your workers promptly and accurately, and that you comply with federal and state payroll laws that apply to your business. As an employer and a business person, you want to manage your payroll system in the most efficient,
“On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.“ David Ogilvy Very simply, online ads need to do three things: Target the right group Capture attention
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
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. 

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