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Passion, Reality and Starting a Business Starting a business is not easy.  An entrepreneur needs to understand and express his/her passion. To do so means developing a mission statement and a plan. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Starting a business also requires enthusiasm, energy, and persistence to market... View
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
Keeping Your Financial House in Order Many small business owners would rather do almost anything than spend time keeping the books, preparing invoices or dealing with other financial and tax issues. It’s tempting to focus on the more exciting and seemingly beneficial things such as digital marketing, networking with colleagues... View
Grow Your Business with Content and Search Engine Marketing Content Marketing Strategies for Small Business Owners Having an online presence is an absolute must for today’s small business. But once you have that presence, what is the best way to attract customers to your site?  How do you differentiate your business from the others that are... 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
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
Work With Me, People! Statistics on Small Business Human Resource Trends Did you know that 50% of workers in the U.S. work in a small business? Small business success is tied to employee success. However, employees cost time & money. Recruitment & management are going mobile. View