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5 Ways to Hire Your Next Employee

According to NFIB's May 2017 survey, "hiring plans and job openings accelerate but more small firms say it's hard to find qualified help." In the old days, if you needed to hire a new employee, you put a help-wanted ad in your local newspaper and were bombarded with calls and resumes. Today, this is the last thing you'd do. Here are 5 ways to find a new employee in a tightening job market.

Work from Home
Should You Rethink Your Telecommuting Policy?

A number of large corporations, including IBM, Honeywell, and Yahoo, have reversed or restricted their policy that had allowed employees to work remotely. The reason: It's believed that when workers are in the same physical location, it improves collaboration. Still many large corporations continue to permit telecommuting (Forbes posted a list of the 100 such companies). If you currently allow employees to work remotely, should you continue your policy or make changes?

Timing is Everything in Business: Watch Deadlines and Statutes of Limitations

Apparently, the statement that timing is everything can be traced to the Greek poet Hesiod who said "Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor." Great timing is essential for every business. Here are some areas you need to pay attention to when it comes to timing.

What Is Wall Street Telling Main Street?

The market has been amazing for more than 8 years (since March 2009): the Dow gained more than 14,000 points and the S&P tripled.  That upward move is great for investors, but what does it tell small business owners on Main Street?  Here's my take...

Pre-Tax Arrangements for Your Employees
To the extent that an employer can enable employees to pay for some personal needs on a pre-tax basis, both the employer and the staff win. The employer will save on employment taxes and may be able to curtail raises. The staff receives benefits they want with lower out-of-pocket costs to them. Here is an explanation of how this works and some examples that employers may want to consider:

Pets and Your Business Policies

Americans love their pets. It's been reported that there are about 89.7 million pet dogs and 94.2 million pet cats in the U.S., and that more than 6 in 10 (63.2%) consider their pets to be family members. June 23 was Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Should you allow pets on your premises? How should you craft your business policies on pets brought into your company by customers and employees?

5 Time-Tested Ideas to Run Your Business Better

In the age of AI, technology, social media, and disruption, it's easy to lose sight of simple, time-tested ways to operate more efficiently and grow your business. A number of years ago I wrote a blog on this same subject, and much to my amazement, the ideas still ring true and deserve attention once again.

10 Summertime Actions for Your Business

Unless your business is season-sensitive (e.g., pool maintenance, lawn services), summertime may be a slow period for your business. Customers and clients may be away, and revenue may be down. 

Don't fret. This is an ideal time to attend to various actions that may not be easy to do when things are busier. 

Here are 10 actions to consider when you have extra time this summer.

Gearing Up to Open Your Doors

Whether you're about to start a new business, relocate to new premises, or expand to additional locations, you need to be prepared to let the public know you're ready for them. This requires some investment to have the materials on hand that will tell customers about your business and where they can find you. Here's what you need, and how to get it in the easiest possible way.

I'm Honored and Grateful for the Ongoing Recognition of my Blog!
Some of the most recent awards include:

Top 25 Small Business Influencers and Experts You Need to Follow (by Emerge)
Best Small Business Blog 2017 (by FitSmallBusiness.com)
Top Small Business Blogs of All Time (by Loyverse)
Top 100 Small Business Blogs on the Web (by Feedspot)
Best Small Business Blogs 2017 (by MarketInspector.com)

5 Mid-Year Tax Planning Strategies

For many small business owners, thinking about taxes occurs only twice a year ... when returns are being prepared and perhaps at the end of the year. This is a mistake. With half of 2017 over, now is a great time to assess where you stand and to take action that will be helpful to your 2017 tax bill.
Apply These 5 Secret Techniques to Catch Up on Retirement Savings

Small business owners bear the burden of saving for their retirement and shouldn't count on the sale of their companies to provide the financial security they seek. Many owners often plow extra cash back in the business rather than socking it away in a tax-advantaged plan. The good news: growing older entitles you to make "catch-up contributions" designed to increase savings as retirement approaches.
Hear My Recent Radio Conversations with Featured Guests:

Ken Gronbach, futurist, demographer, generational marketing expert, and author of  Upside: Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead, 
joins Barbara to discuss his insight into the future and the 7 top trends that will shape the coming decade.

Ramon Ray, entrepreneur, global speaker, and best-selling author of Facebook Guide to Small Business Marketing, shares social media strategy and best-practice marketing advice for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
150+ Big Ideas for Your Small Business

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"150+ Big Ideas for Your Small Business, 2017 Edition" 

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J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2017

Yes, technically the official tax season has ended. 
As a small business, however, critical tax issues face you all year long, and many questions continue to surface. Tax planning is essential, as you know, to achieve "a better bottom line." That's why this book is here for you today ... to help you, as a small business owner, stay informed and to offer solutions for your year-round tax-planning needs. 


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