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A dog in an office
Offering a “bring your pet to work” policy might be more than just a nice-sounding benefit: It could actually lower your employees’ stress and make other workers feel more satisfied with their jobs, according to a study by Virginia Commonwealth University. “Allowing workers to bring their pets to work is a very simple way to…
Small business owner hanging open sign on front door
If your small business keeps traditional business hours, it might be time to rethink your approach. Customers — particularly younger Millennial clients — increasingly expect to be able to engage with you on their schedule. “For that, you can thank the Internet and the proliferation of the ‘always-on economy,’” says Andy Birol, who coaches private and family…
Five co-workers eating a healthful lunch at the office
Having healthy employees not only makes for a happier workplace, it’s also a smart way to run a business. After all, healthy employees use fewer medical and mental health services — and that could help save your company money. “Our research shows that 67 percent of employers cite ‘employees’ poor health habits’ as one of the…
Green small business practices and recycling icon
If you’re thinking of implementing “green” practices in your small business, it’s natural to want to make sure they’re cost-effective. After all, the point of running your own small business is to make money. Fortunately, you may not have to choose between going green and bringing in the green. These days, many environmentally friendly strategies can…
Networking Tips for Introverts (And People Who Just Hate Networking)
Networking is one of those “must-do” tasks for all small business owners. After all, new clients and projects don’t automatically show up at your doorstep. They’re often the result of connecting with other business owners in your community and work niche. But what do you do if the thought of striking up conversations with strangers…
5 Online Tools for Small Business Efficiency
To be successful, today’s small business owners must be resourceful. They are forced to work with insufficient budgets, limited personnel and overwhelming workloads. Thanks to recent advances in technology, small businesses are able to better control daily tasks and responsibilities. Here is a list of five tools that can help small business owners operate more…
promotional swag
When it comes to growing your emerging business, it’s all about leaving customers with a lasting impression. Promotional swag is one way small business owners can create that impact. It also can serve as a form of advertising and an incentive for consumers to have a connection to a brand, according a study completed by Promotional Products…
Business Taxes
Each year, the tax credits and deductions offered to small businesses change. With a little planning, you can help minimize your tax burden by taking advantage of the deductions you are entitled to. The Internal Revenue Service website offers a high-level summary of deductible business expenses. Be sure to gather documentation to support your spending in these…
Shark
Finding investors for your business can be a key component of your company’s success. However, before any investors agree to help finance your company, you will likely need to show them how investing in your business will benefit them. That’s where the pitch comes in. A pitch done well can be entertaining and exciting – there’s even a whole…
Intuitive Tools for Freelancing Retirees
You’ve planned for years, you’ve worked hard and now you’re enjoying the freedom of retired life. Whether your dream is to see the world, pursue a new hobby or simply relax, becoming a retiree is the beginning of an exciting new life chapter. However, the challenges of living on a fixed income, the desire to…