Small Business Expenses
Small business owners can generally deduct certain expenses on their taxes. But which ones? Here’s a quick look at what’s deductible and what isn’t, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). These Items Are Typically Tax Deductible: Employees’ pay Retirement plans Business rent Interest Taxes Insurance Business meals Business travel Business use of your car Business use…
Accion Chicago Helps Women, Minorities in Small Business
Among the many groups in Chicago that help small businesses, Accion Chicago aims to represent the “under-represented, including women, minorities and low-to-moderate-income entrepreneurs,” says Betsy Neely Sikma, manager of Accion’s development and communications. The nonprofit provides customized business support, credit repair counseling and — for those who qualify — small-business loans ranging from $500 to $50,000,…
Starting a Small Business in Las Vegas: What You Should Know
Las Vegas is an inviting place to start a small business, according to Inc.com. Among the many advantages are competitive real estate prices, affordable services, a ready workforce and low taxes, the website says. Nevada is ranked second in the nation for encouraging small business, according to the nonprofit Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC).…
Small Business Owners Turn to Alternative Lenders
Some small business owners seeking access to capital appear to be shifting away from banks and turning to faster, more flexible alternative lenders. These are typically online companies such as OnDeck or Kabbage that offer financing based more on a business’s performance rather than personal credit. According to a recent SurePayroll survey of small businesses with 1-10…
Storefront
A certain portion of the working public wants to feel like they’re “where the action is” when they go to the office. They may be sitting in the same type of cubicle as anyone else, but if they can look out the window at a bustling downtown, it makes them feel alive. If they have to…
social media for business
Chances are, you opened your business because you have a passion for your product, whether it’s Italian food, accounting, interior design or anything else that might be the focus of your energies. For some business owners, though, social media marketing may fall somewhere toward the bottom of that passion list. We all know it’s useful…
mobile payments
If you weren’t already aware, the way people pay for your products is about to change. Mobile payments, where consumers use their cellphones to pay for goods and services, are expected to total $60 billion by 2016, according to eMarketer. Some of the biggest companies in the world are racing to create technologies that let people store…
Small business
As a small business owner, you have passion for what you do, and the confidence that you can do it well. But it’s also important to have certain key markers of professionalism in place, so customers can have equal confidence in your work (and you can start growing your client base as a result). At SurePayroll,…
small business advice
A common question that growing small businesses face is “How can I sell my products and services to large corporate customers?” That was the topic of a panel discussion at the Supplier Diversity Exchange hosted by Allstate Insurance Company last fall. Attended by 35 different companies, the exchange offered small businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans…
Start-Up Business
Possibly one of the most critical aspects of launching a successful start-up is marketing. Someone can only find your product or service if they’ve heard of you. But it can be difficult to know where to begin and where to focus your efforts, particularly when you’re just starting out. Here is a list of marketing…