Small Business News
Joining a local business networking group is a great way to get you and your business face time with other small business owners in your area. Attending these events takes time and effort, so here are a few tips to get the most out of these networking groups.
1) Join and attend networking groups and events BEFORE you need the business.
Building business relationships takes time. Give others in your group the time to get to know you and your business so they feel comfortable referring their clients to you. Read the rest here »
Small business owners can find it confusing and overwhelming when it comes to the details of business deductions. Deducting too many items can cause problems if your business is every audited and deducting too little takes money directly out of your pocket. Millions of business owners each year fall to the side of caution and do not take the deductions they are owed. Read the rest here »
Small business owners and busy and money overlook the amount of money wasted when it comes to the office printers and printing supplies. The printers, paper, and ink can be easily taken for granted and the expenses involved with them can be overlooked. It is easy to save money with it comes to printers and printer supplies in an office. Read the rest here »
Looking to buy a used car dealership, or a Pizza Hut franchise? Thinking of selling your company? BizTrader.com, is ready to play matchmaker.
Having been established since 2009, New York City-based BizTrader.com aims to become a one-stop shop for buying, selling and valuing small businesses.
It’s not the first company to take on the market, but it stands out with two distinctive advantages: a global focus and broad search-engine exposure. While online brokers traditionally keep their listings proprietary to their own site, BizTrader.com will (for an added fee) push its listings out to broader search services like Google and Craigslist.
At this point, it is likely you have heard about the recent Kitchen Nightmare episode in which Gordon Ramsay went to Amy’s Baking Company in Arizona. In response to the episode being aired, the owners hit social media in retaliation to reviewers and bloggers.
The incident has brought up a great time for business owners to review how they use social media. Read the rest here »
Every business will experience major computer or network problems at some point. When this happens, the time taken by your IT company to respond to the call can make or break your business. How can you know in advance if you’ve partnered with the right company?
An IT company with a slow response help desk can keep a business out of normal operations for days. Database corruption for instance could cause loss of data and prevent execution of orders and deliveries if not taken care of promptly. Viruses or hacking could lead to software crashes and hardware failure, making a business invest in new IT infrastructure. Furthermore, website downtime could seriously affect search engine rankings.
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If you have a contract with an IT company for computer support, it’s important to make sure you are getting the right features and pricing to avoid hidden fees and downtime. Be especially careful of per-hour charges. Houston IT company MCORE explains:
While in theory it might seem like a great way to save money, but if your IT company charges by the hour, you run the risk of not having any available technicians when you need them most. Moreover, less reputable companies can use this method of billing to bump up their rate at your expense. The environment created by charging based on hours spent fixing a problem is not conducive to fixing that problem quickly. And as a business owner, you want all sorts of issues resolved ASAP, and the idea of seeing a three hour job stretch to a three day job is the last thing you would ever want to happen.
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I am sure that most business professionals have heard the quote, “the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.” However, like me I am confident that if I asked you’d be surprised to learn that Albert Einstein was the one behind this insightful quote.
Find out why cloud computing makes spending money on hardware refreshes a business insanity! Read the rest here »
We have compiled our Top 10 most common mistakes that businesses make when trying to establish their business credit or corporate credit.
1. Trying to cut costs by using your home address for
your business address.
2. Using a P.O. box or mail drop location for your business address.
3. Not having a separate business phone number from your home phone; also not having a fax number. Read the rest here »
This is a great offer for small businesses since every office has a laser printer. HP is running a promotion for a $40 gift card with the purchase of three laser toner cartridges. This offer is good for cartridges purchased from April 1st through June 30, 2013.
For more details and a copy of the rebate form go to CheapInkCartridges.com >>>