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4 Reasons Every Small Business Needs to Outsource

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 2, 2011

Buried in paperwork? Need to cut costs? Not enough hours in the day? Try outsourcing… Outsourcing is a relatively old phenomenon that has recently gotten a modern makeover. In the 90s we used outsourcing to refer to big business sending jobs offshore. Today, outsourcing simply refers to subcontracting an internal business function to an outside provider. Most small businesses outsource functions such as payroll processing, accounting, and similar…

5 Steps To Delegate Your Business so Your Company Can Grow

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 25, 2011

A day in the life of a busy entrepreneur usually consists of many cups of coffee, sifting through an extensive amount of spam, and extensive procrastinating. We need people to work for us while we don’t, or so we can focus on important aspects of our business. Unfortunately, the internet is overloaded with information on who, what,or when to hire outside help to delegate tasks to. The realty…

How to Reduce the Risk of Chargebacks at Your Startup

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 23, 2010

Many startups have nightmares about chargebacks: when a customer disputes a charge on their credit card, usually due to fraud concerns. The good news is that although chargebacks can be annoying, they are usually a very small percentage total transaction volume—0.015%-0.025% of total credit and debit transaction volume is charged back. Here are some useful tips for dealing with chargebacks: Be Transparent Since chargebacks occur due to customers’…

Starting an Import/Export business? Here’s What You Need to Know

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 28, 2010

As an entrepreneur, it is essential that you go over every aspect of your industry before you actually start full force.  This is even more important when you are deciding to start or add on an importing/ exporting company.  Because you are dealing with things like international trade regulations, different currency and many other factors, you should really do your homework.  Below is a quick reference to the…

Is Your State About to Put You Out of Business?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 2, 2010

Your biggest tax issue for 2010 and beyond could very well be something you’ve never even heard about: nexus. But the tax risk isn’t from the increased IRS audit force, or the hundreds of federal tax law changes that happen every year. The tax issue is with your state. Or the state next door. Or a state you’ve never even visited. If you have a business, you are…

Creating Your Business Swagger

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / March 10, 2010

The primal nature of subtle social cues and what they mean to our subconscious. What’s with the strut? Psychologically there are many cues that denote the feeling of confidence. They display our intent, betray our falsehoods and reveal our attractions. Many of these actions we cannot control and some of the micro twitches in our face, that we consciously miss, can be picked up by our subconscious which…

Grow Your Business by Setting New Rules in the New Year

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 29, 2010

There are two types of rules: rules we set for ourselves, and rules that are set by others.  As children, others set most of our rules for us.  However, as adulthood approaches, we have to become responsible for setting our own rules and holding ourselves accountable.   We set these rules with the purpose of making our lives more fulfilling.  You’ve heard these phrases before: “No carbs after 9pm!”…

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