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5 Things to Do When Scouting for New Vendors

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 7, 2019

Every business needs to be fully stocked in order to survive. The process of stocking, however, often doesn’t work as well as it should. Being supplied by the wrong vendor means high prices, difficult relationships, and lowered value for your business all around. It’s important, then, to find the right vendor for your business. What makes a vendor “right” will be different for every business, but a few…

How 5 Insurance Startups Are Disrupting a Stale Industry

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 5, 2019

Whether it’s for home, health, life, or auto, choosing an insurer can be a big decision with long-term financial impacts.  For all of those essentials, the question is the same: Which company offers the most protection, at the best price, and with the most reliable service? Especially when it means poring over pages of fine print, there’s rarely a clear answer. Hoping to make insurance more understandable —…

3 Strategies That Will Help You Disaster-Proof Your Brand

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 2, 2019

JetBlue hit major turbulence in 2007, when an enormous ice storm forced flight cancellations across the East Coast. Surely the airline couldn’t be blamed for this “act of God,” right? Wrong. While its competitors canceled flights promptly so their customers could wait out the delay comfortably at home, JetBlue dragged its feet. This resulted in passengers sitting on the tarmac for hours and snarled operations that lasted nearly…

5 Ways to Grow Your Business

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / July 29, 2019

There has never been a better time than today to start, run, and grow a business. While there are still challenges, various resources for entrepreneurs and business leaders abound, with most accessible via a single click or touch.  From private and public sector programs to communities, websites, podcasts, and DIY videos, entrepreneurs have access to a robust support ecosystem that’s exploded to an unprecedented scale. Technology also performs…

4 Things to Consider When Acquiring Another Business

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / July 26, 2019

When you own a business, the simple act of acquiring another small business is often one of the smartest investments you can make. Not only does it provide an opportunity for an additional stream of revenue, but it can also yield advantages in areas like taxes, accounting, and resource maximization. But business acquisitions are rarely easy or straightforward. Things can get messy, and it’s important to do your…

How to Relocate Your Home-Based Business

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 19, 2019

Moving is stressful — it’s a universal truth — but it’s even worse if you work from home. How exactly are you supposed to keep your business running when everything is going into boxes? The simple answer is that it all starts with how you pack. By organizing your office equipment, files, and other key items strategically, you can minimize downtime and get your new office up and…

How to Invest for Your Retirement as a Business Owner

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / July 18, 2019

Many entrepreneurs start their businesses because they genuinely like what they’re doing. But even if that’s the case, eventually, you’ll need to think about retirement. You can’t keep working forever; at some point, you’ll want to take things easy (and hopefully have enough money to live comfortably). With Social Security running out of money, and no higher-up employer to provide you with retirement benefits directly, it’s all on…

For Your Company’s Sake, Quit Making These 6 Common Mistakes

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 10, 2019

Owners of small and medium businesses never expect to fail, but every year, thousands of companies close shop, anyway. Reasons for failure vary from cash flow problems to poor product-market fit, but in many cases, company leaders could have avoided the worst if they’d known what to expect. Keep an eye out for these common mistakes so you can prevent them: 1. Failure to Delegate When you start…

6 Must-Haves in Today’s Workplace Wellness Programs

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 5, 2019

The concept of wellness is an old one. Originating thousands of years ago, wellness describes a harmony between one’s body, mind, and spirit. Wellness gained steam in the West in the 1980s, and soon, the workplace wellness program was born.  In the 40 years since, a lot has changed. For one, wellness programs were once found primarily at enterprises. Today, they’re actually more common at startups, where 85…

Tax Refunds Are Down — Here’s How to Protect Your LLC

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / June 4, 2019

If you run a small business, your 2018 taxes were probably far higher than expected. The reason: The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act significantly modified the tax code. These changes didn’t become evident until Americans filed their 2018 taxes. At their heart, the changes aimed to lower taxes for corporations. While this mostly means bigger companies, forming or modifying an LLC can help reduce your tax burden.…

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