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Estate Planning Tips for the Owner-Dependent Business

Operating a business dependent upon your skills and expertise makes you a very valuable person to your business, but could leave your income (and your family’s well-being) at risk if and when something happens to you. Maybe you have not considered how important estate planning is because you’ve just accepted the fact that your business […]

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How to Scale Your Business for Sustainable Success

Business growth is a dream that sparkles in the eyes of many small business owners. But bigger is only better when your business operations are scalable. Significant growth without proper planning usually comes with extra costs and more work that could leave you and your business vulnerable and unprepared for the challenges of success. If […]

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Virtual Currency and Your Business

As it becomes increasingly common for businesses to conduct business online, the fees associated with online transactions rises to the top of the list of liabilities to be considered. The convenience of taking payments electronically comes at a cost. When looking for financially sound solutions to this problem, you may hear about Bitcoin and the […]

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Have Well-Being While Running a Business That Seems to Drain Time and Energy

Think business is all work and no play? It’s that mindset that will hold you back from reaching your potential. Your happiness matters. The problem is, the pressure of running a business can make it seem that prioritizing self care and your overall well-being is next to impossible, or even irresponsible. But, in fact, the […]

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Promoting Your Business on Social Media? How to Protect Your Reputation Online

Social media as a marketing tool can be a blessing and a curse when it comes to building your business reputation. Friends, followers, and likes on social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram can help your business gain raving fans with a tap or a click. Not only can you easily gauge the […]

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Culture: How a Practice of Karma Can Improve Your Business

Good business practices like transparency and corporate responsibility can be leveraged to build valuable relationships. But throwing around these buzzwords will only get you so far. If you really want to see results, what you may want to consider is a practice of karma: the idea that helping others become successful—suppliers, customers, even competitors—is the […]

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Avoid Business Litigation With These Six Steps

Business litigation is an expensive use of both time and money and should be avoided whenever possible. Even the most favorable of settlements can cost a business months—if not years—of productivity and focus. To avoid the high costs of litigation, follow these six preventive steps:   Don’t skimp on contracts. Instead of spending a fortune […]

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How To Be Successful At Business Succession

Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. Only a certain type of person has the particular set of skills, and is willing to take calculated risks and work tirelessly to build a successful business from scratch. One risk you should never take is leaving the future of your business to chance. As you grow your company, consider […]

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Brand or Bust? Why Branding Is Essential to the Longevity of Your Business

A strong, identifiable brand is an invaluable asset to any company. Many businesses can reap major rewards by building a brand image that accurately reflects the strength of the company. And in today’s business world, branding is necessary for businesses looking for longevity and growth. So, what do small businesses need to know about branding […]

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What to do When Your Business is Out of Bounds and Work Starts to Take Over

In the digital era when you can be reached 24/7 through smartphones and social media, it can be more difficult to set firm boundaries that support your wellbeing and the productivity of your business. When you find yourself frustrated, resentful, or feeling obligated to respond to tweets, FB messages and emails at all hours of […]

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Writing Off Start-Up Costs

One of the biggest benefits of owning your own business is being able to write off certain expenses to lower your annual income tax liability. When done right, writing off business expenses, especially when they are investments in things or experiences you would invest in even if you did not have your business, is a […]

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