Should You Recognize Small Business Saturday this Year?

Most of you are probably familiar with Black Friday – and maybe you even avoid shopping altogether on this day. Some of you might know about Cyber Monday, too, and how the Internet has become a tremendous sales platform. But do you know what Small Business Saturday is all about? And should your local retail shop recognize this unique day? Time is running short if you plan to do something special for it. Originally conceived of in 2010, Small Business Saturday is an informally designated day that falls between Black

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3 Reasons Why Responsible Borrowing is Critical to Your Business Growth

Contributed by Benjy Feinberg, CEO of Behalf More funding options mean harder decisions Today, businesses can access extra capital in more diverse ways than ever before. Overall, that’s a great development for small businesses. Yet, these expanding alternatives demand a more sophisticated decision-making process of how to borrow capital. Every borrowing decision requires that you look into the structure of repayments, APR, additional late fees, and any extra conditions in the tiny print of the terms and conditions. As your options grow, so do the dangers of non-sustainable borrowing. The

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Accounting for Safety & Security through a Small Business

The title of the popular hit song “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities describes what entrepreneurs Karen and Anthony High help their clients with each day. Since 2006, the husband-and-wife business partners have proudly operated their own small business called Special Operations Security Services, Inc. in Dunellen, New Jersey. The company employs a staff of about 32 security officers. The firm provides a full array of security services for a variety of clients, including manned security services, personal protection, and executive protection. Schools, churches, senior communities, and theaters are just

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4 Reasons to Donate to Charity this Holiday Season

Donating to charitable organizations comes with lots of benefits, including ones you’ll enjoy on your tax return when filing with Uncle Sam. To lay them out one-by-one, here are 4 reasons to donate to charity this holiday season: 1. It’s a kind gesture for those in need. There are millions of individuals and families out there who are much less fortunate than the average person. Because of this, it is such a kind gesture to make a donation to a charity that will go toward people in need. It always

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A “Love” for Making Others Smile Leads to Startup Success

Sasha Love has the perfect name. That’s because she loves to make people happy by ensuring they are having a good time or by helping underprivileged children. Fortunately, she is able to culminate these two passions through her family-owned small business called M1 World Agencies, LLC. M1 now has reopened with a fresh new name – M1 World Agencies, LLC – and a fresh new start. The new revised business expansion is like a new startup company as of February 2014. The company is based in Las Vegas, Nevada but assists clients

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5 End-of-Year Tax Tips to Cut Your Taxes Before 2015

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, it’s easy to get caught up in buying turkeys and finding stocking stuffers for the grandkids. However, it’s also a great time to start thinking about reducing your taxes and planning for April 15th. There are several strategies you can use to cut your tax bill before filing with Uncle Sam in the spring. Consider these end-of-year tax tips: – Reduce your end-of-year income – legitimately. A good number of IRS tax credits require taxpayers to meet certain income thresholds in order

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Music to Your Ears: Tax Tips for Musicians

Happy Saxophone Day! Whether you produce melodic sounds on a saxophone with your lips, strum beautiful chords on your acoustic guitar, or imitate Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” on your harmonica, here are 4 important tax tips for musicians that you should know about to keep more of your money and stay compliant with the IRS at the same time: – Determine if your music playing is a hobby or a job. One of the most integral tax tips for musicians is to determine whether playing the trumpet, piano, violin, or

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5 Reasons Small Business Owners Should Offer Gift Cards this Holiday Season

Gift cards are extremely popular at large, corporately-owned, big-box stores. But if you proudly own a local small business, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t explore the possibility of offering gift cards to customers this holiday shopping season. Here’s why: – They are like immediate sales. When a customer buys a gift card for $25, $50, $100, or a larger amount for themselves or as a gift for a loved one, it’s like an immediate sale. This holds true even if the gift card is never used in the

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Entrepreneur Finds Startup Success Selling Halloween Cass-Kits

If you’ve ever been spooked by an eerie casket at your local haunted house, entrepreneur Ray Kustush may have been the one who provided the scary prop. Kustush is the CEO of Cass-Kits, LLC, a small business he’s able to manage right out of his home office in Lisle, Illinois. He and his wife, Cyndi, officially formed the unique enterprise in March 2014. As its name suggests, Cass-Kits sells wood caskets that can be fully assembled by anyone. They are made of pine wood and come in a kit that

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5 Tips on Moving a Small Business to a New Location

Managing the day-to-day operations of a small business is a major challenge and overwhelming at times. But when moving a business from one location to another for any reason, there are even more little details involved in such a big change. To help your relocation process go as smoothly as possible, consider the following tips on moving a small business: – Consider the specific type of move you plan to make. Do you plan to move your company from a home office to a separate office complex? Are you taking

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