Small Business Tips

How New Tools from Facebook and Google Can Benefit Small Businesses

There's good reason why Facebook and Google are the current kings of the Internet: they know how to help other businesses. With the recent release of Facebook's Find Wi-Fi feature and the enhancement made to Google's Test My Site offering, these companies have given small businesses more opportunity to make...

4 Qualities That Make For a Great Entrepreneur

There are many aspects that ultimately make for a great entrepreneur. From work ethic to ability, every business owner will have their set of strengths and weaknesses that may help or hinder them. That said, if entrepreneurs can learn to be frugal, decisive, collaborative, and motived, chances are they'll be...

Starting Your Own Business? Take Care of These Things First

While it may be hard to know exactly when the right time is to make the leap and start your own company, there are a few things you'll want to take care of before finalizing your decision. By having a solid business plan in place, knowing your options for funding,...

The Pros and Cons of the Remote Work Revolution

Even with a host of new technologies available to businesses and employees, remote working is still a controversial and complicated topic. However it's important to remember that what works for one company may not work for another (and vice versa).

What Small Businesses Can Learn from Big Airlines' Woes

While now may be a bad time to be in the airline industry (or running a carrier's Twitter account), their recent woes can be a teachable moment for entrepreneurs in all fields. The overall lesson boils down to this: customers are key. It used to be said that, when a...

Deal Site Economics Shift Back Toward Small Businesses

While deal sites like Groupon may have proven a steep investment for small businesses in the past, a new flexibility on the part of such sites could potentially make them attractive once again. Additionally entrepreneurs can learn from certain coupon "hacks" that other small business owners have shared.

How Small Businesses Can Refinance Their Debt

When your business is in trouble, it's understandable that you'd do just about anything to save it. However, as things improve, you could be doing your business a disservice by not refinancing your high-interest debt and replacing it with a more reasonably-priced source of capital. That's why small business debt...

Should You Be Paying Quarterly Estimated Taxes? 2

Perhaps the largest difference in being a "regular" employee and being self-employed is, in most cases, independent contractors, freelancers, and other self-employed individuals are expected to pay estimated taxes. How does that work? Basically, if you're self-employed (receiving a Form 1099) and need to pay over a certain amount in...