Employee or Independent Contractor? Know the Rules

The IRS encourages all businesses and business owners to know the rules when it comes to classifying a worker as an employee or an independent contractor. An employer must withhold income taxes and pay Social Security, Medicare taxes and unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. Employers normally do not have to withhold or […]

Lifelong Learning is Imperative for a Lifetime of Success

The world is ever-changing. Markets and segments evolve year after year. Expanding your mind is a key factor to your success. “An often overlooked yet simple way to improve is to increase your knowledge by being a self-starter.” It is important to be an active listener so you can be a lifetime learner. Check out […]

72 Must-Follow Facebook Pages for Aspiring Content Marketers

If you’re an aspiring content marketer, it’s great finding new people in your field to like and follow on social media. You can pick up ideas, tips, tricks, and inspiration from people who really know how to work their social media! But there are lots of other people to check out, too…. This article by […]

10 Easy Solutions to Business Writing Problems

Never underestimate the importance of good writing. Especially in the world of digital business, it is often your only “voice.” If your first email to a potential customer is dull, confusing, and riddled with grammatical errors, you will likely lose the customer. If a memo to employees is unclear, you may end up with confused […]

4 Questions to Ask Before Taking the Entrepreneurial Plunge

According to Bloomberg, 80% of new businesses fail. This is certainly something to ponder.  You need to know if you’re prepared for what you’re getting into before you considering jumping off as an entrepreneur. Entrepreneur magazine suggests you ask yourself these four essential questions so you can set yourself up for success: Are you comfortable […]

The Top 10 Benefits of Social Media Marketing

There’s no doubt about it, social media marketing is a key part of business success. As a small business owner, you are probably already aware of how important it is, but might not know how to best utilize it. Being great at social media marketing is essential to making your business a success! If you […]

How to Create Your First Marketing Plan

Starting up a business is a big challenge.  You can easily get wrapped up in the day-to-day frenzy.  Don’t forget, long-term success requires a long-term plan. How do you make sure you’re staying focused on long-term goals, as well as short-term work? First step, create a marketing plan. This great article from Business Owner’s Playbook […]

Mobile Apps That Can Help You Be A Better Business Owner

As the owner of a company, you know how important (and challenging!) it is to keep up with the daily merry-go-round of running a business: overseeing projects, managing budgets, and communicating with employees. Often you find yourself having to do all this while on the go, so what better way to organize and streamline the […]

​5 Completely Selfish (But Still Good) Reasons to Buy Local

I love sharing the articles I find on helping your small business, your startups, and your finances as an entrepreneur. But let’s not forget as small business owners to support each other, too. This article from the Denver Business Journal details how supporting local businesses not only benefits others, but yourself as well. 5 Completely […]

Beyond Banks: Alternative Funding for Startups

Recently, I read the article “Beyond Banks: Alternative Funding for Startups” in the Business Owner’s Playbook. I love this piece! It is a valuable resource and primer on source financing when banks are not the way to go. If you’re looking to start a new business or expand the small business you already own, read […]