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3 Reason Why Your Small Business Should Borrow Money Before the End of the Year

The signs of a healthy economy are abundant. Sales of existing homes continue to rise, marking a rebound of the real estate market that collapsed during the Great Recession. Unemployment is inching downward, and the stock market has had a robust year. Despite the unrest in the Middle East, there has been no oil shock. This is due largely to the fact that the U.S. is now the number one …Read More

6 Tools That Could Save Your Business

We all know the standard tools that make a business run like it should. An accountant and bookkeeping system, inventory or project management software along with phones and computers to get things done. However, there are a few lesser known types of tools that, when implemented, can make a major impact on your business and its bottom line. A To-Do List Manager Having a set to-do list for each day …Read More

5 Deadly Mistakes to Avoid in Business

Although most might not freely admit it, all entrepreneurs—even the most seasoned ones—make mistakes throughout their careers. It’s something that every founder and business leader has to deal with at one point or another. If you’re thinking about diving into the world of entrepreneurship by starting your own business, you have to be prepared to make mistakes. Here l highlight a handful of entrepreneur mistakes that even successful entrepreneurs make. …Read More

10 Secrets For Better Focusing Your Business

Focusing your goals and approach in your business is the same whether your tweaking an existing venture or starting a new one. In this edition of the Small Business Trends Community News and Information Roundup, we scoured the best business blogs and communities for secrets on how to better do this. Here are the results. Assess Your Level of Acceptable Risk (Wilbert Rogers) Before focusing your business, it’s best to …Read More

How Small Employers Can Prepare for Minimum Wage Hikes

Ralph Askar already pays above minimum wage and provides health insurance for the eight employees of his two San Diego Instant Imprints stores. But if a city ordinance hiking the minimum wage goes forward as expected, Askar figures he will have to boost his employees’ wages as well—and raise prices to keep up. And he isn’t sure how his customers will respond. “We are afraid,” he says. “Our payroll taxes will go up, …Read More