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10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Investors

10 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Investors

Seeking money for a start-up from friends, family, angel investors, venture capitalists or lenders is an exercise fraught with pitfalls. Many first-time entrepreneurs approach it with great optimism and belief in their business idea, only to fall flat on their face. Reasons vary, but often it’s just that the entrepreneur hasn’t taken the time to […]

7 Awesome Accounting Apps for Small Business

7 Awesome Accounting Apps for Small Business

Every year, The Sleeter Group – a firm that helps business owners and accountants work together – conducts a competition to identify the best tech and software solutions for small business accounting and finance. Some are add-ons to QuickBooks, while others are stand-alone products that can make your life easier, and help improve profits. In […]

6 Preventive Steps That Could Save Your Business

6 Preventive Steps That Could Save Your Business

In our fast-paced, ever changing business world, the notion of “prevention” – which generally means doing something you don’t absolutely have to do right now – often gets lost or set aside. But with so much riding on how smoothly things run at your business, that ounce of prevention can indeed far outweigh a pound […]

Obamacare Small Business Quick Start Guide

Obamacare Small Business Quick Start Guide

Whether you’re angry, happy or just plain confused about how “Obamacare” (a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) will impact your business, my best advice is this: Get over it! Official start date is January 1, 2014, but some provisions are already in place (such as healthcare tax credits for small biz) with more coming […]

5 Low Risk Ways to Fund Future Business Growth

5 Low Risk Ways to Fund Future Business Growth

Here at BizBest, a common concern I often see from business owners and start-up entrepreneurs is where the money will come from to fund future growth. For some, that might require outside investors, which in turn can mean giving up partial ownership or control. But most businesses can grow successfully by using one or a […]

Why Marketing Metrics Matter to Your Business

Why Marketing Metrics Matter to Your Business

When it comes to measuring marketing success, many business owners (and professional marketers) prefer to think that results are more magic than math. But that’s just not so. The digital era – with it’s easy (relatively) access to analytics – has introduced a whole new way of thinking. Using real data, business owners can now […]

8 Essentials of Successful Discounting

8 Essentials of Successful Discounting

These days, if you aren’t offering a discount of some kind (or at least the appearance of one), you might not be selling much of anything. Pervasive discounting by businesses both big and small has caused buyers to demand deals on anything and everything. In the midst of all this, how can business owners and […]

13 Business Resolutions for 2013

13 Business Resolutions for 2013

Here they are, along with some of our best tips and strategies to help you pull each one off: Resolution #1: Fix my website! Here are 10 things that are probably wrong with your site, and how to fix them: 10 Things Wrong With Your Website Resolution#2: Improve our customer service! Here’s how: 8 Ways to […]

6 Things that Growing Businesses Do Right

6 Things that Growing Businesses Do Right

What sets growing businesses apart from their biz brothers and sisters whose revenues are flat or falling? Based on a recent study that compared small firms with rising revenues against their counterparts with flat or declining sales, here are the six practices that stood out: 1. Planning Ahead Business owners who managed to grow in […]

The 10 Bookkeeping Basics You Can’t Ignore

The 10 Bookkeeping Basics You Can’t Ignore

Millions of business owners and startup entrepreneurs are masters at creating great products and services, building awesome teams and winning over customers. Many of them, however, would probably flunk basic bookkeeping. But if you don’t understand the different types of “accounts” your bookkeeper uses to organize your finances, measuring the success (or failure) of your […]