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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 […]

How to Hire Teens While Staying Sane and Legal

How to Hire Teens While Staying Sane and Legal

Soon, teenagers by the millions will be seeking summer jobs – the vast majority at small businesses coast to coast. An estimated 18 million U.S. teens will work this year, one of the highest totals in the developed world. Speaking as a parent of teens, this is a good thing.  But in its song Teenagers, the […]

6 Lessons on Becoming a High Impact Business

6 Lessons on Becoming a High Impact Business

Uncle Sam wanted to know:  What kinds of companies are America’s true growth generators? Is it corporate giants like Apple, Amazon or GE? Is it startups? Is it relative newbies such as Facebook. After some exhaustive research, the answer was clear: “None of the above.” As it turns out, the real economic spark plugs in […]

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 […]

8 Ways to Earn True Customer Love

8 Ways to Earn True Customer Love

Many businesses are content if their customers seem “generally satisfied” overall. Others aspire to something more — they seek the kind of passionate customer satisfaction that inspires glowing thank you letters and backyard fence (or social media) recommendations. If you suspect customers aren’t quite feeling that kind of love for your business, you’ve probably got some […]

4 Reasons to Ban the Yearend Bonus

4 Reasons to Ban the Yearend Bonus

Sure, nobody wants to be labeled a Scrooge. But if you’re among the roughly 50% of U.S. businesses (and shrinking) that still offer traditional yearend bonuses, it might be time to join the 21st century – and plan for something different in 2013. Too many small business bonus plans operate on autopilot, under “conventional wisdom” […]

8 Places to Find Your own Free Business Mentor

8 Places to Find Your own Free Business Mentor

No matter what type of business or startup you run, having a “mentor” to help guide you can increase your odds of success, big time. Having a wise, loyal advisor – especially one who’s “been-there, done-that” – is like money in the bank. Mentors can’t make decisions for you.  That’s your job.  But their expertise […]

7 Ways to Embrace a New Normal for 2013

7 Ways to Embrace a New Normal for 2013

For business owners, there’s a “new normal” out there, and it doesn’t look a whole lot like the old normal.  If your business seems to be on a treadmill, maybe it’s time for a makeover. Put everything up for grabs, including your mission statement, business and marketing plans, budget, sales and expense expectations and more, […]