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What Every Business Should Know About Pricing

What Every Business Should Know About Pricing

For many small businesses, survival depends increasingly on finding the ever-elusive “right price” for whatever goods or services are being sold. But there’s no magic formula.  No matter what you’re selling, the “right” price to ask is never clearly defined. For one thing, costs differ from business to business. Online businesses, for example, don’t have […]

5 Worst Ways Business Owners Waste Time

5 Worst Ways Business Owners Waste Time

Most of us believe that cell phones, email and other tech devices help business productivity.  But tech devices and some common business practices can actually be big time wasters.  For example, are you and your employees constantly checking email or web sites? Do you have an open door policy, a schedule full of meetings, and […]

Five Website Landing Page Mistakes and Fixes

Five Website Landing Page Mistakes and Fixes

 If you have a website and expect it to help, not hinder your business, you’ll want to avoid the major mistakes that many small businesses make.  Focus on your  “landing pages” in particular.  A landing page, quite literally, is the page on your site where the incoming visitor “lands” as determined by the link they […]

4 New Small Business Tax Surprises

4 New Small Business Tax Surprises

Here are two words small business owners seldom like to see together: “taxes” and “surprise!”  Trying to cope with overwhelming complex tax laws is hard enough without the occasional grenade the IRS tosses across the moat.  But BizBest figures you’d rather know now, before getting a notice in the mail.  Here, then, are tips on […]

How to Defuse Workplace Conflicts

How to Defuse Workplace Conflicts

Workplace conflicts can sap energy from any small business. Whether it involves employees, vendors or contractors, getting such issues resolved is critical to smooth sailing. Business managers overall spend an estimated 40 percent of their time dealing with conflicts both big and small. That’s just normal, since disagreements, disputes and honest differences exist everywhere. For […]

New SBA Study says IRS Small Biz Audit Crackdown is Bogus

New SBA Study says IRS Small Biz Audit Crackdown is Bogus

Ten years ago, a landmark IRS report claimed that small business owners under-report income by $80-100 billion yearly and account for over half of the U.S. “tax gap” of owed by uncollected taxes.   As a result, small business owners have been subjected to increased audits and reporting requirements, including the controversial new 1099 rule. But now […]

Best and Worst Areas for Small Business Bankruptcies

Best and Worst Areas for Small Business Bankruptcies

Bankruptcy filings by small businesses in the U.S. have dropped sharply in some areas, but have actually risen in others according to a new study of bankruptcy trends among the nation’s 24 million small businesses conducted by Equifax, one of the major credit reporting agencies. While bankruptcy rates have slowed in many regions, California remains […]

Business Owner Guide to Top Legal and Tax Trends

Business Owner Guide to Top Legal and Tax Trends

Starting and operating a small business is never easy, and all of the tax and rule-making authorities that get in your way don’t help. Legal and regulatory issues, trends and requirements are always changing, forcing business owners to run a new gauntlet each year.  To keep you on top of things, here are 11 trends […]

What You Must Know about Hiring Independent Contractors

What You Must Know about Hiring Independent Contractors

If your business uses independent contractors, the best tax advice is simple: Watch your back! Why?  Because state governments are lining up to help the IRS nab businesses they believe have misclassified workers as independent contractors instead of employees. In tax terms, the difference is huge. If the IRS says you did it wrong, the […]

FACTA Identity Theft Rule Update

FACTA Identity Theft Rule Update

The much-feared, long-delayed and highly-confusing “FACTA Red Flags Rule” is an anti-fraud law requiring “creditors” and “financial institutions” to identify, detect and respond to the warning signs, or “red flags” that could indicate identity theft. Due to vague wording of the law, it appeared that many small and professional businesses could be considered “creditors” and […]