How businesses are using barter to save cash

Businesses are constantly looking for new ways to attract more customers and improve sales. Ironically, more and more businesses are realizing that the best way to do this is by using an “old” form of business called barter. Before the invention of money, ancient civilizations thrived on the concept of bartering. “What is bartering?” you […]

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How to keep business records for tax purposes

How to keep business records for your eBay business for tax purposes So you’ve finally gone into business for yourself. You’ve found a product, sold and shipped it, and pocketed a tidy profit. The taxman won’t be far behind, which is why it’s essential that you keep good records for your business. Good records can […]

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grants for women entrepreneurs

How to find grants for women entrepreneurs

More women than ever before are currently employed in today’s work force. Many are building professional careers by working for major corporations, while others are employed in the non-profit sector, and still others have started their own business. Some even work from home. Since men have been active in the workplace much longer than most […]

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How to write a hair salon business plan

The Small Business Administration says that a business plan has three purposes: Communication, used to attract investment capital or secure loans. Management, used to track, monitor and evaluate the progress of your business. Planning used to identify roadblocks and avoid them by establishing alternatives. As a business owner, or someone thinking of starting a business, […]

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How to pay business taxes

The way your business pays its Federal taxes depends on your business structure. This article lists what Federal Taxes are due throughout the year for each legal business structure. The deadline dates shown are for a calendar year. If your fiscal year has different starting and ending dates, you will have to call the IRS […]

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How to write small business mission statement

In starting a small business, many owners lead hectic schedules trying to spur orders and keep customers happy. But as business continues to grow and operations fall into a routine, opportunities surface to reflect on the company’s ultimate direction and purpose. Some companies exist to meet a community need like making copies. Others offer supplemental […]

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How to invest in local businesses

Investing in local businesses is a smart move for small businesses as well as major corporations. Local businesses and small businesses often have a similar customer base. They also tend to have the same small marketing and advertising budget. With these two commonalities, sponsorships and cross-marketing investments easily transpire between the two. One might ask, […]

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How to advertise your business on the radio

HOW TO ADVERTISE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS ON THE RADIO For small businesses, radio represents an opportunity to project a creative presence for less cost than a television spot of the same length. Unlike its TV counterparts, a 30 or 60-second promo on the radio is also less likely to be switched off or walked away […]

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financial plan for startup business example

How to financial plan for startup business example

Financing a small business start-up without breaking the bank Increasingly, traditional employees are abandoning their offices to launch small businesses. Perhaps you are one of them. The pull seems especially strong on those mornings that traffic creeps or on the days your cubicle is maddeningly small. If financing is holding you back, move forward with […]

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coffee shop business

How to create a coffee shop business plan

Starbucks turned coffee into a multi-million dollar industry and today small independent coffee shop businesses are reaping the windfall of the interest in coffee and related products. All business plans share key elements for startup and funding and this article provides the elements to develop your business plan and details to get your shop up […]

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