Christy Rakoczy

Christy Rakoczy is a business writer for Intuit and is passionate about solving small business problems.

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    Should You Finance a Business With Your 401(k)?

    by on October 2, 2013

    Launching a business takes money, and many entrepreneurs have turned to their 401(k)s to provide startup capital in recent years, The New York Times and Reuters report.

    Bypassing the banks by using your 401(k) can be a complicated and risky move. But if you 

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    Restaurant Owners: New IRS Policy on Tips Coming Soon

    by on September 30, 2013

    It’s common for U.S. restaurants to automatically add a gratuity to the bill for large parties. But a new IRS rule, scheduled to take effect in January 2014, may make this practice a thing of the past. That’s because these built-in tips will increase the b…

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    5 Tips for Improving Your Store's Curb Appeal

    by on September 27, 2013

    “Curb appeal” doesn’t just help sell houses. If you run a bricks-and-mortar store, how your establishment looks from the street can make the difference between whether people enter your shop or pass on by.

    So, how do make your business stand out and get…

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    Inbox Zero: Improve Productivity by Emptying Out Email

    by on September 24, 2013

    As you read this, there’s an 80 percent chance that your email inbox contains between 72 and 21,000 messages, according to Dave Troy, CEO of software maker 410 Labs.

    Dealing with all that digital correspondence may seem daunting. What’s worse, important c…

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    Some Days Are Better Than Others for Social Media Marketing

    by on September 19, 2013

    As a social-media-savvy small-business owner, you know that using Facebook is an effective way to connect with customers and prospects. But are you aware that Facebook users are more likely to search the site for industry-specific information on certain days o…

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    Employing Teens During the School Year: Understanding the Legal Limits

    by on September 6, 2013

    Recent studies show that some 80 percent of students in the United States work part-time while they attend school. These workers — who range from high school to university students — clock an average of 19 hours a week on the job during the academic year.

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    Can Store Security Cameras Also Improve Sales?

    by on September 5, 2013

    Security cameras are a necessary investment for many small businesses, in order to protect property and prevent merchandise theft and other crimes. Since you already own these devices, wouldn’t it be nice if you could also use them to drive sales? Now you ca…

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