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

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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’re considering a new business venture and have ample funds in your retirement [...]

Restaurant Owners: New IRS Policy on Tips Coming Soon

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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 business’s tax-compliance costs and paperwork requirements. The New IRS Rules [...]

5 Tips for Improving Your Store's Curb Appeal


“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 prospective customers to come inside? Here are a few tips. Tell [...]

Inbox Zero: Improve Productivity by Emptying Out Email


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 communiques may get indefinitely buried or permanently lost in the shuffle. If this scenario [...]

Some Days Are Better Than Others for Social Media Marketing


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 of the week? Updating your company or brand page(s) on those days can elicit more [...]

Employing Teens During the School Year: Understanding the Legal Limits


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. For employees under the age of 18, that’s an [...]

Can Store Security Cameras Also Improve Sales?


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 can. Several service providers allow you to turn your existing security cameras into [...]