Kathryn Hawkins

Kathryn Hawkins is a business writer for Intuit and is passionate about solving small business problems.

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    Should You Buy a New Top-Level Domain Name for Your Business?

    by on August 6, 2014

    Now it’s easier than ever before to buy a branded URL for your business. With the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ rollout of more than 1,400 themed domain extensions over the course of the year, you can now buy the website address of y…

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    The Pros and Cons of Using a Chromebook as Your Primary Work Computer

    by on February 14, 2014

    So you’re thinking of replacing your laptop this year and the inexpensive Google Chromebook — a PC with the cloud-based Chrome operating system — is an enticing option.
    Nine models are currently available from four manufacturers (Acer, HP, Samsung, and …

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    Is It Worth Responding to RFPs?

    by on February 13, 2014

    Requests for proposals — or RFPs for short — are frequently issued by government agencies, nonprofit groups, and corporations to encourage businesses in a particular industry to bid on projects. RFPs typically outline specific requirements and deliverables…

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    Finding Professional Meeting Space When You Work From Home

    by on February 10, 2014

    If you’re self-employed or run a virtual company, a home office will generally suffice for day-to-day work. But if a client or a prospect requests an in-person meeting, you may need to find a more professional host setting than your living room or a local co…

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    Why and How to Conduct a Web Content Audit

    by on January 31, 2014

    Whether you’re planning to redesign your website, rebrand your company, or increase your online marketing might, you’ll want to examine whether your existing web content is supporting your company’s goals.

    A web content audit is a thorough review of you…

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    Should You Make Employee Salaries Transparent?

    by on January 23, 2014

    Buffer, a social media scheduling service, recently caused a stir in the tech world last month when it revealed its “open salary” formula and published the current salaries of 15 employees.
    The move, which CEO Joel Gascoigne said was made in the interest o…

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    Still Using Windows XP? It’s Time to Upgrade Your Operating System

    by on January 16, 2014

    Are you still using the Windows XP operating system to run your office PCs? Although the Microsoft OS dates back to 2001, it’s still widely used: According to NetMarketShare’s December 2013 update, close to 30 percent of Americans with personal computers st…

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    Managing Maternity Leave When You’re Self-Employed

    by on January 6, 2014

    Are you thinking about having a baby? When you’re self-employed, planning your maternity leave can be a challenge. Although you won’t have to return to work on someone else’s timetable, you may find it tough to schedule significant time off. After all, f…

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