How to Get a Seat on a Board of Directors

Posted in MONEY

You barely have time to run your own company, let alone someone else’s. Why would you want to serve on a board of directors? For starters, supporting another business owner will take you out of your day-to-day routine and get you thinking creatively about another organization’s challenges. What’s more, being a board member can boost [...]

Why You Should Run Background Checks on Potential New Hires


Finally, after sifting through a pile of résumés and conducting interviews, you’ve found a match, someone who seems to be the perfect hire. The candidate comes across as friendly,  hard-working, and smart. But, as with any person you’ve only just met, first impressions can be deceiving. For that reason, you should thoroughly vet the applicant [...]

6 Etiquette Tips for Sending Holiday E-Cards


Want to be environmentally friendly, save some cash, or avoid a mad scramble to the post office this holiday season? E-cards have become an acceptable means of appreciating your customers and suppliers at the end of the year. Your digital greetings should follow the same etiquette as traditional paper cards, says Daniel Post Senning, who [...]

4 Free, Easy PR Tactics for Your Small Business


Is your marketing budget tight or even nonexistent? Here are four free, easy ways to attract attention to your business without spending money. The only price you’ll pay is time. 1. Contribute to trade publications. See whether any of the trade publications you read accept articles written by outside experts. Media organizations are under intense pressure to [...]

How to Appear Social Media-Savvy Even When You’re Not


Has your business Facebook page become neglected? Is your company’s Twitter account sitting dormant, unable to surpass the triple-digit mark in followers? Do you have just three lonely photos on Pinterest? Letting your social-media business accounts languish may hurt your brand in the long run. If you’ve been holding back updates because you’re daunted or [...]

8 Small-Business Tax Deductions You Should Know By Now

Posted in TAXES

Small-business owners new to their role are expected to ramp up quickly. They need to have strong leadership skills (even when don’t come naturally), they need to think quickly on their feet, and sooner rather than later, they need to become tax experts. Without a basic understanding of the tax code – and its myriad [...]