4 Small-Business Financing Options You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Posted in LOANS

Financing is one of the great conundrums of entrepreneurship: For the first few years, your small business’s income may be uncertain and its credit unestablished, yet you need to invest in inventory, facilities, and staff to establish a solid presence and a revenue stream. Finding a traditional lender who will essentially take a chance on [...]

Entrepreneurs Sound Off: "What I Wish I’d Known Before Hiring Employees"


Hiring employees is a rite of passage for many small-business owners, because it represents growth. But, of course, expanding your operation comes with a few financial and professional risks. To take some of the guesswork out of recruiting and staffing, the Intuit Small Business Blog asked entrepreneurs what, given the wisdom of hindsight, they wish [...]

How to Leverage Twitter for Business


Can Twitter boost your business? The social media site credits itself with myriad success stories, such as driving sales for HubSpot and increasing store visits for Brooklyn-based retailer Alter, through regular and sponsored tweets. Yet most small-business owners are unimpressed. According to a study by the Wall Street Journal and Vistage International, only 3 percent [...]

Using Online Pawn Shops to Fund Your Business

Posted in MONEY

You have a vision for growing your small business, but you’re coming up short on the cash you need to make it happen. Perhaps online pawning and personal asset lending can help you. In this new trend, internet-based providers offer low-interest, short-term loans in exchange for your personal valuables — no credit check, lengthy application, [...]

How to Market Your Business With Brand Ambassadors


Word of mouth and direct referrals can build your customer base, but even your most loyal supporters may not have enough marketing clout to help you gain the attention you need. Enter brand ambassadors: people who already wield influence in your target market and can serve as trusted “vehicles” for delivering your company’s message. This [...]

How to Unclutter Your Office in One Afternoon

Posted in TRENDS

When you’re running a small business, there never seems to be enough time in a day, yet your to-do list — and the stress that accompanies it — is endless. Although organizing your office may seem like a task you can’t possibly squeeze into your schedule, a clutter-free environment can make the pressures of entrepreneurship [...]

Change Your Body Language, Change Your Business

Posted in TRENDS

Building trust with vendors and partners, strengthening loyalty among existing customers, and recruiting and retaining employees are all critical to growing your small business. As its owner, you are the face of many — if not all — of these efforts. Purposefully honing your body language can impact how successful you are at them. Here’s [...]

5 Tips for Starting an Employee Fitness Program


With the changes in the Affordable Care Act, employers are focusing increasingly on wellness and prevention in the workplace, according to Regardless of whether you offer health insurance to your employees, you can support wellness in the workplace by offering fitness-oriented programs and activities that can also benefit your small business through enhanced employee [...]