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5 Factors to Help Plan Your Holiday Inventory

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The leaves have barely started turning colors, but it’s not too early to start planning your holiday inventory, especially if you order products from overseas. “If the product is imported, the lead times are getting longer and longer,” says Carie Doll, chief merchandising officer at Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Anna’s Linens. “With production timelines and labor [...]
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3 Challenges Seasonal Businesses Face and How to Handle Them

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Whether you run a winter ski resort or a summer boating company, your seasonal small business must deal with several issues in a different way than year-round operations. The Intuit Small Business Blog recently spoke with two business experts about three challenges seasonal businesses face — and how to handle them. 1. Cash Flow On [...]
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5 Tips for Managing Part-Time Workers

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With the economy still shaky in many parts of the country, small businesses continue to use part-time workers to staff their operations. Part-timers may cost less than full-timers, because they aren’t entitled to overtime pay or health benefits, but they can pose other challenges. “When you’re not full-time, you feel different, and if you feel [...]
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Pint-Sized Entrepreneur on Perfecting Her Pitch and Meeting Warren Buffett

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Making light-up holiday sweatshirts with her family sparked a business idea for 10-year-old Aria Eppinger. After it took her dad “forever” to finish soldering her creation, the pint-size entrepreneur from Pittsburgh wanted a quick, easy way to put an illuminated design on any garment. Eppinger entered her idea for Shine So Bright, a kit that contains [...]
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How to Find the Small-Business Insurance That's Right for You

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No matter what type of business you run, you need to protect it from potential lawsuits, the loss of a key employee, and other calamities. An earlier post covered five common types of insurance to consider, but depending on the nature of your operation, you may need other types of policies, too. For instance, if [...]
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Cyndee Lake on Overcoming Barriers to Small-Business Growth

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Business consultant Cyndee Lake has watched countless small-business owners struggle through growing pains. Their biggest barriers? Not having a long-term strategy and ignoring their own needs. “Small businesses sometimes feel that they need to be all things to all people, and the very first thing that goes out the window is their own personal well-being,” [...]
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'Rebel Entrepreneur' Author Jonathan Moules on Breaking the Rules

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After profiling hundreds of business owners for the Financial Times, journalist Jonathan Moules (pictured) noticed an interesting trend: The most successful ones are often those who buck conventional wisdom about how to create a profitable company. In his new book, The Rebel Entrepreneur: Rewriting the Business Rulebook, Moules explains that these innovators typically don’t get [...]
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5 Tips for Teachers on Starting a Side Business

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With the school year winding down, summer can be a great time for teachers to launch a side business — either to make some extra money over the break or to enrich the classroom experience in the fall. Josh Waldron, a social studies teacher in Virginia, ramps up Studio JWAL, his web-design business every summer. [...]
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