Susan Johnston is a business writer for Intuit and is passionate about solving small business problems.
on October 1, 2012
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, …Read » Views: 943
on September 26, 2012
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 chall…Read » Views: 1,372
on September 20, 2012
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…Read » Views: 1,013
on September 5, 2012
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 illu…Read » Views: 1,443
on August 31, 2012
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 ma…Read » Views: 885
on August 28, 2012
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 thin…Read » Views: 780
on August 24, 2012
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…Read » Views: 914
on June 22, 2012
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, ramp…Read » Views: 2,339