Suzanne Kearns

Suzanne has been a full-time freelance writer for 20 years. She’s written for numerous business and financial publications such as Entrepreneur, Reason Magazine, Home Business Magazine, and Money Crashers.

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    How to Lose a Negotiation

    by on February 12, 2015

    Negotiations are a key to business success, but many business owners unwittingly sabotage themselves in the process. We’ve all heard about the things that you should do in order to have a successful negotiation, but what about the things you shouldn’t do? Here…

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    Our 8-Step Guide to Starting an Online Business

    by on February 6, 2015

    According to MarketingCharts, 55 percent of the U.S. population shops online, and those online purchasers will spend $347 billion this year, says Statistics Brain, which compiled data from several sources. Are you ready to open an online store, but don’t know …

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    How to Set Up a Telecommuting Program for Your Small Business

    by on February 5, 2015

    In a study recently published in Personnel Psychology, researchers found that in some cases, employees who are given the opportunity to work remotely (telecommute) are more productive and better co-workers. In addition, Global Workplace Analytics summarized mo…

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    How to Measure and Increase Employee Productivity

    by on February 3, 2015

    Employee salaries are often a significant portion of small-business owners’ operating expenses, and that makes it even more important to keep track of your workers’ productivity. In addition, by measuring employee productivity, you’ll be able to get a handle o…

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    How to Financially Protect Yourself When Buying a Business

    by on January 30, 2015

    Buying an existing company can be a great way to go into business for yourself. A solid business will likely come with an established customer base, employees who are already trained, operational systems in place, and positive cash flow and profit. But unless …

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    How to Prevent Bad Hires With Thorough Applicant Screening

    by on January 27, 2015

    Hiring a new employee is a big financial decision, and a successful hire can greatly contribute to the growth of your business. But if you bring on the wrong person, it can potentially cost you thousands, or even get you into legal hot water. Here are some ste…

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    Can a Marketing Video Benefit Your Business?

    by on January 26, 2015

    According to Vern Oakley, CEO and creative director at Tribe Pictures, people are eight times more likely to watch a video than read an article. If you’re looking for ways to market your small business, that statistic should catch your eye. But are marketing v…

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    3 Tax Deductions Available Only to Startup Businesses

    by on January 21, 2015

    If you started a business last year and incurred some expenses before you officially opened your doors, you may be entitled to deduct certain startup and organizational costs on your tax return this year. But the IRS has strict guidelines you must follow to cl…

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