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Tim Parker

Tim Parker is a business writer for Intuit and is passionate about solving small business problems.

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    8 Startup Ideas for Baby Boomers

    by on November 29, 2012

    Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have a higher rate of entrepreneurial activity than those between the ages of 20 and 34, according to a study conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which is dedicated to small-business and entrepreneurial gr…

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    Fact Sheet: Understanding Intellectual Property

    by on November 28, 2012

    Did you know that your brand has monetary value? Beyond the actual company, Coca-Cola as a brand is worth nearly $72 billion. Names, secret formulas, and inventions are all examples of intellectual property.

    Lawsuits related to IP disputes are widespread. As …

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    Looking for Help? Attend a Startup Weekend

    by on November 27, 2012

    Have you heard about the Startup Weekend events going on around the world? There’s probably one coming to a city near you.

    If you’re an entrepreneur, a Startup Weekend event may be just what you need to validate your ideas, refine your business plan, and …

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    Business Documents: What to Keep and What to Toss

    by on November 26, 2012

    Thanks to digital technology, record retention is easier and cheaper than ever before. Nevertheless, a lot of business still gets done using old-fashioned paper, and it is essential that you hold on to key business documents.

    As a small-business owner, you wi…

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  • Cash-Only Business? Here's How to Avoid an Audit

    by on November 23, 2012

    Credit cards may be commonplace, but some small-business owners still prefer cold, hard cash. The SBA points out that cash-only businesses may cut down on invoicing and other overhead expenses, as well as fraud associated with credit cards.

    Cash transactions,…

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    24 Ways to Thank Your Customers and Employees

    by on November 22, 2012

    It’s almost Thanksgiving, but gestures of gratitude — especially those you extend to your customers and employees — should not be reserved for the month of November.

    Here are 24 ways to make people feel appreciated any time of the year.

    1. Send a thank…

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    11 Black Friday Marketing Tips for Your Small Business

    by on November 19, 2012

    For many U.S. retailers, the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping event of the year. As a small business, you may not be able to offer deep discounts like the big-box stores, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your share of Black Friday gold.

    H…

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  • How to Turn Failure Into Fortune

    by on November 16, 2012

    It doesn’t matter how many times you fail: You only have to get things right once. So says entrepreneur Mark Cuban, and he should know. Like Bill Gates, Harry Truman, Walt Disney, and Abraham Lincoln, Cuban struggled to find his niche. But he learned from hi…

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