Tim Parker

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

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    How to Help Your Child Start a Small Business

    by on October 11, 2013

    Perhaps you’ve heard of Tony Hsieh? He’s the founder of, an online retailer that sells more than $1 billion in shoes a year. It isn’t Hsieh’s first venture. His entrepreneurial debut, as a 12-year-old boy, was offering photo-buttons by mail…

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    Avoid These Common Grammatical Mistakes in Your Business Writing

    by on October 10, 2013

    Are you afraid to put anything in writing because you fear being cited by the grammar police?

    Proper English usage is essential when you’re marketing your company or your brand, but there is no reason to be afraid. If you correct even a few obvious errors b…

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    Inexpensive Ways to Leverage YouTube for Your Business

    by on October 10, 2013

    Have you been neglecting YouTube as a marketing vehicle? You shouldn’t.

    Here’s why: The second most searched site on the internet (behind parent company Google) gets more than 1 billion unique monthly visitors and reaches more adults ages 18 to 34 than an…

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    Could a 4-Day Workweek Work for Your Business?

    by on October 4, 2013

    The popularity of offering employees a four-day workweek seems to ebb and flow, but it’s currently back in style, as recent articles by Forbes, CNNMoney, and even suggest.

    A four-day workweek typically allows employees to put in 10 hours a day ins…

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    10 Rules for Crafting the Perfect Tweet

    by on October 3, 2013

    Social media experts say small businesses should have a presence on Twitter. But in order to reap the benefits of tweeting, you have to make your missives stand out.

    Here are 10 ways to get your tweets noticed:

    1. Piggyback on other events. Are you attendin…

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    Expert Advice on How to Be a More Confident Business Leader

    by on September 5, 2013

    Running a successful small business is reason enough to be confident about your leadership skills. But exuding that confidence doesn’t come easily for some entrepreneurs, which unfortunately may deter customers.

    Let’s face it, people are attracted to — …

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    5 Back-to-School Business Ideas

    by on September 4, 2013

    If you happen to have a soft spot for all things related to kids, a business that caters to young people may be the entrepreneurial venture you’ve been looking for.

    Statistics suggest that catering to adolescents can be lucrative: By 2020, there will be aro…

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    Accept Credit Cards? You May Be an Audit Target

    by on September 3, 2013

    If you accept credit cards at your place of business, the Internal Revenue Service may have its eye on you.

    According to CNNMoney, the IRS has sent letters to 20,000 small-business owners over the past year to verify that they’ve reported all of their cash …

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