Based on the QuickBooks Small Business Trends tool, this graphic shows how businesses compare in profit margin and sales growth by industry and state.
As a small business owner, it's important to be aware of average pay within your industry so you can figure out how much is fair to pay both an employee and yourself. It's no secret that throughout history, women have been paid less than men, but many employers still overlook the discrepancy. Sheryl Sandberg addressed [...]
There comes a point when most small business owners need professional help — professional accounting help, that is! Whether your business is bursting at the seams or barely scraping by, a good accountant can advise on the strategic financial planning that can help your business grow. But how do you know when it's time to hire [...]
There are more than one billion Facebook users around the world. Is your business set up to take advantage of this audience? Getting Facebook users to like your page is one thing, but turning them into engaged fans and advocates takes a little more effort. Check out the infographic below for practical tips on optimizing your [...]
On March 31, 2014, the Affordable Care Act will make health insurance mandatory for most Americans. Most employees will be required by law to have health coverage or pay a tax penalty that will continue to increase annually: In 2014, the penalty will be $95 per adult and $47.50 per child (up to $285 per [...]
When used correctly, social media is a great (and mostly free!) communication tool for reaching new and existing customers, building word-of-mouth for your business, elevating your status as an industry expert and extending the reach of your marketing. However, for many small business owners, social media also seems to require a huge amount of time for [...]
More and more small businesses are realizing that they can't do everything on their own, and sure enough hiring among small business owners is on the rise, jumping from 21 percent of SBOs in 2012 to 24 percent this year. All told, small businesses created 380,000 new jobs in August 2013 alone. Still on the [...]
The number of female entrepreneurs is on the rise and (thanks in part to Lean In) so is their optimism about growth opportunities for their business. If you are looking to jump into entrepreneurship or grow your existing business, location could make a difference. Some cities in America are better for women entrepreneurs who want to [...]