Cathie Ericson

Cathie Ericson

Cathie Ericson is a freelance writer who specializes in small business, workplace issues, personal finance and health. She lives in Portland, Ore. @CathieEricson

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Is franchise ownership for you?

Franchise opportunities let you own a “brand name” chain or have your own name on multiple stores. Here’s what to know to buy a franchise or start your own.

How to identify and prevent payroll fraud

Are your employees cooking the books? Check out the most common types of payroll fraud and the red flags to watch for, along with fraud prevention tips.

A Small Business Owner’s Guide to the 1099 Form

We've got details on what small business owners need to know about where to get 1099 forms and how to file them easily

6 Labor Law Tips to do Right by Your Employees - And the Law

A growing business means taking on new employees. How can you keep them happy while following the labor laws. Here are a few tips to make sure you're doing right by your employees and the law.

Pay your employees right: A guide to payroll services

There are several options when considering how to pay your employees. Which is best for your small business, and which will keep your employees happy?

What is virtual bookkeeping?

Virtual bookkeeping, through the new QuickBooks Live service, will give you time back in your day and peace of mind that your books are organized and accurate.

Tip pooling: Know the law before creating a company policy

When done right, tip pooling can improve morale and fairly compensate all your employees. But there are several legal concerns you need to understand.

How Yelp Business Reviews Impact Your Brand

A staggering 93% of consumers report that online business reviews impact their purchasing decisions, according to a survey by Podium. That’s why an...

How to prepare for the holiday rush

The countdown is on! As shoppers make their list and check it twice, retailers should too, as they prep for the busy holiday shopping season.

Restaurant POS: What is a restaurant POS system

From placing orders, managing inventory and processing payments. A modern Point of Sale System can be the a difference maker in your Restaurants operation.

38 places to find freelance jobs for all backgrounds and skill sets

Perhaps the greatest challenge of becoming a Freelancer is the uncertainty of where to find work. We have put together 41 Platforms to help assuage your fear and get you working.

How To Set Up a Contract To Ensure Your Invoices Get Paid – On Time

While setting up a contract isn't a silver bullet, it does provide certain legal protections in the unlikely event you'll have to go to court to get paid later. Here's a list of essential elements and things to consider when setting up a contract.

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