Small Business Tips: Prepare for Tax Season without Having a Nervous Breakdown

3.5.14 Tax Season
Tax filing deadlines are enough to cause shivers, shakes, and sweats, and since two important deadlines are looming (depending on the type of business you own), we bet there are a lot of unhappy, frustrated, and maybe even scared readers out there right now.

Whether March 15 or April 15 is the date you fear most in life, we thought we’d take this opportunity to commiserate while also providing some tips and insights from fellow business owners and tax professionals alike—ideas that might make the whole process a lot less stressful.

Bottom line: tax season doesn’t have to be this big, ugly beast. Learn to tame it into something manageable.
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What Olympians Can Teach Small Business Owners about the Long View

Olympics2.11.13We live in a 24/7 world of instant gratification where we hear about more and more businesses sprouting up, seemingly overnight, and experiencing mega success and growth (Pinterest, Instagram, and Snapchat, anyone?). But there’s something to be said for taking the long view, which is something the elite athletes competing in the Olympic Games know a little something about.

Right now in Sochi, we’re witnessing the impressive results from people who have most definitely taken the long-view approach to their sport. Let’s take some of the lessons from this approach and apply them to small businesses.

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Small Business Help: 5 Strategies for Bringing Sales and Marketing Together

marketingandsales_2.6.14According to HubSpot, 87% of the terms sales and marketing teams use to describe each other are negative.” But it doesn’t need to be like that. After all, their main goals are the same (e.g. get more customers, make the company shine), which is why it makes sense to get these two divisive departments working together, not against each other.

Here are five strategies for getting sales and marketing working together in a more positive and productive way.

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Networking 101: Tips from Small Business Owners

Portrait Beauty Product Shop ManagerIn our previous post, we gave an overview of several types of networking organizations. Today, we’re featuring several small business owners who regularly network. These networking ninjas share their philosophy and provide some tips on what you should and shouldn’t do when making the rounds.

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Warm Up with These Hot ‘n Cozy Promotional Products

Young woman holding cup of teaSing it with us: Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but these promotional products are so delightful. What? That’s not how the song goes? ;) OK, OK. We’ll leave the songwriting to the experts, and we’ll focus on what we know best: HOT promotional products that are as functional as they are cozy. These are the perfect items to share with customers, prospects, and employees this time of year.

Here are some of our faves:

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Small Business Tips: 5 Things You Can Learn from Google & Facebook

5 Things You Can Learn from Google & Facebook

Two of the biggest businesses around have recently hit—or are about to hit—major milestones. Google celebrated its 15th birthday last year, and Facebook turns 10 next month. But it’s important to note that Facebook and Google haven’t always been the juggernauts they are today. Let’s talk about what you can learn from them and how you can apply these lessons to your own small business.

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