Small Business & Marketing News and Tips

The Internal Revenue Service is warning of a scam that involves fake emails sent to gain personal information from unwary taxpayers, including small businesses. It’s another thing to watch for especially if you’ve already filed this tax season. The IRS says the emails include a bogus case number and information claiming the recipient’s reported income for 2013 has been “flagged.” An official release from the IRS warns such fraudulent emails might include the following: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays more >>
Thu, Apr 03, 2014
Source Small Business Trends
Today we are pleased to announce the Small Business Trends Publisher Channel.  This is a new program of editorially-curated content we syndicate from a select few hand-chosen partners. Starting in April you will begin seeing syndicated content appearing here on Small Business Trends from Personal Branding, DashBurst, Higher Visibility and SmallBizTechnology.  In the coming months, expect to see more publishers.  We plan to open it up to a small number of additional hand-selected publishers that “speak” to the small business audience. For readers, the Publisher Channel will bring you more coverage on issues affecting your business.  This program goes hand in hand with more >>
Thu, Apr 03, 2014
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I recently attended Social Media Marketing World, so my head is aflood with all kinds of great information. Judging by author and social media expert Mark Schaefer’s session, “The Future of Social Media: What Businesses Need to Know,” information is the name of the game for the foreseeable future. In his session, I was floored to hear that by 2020, data will increase 600%, 75% of which will be created by consumers, not companies. We’re consuming 7x the content we did a hundred years ago. But man! How can we possibly handle more without getting what Schaefer calls “content shock?” How can more >>
Wed, Apr 02, 2014
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Paychex and IHS have launched a new Small Business Jobs Index. Two years in the making, the index aggregates payroll data from approximately 350,000 of Paychex’s small business clients with fewer than 50 workers. Paychex and IHS executives launched the new index after participating in the NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell Ceremony at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City this week. Company leaders discussed the index at an event afterwards where Small Business Trends also attended. During the announcement, Frank Fiorille, Senior Director in Risk Management at Paychex explained: “We think our index will be the most relevant and timely of all the more >>
Wed, Apr 02, 2014
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Ever wonder what it’s like to jump off the world’s fourth-tallest skyscraper? If you’re starting your own business – you already know. Making the decision to turn your back on the corporate grind forever and start your own company is almost as (if not more) daunting than deciding to leap off One World Trade Center with only a parachute standing between you and certain death. There are plenty of things that can go wrong for a small business, but knowing how to keep going in the face of adversity can mean the difference between success and failure. Whether you’re launching a new more >>
Wed, Apr 02, 2014
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Lenovo has just introduced a new Windows Tablet, the ThinkPad 8. But the company has also been forced to recall a faulty battery pack for other devices in recent days. If you’re in need of a mobile device that runs Windows software to stay compatible with the computer at your office, the ThinkPad 8 is a new option to consider. By today’s standard, the 8.3 inch screen is bucking the tablet trend that believes bigger is better. The new ThinkPad 8 runs a full version of Windows 8 so there are no worries about limited access to some of the apps you use more >>
Wed, Apr 02, 2014
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Small businesses, welcome to Uncle Sam’s favorite time of year! Though it may be Uncle Sam’s favorite, tax season is often less than anticipated with entrepreneurs, especially if you’re new to filing taxes for a business. How soon do I need to start hanging onto receipts? How should I tax my LLC? What can I deduct as a business expense and how do I classify my employees? The answers to all four of these questions and more can be found below. 1. Plan your LLC tax structure Keep the number of owners you have in mind to better clarify this area. As more >>
Wed, Apr 02, 2014
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Spring is here and summer’s not far behind—which means businesses that use interns are starting to think about their summer needs. Qualified interns can be tough to find, and now the competition is getting even stiffer. A study by Glassdoor (disclosure: A client of my company) found that interns at top companies such as Facebook, Google and ExxonMobil can make as much as $7,000 a month if they work full time. For small business owners who already struggle to compete for interns with big companies and their on-campus recruiters, this news might be enough to make you throw up your hands. But more >>
Wed, Apr 02, 2014
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Here’s a beer that has — wait for it — brains in it. It might sound crazy, but a Philadelphia-based microbrewery is hoping it’s just crazy enough to work. The Dock Street Brewing Co. created the interesting blend of wheat, oats, flaked barley, organic cranberries and smoked goat brains in honor of AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead.” Over the last four seasons, the show, which features a post apocalyptic society where zombies or “walkers” run rampant, has gained a faithful and enthusiastic audience. Based on a comic book series of the same name, the show is one of the most talked more >>
Wed, Apr 02, 2014
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Intuit, the makers of the accounting software QuickBooks and QuickBooks Online, recently pulled from their customer base of nearly 5 million entrepreneurs and the download activity in the Inuit App Center to figure out how small business owners are managing their companies and staying productive. What tools are they using, and what choices are they making? Excitingly, QuickBooks users are overwhelming reporting that they love to use our business management software LivePlan to track their business analytics. Check out the full results below, and let us know what you think in the comments: Share this Image On Your SitePlease include attribution more >>
Wed, Apr 02, 2014
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