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A Labor Day To-Do List for Small Businesses

By | Event Planning, Marketing, Small Business, Strategy

Labor Day, which coincides with the end of summer, reminds us to enjoy one more long weekend vacation, picnic or parade before the weather cools. However, the cherished holiday continues to serve an important purpose—celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are 159.8 million wage and salary workers in the country as of May 2017. For most American SMBs, Labor Day can be a chance for both reflection and transition….

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3 Reasons Why Corporate Credit Cards are So Popular These Days

By | Business Prepaid Debit Card, Corporate Debit Card

Advancement in payment technologies has made it easier for businesses to conduct their day-to-day financial operations. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, an increasing number of companies are now offering their employees corporate credit cards for simpler expense tracking and savings from suppliers. A recent survey by Strategic Treasurer, the “2017 B2B Payments & Working Capital Management Survey”, revealed an increasing acceptance of corporate employee expense cards among companies these days. Here are two interesting…

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When is Small Business Saturday 2016? – Everything You Need to Know

By | Marketing, Small Business

Observed on the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day every year, Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday that falls between the Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the busiest shopping periods of the year. For 2016, Small Business Saturday has been scheduled on November 29th, the Saturday post Black Friday. A Brief History of Small Business Saturday Started in 2010 by the American Express, Small Business Saturday is essentially an acknowledgement to the significant role small…

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Small Business Saturday Marketing Ideas

By | Marketing, Small Business

Pioneered by American Express corporation in 2010, Small Business Saturday was created in support of the brick and mortar businesses. It’s held on the Saturday right after Thanksgiving. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a huge opportunity for big shopping malls and e-commerce sites to pull in customers, Small Business Saturday offers small and medium businesses an enormous platform to entice quite a few customers around the holiday season to visit, primarily, their physical…

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How to Reduce the High Costs in Your Construction Business

By | Bento Tips, Construction, Small Business

If you’re venturing into the construction business, expect everything to cost a lot of money. That’s why high capital is usually required when starting a business in the construction industry. Even if you have a huge capital, reducing the high costs of your construction business is still a must. Truth be told, you’ll encounter a lot of expected and unexpected costs that you need to take care of as soon as possible. Struggling to reduce…

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PTO and the Modern Employee

By | Employees, Small Business

With the holiday season coming up, HR and administrators all over the country have their work cut out for them. It’s time to sharpen pencils and start calculating paid time off. For the U.S., average PTO is 10 days per year, with vacation time accruing at a rate of about 0.307 per work day. This usually means that employees must work a full year before receiving the total amount of vacation time. But, many businesses…

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How to Appease Angry Customers and Win Them Back

By | Customer Service

Small business owners have to deal with unhappy or angry clients all the time, and it’s never easy. The customer could be unhappy for a number of reasons: untimely delivery, product malfunction, bad customer service, jarring user experience, or hundreds of thousands of other reasons. If you know what to say, and more importantly, when and how to say it, you may be able to salvage the situation. As a matter of fact, you can…

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Top 10 Online Reputation Management Tools for Small Businesses

By | Reputation Management, Small Business, Software

If you own a small business, you’re probably already aware of the importance of your online reputation. Positive reviews drive more customers to your business, while negative reviews may drive them away. Today, just by typing a few sentences and hitting “done,” anyone has the power to damage the reputation of your business. Fortunately, there are tools you can use to defend your business and its online reputation. From expensive reputation repair services to tools…

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Top 5 Small Business Accounting Software Choices

By | Accounting, Finance, Software

There are a myriad of accounting tools available on the market, with various features and benefits. However, some of them stand out due to their advanced features, ease of use, reliability and utility. Here are our current top five small business accounting software choices. 1. Fresh Books: highly rated by its users, this tool offers everything you need, from unlimited invoicing and bill management to multi-currency billing and mobile apps. 2. QuickBooks: the first name…

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How to Protect Your Business from Identity Theft

By | Identity Theft

Over 9 million people are targeted by identity thieves each year and the cumulative economic cost of the crime is in the vicinity of $60 billion. However, it is no longer just individuals who are being victimized, as nefarious elements have discovered that small businesses are easier and more lucrative targets. This is the primary reason why business owners should learn how to protect their businesses from identity theft. How can anybody steal the identity…

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