7 Year-End Tax Tips for Small Business

The end of the calendar year means a lot of things for small businesses. It's time to start thinking about what you want to achieve next year and work on your formal goal setting process. You are probably in the midst of holiday shopping for your employees, vendors, clients and colleagues. And, of course, it's time to start closing out your books for this calendar year.

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8 Winning Tips to Make Your Financial Plan Profitable

A curious thing happens to entrepreneurs in the spring of every year. You wake up one day and realize you had better figure out how much money was made last year in order to pay your taxes. But wait, shouldn't a business owner already know how much money he or she made last year, last quarter, or last month? Don't wait. Develop your financial plan today.

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How to Run a Successful Self-Employed Contracting Business

Becoming a self-employed contractor has many advantages. Starting your own business, being the boss and calling the shots is very attractive to anyone with an entrepreneurial urge. It can also be one of the easiest ways to transition from full-time employment to running your own business provided you have solid skills and experience in your profession. The freelance market is booming as many businesses today (even very large ones) require a more flexible "just-in-time" workforce and prefer to employ contractors rather than full-time employees. In many professions becoming self-employed is no longer a matter of choice.

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Creating an Effective Sales and Marketing Strategy

If your small business needs a boost to the bottom line maybe it is time to review your sales and marketing strategy and come up with a plan to gain ground on your competitors. A good way to start is by breaking down the term "sales and marketing" into discrete, manageable elements. You end up with a checklist that can be reviewed in order to prioritize areas needing improvement – a checklist that will serve as the groundwork for an effective marketing strategy.

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