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Outsource your cybersecurity to protect your company without breaking the bank

As cybersecurity threats increase, you might want to outsource your security needs, Riva Richmond writes. This approach allows you to make use of security experts and only pay for the work you need done. "You'll probably want to select a company with technology that can meet your specific security needs and provide a responsive support team," she advises. Entrepreneur.com (1/17)

Does your business have the insurance it needs?

A few types of business insurance -- general liability, professional liability and business owner policy insurance -- are important for small companies to have, writes David Mielach. There are also a few types of insurance that some companies may be able to benefit from, including cyberinsurance. "If your website is hacked and someone defaces it and there is a cost to restore that website to how it was, cyber would give you that coverage," said Kevin Kerridge of Hiscox. BusinessNewsDaily.com (1/18)Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 

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How to Stave Off "Lender Fatigue" and Find Financing

by Samia S. Morgan

How to stave off "lender fatigue" and find financing

A number of factors, including low revenue and a lack of communication, could cause your bank to decide it no longer wants to lend to you, writes James Cassel. If you're looking for fresh financing, consider more factors than the interest rates offered, and determine how involved potential lenders are in your industry. "It is not uncommon for lenders to reduce their concentration in an industry by asking borrowers to find a new lender," he notes. The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/16)

6 BBB tips for choosing a credit card processing service

There has been an uptick in complaints against credit card processing services, according to BBB, which recommends small businesses do their research before settling on a provider. BBB's tips for finding the right processor include to check references, use month-to-month agreements and carefully monitor the costs. Du Quoin Evening Call (Ill.) (1/18)

 

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Early-Season Tax-Prep Tips

by Samia S. Morgan

Early-season tax-prep tips

With January more than halfway gone, it's time to get your taxes in order. Companies should send W-2 forms to employees and 1099 forms to contractors, and they should also make sure their inventory records are correct, experts say. BusinessNewsDaily.com (1/17) 

9 ways to make your business more sustainable on a budget

Entrepreneurs say a number of simple, inexpensive tactics -- including conducting business over the Internet and switching from paper cups to reusable mugs -- have helped their companies to become more environmentally friendly. Fox Business Small Business Center/Young Entrepreneur Council (1/17)

 

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Winter Wonders

by Robyn Roehm Cannon

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Protect Your Identity When You File Your Taxes

by Samia S. Morgan

Protect your identity when you file your taxes

Besides being tough on your wallet, tax season can also present a number of security risks, Dave Johnson writes. To protect your personal information, update your antivirus software, avoid using fax machines and don't trust e-mails claiming to be from the IRS, he writes. CBS MoneyWatch (1/13)

Wedding vendors: How to find the ones that will make your day magic

It's easy to get carried away at a bridal show, so it's important to ask vendors a few key questions to make sure you find what you're looking for, says BBB's Heather Clary. Ask if they are available on your wedding date and if any special deals they are offering will be valid after the show ends, she said. Research vendors with BBB and get commitments in writing, she said. ClipSyndicate/WTVQ-TV (Lexington, Ky.) (1/11)Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 

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Home Energy Audit

by Samia S. Morgan

Home Energy Audit

With the exception of a mortgage payment, the largest homeowner expense is utilities; and energy is the major component. There are lots of contributing factors such as air leaks, insulation, heating and cooling equipment, water heaters and lighting.

It's estimated that 75% of the electricity to power home electronics is consumed when the products are turned off. Computers, monitors, TVs, cable and satellite boxes, DVRs and power adaptors are spinning your electric meter even when they're not being used.
Unplugging devices can actually make a difference in the size of your electric bill. Plugging several of these offenders into a power strip with a single on/off switch may make the task easier. Most computers have options to put them into sleep mode or even turn off when not in use.

Take 3 1/2 minutes and watch Energy 101. Consider hiring a professional home energy auditor or do-it-yourself. The Department of Energy has a checklist with some valuable suggestions.

How to Spot Direct-Mail Scams

by Samia S. Morgan

How to spot direct-mail scams

Some companies use deceptive techniques to try to get consumers to open and respond to their mailings, writes Randy Hutchinson. "The Better Business Bureau Code of Advertising says that an advertisement as a whole can be misleading even though every sentence is literally true," he notes. Check out the entire text of such mailings, and be especially cautious if they don't include a company name or address, he writes. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (1/13)

Which merchant account service is right for your company?

Flagship Merchant Services is the top choice for businesses that need merchant account services to accept credit cards, and Merchant Warehouse is another solid choice, writes Danny Chadwick. "Both merchant account services offer high approval ratings, speedy setup time and great customer service," he notes. BusinessNewsDaily.com (1/14)

 

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How Offering a 401(k) Can Cut Your Tax Bill

by Samia S. Morgan

How offering a 401(k) can cut your tax bill

Starting a 401(k) can help you and your employees prepare for retirement and reduce your tax bill, Stuart Robertson writes. There are small-business tax credits available to mitigate the administrative costs attached to such plans, and making contributions to the accounts can lower your tax rate, he writes. Forbes (1/12)

Google wants small companies to use search advertising

The percentage of small businesses with websites has increased dramatically during the past few years, and Google is working to get these small firms to try search advertising. Google has introduced a number of programs that cater to small businesses, including an easier-to-use version of its ad platform as well as Mobile Site Builder, which can help companies set up websites. More small-business-friendly programs are in the works, according to a Google executive. FastCompany.com (1/9)

 

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What You Need to Know About the New 1099-K Tax Form

by Samia S. Morgan

What you need to know about the new 1099-K tax form

The government is introducing a new tax document called Form 1099-K. The form is necessary for small businesses that exceed $20,000 in sales over the course of at least 200 transactions with a single payment processor. FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (1/10)

How to avoid home-refinancing scams

Scammers are looking to take advantage of homeowners who qualify for refinancing under the Home Affordable Refinance Program, according to BBB. Such homeowners should contact their lenders first and shouldn't sign over their deeds, BBB warns. Patch.com/Lake Minnetonka (1/12)

 

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When Less is More

by Ashley Gartland

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