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What to Do if You've Been Scammed

by Samia S. Morgan

What to do if you've been scammed

BBB has warned consumers about a Florida-based business that has received complaints from customers related to offers of gift cards and gas cards. If you think you've been ripped off by a company, you generally should refrain from contacting the scammer directly. Instead, work with your credit card company to resolve the issue, and notify the Federal Trade Commission about the scam. The Idaho Statesman (Boise) (1/24)

PayPal plans to revamp its anti-fraud system

PayPal's anti-fraud policies, which allow the company to freeze funds when suspicious activity occurs, can be a headache for small businesses that may be forced to wait a long time to access their money. PayPal is now saying it will overhaul its system, but it's not yet clear exactly how it will do so. "These are not minor -- these are aggressive changes," said Anuj Nayar, the company's senior director of communications. "This is a fundamental shift in our business operations." FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (1/23), CNNMoney (1/21)

 

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4 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

by Samia S. Morgan

4 ways to boost your credit score

You can improve your credit score by paying your bills in a timely manner, reviewing your credit reports and maintaining a sustainable level of spending, writes Robert Moskowitz. "That's easier said than done in some circumstances, but living -- and running your business -- within your means is guaranteed to build and maintain a high credit score," he writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (1/21) 

Save time and scale your business with outsourcing

It's a good idea to outsource certain tasks, such as managing social media and handling marketing communications, to free up your time to run your business, advises the Small Business Administration. You should also consider outsourcing administrative tasks such as accounting and tax preparation. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (1/18)

 

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How to Keep Financial Issues from Ruining Your Relationship

by Samia S. Morgan

How to keep financial issues from ruining your relationship

Your spouse's credit score can have a significant impact on your life, so you should discuss financial issues early in your relationships, writes BBB's Randy Hutchinson. It's a good idea to discuss your debts, build a monthly budget and save up money to deal with unexpected problems. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (1/19)

Mapping the economy as Obama begins his second term
 
President Barack Obama faces a different economic landscape than he did four years ago. This post features interactive maps that show state and local data that shape national economic indicators such as unemployment and median household income, and it looks at demographic trends and how they will affect the U.S. for the next four years.SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (1/18)

 

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Financing Options for Business Owners Who Want to Buy a Building

by Samia S. Morgan

 

Financing options for business owners who want to buy a building

If you're interested in buying office space for your company, you can fund your purchase with conventional financing or with the assistance of certain programs offered by the Small Business Administration, writes Randolph T. Mason. "With SBA financing the major benefits to the business owner are that the buyer needs to contribute only 10 percent as a down payment, which helps conserve cash for the business owner to run their business."Commercial Property Executive (1/16)

Lessons from Lance Armstrong about trust in the workplace

Lance Armstrong admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to using performance-enhancing drugs, and his belated confession holds lessons for leaders, writes Bob Selden. Top of the list: Come to terms with the limits of your ability to spot when people are being dishonest. Selden also advises starting with e-mails for important communications, then bolstering them with face-to-face interaction. Management-Issues (U.K.) (1/17)

 

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Save or Shred: A Guide to Financial-Document Management

by Samia S. Morgan

Save or shred: A guide to financial-document management

Financial documents are important, but you don't have to keep every piece of paper in perpetuity, professional organizer Regina Leeds says. For example, you can probably dispose of ATM receipts and monthly bank statements on a fairly regular basis. On the other hand, you should hold on to contractual agreements, property records and other documents that are critical for your business, says Greg Jones, CEO of Bookkeeping Express. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/15)

Are you your business' biggest problem?

You may be hurting your business if you fail to fulfill your promises or if you refuse to delegate your responsibilities, writes Deanne Katz. "It doesn't matter how organized you are or how much time you have to devote to the business, at some point you have to share the work," Katz writes. FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (1/14)

 

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How to Pick the Right Tax Accountant

by Samia S. Morgan

How to pick the right tax accountant

When searching for a tax accountant for your business, you should try to find someone who has experience with the kinds of issues you are dealing with, Jane Porter writes. "You need an accountant who has worked with other businesses like yours and knows the ins and outs of the industry," she writes. You should also find out how the accountant will handle the billing process. Entrepreneur online (1/14)

Be careful about signing gym contracts, BBB warns

You can end up in financial trouble if you sign a contract with a gym without understanding what you are agreeing to. For this reason, it's best to avoid signing contracts, according to BBB. You should also compare rates before selecting a gym, BBB recommends. KVOA Communications (Tucson, Ariz.) (1/15)

 

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How to Stop Sensitive Data From Falling Into the Wrong Hands

by Samia S. Morgan

How to stop sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands

Businesses may risk exposing sensitive information to crooks if they fail to wipe the data from their computers before recycling them. A number of techniques can be used to destroy data; for example, hard drives can be shredded or exposed to a powerful magnet. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/8)

Why building trust takes courage

It's important to take risks if you want to build trust with other people, writes Kevin Eikenberry. "Leaders are people who are willing to go first -- to offer trust courageously, knowing that the risk is worth the reward." You must also be willing to share personal details about yourself if you want to establish more trusting relationships, he writes.BusinessManagementDaily.com/Remarkable Leadership with Kevin blog (1/9)

 

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What You Need to Know About Smart Pricing

by Samia S. Morgan

What you need to know about smart pricing

Pricing your products and services is a key part of doing business, and yet many companies don't make it a priority during the product-development process, according to Kevin Mitchell of the Professional Pricing Society. "It works much better if you consider the pricing from the start and have everything else follow behind that, because the price is essentially the money that you're going to get," he said. You should also realize that your customers may be less price-sensitive than you think. Intuit Small Business Blog (1/11)

Complex tax code breeds mistrust, watchdog says

The complexity of the nation's tax code can make it hard for individuals and companies to ensure they're following the rules, and it can also take a toll on trust, according to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson. Tax law "undermines trust in the system by creating an impression that many taxpayers are not compliant," Olson said. Leaders in both political parties seem to be in favor of revamping the tax code, but they have had an acrimonious relationship recently. Courier-Post (Camden-Cherry Hill, N.J.)/The Associated Press (1/12)

 

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Retirement-Planning Strategies for Small-Business Owners

by Samia S. Morgan

Retirement-planning strategies for small-business owners

As a small-business owner, you need a plan for retirement that goes beyond simply making your company as valuable as possible, Laura Shin writes. For this reason, it's a good idea to set up a retirement account; which type of account you should use depends on factors such as the size of your workforce. Fox Business/LearnVest (1/9)

How to choose the right insurance coverage for your pet

Some pet owners purchase wellness plans or insurance to help manage the cost of caring for their animals. "Both pet wellness and pet insurance plans offer benefits to consumers, as well as their pets," said BBB's Dana Badgerow. "The key is investigating your options and deciding if one or both is the best choice for you." It's important to compare plans and to consult with your veterinarian, BBB notes. The Brainerd Daily Dispatch (Minn.) (1/13)

 

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