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5 Steps to Reassessing Your Prices

by Samia S. Morgan

5 steps to reassessing your prices

It might be time to adjust your pricing if you could generate more profits by doing so. This article provides a five-step process for determining whether it's time to make a change. The steps include gathering data, developing key questions and projecting possible outcomes.CrowdSpring.com (10/22)

Eateries seek to stop phone faux pas with financial rewards, penalties

From high-end dining rooms to deli counters, restaurant owners are getting stricter about regulating patrons' cellphone use. A deli in Burlington, Vt., charges customers an extra $3 if they use their cellphones at the counter, while upscale Eva Restaurant in Los Angeles offers a 5% discount if customers leave their phones at the door. South Bend Tribune (Ind.)/The Associated Press (10/22)

Sure-fire ways to earn respect inside business organizations

In business, those who command respect get other people to listen to what they have to say and take action when asked, writes Geoffrey James. To earn the respect of your business peers and clients, always be authentic and sincere when interacting with others, especially when listening and when helping others reach their goals. James also stresses the importance of being discreet and setting boundaries. Inc. online (free registration) (10/22)

 

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A Short Guide to Understanding the "Fiscal Cliff"

by Samia S. Morgan

A short guide to understanding the "fiscal cliff"

The term "fiscal cliff" has worked its way into the national conversation in recent months, but what exactly does it mean? The term refers to a combination of tax increases and cuts in government spending that are scheduled to take place at the beginning of next year, Mike Periu explains. "Given the limited track record of bipartisan cooperation in recent times, the best we can hope for is a temporary delay in the implementation of new laws and a temporary extension to expiring laws to delay going over the fiscal cliff," he writes. OPEN Forum blogs (10/18)

How leaders can foster trust within organizations

Establishing trust within an organization has to start at the top, writes Barbara Kimmel of Trust Across America. "[A]ny CEO who wants to build a trustworthy organization, must always tell the truth," she writes. Leaders must also focus on transparency and be willing to put in the time it takes to create a culture of trustworthiness. Trust Across America (10/17)

Integrity alone doesn't make you trustworthy

Leaders who want to be seen as trustworthy will need more than just personal integrity, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Different people have different standards for trustworthiness, so it's important to focus on meeting workers' needs and expectations on an individual basis.SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/18)

 

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Consider These Options to Cut Your Shipping Costs

by Samia S. Morgan

Consider these options to cut your shipping costs

To save money on shipping costs, consider negotiating with several carriers or using the hybrid services offered by UPS or FedEx, Jane Porter advises. Other money-saving ideas include using online shipping, prepaid shipping or a regional carrier that might be cheaper.Entrepreneur online (10/17)

Just what does your car insurance cover?

Drivers may be surprised to learn exactly what is covered by their car-insurance policies, writes Kelvin Collins, who leads BBB in Central Georgia. For example, drivers should know that standard collision coverage will not cover the damage if they hit a deer. It's important to seek out reputable companies for your insurance needs and to report the damage quickly if you're involved in an accident. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (10/15)

Survey: SMBs are vulnerable to cybersecurity threats

A survey reveals small companies are not treating cyberthreats as a serious business issue requiring attention and spending and are relying on free antivirus and malware options that leave them vulnerable. "The reality is that free is not enough because the threats we're seeing today require a comprehensive approach," said Brian Burch, Symantec vice president. "Free antivirus ... is like wearing a light windbreaker in a snowstorm." E-Commerce Times(10/18)

 

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Cacti and Succulents

by Robyn Roehm Cannon

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Micro-Lenders Give Small Businesses More Funding Options

by Samia S. Morgan

Micro-lenders give small businesses more funding options

Big banks might be loosening their purse strings and engaging more in business lending, but those that employ fewer than 10 people and have annual revenue of less than $500,000 are unlikely to secure a loan. Small businesses should instead look to micro-lenders, nonprofit organizations that often receive money from the Small Business Administration, the government or philanthropic organizations, to spur growth. Fox Business Small Business Center (10/16)

BBB: International lottery offers are illegal in the U.S.

BBB is cautioning consumers that international lotteries are illegal in the U.S. Some companies offer to enter people into lotteries around the world for a monthly fee. Solicitations by mail should be reported to the U.S. Postal Service. Only official state-run lotteries are legal in the U.S. The Idaho Statesman (Boise) (10/18)

Pay-per-click campaigns become more complex, costly

Small businesses have had to adapt as the cost of pay-per-click advertising has surged in recent years, leading some to scale back on their use of the strategy. "The only way for smaller advertisers to get an edge is to spend a lot of time improving the quality and relevance of their ads," said Richard Stokes, the founder of AdGooroo. "The problem is that everyone else is doing that as well." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/17)

 

Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 
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5 Tips for Cutting Back on Insurance Costs

by Samia S. Morgan

5 tips for cutting back on insurance costs

Small-business owners trying to hang on to cash as they start out can save money on their insurance policies by following several simple steps, writes business blogger Carrie Johnson. These include not buying more coverage than is needed, comparing quotes, establishing a risk management policy and taking a higher deductible in exchange for lower premium costs in the beginning. Once a good policy is found, review it twice a year to see whether you're still getting the best value. B2C Marketing Insider/Small Biz Diamonds blog (10/14)

Paying for college: Advice for entrepreneur parents

Paying for college can be hard for a small-business owner, but your children might qualify for financial aid. The amount you can get depends on your financial assets and income, and there are legal ways to lower these values. You should consider buying life insurance and paying into a retirement plan, according to Tim Higgins, author of "Pay for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement." You should also avoid overvaluing your business. OPEN Forum blogs (10/15)

Trusting too much -- or too little -- could cost you

When it comes to trusting others, being too optimistic or too pessimistic may cost you, writes Max Nisen. A new working paper from Paola Giuliano at UCLA has found that those working from the extremes engage in "false consensus" and earned 18% less in a money-game experiment. "If you're a scrupulously trustworthy person, make sure to consult someone else or focus on a time that attitude has backfired. Otherwise you could end up applying your own beliefs to somebody who doesn't share them," Nisen concludes. Business Insider (10/17)

 

Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 
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Marking the 100-Year Anniversary of BBB

by Samia S. Morgan

 

Marking the 100-year anniversary of BBB

BBB got its start a century ago when business owners united to address the state of advertising at the time, according to BBB's Dana Badgerow. Going forward, BBB will continue to help consumers find good businesses and avoid scams, she says. KSTP-TV (Minneapolis) (10/15)

Staying on top of payroll taxes

Prompt payment of payroll taxes is a serious matter for small-business owners, and not making those deposits on time can mean stiff penalties from the IRS. This primer describes the ins and outs of proper payroll tax deposits. Fox Business Small Business Center (10/12)

Keep your marketing messages from crossing the spam line

An e-mail list is a big responsibility because people don't give their addresses to just anyone, Kate Kiefer Lee writes. When you're using your list to communicate with your customers, it's important to make your e-mail blasts easy for busy customers to scan quickly, and to read up on industry rules and guidelines to ensure you don't inadvertently start spamming people.Forbes (10/15)

 

Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 
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How Trustworthiness Can Be A Competitive Advantage

by Samia S. Morgan

How trustworthiness can be a competitive advantage

Businesses that establish trust with their customers may have a competitive advantage over their less-reliable peers. For example, a plumber may be able to build his or her business simply by showing up at the scheduled time, according to Brad Entwistle of image seven, a consulting firm. Craig Kelly of Stamford Interactive adds that "one of the areas you can really compete in is the experience you provide your customers, and that experience has to be a trustworthy one." The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (10/16)

Pictures of trust

A number of up-and-coming photographers have contributed to a book that focuses on the theme of trust. The photos they took deal with a number of topics, such as globalization, political upheaval and death. CNN (10/14)

5 of social media's maddest myths

Like it or not, social media is here to stay, Lisa Barone writes. "[E]ven if the social media sites we are using today die, the behavior is here to stay," she writes. Your customers are probably using social media already, and using social sites can allow you to resolve customer complaints, she notes. Small Business Trends (10/10)

 

Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 
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Use a USB Drive to Protect Your Computer From Prying Eyes

by Samia S. Morgan

Use a USB drive to protect your computer from prying eyes

Rohos Logon Key is a tool that allows users to turn a USB drive into a key that they can use to unlock their computers, Dave Johnson writes. "Not only is Rohos convenient, but it enables you to use a significantly stronger, more complex password, since you don't need to remember it," he writes. There is a free version of the application as well as a premium version for $32 that offers some additional functionality. CBS MoneyWatch (10/11)

Ways to work with an accountant to handle an audit

If you decide to work with an accountant to handle an audit, you should organize your documents and be honest about your finances, Angie Mohr writes. "The worst thing that can happen is that you remain silent on a matter and the auditor stumbles across it," she writes. You should also refer the IRS' questions to your accountant rather than answering them yourself. Intuit Small Business Blog (10/12)

6 tips for renting out your home

Before renting out your home, you should create a contract, research the people you'll be renting to and decide who will be in charge of managing the property, according to BBB. When selecting a management company, check out the organization on BBB's website, and make sure you're aware of all the fees involved. Odessa American (Texas) (10/13)

 

Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 
BBB Accredited business since 03/01/1994

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Fancy Feast

by Jeanine Matlow

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