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Continue to Watch Out for Scam E-Mails using BBB's Name

by Samia S. Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

Continue to watch out for scam e-mails using BBB's name

Scammers are still sending phishing e-mails that claim to be from BBB, the organization warns. The messages employ the subject line "Complaint from your customers" and include BBB's name and logo. Recipients should avoid clicking on links in the e-mails and should scan their systems for viruses, BBB recommends. American City Business Journals/Boston (12/20)

What to do if you're lucky enough to have a cash surplus

If your business has extra cash, you have a number of options for spending it, Chris Griffiths writes. Consider paying yourself, repurchasing stock from shareholders or putting it back into the company, he writes. "This might be an opportunity to invest in new equipment, facilities or training that will create a short-term tax writeoff and improve your business's performance in the long term," he writes. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (12/20)

 

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Watch Out for Fake NFL Jerseys Being Sold Online

by Samia S. Morgan

Watch out for fake NFL jerseys being sold online

Consumers should be on the lookout for illegal websites selling counterfeit NFL jerseys online. It's important to check out these companies, which may sell low-quality imitations, before making a purchase, said BBB's Jerry Shipman. Authentic jerseys are made of a stretchy material and generally sell for more than $200. ClipSyndicate/KOB (Albuquerque, N.M.) (12/19)

Dig your business out from under a mountain of debt

Many companies are facing stiff debts, and bank loans -- especially those backed by the Small Business Administration -- can be especially problematic for small businesses. If you are having trouble meeting your obligations, one way to get your bank's attention is to stop payments on your loan. Prepare a plan for increasing your revenues so you will be able to pay off the loan, and be ready to demonstrate that you have enough collateral, he writes. Entrepreneur.com (12/19)

 

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Twitter is Revamping its User Experience

by Samia S. Morgan

Twitter is revamping its user experience

Twitter's new design could remove the need to use third-party applications such as Hootsuite to schedule tweets and keep track of statistics on your tweets, Angela West writes. The new features, which are up and running on Twitter's iPhone and Android apps, include the ability to get more information about tweets and more easily handle multiple accounts. PC World Business Center/BizFeed blog (12/15)

Avoid common business credit card bungles

While credit cards can be valuable tools for small-business owners, careless use can take its toll on the finances. Research credit card offers carefully and don't be lured by amazing introductory rates. Company owners should be aware that using small-business cards can affect their personal credit scores. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (12/16)

 

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Top Year-End Tips for Cutting Your Tax Bill

by Samia S. Morgan

Top year-end tips for cutting your tax bill

Small businesses can use several strategies to lower their 2011 tax bill such as by giving out bonuses and purchasing new equipment, Barbara Weltman writes. Donating to charity and stocking up on supplies can also help you to pay less in taxes, she writes. CNBC (12/7)

8 ways to ensure you get paid

To make sure your business gets paid on time after making a sale, it's important to stay in touch with customers, Chris Griffiths writes. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease and you need to be friendly and casual, but pro-active, in your communications with your customers," he writes. Consider offering discounts for those who pay quickly, and avoid losing your cool with delinquent customers. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (12/13)

Don't make these deadly errors with daily deals

Daily-deal sites can be effective for attracting new business, but you have to be aware of the potential pitfalls. Successful use of the sites requires a strategy for converting daily-deal users into returning customers, writes Jonathan Blum of Blumsday. "That plan should include capturing customer demographic data, grabbing [e-mail], social media presences and other contact information and clarifying a customer's need for new services," he writes.Entrepreneur.com (12/12)Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 

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Watch Out for "Mystery Shopper" Scam

by Samia S. Morgan

Watch out for "mystery shopper" scam, BBB warns

Scammers are targeting job hunters on the Internet with postings offering positions as "mystery shoppers." In one such incident, a Texas man was instructed to cash checks that arrived in the mail and wire the money, but the checks were fake. Little can be done to stop these scammers, who usually work overseas, but you can check out suspicious ads with BBB or report them to the government. KRIS-TV (Corpus Christi, Texas) (12/14)

Keep the money flowing in and your business going strong

Cash flow difficulties can be devastating to a small business. Keeping accurate financial records and planning ahead are vital, according to Tage Tracy and John Tracy, authors of the book "Cash Flow for Dummies." "Having access to sound financial plans structured for different operating scenarios is an absolute must," Tage Tracy said. MFRTech.com (12/14) 

How to tell if it's time to give company credit cards to employees

Whether you should get company credit cards for your employees depends largely on how often they are likely to use them, SmartBrief's Tricia Smith writes. "The employee who is constantly turning in a stack of wrinkled receipts for regular supply orders or travel expenses could definitely benefit from a company card," Smith writes. Be certain, though, that employees understand the responsibilities that come with having a company card, she warns.SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (12/14)

6 ways to stop employee fraud in its tracks

Employee fraud, which tends to occur more during difficult economic circumstances, can hit small and midsize businesses especially hard, Melissa Schwartz writes. A number of strategies can be used to lessen the chance of fraud, including requiring employees to take vacations, conducting background checks before hiring new workers and making sure one employee doesn't have all of the control over the company's finances, she writes. Insurance Journal (12/14)

 

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Get Your Workers to Care About Data Security

by Samia S. Morgan

Get your workers to care about data security

Data breaches can damage businesses, but a recent survey found that many employees don't think information security is their concern. It's important to communicate with employees about the importance of data security to get them more involved in the process, according to Sean Glynn of CREDANT Technologies. "Don't just tell them that they have to protect their data, but tell them why," he said. BusinessNewsDaily.com (12/11)

How to hire and handle seasonal employees

Seasonal employees can help small businesses survive the holiday season, but it's important to make sure you choose your hires carefully. "[Y]ou should look at the same qualities as you would with a major hire," Deb Spicer said. If an employee just isn't working out, letting them go can boost morale, she said. Intuit Small Business Blog (12/9)Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 

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Restoring Trust Along the Supply Chain

by Samia S. Morgan

Restoring trust along the supply chain

A lack of trust "fuels the need for extra time, inventory, paperwork and more, ultimately building more cost and inefficiency into the supply chain," writes Rob Olney of ETM Manufacturing. To rebuild trust, companies must focus on factors that include communication, reliable service and providing feedback, he writes. IndustryWeek (12/12) 

13 serious website-design don'ts

You want your customers to connect with you via social media, but it's important to avoid putting too many social widgets on your website, Michelle Mastin writes. "Just as old-fashioned Flash banners slow down page load times, too many social widgets can turn your clean, sleek, fast-loading page into a bloated mess," she writes. Other design mistakes to avoid include making poor color and font choices and overusing or misusing Flash, she writes. PC World Business Center (12/7)

 

Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 
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Why Debt Isn't Always a Bad Thing for Your Business

by Samia S. Morgan

Why debt isn't always a bad thing for your business

Chicago small-business owner Jay Goltz decided to avoid debt after the economy tanked in 2008, but he recognizes debt is not the enemy. "It can help build capacity, increase efficiency, increase quality and expand a business much faster," he writes. "Using it properly means not letting yourself get over-leveraged, even if the bank will allow you to borrow more." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're the Boss blog (12/7)

How to pick a kennel to keep your pets safe while you're away

When researching a kennel to take care of your pet while you travel during the holidays, check the facility with BBB's website. Then visit the kennel and ask questions to learn more, BBB recommends. Patch.com/Northfield (12/10)Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 

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3 Things to Consider Before Getting a Cash-Back Business Credit Card

by Samia S. Morgan

3 things to consider before getting a cash-back business credit card

Cash-back credit cards, which offer rebates on a percentage of the amount you charge, can help you to save money when making purchases for your business. Think about whether you will carry a balance from month to month when deciding whether a cash-back card is right for you, and read the fine print to make sure you get the most out of the cash-back offer.SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (12/8)

Use social media to make the Internet your market-research mecca

Engaging with consumers on social media can allow small businesses to conduct market research to improve their products, Jason Falls and Erik Deckers write. One option is to use a monitoring service such as SocialMention.com to track conversations on social sites about the kinds of products you sell. Alternatively, you can directly ask your social media followers questions about your products, they write. Entrepreneur.com (12/7)

Samia Morgan is proud to be listed with the Better Business Bureau - 
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