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Small-Business Tax Deductions You Should Know About

by Samia S. Morgan

Small-business tax deductions you should know about

Small-business owners may be paying more on their tax bills because they aren't reporting mileage and advertising expenses, according to a recent survey. However, small-business owners did list other expenses, such as those related to marketplace fees and office supplies, the survey found. BusinessNewsDaily.com (4/19)

Don't fall for too-good-to-be-true travel offers

Scammers are looking to extract money from consumers by promising amazing travel deals, warns BBB. Consumers can help to protect themselves from such schemes by being skeptical of offers that sound too good to be true and by asking questions to learn more. They should also research companies with BBB. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (4/22)

 

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Protect Yourself from Sketchy Storm Chasers

by Samia S. Morgan

Protect yourself from sketchy storm chasers

Attorneys general in Arkansas and Oklahoma are cautioning consumers to watch out for scammers who promise to fix storm damage or make improvements to their properties. It's a good idea to ask for references and research contractors with BBB. Also, be wary of contractors that want the entire payment upfront. Tulsa World (Okla.) (4/18)

Overly complicated tax code confuses business owners

Research shows small-business owners consider the administrative burdens involved with filing their taxes to be a significant challenge. Eighty-five percent of small-business owners enlist a professional to help with the preparation of their returns, according to a survey by the National Small Business Association. South Dakota, Texas and Nevada are the three states with the most favorable tax codes for small-business owners and entrepreneurs, according to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. BusinessNewsDaily.com (4/16), Small Business Trends (4/16), Business Finance (4/17)

How to prepare for succession at your small business

There are practical and legal issues to think about when planning for succession in your company. You can begin the succession-planning process by figuring out what you do on a daily basis, buying necessary insurance policies and providing training to your employees. CrowdSpring.com (4/16)

 

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Even If You Lost Money This Year, You May Gain at Tax Time

by Samia S. Morgan

Even if you lost money this year, you may gain at tax time

If your small business lost money this year or experienced a natural disaster, you may be able to take a Net Operating Loss and get money from previous years' tax refunds, writes tax pro Bonnie Lee. This also lets you carry the loss to the following year to lower taxable income. To file a NOL, use IRS Form 1045. Fox Business Small Business Center (4/13)

Why your business' online reputation is so important

Your online activities -- including interactions on social networks, transactions on e-commerce sites and Web searches -- contribute to your "social currency," which can affect your success in future endeavors, writes Markus Barnikel of carpooling.com. "Marketplaces must define clear rules for rating other users and ratings should only be allowed after social interactions truly occur; if bad behaviors occur, they must be eliminated quickly," he writes. TechCrunch (4/15)

Tips for forecasting future cash flow

Forecasting future revenue and cash flow can be tricky, but it is doable, Tom Gray writes. When making this forecast, you should consider the invoices you have sent out and how much money you expect to receive in the coming weeks. You should also factor in the projects that you are working on and the likelihood of winning new business, he writes. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (4/17)

 

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Building Business Revenue, Then Protecting It

by Samia S. Morgan

Building business revenue, then protecting it

Business owners should sock away a "painful amount" of profits for emergencies, says John Krubski, research adviser to The Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute. It's just one of the six ways businesses can increase and shield their revenue. Other tips: Get professional financial advice, consider using borrowed money for research and development and have a vision for the business that goes out 10 years. Fox Business Small Business Center (4/12)

BBB finds renters battling bedbugs
  
When bedbugs invade a rental property, whose job is it to get them out? The answer lies in your lease, says Andy Teas of the Houston Apartment Association. But BBB is finding that apartment owners complain their landlords are not helping tackle the problem. ClipSyndicate/KRIV-TV (Houston) (4/11)

New Internet scams target small businesses

A new breed of Internet scams is using more sophisticated methods to target small business, according to GFI Solutions. For example, one scam used the Google name to get users to download a fake anti-virus program. Keep an eye out for fake LinkedIn invitations, which have linked users to download Trojan viruses, writes Dan Berthiaume. Instead of a spam filter, use a managed anti-spam/anti-virus service to identify scams before they infect your computer, he advises. MSP Mentor (4/13)

 

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Prevent Data-Tracking and Protect Your Privacy Online

by Samia S. Morgan

Prevent data-tracking and protect your privacy online

Small businesses need to be increasingly focused on protecting data to maintain online privacy. This week, the Federal Trade Commission urged Internet companies to adopt stricter privacy policies and implement a "Do Not Track" system. Other ways consumers can prevent data-tracking include using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), enabling private browsing and deleting or preventing cookies. SmallBizTechnology.com (4/11)

A 3-month plan to getting a handle on cash flow

Tom Gray, a SCORE mentor, recommends following the 13 Week Cash Flow Statement model to understand your business cash flow and make forecasts based on it. The spreadsheet tracks expenses made over one business quarter and can be very useful for getting bank loans. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (4/11)

How social media fits into your master marketing plan

Think of using social media as a layer in your overall marketing and sales strategy, writes John Jantsch. Use social media to understand your customers even if their updates on Twitter and Facebook seem mundane, and use it as a form of search engine optimization to drive customers to your online content. He also advises small businesses to get to know journalists that cover their industry in hopes to increase their chances of media coverage. Duct Tape Marketing (4/13)

 

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Learn From Other Small Businesses, Avoid These Common Legal Errors

by Samia S. Morgan

Learn from other small businesses, avoid these common legal errors

Many small businesses make the same small legal mistakes that can land them in big trouble, Lawyers.com's Hayley Spencer writes. They include failing to register trademarks, infringing on copyrights and not choosing the right business format. SmallBizBee.com (4/11)

Documents: Keep, toss or shred

Get your shredder ready because Shred Day is just around the corner. As part of National Financial Literacy Month, businesses and individuals should shred sensitive information on April 21, BBB advises. Don't go shred-happy though; hang on to insurance documents, utility bills and make sure to retain tax documents for seven years. The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) (4/9)

Move over, boomers: 3 demographic groups to keep an eye on

Baby boomers may be a hot demographic to appeal to, but there are others that are gaining traction. With about 4 million births each year, the market for children's products is expanding, as is the market for domestic-related products because of 20-somethings. Senior citizens, particularly baby boomers' parents, also represent a big part of the market. Small Business Trends (4/11)

 

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How to Survive a Trip Down the Cash Runway

by Samia S. Morgan

How to survive a trip down the cash runway

Managing your company's cash runway -- the length of time your business can operate at a loss -- is complicated because there are several factors to consider. For example, if they don't have equity, your employees might be less committed to riding out the tough times, Sam Hogg writes. "Keeping the team onboard via equity, options and other noncash compensation is a smart way to smooth out times of low-cash turbulence and to get employees more invested in the company's long-term success," he writes. Entrepreneur online (4/10)

What's a business owner to do when the customer is just wrong?

Paul Downs, founder of Paul Downs Cabinetmakers, ran into a tricky situation with a client after some small scratches were discovered on a boardroom table that Downs' company had built. The scratches were likely the client's fault, but Downs agreed to fix them anyway. Downs writes he doesn't blame the CEO of the client company for trying to get what he wanted and feels he made the right choice in offering to fix a problem he didn't cause. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're the Boss blog (4/4), The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/You're the Boss blog (3/29)

 

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Why You Should Consider a Health Savings Account

by Samia S. Morgan

Why you should consider a health savings account

There are a number of tax benefits to having a health savings account, according to accountant Mark Kohler. However, you must have a high-deductible health plan, he notes. Entrepreneur online (4/9)

Scammers target businesses with fake BBB e-mail
  
Scammers are trying to infect business computers with a virus by circulating an e-mail that purports to be from the BBB. The e-mail directs recipients to open an attachment to learn more about a complaint that has supposedly been filed against them. To spot these scam e-mails, it's important to remember that complaints are typically handled by local BBBs. ClipSyndicate/KSHB-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (4/4)

 

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Google's Search Ads May Be More Effective Than You Think

by Samia S. Morgan

Google's search ads may be more effective than you think

A recent study has found that customers who are acquired via search advertisements on Google are worth more than previously thought. "In their lifetime, they could be an active customer, repeatedly making purchases, and the cumulative amount of these purchases, that's sort of the profit stream we should take into account," said researcher Ying Xie. BusinessNewsDaily.com (4/9) 

Will small merchants be prepared for smart cards?

So-called "smart cards" are coming to the U.S., and small firms need to prepare to deal with them as payment, writes Brian Goudie, senior vice president at First Data, a global technology and payments-processing company. While it's not clear when chip cards will be widely used, Goudie asserts that small merchants need to decide now if they'll process them using standardized fraud-technology standards known as EMV, for EuroPay, MasterCard, and Visa, the three firms that created the standard. Small Business Trends (4/6)

 

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