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Fountain of Youth

by Ashley Gartland

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Special Programs Can Help Companies Cut Their A/C Costs

by Samia S. Morgan

Special programs can help companies cut their A/C costs

Some electric companies offer special deals for businesses that agree to help them reduce demand for electricity on the most sweltering days. For example, Xcel Energy gives its customers a discount for participating in a program that allows the company to shut off A/C compressors in intervals. You can call your power provider to find out whether it has any such programs. Small Business Trends (6/21)

5 tips for raising your prices

Set a price you can live with for a long time instead of nickel-and-diming your customers multiple times. Contact key clients personally to explain the increase. Make your explanations clear and brief. Those are among the top tips author and consultant Tom Searcy offers for raising prices without losing customers. Others: Consider changing product features to offer price relief, and explain the hike to employees first. Inc. online (6/19)

How good accounting can make for better decisions

It's essential to have access to up-to-date financial information to guide your critical business decisions, Chris Griffiths writes. "Forget batching your accounting information into yearly 'old news' doses," he writes. "Do it monthly and you’ll find yourself being much more proactive and reaping the rewards along the way." The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (6/19)

 

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5 Ways Cloud Technology Can Help Cut Energy Costs

by Samia S. Morgan

5 ways cloud technology can help cut energy costs

Research suggests companies can reduce their energy costs by using cloud-based solutions. "In its simplest form, outsourcing IT workloads to a cloud provider inherently means reduced energy consumption and investment in IT equipment," said Antonio Piraino of ScienceLogic. There are a number of reasons for this; for example, cloud providers will strive to lower energy costs to make more money. SmallBizBee.com (6/18)

Cash bonuses are overrated, CEO says

You don't need to offer generous cash bonuses to keep employees motivated if you let workers have a say in how their performance is measured, says Justin Moore, CEO of Axcient. "If you have a sense of purpose in accomplishing something, you're doing it because you get some personal reward out of it, not because there's a stack of money being given to you at the end of it," Moore says. Inc. online (6/18)

How to pick a safe storage facility for your extra stuff

When picking a storage facility for your stuff, it's important to get estimates from at least three companies before making a final decision, advises BBB. Consider the size of the units, and make sure the climate is acceptable for whatever you are storing. Also, make sure there is insurance in place to protect your items. KYTV-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (6/19)

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How to Build Your Business Through Bartending

by Samia S. Morgan

How to build your business through bartering

Bartering can be a good way for cash-strapped small-business owners to get the products and services they need to grow. To close a good deal, you have to understand the value of your item and the one you are trying to trade for, say Steve McHugh and Antonio Palazzola, hosts of A&E's new show "Barter Kings." But you should avoid letting other traders know how badly you want a particular item. Entrepreneur online/Reality Check blog (6/16)

How trust helps create a positive workplace culture

Trust, along with other factors such as accountability and communication, is a key component of positive working environments, according to consultant J. Forrest. For example, a company called Atomic Learning, which was included on a list of the best places to work, has developed a sense of trust through an "officeless" environment. "When people are working in that environment, there's a real empowerment," said CEO Dan Meyer. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (6/17)

 

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What to do Before You Sign a Contract

by Samia S. Morgan

What to do before you sign a contract
 
Before signing a contract, take the time to read over it carefully, advises BBB's Heather Clary. Also, get a copy for your own records and make sure that any oral promises the business has made you are included in the document. ClipSyndicate/WTVQ-TV (Lexington, Ky.) (6/13)

What to do when you find yourself with extra cash

If your business has accrued a large amount of excess cash, it might make sense to use it to reduce your debt load. Alternatively, you might want to use it for other purposes such as to buy equipment or to pay out a dividend. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (6/13)

The IRS might pay closer attention to cash-based companies

The IRS might take a particular interest in small businesses that deal primarily in cash, Bonnie Lee writes. The agency "has developed techniques to uncover hidden stores of cash," she writes. For example, during a preaudit analysis, an agent might pay attention to lifestyle factors such as where a business owner lives. Fox Business Small Business Center (6/15)

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BBB: Be Wary of Postcards Promising Great Deals

by Samia S. Morgan

BBB: Be wary of postcards promising great deals
  
Some people are receiving postcards in the mail that promise rebates for major retailers. However, when people call to claim the reward, they are asked to provide their credit card information. Several complaints have been made about the company, BBB says. ClipSyndicate/WTVQ-TV (Lexington, Ky.) (6/13)

The advantages of invoice factoring

If you need to improve your cash flow but don't want to add to your debt, invoice factoring might be a good option. Companies can use this strategy by selling their receivables to other businesses, which buy them at discounted rates. "By using factoring as an income-generating tool, a business can immediately increase its cash flow without having to wait for loan approval and without having to increase its debt service," Lisa Ryan writes. B2C Marketing Insider (6/12)

Protect your business from cybercriminals

Golden State Bridge is one of many companies that has had funds stolen from its bank accounts by hackers. Companies can reduce the threat posed by cybercriminals by making sure they update their firewalls and by making sure employees follow the rules governing computer use. They should also monitor how much is in their accounts and consider buying fraud insurance. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/13)

 

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It's for the Birds

by Samia S. Morgan

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The Advantage of Incorporating Your Business

by Samia S. Morgan

The advantages of incorporating your business

Incorporating your business costs money and might lead to additional paperwork, but it also confers a number of benefits, Chris Griffiths writes. For example, incorporation might help to protect your personal assets. "As your business grows, the need to incorporate may become greater. So revisit the business case for incorporating periodically," advises Albert Luk of Devry Smith Frank. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (6/12)

Tips for reducing printing expenses

Printing documents can be pricey, but there are ways to reduce the amount you spend on it, Christopher Null writes. "There's virtually nothing you might be accustomed to printing that you can't reproduce in digital form instead," Null writes. You can also adjust the settings to include more information on each printed page. PCWorld Business Center (6/11)

 

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How to Avoid Falling for Online Scams

by Samia S. Morgan

How to avoid falling for online scams

Some scammers are targeting consumers via e-mail with fake hotel-booking confirmations, according to BBB. There are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself. For example, you should use credit cards or debit cards when making online purchases, according to BBB's Kevin Hinterberger. You should also be wary of e-mails that ask you for personal information.WFMY-TV (Greensboro, N.C.) (6/11)

Banks, business owners aren't on the same page

In general, banks are more interested in whether an entrepreneur will be able to repay a loan than they are in growth projections. Business owners who are looking for funding from banks should be willing to put their own money into their businesses, said Harold Fast of the Business Development Bank of Canada. When looking for a loan, you should "have your financial reporting in order, even if it's just a P&L. It's important to keep track of things," he said. Financial Post (Canada) (6/11)

 

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How to Survive Life After the Death of Unlimited Data

by Samia S. Morgan

How to survive life after the death of unlimited data

Verizon Wireless is introducing a new data-sharing plan that lets users spread their data allocation among multiple devices. Among the major U.S. carriers, only Sprint still offers an unlimited data plan free of throttling. Whitson Gordon offers advice on how to adjust to the new data reality, including how you might be able to hold on to your unlimited plan for at least a little longer. Lifehacker (6/12), USA TODAY/The Associated Press (6/12), CNNMoney(6/12)

Workers are motivated by trust and relevant work

To effectively motivate workers, give them room to grow and the stability they need, Glenn Llopis writes. Employees also want to know they can trust bosses to back them up and they want to do relevant work that has an effect. Overall, what workers seek is to be happy in their jobs, Llopis concludes. Forbes (6/4)

 

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