Trust is the secret to standing out in the Internet Age

Technology is giving consumers greater insights into pricing, and companies have to leverage their strategic advantages to stay competitive, writes Don Peppers. One critical factor in building business in the current environment is trust, he notes. "Being proactively trustworthy ... requires you to watch out for your customer's interest even when your customer isn't paying attention," he writes. FastCompany.com/FC Expert Blog (1/19)

Your business' legal expenses may be tax-deductible

If you hired a lawyer to help you with your business operations, you may be able to deduct your legal fees from your tax bill, writes Andrew Chow. In general, legal fees that were used to help launch your business, handle an employee lawsuit or create a contract can be deducted, but you may want to discuss the matter with a tax attorney, he writes. FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (1/19)

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