Time-Tracking Software: Making Payroll Stress-Free

Even the smallest of businesses has concerns about time tracking and payroll issues. In fact, next to making profits, small business payroll usually tops the list of priorities for business owners. And that really makes sense. After all, if workers are not paid, they are not going to be happy, and if they are not happy, they are not going to be productive. Obviously, when employees are productive, the business stands a better chance of making profits. It's like one hand feeding the other. If ...
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Pointers on Finding the Best Credit Card Merchant

Merchant accounts provide small business owners with extra services and features, as well as service packages and prices geared toward various levels of business activity. As the number of service providers grows, it becomes more confusing for business owners to discern which credit card merchant is the right one for them. Yet the necessity of a virtual terminal makes it clear that any business owner wanting to expand his or her business needs to have a way to process credit card transactions...
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Learning the Basics of SEO: Why it’s Important

It's hard to have a business website or blog and not have heard of SEO yet. The fact is that most everyone has heard this internet marketing buzzword, but that doesn't mean they understand what it is or why it's important. A business or blog owner doesn't have to be a marketing whiz to learn the basics of SEO and how to use them to benefit the business. This cost-effective way to attract consumers and build recognition makes such good business sense that a business owner would be remiss not t...
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Should You Hire a Nanny to Care for Your Little Ones While You Work?

Working from home provides lots of benefits. Some of the most notable include the simple fact that you save time that would be spent on commuting to and from an office, and you also avoid the stress of dealing with traffic -- plus you save money on transportation costs. In addition, you get to work in what most people consider the ideal environment. After all, you get to make your home cozy and comfortable, and you can wear whatever you like. It’s easier to have a better balance of work and h...
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Ensuring Your Business Emails Get Read

Sending business emails is trickier than it sounds. Besides being pressured for time, recipients of business emails receive upwards of hundreds of emails per day. This makes it next to impossible to read each and every one, which means you have to make your emails stand out in a meaningful way. In other words, rather than making your email appear spammy or difficult to read, it should appear to be a valid business correspondence that gets straight to the point and that is worth reading. ...
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Security Cameras: A Great Layer of Safety When Working from Home

Working from home is relaxing; it comes with some wonderful benefits that you can't get anyplace else. For instance, when you work at home, you have the advantage of being one of the few people in the apartment or condo building during the daytime. In fact, even if you live in the suburbs, it is likely that you will be among a few individuals lucky enough to be at home during the day. Don’t become a burglar’s target. Home Alone with Lots of Business Assets? Although working at home is...
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10 Tips for Getting Work Done While the Kids Are at Home

Summer’s here, and as nice as it is to have the kids home, this can create a challenge for home-based business owners. The ability to find time to be with the children during summer break while maintaining a successful business is something many sole proprietors and small business owners attempt to juggle each year. To avoid stress and the guilt many working parents face, the key is in working more efficiently so extra family time becomes available. These tips can help parents who run a busin...
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How to Register for an LLC

Whether an individual is running a small business from home or a sole proprietorship, the topic of becoming an LLC has likely come up. An LLC -- or limited liability company -- provides the home-based business owner with many benefits. Contrary to what a person might believe, becoming an LLC isn’t more costly or time-consuming than it’s worth. The benefits far outweigh the efforts involved in registering a business as an LLC. In addition to providing the business owner with protection, an LLC...
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Who Knew Choosing the Right Font Could Be So Hard?

Deciding which fonts to use for your printed materials can seem like an impossible task. There are thousands of fonts available to download for free. But how do you choose a font that matches the vision and image of your company? You need to appear professional but not stuffy. Creative but not cutesy. Trendy but still timeless. A Walt Disney font might be a great choice for your scrapbook, but it’s definitely not appropriate for your marketing materials. You may think your company deserves to...
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Pointers for Keeping Your Business Running While You’re Out of Town

Whether it’s for personal or business purposes, it can be difficult for business owners to go out of town and leave their business behind. And if you’re a small business owner working from home, the thought may seem utterly impossible. How can you successfully keep your business running while you’re out of town? Here are a few pointers: Choosing Dates If you’re planning a vacation or attending training, choose dates based on when your business is slower. For example, if you own a landscape...
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