What Should You Do if a Client Simply Doesn’t Pay You?

If you own a small business, you probably have job responsibilities in addition to running the business. You might be the sales manager, accountant, or human resources manager. Or all of the above! When you wear your accountant hat, it's up to you to send invoices, receive payments, and stay on top of invoices that are past due. You want to get it done fast so you can get back to taking care of your business. But what do you do when a client won't pay? How do you put pressure on customers ...
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Tow Right: 5 Steps for Starting Your Own Tow Truck Business

Where there are cars there will always be a need for tow trucks. If you are thinking of starting your own tow truck business, it's important to understand just what you need to do to ensure your business venture is profitable and successful. Here are 5 steps you'll need to take when starting your own towing business: Step #1: Decide on the Types of Services You'll Offer There are different types of towing services, and you need to determine which services you'll offer before you can procee...
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8 Ways Your Business Can Make Greener Decisions

When it comes to a business going green, the pros significantly outweigh the cons. In most cases, the decision saves money for the company -- even if there is a slightly higher upfront cost -- and it does wonders for the environment. On top of that, the business will gain a reputation as being eco-friendly. Making greener decisions doesn't have to be hard; it's simply a matter of tweaking some company policies, shifting to a paper-free presence, and purchasing the right products and services....
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Online Comparison: An Often Neglected Internet Business Model

Starting an internet business at home may seem easy at first. You just have to create a website, choose what to sell and promote your website to make money online, right? Maybe. If you play your cards right. How successful your venture is going to be in the long term depends a lot on your revenue model. An interesting model that’s often neglected is the comparison website model. A comparison website is the one that allows search engine readers to look up and compare prices of different produc...
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5 Pointers for Finding a Great Freelance Editor

Well-written materials create a strong competitive advantage for any business. Whether website content, ads, brochures, or blog posts, writing that captures the potential customer's imagination will drive traffic to your eCommerce site to increase sales and generate profit. Most higher education today emphasizes our specialty field and does not give the kind of training that professional writers receive. While you may be an expert in your particular area, writing about it may not be your fort...
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One Sentence: A Tagline Is Sometimes All You Need to Communicate with Your Customers

Apple says "Think Different," McDonald's says "I'm lovin' it," and Nike says "Just do it." Consumers around the world recognize these slogans or taglines, which are an integral part of each of their brands. As important as it might be to have company mission statements and documented business plans for legal purposes, when it comes to communicating with customers, one short sentence or phrase does the trick. Coming up with a tagline for a new business might not be an easy process, but getting...
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The Importance of Graphics in Giving Your Brand the Right Image

What are you wearing today? Sounds like a bit of a weird, late-night phone conversation, doesn't it? Here's the thing: Appearances send a message, and the same way your clothing represents your persona, your business branding represents your business. Take a pulse. Look at your branding as it is right now. What does it say about your business? Is it boring or drab? Or is it lively and energetic? Does it say "We'll work hard for you," or to continue the metaphor, does the imaging tran...
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3 Tips for Finding the Ideal Accountant

Sooner or later, every small business reaches a point when the task of record-keeping requires more than a simple calculator. Even a sole proprietorship will find that managing its finances and typical bookkeeping duties can become complicated over time. Professional accountants can offer help. After all, an accountant can manage the business's finances, taxes, and more. In many instances, an accountant also acts as a trusted advisor to the small business. He/she can help with the manageme...
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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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