Selecting the Ideal Payroll Service Provider: A Checklist

Even if you’re a one-person operation working from home, payroll is an important aspect of your business. Unpaid taxes can result in heavy fines and penalties, something no one needs while trying to optimize every penny that comes in. Keeping up with federal, state, and local employment tax law is a time-consuming task for the small business owner whose skills and expertise lie elsewhere. Rather than doing payroll entirely on your own, it’s a good idea to consider a payroll service provider t...
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Which Wireless Credit Card Machine is Best for Your Needs?

The use of a wireless credit card machine has many advantages, especially that of being able to take payments on location. Consequently, cashless commerce is one of the most important technological developments aimed at businesspeople who work from home. Use of a wireless credit card machines can increase your business earnings online, but offline as well, and provide many solutions to credit card processing. From street markets to trade shows, wireless credit card machines give you a vir...
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Utilizing Apps to Accept Mobile Payments

Today, mobile payment technology is a must for businesses of all types, but especially for entrepreneurs who work from home. Taking payments via mobile apps expands the home-based business beyond your office walls. But it’s a challenge to figure out which system is right for your particular business. Like PayPal, many of these new apps facilitate e-commerce and have many similar features. It’s the differences that will help you choose the one that is right for you. Outlined below are some mob...
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Why You Should Clean Up Your Reputation Before Opening Your Company’s Doors

Your business is brand new and hasn’t even started accepting clients or making sales yet. Why do you need to care about its reputation? The simple fact is that your business is building its reputation from the minute you decide to start your own company. Sure, you could wait for major problems to happen, but here are a bunch of reasons that you should not do that: It is easier to repair little problems as you go than to try to repair major problems later on. In this respect, your r...
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Your Poor Grammar Could Hurt Your Reputation

The importance of utilizing proper grammar should never be underestimated. Whether you are a blogger, an entrepreneur, a doctor, or a carpenter, your misuse of grammar can make you susceptible to judgment and reputation damage. Wikipedia defines grammar as “the set of structural rules that governs the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language”; you want to make sure you know what those rules are! Particularly in the world of blogging, where words are your tools ...
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Should Your Business Website Accept Online Payments?

The doorbell rings. You see a little youngster on the other side of the door with her mom or dad sitting in the minivan at the end of your driveway. You smile and brace yourself for the pint-sized sales pitch for popcorn, wrapping paper, chocolates, or Girl Scout cookies. Which one is it going to be? Ah, yes, Girl Scout cookies. “Why not?” you say. Everyone loves a good Thin Mint cookie, right? You listen attentively, praise the sales pitch, and with another smile, you excuse yourself to go get ...
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5 Places to Find Inexpensive Furniture and Equipment for Your Home Office

Office furniture and equipment can really start to add up. Depending on the size of your home business it can be one of your biggest costs. Furniture costs are usually a one time fixed cost, but when it comes to office equipment it's a whole new ball game. For instance, you don't only need a printer and fax machine, but also reams of paper, ink cartridges (color and black & white), toner and more. In addition, you will need pens, miscellaneous items, and customized letterhead - the list is e...
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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Starting a Home Based Business

Thousands of Americans are now taking the economic slowdown as a sign to leave the corporate world and go into business for themselves. Although a recession isn't the best time to start a business, there may never be a perfect time. And if you have a great idea, several years of experience and the drive to turn your dream into a reality, you've got a great chance to be successful. Most new businesses must start out being run out of a home office, just by the nature of the beast. You probably don...
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5 Ways to Get Free Press Coverage for Your Home Based Business

Home based businesses are at a slight disadvantage, because they aren't typically in the center of the action. This leaves home business owners having to strive harder and harder to get press coverage for their products and services. In addition, sponsored placement isn't trusted and isn't as effective as an organic article with legitimate writerly interest. However, if you have an interesting product or service that stands out from all the rest, you should have no problem drumming up a little c...
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Grammar 101: Why is it So Important in Business?

In this world of quick texting and tweeting, it’s easy to let grammar slip. But in a professional setting, good grammar is very important for business. Here’s why you should be paying attention to good grammar for your business. Image Poor grammar projects an image of not caring about our work or our customers. All word processing and email programs now have auto-grammar and spelling checks, so it is easy for an error to be flagged. Ignoring the warning and not correcting a grammatical...
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