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[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2014

How to Investigate a Business Opportunity

Business opportunity or turnkey business packages are popular ways to start a small business. A business opportunity can help you start a business right away. You might want to start your own business but don’t want to go it on your own, completely from scratch, launching an independently owned company. A business opportunity, also known […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2014

Franchise Growth On Track

Franchise growth remains on track for 2014. Despite slower than expected growth in 2014 so far, the outlook for franchise growth remains strong with employment and output forecasts revised up slightly from January estimates, according to research released today by the International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation. Developed by IHS, The Franchise Business Economic Outlook: […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2014

Largest Direct Selling Companies

Looking to get into direct selling? The Direct Selling Association (DSA) has announced the 20 Largest DSA Member Companies for 2014. The ranking is based on net U.S. sales in 2013. Offering products ranging from cosmetics, skincare and wellness to residential energy and gas services, each of the 20 companies named to this year’s list […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2014

The 50+ Encore Entrepreneur

April is the month for the Encore Entrepreneur. It is Encore Entrepreneurship Mentor Month and if you are a 50+ encore entrepreneur, you can receive free help and resources from your local U.S. Small Business Administration office. Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will generate income once […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 7, 2014

From Idea To Invention

Move from idea to invention by following the steps outlined in Patricia Nolan-Brown’s new book Idea to Invention. While many see an inventor as a bespectacled genius working away on their new idea in a lab, the author of Idea to Invention see herself as an ordinary person, mother of three and self-made inventor. Patricia […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 7, 2014

6 Ways To Put Your Customer First

How do you grow a new small business? One way is to always put your customer first. Follow these six tips from a pro. By Bob La Loggia CEO, Appointment-Plus A good customer experience can make or break your business. Customers are vitally important to your brand, your business, and your bottom line. This may […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 7, 2014

Five Ways To Better Business Brainpower

By Michael Vaughan CEO, The Regis Company Business owners and managers today face a myriad of challenges—a tight market with strong competition, workforce issues, slimming margins and the need to keep pace with technological advancements to name a few. Add to these a rapidly changing environment and a barrage of noise generated from the Internet, […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 7, 2014

Seven Keys To Your Successful Startup

What can you do to increase your chances of a successful startup? By Barry J. Bendes, Partner Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP Planning is the key to success. Before you open the doors to your new business, you should take the time to plan for your successful startup  and to put into place a structure for […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 7, 2014

Booming Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Hispanic entrepreneurs are booming! A new report says that between 1990 and 2012 the number of Hispanic entrepreneurs in the U.S. has more than tripled. The number of Hispanic entrepreneurs in the United States has grown exponentially over the past two decades and Hispanic immigrants in particular have a higher rate of entrepreneurship than the […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 5, 2014

Help From IRS Free File On Tax Returns

IRS Free File offers hassle-free software to quickly e-file tax returns or extensions. The Free File software is available at www.IRS.gov/FreeFile for taxpayers making $58,000 or less. With less than two weeks left until the tax deadline, the Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the IRS, today reminded […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 4, 2014

Business Or A Hobby? The IRS Guidelines

Are you running a business or a hobby? The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to follow appropriate guidelines when determining whether an activity is a business or a hobby, an activity not engaged in for profit. Here are the IRS guidelines in determining if your activity qualifies as a business or a hobby. Incorrect deduction […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 4, 2014

Forming A Sole Proprietorship

A sole proprietorship is the simplest and most common structure chosen to start a business. It is an unincorporated business owned and run by one individual with no distinction between the business and you, the owner. You are entitled to all profits and are responsible for all your business’s debts, losses and liabilities. Sole Proprietorship […]

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