Small Business Budget

5 Ways to Avoid Bankruptcy

Entrepreneurs and small-business owners have many stresses to deal with, and due to their level of both financial and emotional investment, may end up heading towards bankruptcy without being fully aware of the circumstances. Being on the lookout for warning signs is obviously key, but there are other steps you can take to salvage a bad situation. I interviewed Jon Paul Kelly … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Commercial Property for Your Business: An Infographic

Choosing the right commercial space is a huge endeavor for any small business. You want the perfect location, with adequate space, and of course, at a price that won't break the bank. The infographic below, submitted by John Harrison of Hones Lawyers, is a helpful tool that simplifies the commercial property search process by offering tips and advice for business … [Read more...]

For Fledgling Businesses, the Best Things Are Not Free

The best things in life may be free, but the same cannot be said for business. All businesses, no matter the size, are conscious of the need to keep costs low and revenue high. But there are times when money well spent becomes an investment in the vitality and longevity of your business, and money withheld can spell disaster. For a startup or a fledgling small business, … [Read more...]

Saving Money on Business Travel

Doing your due diligence before booking a hotel helps to make business travel more profitable and less stressful. Think about your needs, from data to ground transportation, and make smart decisions that keep you focused on the work you need to do and the relationships you need to build. Research WiFi Policies Data charges are a hidden cost of business travel. Before booking … [Read more...]

5 Money Management Tips for Your New Small Business

There is nothing more exciting than making that first sale or obtaining that first client for your new small business. After all your hard work, your “baby” is off and running. To keep that momentum going, however, you need to put some clear money management practices into action. Here are five tips to get you started. Keep Accurate Records Get into the habit early and you … [Read more...]

Going with the Flow: How to Manage an Irregular Income

One of the most stressful parts of being a small business owner can be managing an inconsistent income. Whether it is the weather, the economy, the changing of the seasons or just plain serendipity, your income can be “feast” one month and ”famine” the next. How do you cope with an irregular income? Here are some strategies to help you stay afloat in a choppy sea. Create a … [Read more...]

7 Steps for Creating a Budget for Your Small Business

Just as it is with your personal expenses, it is essential to have a budget in place for your small business. A good budget helps you estimate your income and expenses over a period of time – usually a calendar year with a small business –allowing you to make important decisions for your company. If you are not someone who is good with numbers, you may be daunted by the … [Read more...]

Going on a Business Shopping Spree with Your Personal Tax Return

According to USA Today, the average 2014 tax refund will be more than $3,000. It’s tempting to use that money to take your family on a nice vacation, splurge on those designer duds you’ve been eyeing, or on some other guilty pleasure. But what if you took that money and invested it into your business? Now, I’m not talking about simply transferring your refund money from your … [Read more...]