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Latest thoughts, insight and tips from industry thought leaders on how to make your business thrive.

Social Media Strategies for Hair Salons and Mistakes to Avoid

June 20, 2017

As a beauty salon owner, you might be surprised by how much a social media strategy can strengthen your business. Social media is a great branding tool for small business owners, and using it properly can give you an advantage over your competitors. Here are a few social media strategies for your hair salon to implement as well as some social media mistakes…

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How To Handle Employee Theft: A Guide for Business Owners

June 20, 2017

We all like to think we’re a good judge of character. Then again, many of us had Barry Bonds posters on our walls growing up so maybe that’s not an attribute any of us should be too quick to claim. Especially when running a small business, sometimes you just don’t have the time, resources, or energy to investigate a potential employee…

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Preparing for an IRS Audit: Be Neat, Organized and Thorough

June 20, 2017

Say the word “audit,” and small business owners run for cover. Nothing generates as much fear as the prospect of having to come before the IRS and defend a business's tax records. Even if everything is in order, the audit process is stressful, time-consuming and costly. But what are the chances that your business will be audited? IRS Audit Rates…

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How To Handle Employee Scheduling Issues In Your Restaurant

June 20, 2017

Business owners say that running a business is not for the faint of heart. It takes a measure of guts, determination, and energy you never knew you had. But for business owners with shift employees, matching schedules to business needs, maintaining fairness and equal treatment and just trying to keep everyone happy can often feel like a full-time job in…

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Proceed With Caution: ‘Artificial Scarcity’ Can Be Deceptive

June 20, 2017

Are you familiar with artificial scarcity? In broad marketing terms, it means deliberately limiting the availability of something to build demand. If you haven’t used or come in contact with this strategy in business, you’ve certainly experienced it as a consumer, whether you were aware of it or not.   Artificial Scarcity Is Everywhere Is this an approach you should be…

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Structuring Small Business: Clarifying Roles As You Grow

June 20, 2017

When looking ahead to the growth of your business, it makes sense to focus on the strategic issues—the where’s, when’s and how’s. But as pointed out at mckinsey.com, the site for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, it’s easy to underestimate or overlook the importance of organizational factors in your growth. Why does this matter? Your processes and structure today may not adapt to challenges you…

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Leading vs. Managing: Are They Really That Different?

June 20, 2017

Managing and leading…two words used all the time. But did you ever think about how they’re related? Are they more alike or more different? Leading vs Managing, by Definition First, basic definitions: To manage is “to be in charge of, administer run.” To lead, on the other hand, is defined as “to be in charge or command of.” Hmmm. On the surface, at least, the…

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How to Manage Employee Expectations

June 20, 2017

Here’s a loaded question: Do you know what your employees expect? Of their jobs? Of the business? Of you? And if you do know (or think you know), are you doing anything to actively manage those expectations? If your employees’ expectations haven’t caused any noticeable problems, no one would fault you for adopting an “if-it’s-not-broken-don’t-fix-it” attitude. But what you can’t…

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LLC vs. Sole Proprietor: Determining Your Business Structure

June 20, 2017

When starting a small business, one of the most important steps is deciding which business structure fits your idea the best. Although the process and amount of circulating information may be overwhelming, the legal entity of your business is crucial to your success. Two of the most common forms available for startups and small businesses are the LLC and Sole Proprietorship.…

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What to Consider Before Growing Your Business

June 20, 2017

Many owners dream of growing their small businesses into larger ones. Getting there involves loads of decisions to make along the way. But one of the most fundamental is how you’re going to grow your small business. Organic vs Inorganic Growth One way is to generate growth organically, which includes building your revenue and bottom line by increasing your customer base, reinvesting profits…

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