“Business Tips” Posts

13 Productive Habits That Will Organize Your Work Life

13 Productive Habits That Will Organize Your Work Life

Who doesn’t want to walk out of work with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment? Work success depends on your ability to take care of crucial tasks that drive your business forward, without logging hours of overtime. We’ve collected strategies to optimize your office, hours and workload for increased productivity. Get ready to say, “I got so much done!” Space Fighting to get comfortable and find the materials you need sabotages your work productivity before you even begin. Here’s how to make your space (both physical and virtual) work better for you: Work in designated areas. At…

16 Questions to Ask Yourself When Starting a Business

16 Questions to Ask Yourself When Starting a Business

Deciding to start a business isn’t an overnight decision (or at least it shouldn’t be). There are hundreds of considerations to juggle and many of them are heavy: Where do I start? What if I fail? Of course, our economy benefits from hopeful entrepreneurs weighing these considerations and deciding to still move forward. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 679,072 businesses were started in 2015 alone. These new businesses added 3 million jobs to the economy that year. Because 20 percent of businesses fail within the first year, it’s vital that any entrepreneur thinks long…

Do You Know Your Customers? 5 Steps to Find Out

Do You Know Your Customers? 5 Steps to Find Out

A lot of marketing advice depends on businesses knowing who their target audience is. The problem is, it’s surprisingly difficult to define your customer base. Learn who’s likely to choose your business over and over, and you’re on your way to smarter marketing strategies. Know Who Your Customer Isn’t Everyone: The customer every small business would be thrilled to have, and the only customer that is impossible to attract. Small business owners may believe that their products appeal to the general population at large, but aiming to please everyone can hurt marketing efforts and sales. Take…

Experts Share 6 Sales Tips to Grow Your Business

Experts Share 6 Sales Tips to Grow Your Business

Everyone wants to run a successful business that is profitable and boasts increasing sales quarter after quarter. The reality is that few businesses can achieve this feat. Between having the right product for your market, knowing your customers, developing and supporting your employees, and generating initial capital, there are hundreds of areas any entrepreneur needs to be focused on to even float, let alone grow. In an effort to help business owners think outside the box (and even notice key elements they may have overlooked), we reached out to entrepreneurs to ask them for their best tips to drive sales.…

When Should You Apply a Tax on Shipping?

When Should You Apply a Tax on Shipping?

Taxes are mandatory fees imposed by the government on property, individual income and business profits, and they are added to the cost of certain goods or services. As a business owner, you face many taxes — the most common of which is sales tax. A sales tax is “a retail point-of-purchase tax imposed by state and local governments that is paid by the purchaser for goods and services,” according to The U.S. Small Business Administration. All but five U.S. states (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon) charge sales tax, according to The Balance. So, this should be pretty…