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The Rise of Small Business Crowdfunding

March 28, 2013 by Steve King

While crowdfunding is best known for raising money for non-profits, a growing share of crowdfunding money is going to small businesses and startups. Games and gadgets are the most common type of business funded. The best known of these is Pebble, a maker of smart watches that raised over $10 million on Kickstarter.[read more]

Obamacare, Job Lock and Freelancers

March 4, 2013 by Steve King

According to the MBO Partners State of Independence study about one third of independent workers do not have health insurance.[read more]

Five Lessons from Crowdfunding 1.0

February 10, 2013 by Juan Martinez

Successful crowdfunding campaigns establish strong emotional connections with donors. People want to feel connected—and crowdfunding is a strong demonstration of that, where communities form to support campaigns that advance their shared beliefs, goals, and aspirations.[read more]

How Can Your Business Prevent Identity Theft?

February 4, 2013 by Tushar Mathur

Business identity theft is on the rise. This type of theft is also called commercial or corporate theft, and just like personal identity theft, it occurs when a thief uses a business’ line of credit for himself to open offices or merchant accounts. If business identity theft goes on too long without detection, it can be difficult to recover, and a business could potentially go bankrupt.[read more]

Tax Moves to Make in February

February 2, 2013 by Kay Bell

The year's shortest month is here. But there's no shortage of tax moves to make in February. Since we've only got 28 days, it's important to focus. You don't want to turn into a tax-time Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, doing the same tax tasks over and over.[read more]

Money on the Mind: Small Biz Financial Stories of the Week

January 19, 2013 by Meredith Wood

Getting your small business financially fit is a continuous goal. Here are our favorite articles of the week to help you make the most of your small business’ money. Money on the Mind: Small Biz Financial Stories of the Week 1. Are you a candidate for PO Financing?  “Manufacturing, import-export, distribution, wholesale,...[read more]

Keeping Workers (and Your Company) Safe From an Accident

January 8, 2013 by Jay Acker

If you're just getting your brick-and-mortar business off the ground, chances are that you're already overwhelmed with finances, employees and construction. Before you can open, however, you'll need to be able to pass a safety inspection. In this post, Jay would offer tips for passing that test, from building a proper manual to employee training, so that you can ensure you open your doors on schedule.[read more]

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Does a Bad Credit History Spell Doom for Your Small Business?

December 14, 2012 by Dave Thomas

Given that a bad credit history is not all that uncommon, don’t automatically think you are doomed from the start in obtaining a merchant account.[read more]

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Make Your Business Payroll Service Selection Pay Off

December 6, 2012 by Dave Thomas
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Due to many different responsibilities, getting payroll done can seem like a burden in some instances, albeit a very important one at that. For the business owner, be they just starting out or in business for a while now that is finding meeting payroll needs to be a challenging task, reaching out to a payroll provider can oftentimes be the right answer.[read more]

What You Need to Know About an Umbrella Company

December 6, 2012 by Dave Stephenson

Those who have a desire to work for themselves will find that the services of an umbrella company are invaluable.  Business owners who use an umbrella company will be able to carry on with business without having to worry about dealing with administrative tasks such as tax and national insurance, which can be time consuming and...[read more]

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

November 19, 2012 by Gust Blog

Image via eHow.com Once you have a potential investor excited about your team, your product, and your company, the investor will inevitably ask “What is your company’s valuation?” Many entrepreneurs stumble at this point, losing the deal or most of their ownership, by having no answer, saying “make me an offer,” or quoting an...[read more]

Angel Investors Do Make Money, Data Shows 2.5x Returns Overall

October 19, 2012 by Gust Blog

I began studying angel investing returns about 10 years ago as a result of a problem I couldn’t resolve: Are angel investors just unwitting philanthropists or legitimate entrepreneurial investors?[read more]

Twitter Volume Reflects Stock Price, and More Findings

October 12, 2012 by Sam Decker

  If Twitter isn’t driving visits or conversions, why bother? Twitter’s direct impact on sales and traffic is still fairly small for most companies. For retailers, Twitter visits make up 0.02% of the total, with a relatively low 0.5% conversion rate. But most social channels would look similarly pathetic if measured so myopically....[read more]

What Does Your SaaS Agreement Risk Model Look Like?

October 7, 2012 by Kevin Cain

A conceptual look at three different contractual risk/liability models to get a sense of how they work.[read more]

VC Marketing: Oxymoron or Opportunity?

September 11, 2012 by Kevin Cain

VC marketing may sound like a contradiction in terms, but trust me it’s not. Sure, as an industry we are a little late to the game, but clever VCs are catching on quick.[read more]

What do investors consider the most important aspect of a potential deal?

September 7, 2012 by Gust Blog

Short and sweet. Each of these characteristics plays a major part in whether you get that investment.[read more]

Could A Fitness Franchise Get Your Financial House In Order?

September 6, 2012 by Joel Libava

Most people, when discussing franchise business opportunities of the fitness type, think of 24-hour fitness studios. And, that’s fine. They seem to be doing pretty well. But, is this the time to invest in one?[read more]

Adding Slides Does Not Enhance Your Investor Pitch

August 28, 2012 by Gust Blog

Remember the goal is an overview presentation that will pique investor interest enough to ask for the business plan and a follow-on meeting, not close the deal on the spot. If you can’t get the message across in ten minutes, more time and more charts won’t help.[read more]

Golden State lawmakers want to exclude medal winnings from state income tax

August 14, 2012 by Kay Bell

A U.S. senator kicked off the Olympics no-tax trend by introducing a bill that would exempt the value of Olympic medals and the accompanying prize money from federal taxation. Now some California legislators say the same exclusion from income should apply at their state's level.[read more]

What The Experts Say You Need to Know About Raising Capital

August 10, 2012 by Nina Kaufman

Venture capital attorney Jennifer Hill took a few minutes with me to talk about business owners who are raising capital – and what they need to know so that they avoid making big, costly mistakes.[read more]