How NOT to Motivate Your Employees

Everyone knows that keeping your employees motivated is crucial to growing a startup. However, the best way to accomplish this remains a topic of some debate. There are multiple schools of thought on the subject, each with its own record of successes and failures.  However, in my experience, it’s not what you do to motivate your employees that matters so ...

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5 Steps to Restaurant Success Using Text Messaging

Most restaurants fail. Yet many manage to beat the odds and grow to be profitable, successful businesses. Those who make it don’t succeed by sheer luck; success in the restaurant industry is the result of good food, hard work, and smart marketing. The first two are obvious enough, but the third–smart marketing–may be the most neglected ingredient in the recipe ...

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Income Tax Filing Deadlines

January 15, 2013 – Pay the balance of your 2012 estimated tax. If you do not meet this date, you may avoid an estimated tax penalty for the last quarter by filing your 2012 return and paying the balance due by January 31,2013. Farmers and fishermen: File your single 2012 estimated tax payment by this date. If you do not, you ...

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How to Know When to Hire Full Time Employees or Contractors [ANSWERS]

Every entrepreneur reaches that point in their pathway in which they know they need help. They need software written, their website managed, customers tended to, and orders sent out. When the few people they have on their side are no longer enough to keep their ship going, the new dilemma is knowing when it’s time to begin hiring full time ...

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Tips on Starting a Business Fast and Successfully [ANSWERS]

Whether an entrepreneur will admit it or not, the idea of starting their business in a snap and having it be successful is the ultimate fantasy. The idea of tossing your idea out there and having it catch a swift wind is rarely done, but it can possibly be managed with enough research and the right steps. Having a solid ...

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Top 3 Things To Do In A Recession [ANSWERS]

Whether we are currently in a recession or just stepping outside of one is up for debate. What isn’t up for debate is the difficulties small businesses and entrepreneurs face during the lean economic times. Consumers are extremely cautious about where and how they spend their money, the research they do translates to the sales an entrepreneur makes. Companies must ...

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Are you Optimistic/Pessimistic about the future of business? [ANSWERS]

It is a safe bet that when you turn on the news today you will find yourself being tossed a whole lot of bad news. Stocks are bad, companies are laying off another round of thousands, banks are failing, and the list goes on. But now and again you will turn on the news and there will be stories of ...

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How did you get your business name? [ANSWERS]

The idea of exactly what your business is going to be usually comes first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet. It could be a made up word you dream of one night ...

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Checklist to Start a Business

Each year thousands of people begin the long path to starting their own business. The idea may suddenly spring to life while driving their car or it could be an idea that has been simmering for years. Whatever the case may be, the idea is just the first step down a fairly long staircase. Every sort of business will be ...

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Getting Your Business Out of the Gates Fast in 2013 [ANSWERS]

The first day of the new year is filled with a mountain of possibilities for an entrepreneur. Today is the day a business owner hits the ground running and begins to consider what comes next with their venture. What exactly should be the next move they make to be sure their business is in the best place to move ahead ...

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