Small Business Tips

Owning a small business often means wearing every possible hat available, from marketer to sales clerk and inventory manager to HR professional. Learn from the experiences of the small business owners who are NFIB members as well as the best experts for each industry. Below you will find small business tips for everything from taxes and regulation to promotion and networking.

5 Small Business Accounting Tasks to Perform Every Month

Posted On: January 25, 2018

Make sure you’re addressing these monthly accounting tasks to avoid bookkeeping errors and maximize your company’s potential growth. Balance the books “The review and reconciliation of all bank and credit card accounts should be number one on the list of tasks business owners need to keep up with on a monthly basis,” says NFIB member Steven J. Weil, Ph.D., president of...

5 Ways to Stay Ahead of Small Business Competition

Posted On: January 22, 2018

A high level of personal service and local appeal can help small business owners compete with the big box retail market. But other small business competitors likely offer these perks, too. These tips will help you stay ahead of your small business competition. Be accessible Excellent customer service is a hallmark of most successful small businesses, but getting to your customers on...

Tax Checklist for Small Business in a New Fiscal Year

Posted On: January 22, 2018

With the beginning of a new fiscal year, it’s time to get your tax preparations in order. If you’re well prepared, you can make this sometimes difficult and tedious process much easier. According to NFIB’s most recent Problems and Priorities survey, “tax complexity” and “frequent changes in federal tax laws and rules” made the top 10 list of the most...

Infographic: Online Reviews and Your Small Business' Reputation

Posted On: December 06, 2017

Increasingly, consumers look online to determine where to spend their money. Last year’s BrightLocal Consumer Review survey shows 84 percent of online customers trust online reviews—meaning business owners can’t afford to neglect growing positive customer reviews. But what does that mean for your small business? Here’s what you can do to improve your business reputation. Click here for full size infographic.  ...

How to Use Geolocation Features on Social Media

Posted On: November 30, 2017

It’s no secret that the rise of e-commerce—and Amazon in particular—has presented major struggles for brick-and-mortar retail companies, especially small businesses. However, the advent of geolocation features in social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram has made it easier and more affordable for small business to stay competitive and to get in front of more potential customers. Here’s a look...

A Guide to Section 179 for Small Business Owners

Posted On: October 17, 2017

It’s that time of year when small business owners focus on end-of-year expenses to maximize deductions in the coming tax season. This information about Section 179 of the tax code can help you take advantage of applicable deductions and solidify a strong plan for the future. The Basics of Section 179 Section 179 applies to deductions for business depreciation of property. It...

5 Big Challenges Faced by New Small Business Owners

Posted On: September 23, 2017

Most small business owners would probably say their challenges vary drastically from day-to-day. Today it could be trying to reach a customer for an invoice payment, tomorrow it could be coordinating a shipment across the country or updating the company website. But when it comes to challenges that most—if not all—small businesses face, especially during the early stages, there are lots that...

What Section 179 Expensing Means for Your Business

Posted On: September 20, 2017

Many small business owners are generally familiar with some of the small business tax deductions that can help you save money at tax time, but did you know that Congress recently approved an expansion of a popular tax deduction for small business equipment purchases? This tax deduction is called the Section 179 deduction, and it was recently expanded to the...

3 Tips for Better Expense Reporting

Posted On: September 18, 2017

From staff lunches to business trips, it can be all too easy to rack up more expenses than you expected—or for employee spending to get out of control. But if you don’t know where every dollar is going, you can’t fully manage your cash flow or improve your profit margins. Good expense reporting can be the difference between success and stagnation,...

How to Start a Catering Business

Posted On: September 11, 2017

If you’re the go-to cook or baker for your friends and family, you’ve probably thought about starting your own business and becoming a caterer. Since you already have the talent and tools to cook food for large crowds, it seems all you’ll need is a marketing plan and a handful of clients. But becoming a professional caterer isn’t that simple,...

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