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.

The Best Accounting Apps for Small Business

Posted On: May 08, 2018

From taxes and payroll, to invoices and expenses, accounting can burn a lot of time. Especially for the smallest of small businesses—like sole proprietors, hobby- or home-based businesses—or those who don’t employ an accountant or outsource their accounting, apps can be a huge help when it comes to managing the books. Read on for an overview of the business of apps,...

Made in the USA: Tips to Market American-Made Products

Posted On: March 19, 2018

American consumers are price-wary, but they’re also patriotic. If your business makes or sells products that are entirely American made, it doesn’t just make great business sense—promoting it can be a powerful marketing tool. Combined with the “buy local” movement and the Trump administration’s focus on promoting and protecting American jobs and manufacturing, small businesses are in a great position to...

How to Use Influencer Marketing for Your Small Business

Posted On: March 14, 2018

Traditional advertising has been on the decline for years, and more and more businesses now spend their marketing budgets online. With digital advertising on the rise, business of all sizes are finding new ways to reach customers, strengthen their brand, and promote their products and services. One of the biggest trends to emerge in the last few years is influencer marketing....

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...

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