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.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Local Small Business Association

Posted On: November 17, 2016

As a small business owner, you understand the importance of finding value in every decision you make. You need a return on any investment that will benefit your business, because what’s good for your business is good for you and your employees. If you’ve recently joined a local small business association or are considering a membership, be sure to take advantage...

How to Get the Most Out of Your Online Advertising this Holiday Season

Posted On: November 10, 2016

The holidays can be the busiest – and most expensive – marketing period of the year, and this year is no exception. Coming off a busy summer where the 2016 Rio Olympics dominated ad sales, the 2016 Presidential Election has continued the trend of climbing advertising costs with record-breaking viewership for all three debates. This perfect storm of media activity...

Four Holiday Card Alternatives

Posted On: November 01, 2016

The holiday season is traditionally a time for sending and receiving holiday cards, both personal and professional. Many business owners send cards to their clients and customers, suppliers, and others, which can become a large expense from both a time and money perspective. Fortunately, there are plenty of cost-effective, valuable, and environmentally friendly options that recipients will appreciate just as...

3 Ideas for Promoting Your Business on Small Business Saturday

Posted On: October 25, 2016

Small Business Saturday 2016 is Nov. 26. This national event is a great way to bring customers into your business and encourage them to shop local. Three small business owners who have successfully participated share their experiences here. Team up with other local businesses to cross-promote. Katy Kassian, owner of Buffalo Gals Mercantile in Regan, North Dakota, struggles with visibility as a business owner in a rural area....

Starting a Business: Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Industry

Posted On: October 21, 2016

Whether you already have an idea for a new business or are just interested in becoming your own boss, it’s important to know a thing or two about the industry you’ll be getting into. After all, who’s going to loan you money if you don’t know where your industry is headed? And how do you plan to succeed if you...

Infographic: Top 10 Cities for Female Entrepreneurs

Posted On: October 19, 2016

Numbers don’t lie—these ten cities are topping the charts when it comes to the amount of female-owned businesses, according to Small Business Trends, which compiled its list using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Small Business Owners.  Looking to take the jump and become your own boss? Check out one of these cities: they’re doing one—or several—things right...

Video: 3 Super Easy Social Media Hacks

Posted On: September 28, 2016

It’s no secret that small businesses should have a social media presence. But not everyone’s up to speed on just what’s out there. Plus, owners don’t exactly have loads of free time to figure out what works and what doesn’t. The three hacks in the video below can go a long way toward helping you reach and communicate with potential customers—without having to spend a...

The Pros and Cons of Buying an Existing Small Business

Posted On: September 19, 2016

Buying an existing business sounds like an easier path to success than starting your own. And it’s true, the benefits can be huge, says Matthew Odgers, an attorney who works with small business owners at Odgers Law Group in San Diego. The business likely has an existing customer base, an established reputation, and employees who have already been trained. “This...

Small Business Accounting Tips

Posted On: September 16, 2016

Many people feel daunted by the prospect of managing finances for a small business. But with some straightforward advice and guidance, you can feel confident you are putting your company on the path to financial success. Make balancing your books easier with these accounting tips for small businesses, including bookkeeping and invoicing software, records management tips, and more. Keep It Separate It...

Should You Use Your Retirement Savings to Start a Business?

Posted On: September 12, 2016

If you’re struggling to secure capital to start your dream business, the money you’ve saved in an individual retirement account (IRA) or 401(k) may seem like the answer. But is it worth the risk? Here are three factors you should consider.  RELATED: NFIB’s Small Business Guide to Getting a Loan 1. Understand the risk. The biggest risk of borrowing from your retirement account is the possibility that your business will...

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