A collection of our best small business articles.
Take a look at any research released around the world these days on consumer preferences. When it comes to payments, you’ll see that debit and credit cards (along with other non-cash methods such as PayPal) tend to make the top of the list consistently. Source: 2015 U.S. Consumer Payment Choice Study, TSYS Customers like the convenience […]
9 Best Practices for Viral Growth
Every startup company you’ll ever find will always be aiming to reach the same common goal: Growth. But not just any kind of growth, they want solid, constant, fast, and profitable growth. In other words, they are all after viral growth. There is a magic moment in a startup company’s trajectory in which growth rates […]
How to Write a Growth-Centric Business Plan for Your Small Business
With the growing acceptance of “lean startups,” the “done is better than perfect” mentality, and accelerated launch approaches like those proposed by Startup Weekend, it’s safe to say that the traditional business plan has become something of an historical artifact. Rather than creating generic business plans that paint pretty pictures of where they want to […]
The 10 Tax Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make
You’re wearing many hats, have a million balls in the air or your plate is very full. No matter which metaphor you choose, the truth is that as a small business owner, it’s hard to do everything well. And, unless you’re an accountant, the do-it-yourself approach to finances could have some serious consequences. In this […]
Small Business Automation: Top Tools for Every Activity
In the business world, time is a valuable resource – and a scarce one at that. Are you spending it wisely? Are you completing tasks day in and day out that eat up time, which could be better spent planning and using your vision to further the company’s goals? Businesses of all sizes – with […]
Food Tech Startups — The Simple Way to a Free Lunch
Work, home or anywhere — We all love food. It’s a fact — humans love food. Survival instinct aside, we’ve also added a generous helping of cultural and emotional associations. One recent and tempting movement that’s turning heads and filling stomachs is offering free lunch (snacks or meals of any kind) at the office. But, we’re […]
Tipping in Restaurants — Love It or Leave It?
Is the current system of having restaurant servers rely on tips as the main part of their income the best answer? Is it working or isn’t it? Is it time to try something new? The debate on keeping or ending restaurant tipping has recently had a resurgence and there’s no shortage of opinions. Learn more […]
9 Tips on How to Scale Your Business From Successful Entrepreneurs
The difference between a small business or startup and a successful and profitable company typically boils down to time and experience. But, there are certain factors that play a big part in how those companies grew to be successful — things like timing, having the right people, focus, and intensely hard work. Remember that every […]
The Epic Guide to Employee Management
If you’re in a leadership position in your corporation or small business, you know that employee management can make or break the success of your organization. Happy, hardworking employees will catapult you to success, while disgruntled, lazy ones will bring you down from the inside. Navigating the social and performance aspects of managing your employees […]
25 People Worth Following for Actionable Small Business Advice
From Tony Hsieh, Founder of Zappos, to Anita Campbell, Founder/CEO/Publisher of Small Business Trends, these experts are at the top of their fields in leadership, technology, marketing, venture capitalism, and more. Their insights can help you discover all the actionable business advice you need to succeed.
The Definitive Guide to Interviewing Candidates
While all company departments are important for success, the hiring department truly is the tip of the spear. Employee turnover continues to challenge businesses large and small and the next generation is ready to move into the workforce. Selecting the best candidates and weeding out the worst ones is more challenging than ever. A good, […]
How to Manage and Pay Tipped Employees in Restaurants
Tips are more than something you’d associate with a homespun tip jar by the cash register — they’re a primary source of income for tipped employees. The catch is tips are also taxable income with specific responsibilities for employees and employers.
The Complete History of the Social Insurance Number
A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is a 9-digit form of identification that every individual residing and/or working in Canada must have in order to access government benefits, file income taxes and, most importantly, get paid. (Through the fate of acronyms, SIN also sounds a bit biblical.) A short timeline of the SIN. 1964 — SINs were […]