COVID-19 Business Update – March 3 2021

Congratulations! You got the COVID vaccine! Now what can you do? As an article in The Atlantic describes, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but “When deciding what you can and can’t do, you should think less about your own vaccination status, and more about whether your neighbors, family, grocery clerks, delivery drivers, and friends are still vulnerable to the virus.” While the vaccines do help keep the vaccinated people from getting…  Read more

Three tips for managing construction industry casflow

Owning a small business in the construction industry can be incredibly stressful. In addition to the long days and difficult working conditions, you have to worry about cash flow issues. It can take a long time to collect on payment from your clients or contractors who hired your business, and in the meantime you have to pay employees, cover fixed expenses, buy supplies and pay your own subcontractors. Here are…  Read more

5 Xero Mistakes Business Owners Make and How To Avoid Them

If you’ve just started working with Xero, it is normal to make a few mistakes while you’re learning. We see mistakes that are quite common – and unfortunately costly – so you should be aware of them if you want to get the most out of Xero’s powerful cloud accounting system. 1. Not connecting all the bank and credit card accounts dedicated for your business Make sure that you keep…  Read more

Tips to Navigating the Post-pandemic Business Landscape

Covid has resulted in many business transformations. While some small businesses found themselves shifting their offerings, others moved online or found new niches. If you’re wondering how to continue moving your business forward following Covid, you’re probably not alone. Here are some important tips for navigating the business landscape following Covid. 1. Explore your remote options Having a business model that enables you and your staff to work remotely gives…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 3 February 2021

Keeping people safe in the pandemic requires a comprehensive approach, as explained by Aaron E. Carroll, a pediatrics professor at Indiana University. By taking the pandemic seriously, “far from posing a risk to its host city or town, a university could become—by supplementing behavioral measures such as masking and social distancing with widespread surveillance testing—a model for detecting and suppressing the virus.” By the time IU’s 87,000 students return to…  Read more

5 Essential Tips for New Property Investors

Everyone wants to achieve financial independence. However, until you have enough income-generating assets, you are unfortunately dependent on someone else such as your employer. Investing in properties, when done right, can provide an ongoing income stream and a cash lump sum when you decide to sell it. If you are a first time property investor, check out these five tips that can help you along your journey towards financial independence.…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 23 December 2020

Because we know you’re busy, we’re keeping this issue extra short. Just in time for Christmas, Jupiter and Saturn appear in close alignment this week, forming what some have called a ‘Christmas Star.’ The last time this happened was in the spring of 1226, when Notre Dame cathedral was under construction. Their closest connection will be on the Winter’s Solstice, when they will look like a double planet. To see…  Read more

Year End Agreement Reached on Covid Relief – A Little Bit of Info

Some big questions answered. A little bit. Ok – Congress finally passed a bill to deal with the pandemic relief, stimulus and extenders. And, I hear, it is the 2nd largest bill (by page count) ever to be considered by Congress. So – this post is not nearly as detailed and won’t have all your answers. But – I want to get some info out that has been keeping me,…  Read more

Early Warning Signs of Insolvency to Watch Out For

Running a business isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It is definitely hard work, but a rewarding journey at the same time and you can probably attest to this yourself. Sometimes, things also don’t go as planned and you may find your business under financial distress. Suddenly you find yourself falling behind on due dates, suppliers are chasing for payments, and your stress levels are skyrocketing. Regardless of the…  Read more

Small Business Saturday Blog Post

The National Spotlights Shines on Small Businesses The Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 28, 2020, the national spotlight will turn on an often overlooked engine of our country’s economic growth: small businesses. Small businesses, or those with less than 500 employees, now comprise 99% of all U.S. employer firms. Over 23 million strong, small businesses is a sector of our economy that continues to grow rapidly. According to the Small Business…  Read more

Beyond COVID-19 – How to build value in your business

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – this has been an extremely difficult few months (well, year) for all of us, but there is no better time to think seriously about your business. In this article, we have compiled a few tips to create value in your business. The key to building value in your business is to plan the process in a systematic way, whether you’re…  Read more

4 Payment Options Your Small Business Should Consider

When customers make a buying decision, they’re not just considering the quality and price of your products or services, they are also evaluating the ease and convenience of the whole buying process. As a business owner, you should offer different payment options to provide the best customer experience and to ensure you receive timely payments Here are four ways your small business can accept payments in 2020: ● Credit and…  Read more

Business Owners: There’s No Time Like the Present

I’ll figure it out when I’m ready to retire, which is the day after never …. That is the response we get from small business owners when we ask how much their business is worth. The wealth of nearly two-thirds (70%) of all small business owners is tied up in their business. For many of those individuals, the business becomes the personal retirement savings vehicle. Those individuals, however, could be…  Read more

Small Business Owners: The Future Might Not Be All That Uncertain

If you are like most small business owners, you find it difficult to plan because your future has more unknowns than your non-business-owning counterparts. You might not know how much your business is worth when you should sell, where to find the right buyer, how to fetch the best price, or even how much insurance to carry. If you have a family business or operate with a partner, you also…  Read more

Healthy Business Practices for Entrepreneurs

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost Starting your own business can be like having a baby — a very important life decision that might not always be a rational one. 9 months into your 9-5 insipid job and you might decide to take the proverbial exit from the freeway, onto the smaller…  Read more

Working out an effective marketing budget

“How much should I spend on marketing?” Most small business people ask me this question at some stage. Many small business people find working out how much to spend on marketing a tricky exercise to calculate. Generally there are five ways to work out a marketing budget for the year. Remember that these are marketing budgets, not advertising budgets. Marketing covers everything you do in your business that creates awareness,…  Read more

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