June, 2013

Should I Hire Someone Who is Pregnant?

Hiring can be a tricky business these days, and what happens when you are thinking of hiring a pregnant employee?

According to Title VII and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), an employer cannot refuse to hire a pregnant woman because of her pregnancy, because of a pregnancy-related condition, or because of the prejudices of co-workers, clients, or customers. If she is your best candidate, she should be the one to hire.

Make It Your Business to Reduce Your Tax Load

Among the many items that the self-employed contractor and small business owner have to think about, would be taxes. And once the word tax is mentioned, the anxiety level usually rises.

What can the small business owner and self-employed contractor do to reduce the anxiety and the tax load? Can you change some things you’ve done in the past to make 2014 a better tax year for your business?

Are We Growing Too Fast?

Small businesses can grow too fast and cause more troubles than it would seem. Growth is good, but when that growth comes too quickly it can kill your business.

There are some red flags that you will be able to notice to signal that your small business is starting to grow too quickly.

3 Techniques to Collect Receivables from Difficult Customers

Even the most careful company will have an occasional customer who is unable or, for whatever reason, refuses to pay money owed the firm.  It might be someone with a long history with the company or someone with no track record at all. Either way, it’s important for the business to collect the money that it is owed. 

What Should I Look for in a Secretary?

Considering a secretary is literally your company’s first impression on the client, it’s crucial to have someone that’s apt for the job.

When it comes to finding a great secretary, there are some traits and other qualities that need to be taken into consideration. Besides, if you choose a secretary that’s about as helpful as an empty chair, that just means more work for you and the rest of the company.

How To Build Business Credit For Your Startup

Getting your first line of credit when you’re just starting your business is essential to establishing a credit history of when you really need it down the line. If you’re starting your first business, you’ve probably never had to deal with business credit before and might not know where to start. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Is It Time for a Bigger Office Space?

Your colleagues have to breathe in to squeeze past your desk. Your chair bumps almost every piece of furniture when you stand up.

There are twice as many people in the office as there used to be, but the space hasn't grown with your business. Is it time for a change of location?

Startup Act 3.0 Paves Way for Foreign Entrepreneurs

The melting pot that is the United States is about to get even more diverse. A bipartisan bill that would create visas for foreign-born entrepreneurs hit the Senate floor recently. The Startup Act 3.0, sponsored by Republican Senators and Roy Blunt and Democratic Senators Chris Coons and Mark Warner, is the current bill designed to open United States borders to the world's best and brightest talent.

Want Seamless and Fruitful Business Negotiations? Try these expert Tips

The world of business negotiation can be harsh, particularly if you’re anxious to establish yourself both as an entrepreneur and as a negotiating force to be reckoned with ~ your success in one area could well have a bearing on your success in the other, so what can you do to ensure that negotiations are as seamless as they are fruitful?

How Will Interns Help My Business?

As your small business grows, you may find yourself with an ever-increasing workload. You know you need some extra help around the office, but hiring a full-time employee is either out of your budget right now, or you just don't have the time to search for the right candidate.