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Archives: December 2005

Tax-Free Medical Expenses Through the Business

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 30

Owners of a regular "C" corporation can benefit from receiving tax-free medical expenses paid through the company. But if you're a sole proprietor, partnership, or an "S" corporation, these same...

Get Help to Create a Better Web Site

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 29

Don't underestimate the importance of a reputable vendor. Developing a Web site takes quality time, thinking, and experimentation. Find a great partner, and prepare to be schooled by the experts....

Your Company's Parts Must Equal a Whole

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 28

Assertively successful entrepreneurs know how each piece of their company contributes to its growth, and they manage to make the company work as an operational whole, rather than independent parts....

The Line Between Independent Contractor and Employee

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 27

A lot of businesses would prefer to treat workers as independent contractors, rather than employees, for various tax and liability reasons. However, it's important to have a good understanding of...

Find Funding Off the Beaten Path

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 23

If you know where to look, there are a variety of funding options available to help your small business succeed. Check out these resources: The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance...

Put a Mentor to Work for You

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 22

Think about why you seek advice. Establish the goals you expect to achieve by talking to a mentor. Pick the top 3-5 challenges or opportunities that your business faces. Prioritize...

Don't Forget about Goodwill Contributions

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 21

There are two aspects that contribute to the health and well-being of every company: the goods and services sold and goodwill. While it's obvious how the sale of goods and...

Perfect Your Web Site

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 20

Often times your Web site is the first contact potential customers have with your company, so make sure you've put together something that will leave a good first impression. Here...

Understanding the marketing and sales sequence will get you more clients

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 16

Think of your marketing as a short flight of stairs into your business. First you help prospects understand the problem you solve, then you explain the solution you provide, next...

Two Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Quickly

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 16

You'd like to lower your stress level, but as a small business owner you simply don't have the time. Well here are a couple of quick, simple ways to release...

Tread Carefully with Trademarks

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 15

Here are some tips when using another company's trademark (the names or logos used to identify products or services) in your advertising or business. Don't mislead consumers when selling reconditioned...

Battle Plans for Guerrilla Marketers

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 14

Never forget that 70% of business that's lost is lost due to apathy after the sale. The opposite of apathy is follow-up. Follow-up not only reduces your marketing investment, it's...

The Personal Touch in China

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 13

When you're trying to do business in China, forget the Western approach of "Here's my PowerPoint presentation, here's the contract, sign here." You need to start with a personal touch....

A Helping Hand at Tax Time

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 12

Micro-business owners and the self-employed manage every aspect of their business themselves -- including doing the business' taxes. With all the tax forms, deduction qualifications, and exceptions to the rules,...

Steps to Building a Home-Based Business

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 09

1. Start with a plan in mind. Create a simple, informal business plan that addresses the major areas of your enterprise: marketing, cash flow, legal structure, etc. 2. Claim your...

Does Stress Equal Drive?

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 08

Some executives think that stress helps give them drive. Not true. Initially, stress pumps the adrenaline to your sympathetic nervous system. But if your stress levels don't drop, you'll eventually...

Prepare for the Worst

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 07

A disaster could strike your micro-business at any time. To prepare for disasters ranging from natural causes to burglary, make sure you have answers to these questions: • Do you...

Five Tips to Speed Up Tax Filing

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 05

1. What's in a filing date? Tax returns or an extension must be filed by Apr. 15. However, all taxpayers can get an automatic extension by filing Form 4868, which...

Lower Your Health-Care Costs

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 05

Health-coverage costs are rising past the point where micro-business owners can afford them. According to a recent survey by the National Association for the Self-Employed, 51% of micro-business owners did...

Give Up Control to Gain Success

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 02

Small business owners, by nature, want to maintain tight control over their enterprises. To some extent that's a good thing, but there is a downside to exerting too much control....

Stop Selling to Increase Your Sales

Posted by: Rod Kurtz on December 01

If you want to get your prospects' attention so they will contact you and buy from you, let them know how you can help them. Few people like to be...


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