Small business

Online Backup for Small Business

Your small business and IBackup If you have a business running, preparing for the unexpected is critical. Being a business owner is not easy, and one of the most important decisions to make is in regard to your company’s critical data protection. Let’s look at some statistics There are almost 28 million businesses in the US and approximately 54,300 new businesses get started each month. Every business data created has a value associated with it, which when lost, does result in financial crisis. Let’s look at some numbers here: Average cost of downtime for a midsize company is $70,000 per hour (Gartner) Cost to recreate 20 megabytes of data (National Computer Security Association) Sales data: $17,000 Accounting data: $19,000 Engineering data: $98,000 70% of companies that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year On one hand, you can be a brave-heart and hope that no disaster ever hits your data, or you can be pro-active and realize that disasters do happen.

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2014 Tax Changes: What Small-Business Owners Need to Know

As tax deadlines loom for the 2013 tax year, taxpayers, especially small-business owners, may notice that their tax bills are going up. That’s a trend that’s likely to continue as changes related to the Affordable Care Act and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 take shape. What do you need to know for 2014, so you can start planning now? Your Tax Bracket Business owners who report their federal income taxes as a pass through entity (generally, partnerships, S corporations and limited liability companies) or as a sole proprietor likely saw an increase in the amount of tax in 2013.

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Small Business Success

Instead of running away with the circus, one man turned his passion for the trapeze into a profitable business. After hearing about raising alpacas, Thomas and Connie Betts decided to give the business a try. Christi Paul reports. The American Shakespeare Tavern performs a business success. Christi Paul reports in this week's Small Business Success. A business that counts on the water is quick to adapt to a drought and become a "Small Business Success. " Stephanie Elam takes us behind the scenes in the work shop of a modern day master craftsman.

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Website Design & Development Sydney - Websites 4 Small Business

Let us help.  Online in 14 days.   Flexible payments.   No technical jargon.   Search engine friendly.   Update yourself or we can update for you. Getting your business online is exciting, but can also be overwhelming.  Let us help you take care of all the technical stuff to ensure your website is up and running quickly and easily. Read about   website design and development. This is the most important part of your business, but also the hardest. If you don’t get it right, your business can suffer.  Let us guide you through the website marketing process.

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Applicant Tracking Systems: A Practical Guide For Small Businesses

Is hiring holding your company back right now?We talk to small and medium sized businesses every day, and over and over they tell us about how difficult it is to fill their positions at all right now, much less fill them with great people. The economy has changed to favor the job seeker quite a bit in the last few years. Luckily there are some great tools out there that can help you hire better and faster right now. The advent of the internet left few things unchanged, and hiring is certainly no exception. One of the ways it’s actually made things more convenient is with applicant tracking systems that help you recruit candidates, organize your hiring and stay compliant with relevant hiring laws.

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Avoid SEO Hype: Why Small Businesses Should Focus on Return on Investment

With the recent controversy surround guest blog posting, it is easy to be pulled into the controversy. As always, there are contradicting viewpoints on small business SEO and the guidance from Google is, well, confusing at best. Small business owners don’t have the luxury of being wrong. They live close to the edge, and rainy-day financing is hard to come by. For these reasons, small businesses need to be guided by statistics and analytics. They need to avoid wasting time in controversial discussions that have no end. What Channels are Most Effective for Lead Generation BrightLocal recently surveyed 20,000 U.

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48 Questions That'll Make Awkward Small Talk So Much Easier

How many times per week do you find yourself talking about topics you have no interest in or have already discussed a million times—just for something to say? Whether it’s waiting for areallyslow elevator with a co-worker, talking to an acquaintance at an industry event, or chatting with a complete stranger at a networking event, it happens to all of us. So, to combat these incredibly boring conversations, I started asking people unexpected, thought-provoking questions that couldn’t be answered with a simple yes or no. The results were awesome: I learned cool facts about other people that I would’ve never picked up in “normal” conversation—and as a bonus we became closer.

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How to Apply for an SBA Loan in 4 Steps

In this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know about how to apply for an SBA loan from start to finish. We will focus on SBA 7a loans, which are by far the most popular among the different types of SBA loans. Also included is an overview of the major differences between a normal SBA 7a loan and SBA loan for commercial real estate. SmartBiz offers SBA working capital loans up to $350K and commercial real estate loans up to $5MM. Loan have terms of 10 or 25 years. Their streamlined, online application can have you prequalified in a few minutes and funded in just a few weeks.

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Shopping for a Business Bank Account With Fewer Fees

Question: Is it better to keep more money in my business bank account, or less? I don’t want to pay the stupid minimum monthly balance fee to the bank. The minimum is $15,000, which I can barely do. Is it worth the $17 fee per month, or do I have any alternatives? Answer: You’re feeling an increasingly common squeeze, being put on consumers and business owners alike, by banks that are raising minimum balance requirements and jacking up account fees, ostensibly to make up for restrictions on overdraft and debit card swipe fees imposed by Federal Reserve rules and the 2010 financial overhaul law.

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Telephone Systems Guide

Messaging – Cloud systems enable businesses to easily manage messages and record voicemail which can improve customer service standards Call Forwarding – Calls can be easily diverted to any phone in the network, making it ideal for use where businesses have different departments or teams Voicemail – Easily record company voicemail messages and offer the ability for your customers to also leave messages when you are unavailable. Multiple voicemail messages can be created and voicemails can be delivered as text to mobiles or laptops Business Text Messages – Marketing or customer messages can be distributed to your customers through a text message using a local telephone number Versatility – The systems are extremely versatile, either using traditional office phones or using a mobile device Benefits of Cloud Hosted Phone Systems Many businesses prefer cloud based systems over the traditional phone network because it brings a number of benefits including; Resource Savings – Cloud phone systems are much more affordable than a traditional landline network, not only in terms of initial installation and ongoing costs Setup – As there are no telephone lines to install, a cloud based system can be installed and set up quickly and easily Remote connectivity – Cloud systems can facilitate operations when teams are geographically dispersed with remote staff being able to connect and take calls regardless of their location Advanced Functionality – Cloud systems have a range of advanced features that can be added such as extensions, management of messages, call forwarding and business messaging.

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