21 Ways to Boost Your Business Bank Account

When cash is tight and bills need to be paid, your first instinct may be to try to get a small business loan of some kind—any kind. But depending on the type of small business financing you’re seeking, you may need strong personal or business credit scores, or sufficient revenues or cash flow. Without them a loan may be out of reach. What else can you do? Here are some alternative strategies for improving cash flow quickly and getting more Read More

Here’s Where 20 CEOs of the World’s Biggest Companies Got their MBAs

Have you ever wondered if there was a correlation between advanced degrees and entrepreneurial success? According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many workers who held jobs in a business-related field who also held a master’s degree saw a significant wage premium over those who just held bachelor’s degrees. Marketing and sales managers saw a 38% wage premium, while financial managers saw a 41% wage premium. General managers and executives also saw a wage premium. To see how Read More

5 Ways to Keep Your Books (Besides Quickbooks)

If you’re like many business owners, you didn’t start your business so you could spend hours each month dealing with finances. Yet financial tasks–invoicing, entering expenses, and juggling cash flow— probably take a good amount of your time. Accounting programs can help ease some of that burden by making those tasks easier and more streamlined. For most business owners, accounting software = Quickbooks. Intuit has created the most popular accounting program in the US by far. But for some small Read More

5 Things Everyone Hates About Your Meetings (and How to Fix Them)

Collaboration is a keystone in modern business; an indispensable component that helps an organization innovate, grow, and reach new heights. But under the rock of collaboration lies a seedy underbelly with a dirty name: the useless meeting. This often-overlooked bad word can slowly creep into a company’s culture, derailing the momentum with the precision of a gremlin. According to this handy infographic from Fuze, there are approximately 25 million meetings a day, eating up 15% of an organization’s collective time, Read More

Business Insurance: What Is It & Do You Need It?

Advertiser Disclosure Small business insurance is probably not the first thing you think of when starting a new business. Perhaps you’re too busy writing your business plan or figuring out your cash flow. Or maybe you aren’t even sure what business insurance is and why you need it. Business insurance is pretty straightforward. It pays for certain events that would otherwise come out of your company’s bottom line. For example, business insurance can cover the costs when: A customer is Read More

5 Marketing Tips Every Business Can Use

It’s hard to argue that marketing, in some way or another, isn’t essential to the growth and success of a business, regardless of the industry. And while there are tactics and methods that are especially useful for some industries, there are a few strategic staples that any company can benefit from. 1. Take advantage of social media opportunities. For a while, seasoned marketers weren’t sold on the important role social media would come to play in marketing efforts. Originally, it Read More

7 Lifehacks to Make You More Efficient at Email

Whether you are a solo entrepreneur or fit into a larger organization, email probably takes a lot more of your time than you’d like. According to a 2015 online survey by Adobe Systems, the average white collar office worker spends 6.3 hours per day dealing with email! With over 25 hours per week spent in your inbox, even a small change or efficiency improvement can make a big difference. Follow these seven life hacks to maximize your email efficiency in Read More

4 Business Credit Cards for Newbies

Advertiser’s Disclosure Starting a business is an incredible challenge. Aside from serial entrepreneurs, most small business owners must create their company’s infrastructure from scratch including payroll, accounts receivables, human resources and more. And when it comes to credit cards, new business owners are faced with a wealth of choices. What New Small Business Cardholders Should Look For New small business cardholders will want to start with a simple business credit card that meets their basic needs. The primary function of Read More

How to Be a Terrible Leader (Hint: It’s Easy)

They say that leaders are born, not made, but a couple of decades at the helm of multiple companies has taught me otherwise. I’ve made every leadership mistake in the book and probably invented some new ones along the way. In spite of that–and in spite of being a born introvert–I managed through trial and error to arrive at a place where I feel confident in my ability to motivate, guide and love a large, diverse group of people. There’s Read More

The 5 Fastest Business Loans You Can Get

Running a small business means putting out fires and jumping on opportunities. Sometimes those emergencies mean you need an infusion of cash—yesterday. If you need a business loan fast, here are five options that can put cash in your bank account within days, if not hours. Business Cash Advances Time to fund: Minutes to one week If your business accepts credit cards and has healthy sales, you may qualify for an advance against future anticipated receipts. You’ll get funds very Read More