Best Financing Options for Farmers

Whether you’re a vibrant, family-owned operation, or you want to try a small crop for the very first time this year, the allure of farming spans generations and is an integral part of our country’s most rewarding history. As the daughter of farmers, I understand what a personal commitment the occupation is; it can be also very, very expensive. How can a start-up farming operation get rolling when large corporations have a market advantage? What funding options are available for Read More

How to Lease a Car Through Your Business

Leasing a car or truck under your business name, instead of through a personal credit profile, is gaining in popularity among even the smallest of companies. Some business owners like the idea of having newer cars to drive to meetings and events. Others don’t like putting so much wear and tear on their personal vehicles and have deemed the IRS’ standard mileage deduction to be not as rewarding as deducting straight expenses. Still, others are hoping to expand a sales Read More

Employee or Independent Contractor? New Ruling Makes Sweeping Changes

There was a time, not long ago, when businesses in every industry grew with the labor and talent of workers classified as independent contractors. Even before the “gig economy” and “side hustles” were buzzed about (and companies like Lyft and Uber made them newsworthy) small businesses everywhere relied heavily on contract workers provide the bulk of their services. Hairdressers, construction workers, writers, and dog walkers were all classified as independent contractors with little to no challenge to their status, but Read More

How to Accept Credit Card Payments for Your Small Business

For many consumers, paying with cash is so 20th-century. It’s essential that every small business offers non-greenback options at physical and virtual locations. Customer convenience, however, means an additional cost for companies that includes as much as 2.50% per transaction, plus other fees associated with card processing. This can be particularly hard on small businesses, especially those just that are just getting started. It’s essential, despite the cost, for businesses to meet customers where they are, especially since so many Read More

How to Get a Business Phone Number Listed

You’ve set up your food truck or your doggie daycare, and you’re ready to win at this small-business game. But how do you go about finding customers? While there are a lot of notable ways, such as social media, a website, ads in local publications, innovative PR that gets you featured on local (or national) media, and, of course, good old-fashioned word of mouth, there’s one thing a reputable business can’t forget: The old-school method of having your business phone Read More

What to Know About Supplier Financing

Businesses can find many ways to stretch their budget and free up capital. The most popular for those who sell goods, however, is with supplier financing. What is it? How can it lead to growth in your company? Here are a few of the most important things to know about this type of funding. What to Know About Supplier Financing What Is It? Let’s start with the basics and define the term “supplier financing.” It’s also known as “supplier credit” Read More

How Brexit Could Impact Your Small Business

Even if you don’t follow international news, it’s difficult not to be hit with constant updates about the EU and how the UK’s impending split from the Union is affecting the world at large. The departure, termed “Brexit,” has been a heated topic of discussion. While it’s politically nuanced and focuses on aspects of life such as culture and resources, it also has an economic consequence for the European Union—and those close allies and trade partners who depend on EU Read More

Rocket Lawyer Review: Worth the Cost for Your Small Business?

Business owners are busy. They don’t have time to learn every aspect of the modern business world, and that includes contract law, articles of incorporation, and property leasing. Unfortunately, hiring a lawyer isn’t always in a small business’ budget, especially during the first few years of business, where you might not have the cash flow to justify the expense. Then, there’s the matter of the independent contractor, who rarely needs more than a few one-off documents and certainly won’t be Read More

6 Ways to Level Up Your Business in 2019

Business and leadership mastermind groups are full of people promising to help you “level up” your company with the newest inspirational trends, products, and tools. The fact is, however, that many of the best-proven tips to kick your business up a notch have been around for years – even decades! Before you spend one penny on programs or courses, check out this list of expert hacks for growth that you can start putting into practice right away. We bet you’ll Read More

8 Tools to Make Your Small Business More Efficient This Year

“Productivity” is the buzz word on everybody’s mind, as we strive to be better with our time in both our personal and professional lives. Beyond the simple acts of ditching mindless social media scrolling and spending less time binging Netflix, what can an effective individual (and business owner) do to make the most of their already-busy day? When it comes to workplace efficiencies, these solutions are among the best-loved. Which ones can you use to perfect that demanding work schedule? Read More