Half of Millennials Want to Start a Business: Here’s How to Get Going

Advertiser Disclosure If you were born between 1977 and 1995, there’s over a 50% chance that you would start your own small business if you knew where to get help to make it happen. America’s SBDC, the face of a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), collaborated with the Center for Generational Kinetics to better understand how different generations view entrepreneurship. The findings indicated that millennials were especially eager to start a business of their own, but there were Read More

6 MBA-Level Classes You Can Take for Free

As a business owner, lacking the basic business know-how your typical MBA grad enjoys means that learning things from management to leadership to strategy comes largely by trial and error. Though many things in business are best learned by experience, there are some areas where having a few basics down first really raises your stock in the business world. The good news: There are free sources that allow you to pick up the skills you need to kickstart your business Read More

Is Your Business Credit Hurting Your Personal Credit?

Building business credit is a smart move. Good business credit scores can open up attractive, low-interest financing opportunities, make it easier for your business to get insurance and certain government contracts, and offer other benefits. But what if your efforts to build business credit hurts your personal credit? Here are two potential pitfalls to watch out for. 1. Account Spillover Sometimes what seems like a business loan turns out to be a personal loan that can be used to help Read More

How a Love for Animals Inspired this Booming Pet Care Company

The first full week of June is Pet Appreciation Week. To celebrate, we spoke with Jean Brillman, the owner of Angel Pet Sitting, a thriving dog-walking and pet-sitting business in Pennsylvania. The company helps busy pet owners care for their furry friends when they’re at work or on vacation. Brillman and her husband bought the business in 2009 and tripled its size within three years. Now, she is able to stay home with her two small children, handling hiring and Read More

The 9 Things You Need to Do First to Get Your Business Established

Advertiser Disclosure It seems today that everybody is some sort of “entrepreneur.” Everywhere I go I see people handing out business cards, talking about their business, and doing other forms of light promotion. But a business card doesn’t make a business owner. You can put “entrepreneur” or “CEO” on your business card without having seen one profit turn, a consistent revenue stream or any type of real consistency in your business in general. To be truly legit, you need to get your Read More

Identity Theft: 6 Ways to Prevent Personal And Business Financial Disaster

Routinely, business reporters and media journalists will detail why a business failed. They will talk about how the business was undercapitalized, they will discuss how the management of the business was inexperienced, they will discuss why the product was either ahead of its time or its time has passed, they will discuss how the business had little capital to truly market/operate, they will discuss how the location of the business was poor in terms of where it was situated, they Read More

8 Tricks to Carving Out Time for a Better Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is a big topic in the news today. American workers are spending more time at the office and less time at home. This is causing stress, less time with kids, relationship, and health problems which may be avoided with a mindful approach to how you spend your time at work and away. If you’re starting your own business, this problem is even larger. Most CEOs and founders know that even though you own the business, the business owns you Read More

The New Blue Business Plus Credit Card From American Express: What’s Changed?

Advertiser Disclosure Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any card issuer. Recently, American Express introduced a new credit card for small business owners called Blue Business Plus. It replaced the previous version of this card that was just called Blue for Business. While these two cards look nearly identical, and function much the same, there are several key Read More

8 Ways to Get Business Funding with Derogatory Marks on Your Credit

Advertiser’s Disclosure This might sound like a familiar situation for many business owners: Your business is poised for growth, but you’re having trouble obtaining the capital you need to support that growth. Why? Due to derogatory listings on your personal or business credit reports. Don’t lose hope just yet! Here I’ll discuss ways of obtaining alternative financing even with derogatory listings on your credit report, as well as how to remove said listings going forward. What Is A Derogatory Listing? Read More

Local SEO: 3 Ways to Find Customers Near You

Did you know that nearly half of all Google searches are local? Or that the 50% of consumers who perform a local search from their mobile device end up visiting that store within a day? Local search is on the rise, and for most smartphone wielding consumers, that’s probably not a surprise. Many of us turn to our smart phones to help guide our purchasing decisions, whether that’s finding the perfect place to dine or to locate a good or Read More