Our most read small business articles from 2016…

January 12th, 2017 madmin
Small business finances

From identity theft to company valuations and renting commercial space, the most popular small business articles in 2016 were all about ways to become more effective and organized about running your small business. We hope you enjoy this collection of top 2016 articles and find use in our tips and insights!

Lease or buy commercial space? Advantages and disadvantages

As your business gets bigger, at some point you may need to expand your space, and choose the best way for your company to accomplish that growth. There are two main approaches: leasing space or purchasing a building. Either method may be a good way to go about getting commercial space. Read more…

The dangers of using a personal credit card for business expenses

Access to money is one of the most critical aspects of successfully operating a small business. As a business owner you need to finance the cost of equipment, compensate your employees and pay for the other materials and infrastructure needed to operate a business. Many small business owners fall into the trap of using their personal credit card for business expenses. Learn why this is a bad idea…

5 steps to managing the financial side of your business

As a small business owner, dealing with the financial side of your company can be one of your biggest challenges. However, understanding and managing your company’s finances can have a very positive impact on your company’s success.  Here are five basic steps that can help you feel more confident about your company’s finances. Keep reading…

5 tips to keep your small business finances in order

Although it can be a tedious task to keep your finances in order, it’s extremely important. It helps you make informed decisions about daily operations and gives you an understanding of how your revenue and expenses are doing. Maintaining your financial records also makes tax reporting and payments less overwhelming. Here are a few things you can do to help keep your small business finances in order. Read on…

10 reasons to perform a company valuation

Do you know what your business is worth? Most business owners will get a business valuation when they decide to sell the business, but it makes good business sense to have a current valuation on hand at all times. Here are a few reasons why…

Running a small business – how much should you pay yourself?

It’s the age-old question every small business owner faces – how much do I pay myself? Too much and your business may fail to thrive. Too little and you may struggle to survive. So how do you strike the balance and set your company up for success? Most resolutions boil down to two lines of thought…

6 things to consider when renting commercial space

Finding a space you can lease for your business is no walk in the park. The commercial real estate market is very different from the residential one and it can quickly turn into an overwhelming experience. Here are some important things to think about when selecting a new space for your business…

Are you taking these steps to protect your business account online?

If you use online banking for your business – beware! Cybercriminals have increasingly been targeting the online accounts of small- to medium-sized businesses, non-profits and municipalities. These types of “corporate account takeovers” are attacks carried out by cybercriminals to either obtain the login credentials or hijack the secure online session of a legitimate user through the use of malicious software. Learn how to protect your business…

Think like an investor or banker when pitching your business

Pitching a business idea is a daunting task, even for experienced business owners, much less new entrepreneurs. You may have a great idea, but if you need investment capital to launch or grow your business, it’s vital to prepare carefully when pitching your company to investors. Here are some tips…

Basic questions you should be prepared to answer before meeting with investors

As an entrepreneur, you should prepare carefully when pitching your company to investors. Think through anticipated questions and practice your responses. Remember – it’s not all about you. The money, time and expertise investors will be bringing to your brand means that it’s as much about them as it is about you. To help you prepare, we’ve put together this list of key questions you should be able to answer when pitching your business…

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