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Best Protection from Cyber War on Small Business

The 2016 State of SMB Cybersecurity Report shows that from April 2016 to April 2017, hackers have breached half of all small businesses in the US. A bill making its way through the US Senate proposes to create a set of resources and guidelines that can be used by small businesses for the purpose of protecting themselves from cyber attacks, which are steadily increasing in number. Cyber Attacks Are on the Rise According to a recent survey, 87% of small business owners don’t feel they’re at risk of a cybersecurity attack. 1 in 3 small businesses doesn’t use the necessary […]

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13 Corporate Dissolution Steps to Take When Closing Down Your Business

Closing down a business is a big decision. It’s critical to take the right steps involved in the process. The reasons may be associated with poor management, poor marketing, anemic sales productivity, poor cash flow, inadequate investment capital, imprudent cutbacks, poor supply and delivery chains, and bankruptcy caused by rapid expansion. If you’re closing because you lack the necessary working capital, consider applying to a reputable business funding provider like First American Merchant to get low-cost and reliable business loans to improve your situation. Firstamericanmerchant.com is also a respectable processor that offers exceptional payment processing services, including a bad credit […]

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Business Corporate Identity Tax Theft

Every American business has its own Social Security number, also known as a Federal tax ID, Employer Identification Number (EIN) that identity thieves can target. In July 2017, the IRS warned that tax refund identity theft scams targeting US businesses were becoming more widespread. Corporate Identity or Business Identity Theft 2015 witnessed an embarrassing breach in which cyber-thieves stole $39 million in federal refunds based on personal identification data hacked from over 700.000 taxpayer accounts on an IRS website. This year, 107.000 individual victims have been registered through May, which is down from 204.000 in May 2016 and 297.000 in […]

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10 Things to Know When Rebuilding After a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes can cause loss of life or property damage. You can read several helpful tips in this article that will help you recover and get out of the situation. Damage Caused by Natural Disasters Globally, 8.700 people were killed by natural disasters in 2016. This is down from 25.400 in 2015. Global natural disasters resulted in $175 billion in damage in 2016. The global cost was the highest in 4 years. Only 30% of the losses ($50 billion) were insured, according to the German reinsurance firm […]

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Hard Inquiries vs. Soft Inquiries— How long Hard Pulls Stay on your Credit?

Sometimes the pressure that comes with running a business may push you into rushing for new loans and seeking new credit cards pointlessly without realizing its effect on your credit score. Lenders may fail to approve you if you have made several credit inquiries depending on the loan you wish to apply for. Achieving good credit and clearing your debts calls for a proper understanding of hard pull vs. soft pull inquiries. It is important to realize that some credit or loan inquiries can negatively affect your score for a very long period, even up to two years. ​What’s a […]

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Retail Inventory Management Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season accounts for 20% of the retail industry’s annual sales. It’s often responsible for up to 30% of some individual retailer’s sale. Based on 2016 ecommerce statistics, gift cards are the most desired holiday gifts. The biggest days of sales for retailers and ecommerce businesses are on the 22nd and 23rd of December. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), holiday sales are projected to increase 3.6% – 4% for a total of $678.75 billion to $682 billion in 2017. This is up from $655.8 billion in 2016. Since holidays are such an important time of year that […]

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Myths About Small Businesses in America

It’s shocking how a lot of propaganda is floating around concerning small retail shops (commonly known as mom-and-pop stores) these days. Honestly, all myths surrounding the experience as a startup business owner are often exaggerated. These myths can scare you from venturing into a niche that could be very profitable or, equally, convince you into going after opportunities that don’t really exist. Discover the most common myths about mom-and-pop shop and the truth about small business. Mom-and-pop stores are fading away Truth: While startup businesses are not always at par with established business all the time in terms of revenue […]

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4 Ways Using a Credit Card Can Build Your Credit Score

Having a bad credit score can be a nightmare, especially for the new entrepreneur. Your credit score is made up of five major components. Focusing on each of these components is key to establishing and maintaining a good credit history. These components will affect your FICO score (the score lenders will use to determine your credit risk): Payment history (35% of total credit score) Credit utilization (30% of total credit score) Length of credit history (15% of total credit score) New credit accounts (10% of total credit score) Mix of credit accounts (10% of total credit score) But what if […]

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How Small Businesses Owners Can Restore Their Companies after a Hurricane

My commiserations to all merchants who commit themselves to establishing great companies only to have them destroyed by natural disasters like the most recent Harvey and Irma Hurricanes.  While one may argue that business owners should prepare earlier for such phenomena, most startups lack the capital to invest on disaster recovery and continuity strategies. To provide such victims with a stepping stone to revival, here’s a useful list of benefits available together with links to get your on the provider’s websites and make the most out of them as fast as possible. Low Interest Loans:  SBA and USDA both provide […]

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How Do Invoicing Methods Affect Your Cash Flow?

Small business owners in a number of industries use invoicing to get paid. If you’re among them, be aware effective invoice strategies are critical to your success and can help you improve your cash flow. First, don’t send invoices with incorrect information because clients may refuse to pay them. Don’t fail to keep detailed records so to avoid mistakes. Second, avoid delayed invoicing, meaning do your best to send invoices as soon as you can after the service is rendered. Otherwise, clients will just ignore the bill. Third, avoid late payments. The point is that clients will pay late if […]

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