Involving Employees in the Hiring Process
Small Business Tax Laws for 2020
There are some important deadlines to keep in mind:
- S-corps must file their business taxes by March 15.
- The deadline for 2020 tax returns is April 15.
- Quarterly estimated tax deadlines are due April 15, June 15, Sept. 15 and Jan. 15
Tips For Last-Minute Holiday Email Campaigns
How’s your inbox looking these days? I don’t know about you, but both my work and personal inboxes have been inundated with Holiday Email Campaigns from all over the place. Has your organization sent out their Holiday Email Campaign?
With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, we are head-long into the Holiday Season! Haven’t sent a Holiday Email campaign yet? Fear not! Take a look at this quick read for tips on sending successful last-minute email campaign. Here are a few key takeaways:
- Conventional wisdom of email timing may not apply anymore
- Consider taking a different approach to your CTA’s during the holidays
- The length of your email campaign is especially important right now
- The best time to send your email is when no one else is emailing
11 Tips for Female Entrepreneurs
Check out this quick read on tips for female entrepreneurs beating the odds. According to the National Association of Women Business Owners, today there are more than 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. Since 2007, the number of women-owned firms has grown at five times the national average, with 1,072 new women-owned firms starting every day.
Diversity in the Workplace
Here’s a quick read about Aflac’s success of celebrating women in the workplace and the benefits of diversity amongst any organization. Here are the highlights:
Great businesses thrive on diverse workforces, as women founders and senior executives know firsthand. Diversity starts with hiring practices, but extends to creating a culture of inclusion in which diverse backgrounds and viewpoints are embraced.Diversity also requires addressing the unique, practical issues of women at every level in the workplace. A key piece is offering benefits packages that meet women's needs, freeing them from worry so they can focus their full attention on work.
10 Ways to Get Back to the Grind After Vacation
Vacations are awesome. They're also beneficial, allowing you to restock energy reserves, boost happiness, calm your mind and even lower your risk of heart attack, all of which can help make you a better leader. You know what’s not awesome? Trying to relocate the zone after returning from vacation. But if you implement the following 10 tips, you’ll get back in the workflow in no time.
- Prepare Before You Go
- Take a Buffer Day
- Jump Back into Your Routine
- Review Your Calendar
- Pace Yourself
- Delegate What You Can
- Zone in on Your “Why”
- Remove Any Distractions
- Bring Your Vacation Back With You
- Plan Your Next Getaway
So, here we are, after Labor Day, and back at it. This quick read gives us tips on how to really get back at it after vacation! - Entrepreneur
The Benefits of Blocked Times on Your Calendar for Priority Tasks
We’ve all been there at some point. You view your calendar and notice that you have more on your to-do-lists than hours in the day. For the best in benefits of your calendar, you need to block times for certain tasks. This will avoid the stress and frustration that comes with the ineffective ways you have managed your time in the past and help you remain productive. Time-blocking can be used to save the day.
In this quick read, you will learn about the benefits of time blocking. Here are the main points:
- Blocking time gets you started and maintains motivation.
- Blocking time helps you focus on and efficiently complete your most important tasks.
- Blocking time also encourages healthy work-life balance.
- Blocking time can improve your physical and mental health.
- Blocking time helps you say “no.”
The Trump Administration's Newest Health Care Rule Could Shake Up Small Business Benefits Nationwide
Last month, the Trump administration issued a rule making health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) plans more accessible to workers nationwide. The use of HRA plans, which are funded with pre-tax money by employers, has long been restricted to exclude paying for insurance premiums. The new ruling, which goes into effect in January 2020, will change that.
Historically, larger organizations with many employees have more negotiating power than smaller firms, and can obtain stronger health insurance plans for their employees at lower rates. The Trump administration is framing the new rule as a way for some small businesses to level the playing field.
"There are some employers who would like to offer their employees health coverage, but the requirements have become so extensive or the cost has become so high, that they aren't able to," Alexandra Campau, a former special assistant for health policy to President Trump, told the Journal. - INC
10 Self-Help Tips To Help Small Business Owners Keep Their Finances Organized
Owning a small business can certainly come with a steep learning curve, and it’s one that many entrepreneurs face alone. Learning on the fly is never easy, and there are many aspects of day-to-day business that need to be mastered. In particular, small business owners may struggle to keep finances in order.
While it can be challenging to keep your business’ finances organized and under control, with a little know-how—and a bit of expert advice—you can get a grasp on the information, procedures and technology you need. In this article, 10 members of Forbes Finance Council share their top recommendations for small business owners who are struggling to keep their finances in order. Check out this article and learn how to leverage these recommendations and get your small business financially organized!
More Than 90% of Small Businesses Will Increase Advertising Spending in 2019
Most Small Businesses Are Prioritizing Advertising This Year and Will Increase Spending on Social Media Advertising (56%) and Other Online Advertising Mediums Such as Google Search and Banner Ads (41%). A large percentage (91%) plan to invest more in advertising in 2019, according to a new survey from The Manifest, a business news and how-to website.
Each year, more than half of small businesses (57%) spend less than $50,000 on advertising, the survey found. Increased spending on advertising will help small businesses spread brand awareness and stand out among their competition.