Sourcing food that’s local and sustainable may be the hottest restaurant industry trend in 2011, a sign that America’s appetite for fresh ingredients from small, regional producers continues to grow. The USDA now counts more than 6,100 farmers markets in operation nationwide, up 16 percent from 2009, with nearly 900 open during the winter months. As the locavore movement picks up steam, entrepreneurs are finding business opportunities in edible and inedible products.
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If you sell your wares in an online marketplace like Ebay or Amazon, you might see an additional IRS form in the mail in early 2012. Beginning with the 2011 tax year, merchants with more than 200 transactions and $20,000 in annual sales — the “and” is crucial, as both thresholds must be exceeded — will receive a 1099-K form from the site where they do business. The site will also be required to report the information to the IRS.
When you need to hire someone for your small business, you have to be sure you’re getting a person of integrity, honesty, and reliability.
It’s a common enough practice: It’s the end of the day and you’ve decided to take your work home with you. You email the document to yourself. Then you email the new version back to yourself the next day.
Located in South Lake Tahoe, California, Melina Wallisch intended her family blog to be a place to document their lives through photography. Inspired by her photos, friends started asking Melina to shoot family portraits, and that’s when Melina Wallisch Photography was born. In less than a year, Wallisch photographed nine weddings, over 30 families, and a handful of local commercial businesses.
Some of the first small businesses in America were appropriately titled -mom and pop shops,- owned and operated by families.
Sooner or later, every business owner asks himself, -Should I bring my family into the business?-
Earlier this week, the U. S. Treasury Department formally announced details on its $30 billion Small Business Lend Fund (SBLF) that will provide capital for banks with assets under $10 billion to increase their small business lending. The program-s application deadline is March, 31, 2011 - except for S Corporations, mutual institutions, or community development loan funds that will have separate application dates.
Many people consider meetings to be one of the corporate world-s worst time-suckers. Bad meetings drone on forever, never seem to get to the point, and leave you wondering why you were even supposed to attend, while effective meetings leave attendees energized and feeling like they-ve really accomplished something.
Getting sales is one of the most important aspects of a business. But the truth is that few businesses can simply throw together a website, buy some Google ads, and wait for the world to beat a path to their door. Selling takes a lot of hard work - and often, that means relying on sales methods beyond the standard advertising and marketing techniques.
Many independent food producers breathed a sigh of relief this week when Congress finally passed the contentious FDA Food Safety Modernization Act with an amendment exempting small enterprises that sell directly to consumers, retailers, or restaurants in the same state or within a 275-mile radius. Farmers and others had feared that, if they were forced to comply, the new regulations would bankrupt them.
What do you do when your 11 year old daughter tells you she wants to be an actress when she grows up and asks to take lessons? Well in my case, I went through my mommy checklist.
Salaries, like most things in life, are negotiable. But where do you even begin?
I-m not a Facebook guy. Sure, I-m on there and I accept friend requests, but I really don-t care to share personal details with all my friends. If I want to talk to someone, I-ll call them or email them, but I really don-t want to -Facebook them.-
When QuickBooks 2010 launched, we (Intuit) decided that we needed to be active on our Amazon review sites. After all, a recent Nielsen study showed that 70 percent of consumers trusted online reviews as a source of product information before purchase.
Did you know the IRS is eliminating paper-based federal payroll tax coupons on January 1? The IRS notified small business employers over the summer and the implementation date is fast approaching.
Today we announced QuickBooks 2011 for Mac, and I-m thrilled to report that it includes a multi-user solution - our top requested feature from users! With the multi-user solution, which includes user permission controls, small business owners will be able to delegate important accounting tasks to others in the company, and really focus on driving their businesses forward. You-ll see that saving small businesses time was our guiding principle in the development of Quickbooks 2011 for Mac.
The final week before Christmas is make-or-break time for Christmas tree farms still trying to move live trees. And this holiday season, it-s even harder for these businesses to stay afloat.
You could soon be seeing better margins when your customers swipe their debit cards at the cash register. The Federal Reserve has proposed new limits on the interchange fees that banks charge businesses on every debit card payment.
There are lots of smartphones based on Google’s Android OS on the market today - so many, in fact, that it can sometimes be hard to tell one phone from another. The Motorola Defy, available now on the T-Mobile network, is an example of a new generation of handsets that uses innovative ideas to differentiate itself, both from other Android phones and from Apple’s beloved iPhone.
President Obama just signed the Tax Cut Act. As a small business owner, you may be wondering what this means for you. Here are a few key facts that the Intuit Online Payroll team pulled together:
If the Serenity Prayer had been written by a small business owner it might read: God grant me the serenity to admit there are business tasks I don’t do well, the courage to do the ones I excel at, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Say you’re planning to quit your job and start your own company, and you want to take your clients along. How do you do this?
Now that you-ve decided to hire an employee, perhaps you are wondering what you should put in the job description so that you can get the best employee possible. In this payroll * - series installment, courtesy of Intuit Online Payroll, Rhonda Abrams discusses just that!
Zhu Zhu Pets exploded onto the toy scene during the holidays last year and they’re still among the most demanded toys this season, according to the NPD Group.
Updated July 6, 2012
The collective mood of small businesses continues to improve, shedding doom and gloom in favor of an apparent light at the end of the recessionary tunnel. So says the latest Index of Small Business Optimism from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, which just checked in with its highest rating in nearly three years.
According to FranchiseConsultants. com, more than $1 trillion in products are sold annually through franchises in the United States. That’s why franchises remain one of the fastest growing segments of the American economy.
Making your office baby friendly can help make your working parents be more productive. It means they’ll spend less time fretting about their children and focusing on the task at hand. It’s not just a perk - it’s good business practice.
Intuit GoPayment is now available on the App Store for iPhone and iPod touch. So if you use your iPhone or iPod touch to manage your business, you can now also use it to get paid!
Alicia Haynes, owner of Todali Tackle in Philpot, Kentucky is the November winner of a $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant on LoveALocalBusiness. com. Todali Tackle is now a Finalist, along with Buss Fitness of Northfield, Ohio, who could be selected by our judge, business advisor Rhonda Abrams, to have their grant doubled to $50,000. One more Finalist will be chosen in December. It could be you!
When the doors of Ginseng Yoga Studio opened nine years ago, there wasn’t much expectation that they would stay open. Up until Brad and Cindy Bennett moved in on May 2002, the building on the corner of 30th Street and Beech in San Diego-s historic South Park had been considered “jinxed” by many locals. Other than the hardware store, businesses seemed to move out almost as soon as they moved in. It was a revolving door of small business.
If you-re wondering if you travel too often, you probably do. But just in case you-re not sure, here-s a handy test you can take. If you can relate to any of these, then immediately cancel all of your trips and stay home for at least a week.
As I mentioned last week, the holidays are the time when we ramp up our business, but that doesn-t mean it-s consistently running at full speed for an entire month. In fact, we do experience some of the biggest lulls of the year during this time, and that-s why I started creating dream lists.
With roughly $85 million in assets, Willamette Community Bank, based in Albany, Oregon, is a bit smaller than some banks — and a whole lot smaller if you stand it next to a Goliath like, say, Capital One, which boasts more than $120 billion in assets.
Think about all the voice mail messages you receive from people who mumble or speak too quickly or never get to the point. Some even forget to leave a number for returning their call. What’s worse is the impression they leave of the caller — that he or she is disorganized, sloppy, even unprofessional. Not someone you’d like to do business with, right?
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