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(BPT) - Businesses of all sizes, especially small and mid-size businesses, have faced a number of divergent economic headwinds since the onset of The Great Recession in late 2008. Chances are good that during that time, a business held on tightly to the cash it had, put its growth plans on hold or both.
(NAPSI)—Adding college tuition savings planning to this year’s resolutions can be wise. According to the College Board, the average annual tuition for a private college in 2012 was $40,000.
(StatePoint) With the holiday season in full swing, minding one’s budget can sometimes be as much of a challenge as watching your waistline. Despite signs of an improving economy, consumers have identified managing spending at the top of their holiday stress list, according to a recent poll conducted by Ally Bank, Member FDIC.
(BPT) - As the year winds down, it is time to start thinking about recent tax changes and how they affect you, especially if you run a small business. But keeping tax details straight is tough – even for those who live and breathe the industry. One of the most common questions during this time of year is “who needs a 1099 or a W-2?”
(NewsUSA) - With the holidays upon us, trimming household expenses can free up extra cash to maximize your gift-giving budget. One place where you may not realize there are huge savings to be had is with your wireless bill.
(BPT) - With the economic ups and downs of the last several years, many Americans are more motivated than ever to get their finances on track. With some financial alternatives expiring before the year’s end, there’s no better time than the present to start.
(NAPSI)—Here are two bits of good news for recent and soon-to-be college graduates with student loans:
(NAPSI)—While paying for college can be a challenge, for many students, thousands of dollars in scholarships are available each year. In fact, according to a national study by Ipsos, more families use grants and scholarships to fund college than any other source of funding.
(NAPSI)—Many high school seniors are currently thinking about one of the most important decisions of their lives: deciding which college to attend.
(BPT) - Engagement season is officially here, with couples around the country saying “yes” to proposals and starting to plan their weddings. In fact, 39 percent of marriage proposals happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, according to WeddingChannel.com. While immediate discussions with your partner might be focused on the ceremony venue or honeymoon location, there’s another important consideration before saying “I do:” having the “finance talk.”
McDonald’s golden arches, Target’s bull’s eye and Starbucks' mermaid are all instantly recognizable symbols for their brands and they have an impressive retail impact. But more than just a name and logo, your brand includes everything from printed materials to your customer’s experience.
(BPT) - While the Great Recession convinced many big corporations to improve efficiency and reduce spending, small businesses have historically known the value of operating “lean and mean.” Many have never had another option, and have always had to accomplish more with less. Fortunately, technology is making it easier than ever for small-business owners to work smarter and more efficiently – and continue growing their businesses.
When the weather is cold, few experiences warm your soul – or your home – as effectively as sitting in front of a crackling fire. But if you’ve ever avoided building an evening fire in your wood-burning fireplace because you didn’t want to wait up for the embers to go out, you might appreciate Scott Harrison’s ingenuity.
(StatePoint) If you ever work from home or plan to, there are many things you need to consider to make sure your home office is conducive to productivity. From preventing technological snafus to dealing with the social realities of working where you live, preparing yourself for the home office experience is important:
Anti-lock brakes and driver assist systems aim to help motorists avoid an accident, and when one occurs, a host of safety features, like airbags, activate to help minimize injury to the vehicle’s occupants. Cybersecurity for businesses functions much like those assist systems in your car, working to prevent a security breach of sensitive identifying data.
With the increasing popularity of prepaid cards, it is no surprise that businesses are now using these financial products to pay employees. Payroll cards allow employers to skip the hassles and costs of issuing paper checks and allow employees to immediately access their wages without a trip to the bank or the costs associated with costly check cashing services.
(NewsUSA) - Everyone seems to have an opinion on the Millennial Generation -- ranging from lazy and disloyal, to unique and misunderstood. And now there's new data that suggests this often-analyzed age group has yet another distinction to overcome.
Many small-business owners are hopeful that offering their products online will increase their bottom line. But the digital marketplace is increasingly crowded and it can be hard to stand out from the pack. The good news is that being a small business can actually give you an edge over bigger brands – if you know how to use your size to your advantage. Here are the do’s and don’ts you need to take your business to the next level:
(NewsUSA) - Change is inevitable. The status quo is untenable. Yet, few people and businesses are able to identify the real problem.
(NewsUSA) - Most Americans know the U.S. job market is improving. They may not realize, however, that there is a critical need for skilled tradesmen. America doesn't have a jobs shortage. America has a skills shortage.