How to Save on Business Printing Costs

In any business, it’s important to try to keep overheads down, as this is key to growth. One expenditure that businesses often can’t avoid is printing costs.

Business printing

Some documents need to be printed and there is no way around it – for example, legal documents and invoices – but there is much more you can do to save money.

What are the best devices to save on business printing costs?

One of the big mistakes companies make when trying to save on business printing costs is clinging on to printers for too long. This means escalating maintenance costs once the printer reaches a few years old.…

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3 Tips for Including Links in Your Small Business Blogs

Blogging for business is a great way to bring more visitors to your website, build fodder for your social media posts, create a network with your customers, and ultimately get yourself a larger revenue stream. However, blogging is a lot more than typing words out on your keyboard. In order to create a blog that is actually beneficial to your business, you have to understand how business blogging works.

Blogging for business

One big area of business blogging revolves around links. The links you choose to include in your content can have a big impact on your overall blogging success, as well as how well your individual blogs perform.…

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6 SMB Ideas That Were Impossible 10 Years Ago

In his interview with the Texas CEO Magazine earlier this year, the former general manager of IBM’s Watson project, Manoj Saxena, identified four big inflection points in human history – the alphabet, the printing press, the internet and machine learning.

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The internet has truly been a paradigm-shifting presence in our lives and among other aspects of reality it has transformed irretrievably; it has turned the world of business into something truly different. Of course, it isn’t only the internet that has influenced all the huge changes in the world of business and they have been huge, do not be fooled.

For one, today, budding entrepreneurs can start small businesses that didn’t even exist as concepts just 10 years ago.…

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5 Essential Components of a High Financial IQ

Intelligence comes in many different forms. Some people are great with numbers, others with words, still others with spatial reasoning. Intelligence comes in “non-intellectual” packages too—professional athletes are geniuses at using their bodies to achieve desired outcomes, for instance.

Business woman with high Financial IQ

Some forms of intelligence can’t be learned. You either have them or you don’t.

Financial intelligence is different. Everyone can learn to save and spend responsibly, to set clear financial goals, to invest for the future, to protect themselves against the unknown. If you’ve never thought about these things before, they can seem completely overwhelming. But, just as you can train your brain to learn new skills or concepts, you can slowly raise your financial IQ over time.…

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A Starter Guide to I-9 Compliance & New Hires

Getting a new hire onboard is more than introducing him to coworkers. You need to comply with all the regulations involved with the I-9 form. It is only one page, but the rules that go with it fill 69 pages.

Here is an overview showing how important is it to comply with the regulations, the difference between the W-9 and the I-9 forms, and what identification is acceptable to meet the I-9 rules.

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Penalties for Non-Compliance

To you it looks like a lot of pencil pushing. To the government it is serious business. The minimum fine for errors filling out your I-9 paperwork is $110.…

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Business Practices New Entrepreneurs Should Be Doing

Being an entrepreneur certainly takes a lot of work, especially when you’re still starting. If you don’t have a personal mentor to help you navigate the business world’s tough waters, here are some tips you should do to better your business.

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Have a vision

You couldn’t expect to prosper if you don’t have a clear vision of what you want your business to become. Deliver your vision clearly to your customers, as well as your employees and partners. You must have the desire to pursue your vision and make it happen continuously. Without it, you will only be left wandering around with your business goals lost.…

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Tips For a Great First Time Business Travel Planning

Whenever you travel for business purposes you will need to think about many different things. This can be quite difficult when it is the very first time that you plan such a departure. In most cases it is a great idea to discuss with business travel experts. However, this is not always available.

Fortunately, we have some practical tips to get you started on the right foot.

Business traveller

We live in a world where business operations turn into global enterprises. Because of this, business travel is so common. If this is your very first business trip, here are some great tips offered by NobelCom.…

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8 Alternative Lending Options for Small Businesses

Finding capital for your company when the banks and other traditional lenders have all turned you down isn’t as tough as it was 10 years ago. There are a number of options to consider and what you decide to go with will depend heavily on your company’s current financial situation and future forecast.

Lending options for small business

Factors like credit worthiness, company assets, future earnings, inventory, your own personal assets and savings, and the amount of credit currently available to you are all important things to consider when deciding on what option to choose.

Alternative small business lending options

Here’s 8 common alternative lending options a small business should consider when the banks won’t touch you:


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Big Traffic Methods for a Small Business Website

As long as you have a fantastic product (or service), capable customer service, great positioning within your marketplace, and a price people are willing to pay for your offer, you shouldn’t have trouble becoming a profitable small business…

But even then it’s not always the case.

Stand out

Imagine you offer all these great features but no one knows where you’re located or how to differentiate you from the sea of competition? Imagine all the work you can place into every aspect of your business yet still fall flat because you’re not driving individuals to the offer.

Hundreds of websites are created every minute and although the chances of someone creating a competing business site would be somewhat low in the percentages – it’s still being done – and every day that passes is another chance for them to be the major brand in the marketplace.…

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How to Find the Perfect Co-Founder

One of the most critical elements of each startup are its initial founders. It might sound surreal, but team composition matters as much or even more than the product idea. One of the rules angel investors have is: “Invest on the team, not the idea”. Finding the perfect co-founders to begin your entrepreneurial journey is one of the most challenging tasks you will stumble upon.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

You might be tempted to become a solo founder, but try to think about 3 founders who succeeded on their own… Hard, isn’t it? Maybe there is a reason for that. In a study conducted by MIT university, data showed that larger teams tend to do better than solo founders.…

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