The conservation of finite natural resources is crucial for preserving the health of our planet. Small business owners can do their part by taking a few simple yet effective steps that will loan them not only a reduced carbon footprint, but also increased efficiency and management ability. Without further ado, here are some tips on easy ways business owners can reduce their waste and increase their pace. 1) Reduce paper based communications. The first step towards eliminating waste is identifying the main uses of paper in your office. Think of what you use paper for. Perhaps you use paper for applications or to send faxes, maybe it’s mostly used for memos or presentations. One solution for eliminating document clutter and reducing paper reliance is to invest in a document scanner. A document scanner can take your existing paper documents and upload them into an easily manipulable format. It’s a good first step towards going entirely paperless. 2) When you need to print, go double or nothing. Set

Is a degree in English the terrible investment that many make it out to be, or is the tide turning in terms of employer hiring preferences? Lately, a trend has emerged of prominent leaders of companies coming forward in support of hiring English majors, saying their more right brain oriented approach loans a much needed level of diversity to teams usually stocked with more traditional business and technology oriented majors. In an Amex open forum article, Bruna Martinuzzi lists many of the qualities that can loan a surprise edge to English majors in the job search ring. She also includes a quote from Bracken Darrell, the CEO of Logitech, who acknowledges the importance of technical understanding in corporations while also stating “… you’re really different if you understand humanities.” The Huffington Post recently published a blog post on the same topic, citing the analytically inclined nature of English majors as well as their proven writing ability as reasons why they can potentially excel in the

Small business owners are often so busy managing their businesses that they may only have a few hours to loan to other projects. However, when running a business, to neglect marketing is to cut out a large percentage of potential customers. Therefore it is essential that you create a presence for yourself. On a strict time budget, or with cash flow constraints, it can be difficult to figure out how to start. Here are a few ideas that are easy to implement and can have a potentially great return on your time. 1) Use a blog. A blog is a natural conduit for information about your business. It can create engagement around your unique products as well as inform customers of special offers. As another plus, the more content you put into your blog, the more avenues you are giving people who would like to know more about your operation to find you through search terms. The unique benefit of a blog that separates it from

Small business owners often put everything they have into running their business, including every last bit of money they make. After all, business owners are chasing their dreams and often feel any investment they make in their business ought to come full circle and loan them financial security down the road. Unfortunately, that school of thought is a little too simplistic to work out for many small business owners nearing retirement age. The difference between liquid cash and assets tied to business cash flow are great. You may have great numbers coming from your business, but the reality of operating might dictate that you keep re-investing your revenues to keep the business going. Business owners who have put nothing aside may have to rely on extreme financial measures to grow a nest egg in a short amount of time. These measures can include liquidating their business, unattractive to many as they have fought so long to grow and protect it, or diverting revenue streams that

  Laws mandating that employers loan an hour of paid sick leave to employees based on numbers of hours worked have raised the hackles of many small business owners and lawmakers alike, yet in areas where the laws have already been implemented, the large majority of business owners have found little cause to complain. According to the New York Times, in San Francisco, up to two thirds of business owners already loaned paid sick leave before it was put into law in 2007. Now, six years later, even business owners who were vocally against the measures admit that for the most part there fears were unfounded. Still, some businesses have reported an increase in costs, particularly those that must pay part time workers to cover for those who are out sick. This effectively doubles the cost of labor in the event of a sick worker not being able to come in. Many business owners feel that despite the cost, having sick leave for employees is

The SBA is planning to implement changes that will broaden the number of businesses classified as small businesses effective on the 22nd of the month. This means that a larger number of businesses will be able to apply for small business loans from the SBA as well as compete for government contracts, as 23% of the Governments purchases are mandated to support small business and loan a boost to the national economy. Thousands of new businesses will qualify in 70 different industries including forestry, finance, arts, recreation and mining. Small business owners who are interested in these newly available loans should check to see if their business can qualify under the new definitions that are about to come out. If your business does not qualify, a merchant cash advance from Horizon Business Funding can be a great alternative.

The sunny summer months loan a yen towards lazy behavior to many small business owners, especially seasonal businesses who do more sales during the winter. However, you can still get a lot done this time of year. Here are some suggestions how to loan yourself a competitive edge during summer. 1) Create a strategy for the coming year. Loan yourself some time each day to plan the growth of your business. Set some goals for what would you like your business to be achieving three months from now. How about in a year? Take those goals and put them on paper, then think big! The edge that you have as a small business owner is the ability to implement creative strategies in your business, so put your mind to work and plan your next move. 2) Set up a social media presence. It’s wedding month, and you’ve been loaned a tux or a fancy dress and are expected to be away from work for a while. Take your business

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