Self-Employed OutFront Weekly
Feb. 18, 2014

After numerous employer reprieves, now is the time to help the individual health consumer
NASE
After the recent announcement that the Obama Administration has yet again delayed another federal requirement for employers to provide health care, commonly known as the "employer mandate," Katie Vlietstra, vice president for government relations and public affairs of the National Association for the Self-Employed released the following statement.More

How to add new income streams to your small business
Design You Trust
Small-business owners are always searching for ways to add extra income to their businesses. After all, you're already putting in the time, work and money it takes to make your business float — it doesn't take that much extra effort to add a new income stream to an existing business. There are many ways you can do this but a few of the most common include publishing eBooks, offering video courses or giving in-depth support options. These options can tie into just about every type of business. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking outside of the box.More

Has the recovery in small-business lending stalled?
Small Business Trends
From May 2009 to October 2013, the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index rose 78 percent. In November 2013, the index dropped 5.4 percent. Does the recent decline indicate an end to the recovery in small-business credit?More

5 tricks to make income tax time less painful
By Karen Childress
Who, aside from maybe accountants, looks forward to April 15 each year? No one. But since paying income taxes each year isn't optional, there's not much point in dreading the process, dragging it out by procrastinating or getting angry about how much you have to pay. Don’t spend more time stewing over how much you detest dealing with income taxes than it actually takes to get the task done. Instead, just do it and get it over with. Here are five ways to make paying taxes a little less painful.More

After numerous employer reprieves, now is the time to help the individual health consumer
NASE
After the recent announcement that the Obama Administration has yet again delayed another federal requirement for employers to provide health care, commonly known as the "employer mandate," Katie Vlietstra, vice president for government relations and public affairs of the National Association for the Self-Employed released the following statement.More

Would you win gold in the small-business games?
OPEN Forum
The Winter Games are just getting kicked off in Sochi, Russia. Thousands of athletes from hundreds of countries compete in 98 events. Many of these men and women have trained their entire lives for these games to see their dreams come true. That passion and dedication is similar to that of entrepreneurs. If there was a worldwide competition for small businesses, what events would there be?More

Get your small business 5 steps closer to SERP domination
Business 2 Community
SERP domination is a beautiful thing. Unlike world domination, it isn't lusted after by cartoon villains and doesn't require making tons of enemies along the way. Nope. All it takes is a great online presence and some strategic SEO work. So, what is SERP domination?More

Small-business loans: 3 tips for veterans
Business News Daily
When military veterans return home from their service, one of the first decisions they have to make is what career path they want to pursue as a civilian. Entrepreneurship is an enticing option for many vets, as it allows them the freedom to be their own boss while using transferrable military leadership skills. If you're a current armed forces member or veteran and are thinking about starting your own business, you may have considered applying for a small-business loan to help finance your venture. Loan experts and military entrepreneurs shared their advice for surviving the loan application process as a veteran.More

Small business joining a parade of outsourcing
New York Times
Going abroad for cheap labor isn't just for big businesses anymore. Thanks to the rise of online job marketplaces, small businesses are increasingly using foreign contract workers to lower their costs.More

Big data analytics for small business: Improve your customer intelligence
Social Media Today
Companies often spend big investment on data analytics. Data mining is known to strengthen the ability of a company to reinforce their online marketing strategies by understanding the needs of their customers and in finding the most effective means of addressing the consumer demands. With loads of data to manage, Internet marketing companies need the help of the experts such as social media specialists, data analyst, Web design and development experts and search engine optimization professionals in order to translate data into meaningful information and execute data into resourceful business intelligence. With the use of analytics it is easy to understand the current internet marketing trends and in using metrics that can help small businesses to develop a responsive online marketing strategies.More

How to manage the online reputation of your small business
Business 2 Community
Good reputation is built painstakingly but a single negative comment can crumble it in an instant. Not just big businesses, even small businesses need to safeguard their online reputation. The established and big businesses may have a reputation management setup already in place, unlike small businesses that may not have that kind of budget to have a full-fledged reputation management team. So that factor is often ignored until calamity strikes. But big or small, all businesses need to manage their online reputation with care and caution. Let us look at some steps you can take towards garnering goodwill for your business and have people talk good about it.More

Funding your business on your own? Learn from these 7 entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur
With approximately 543,000 small businesses launching each month, the harsh reality is that the majority of these will fail. So if you've invested money into your business, there is a distinct possibility that you'll lose everything. But that doesn't have to be the case. The best way to prepare for the worst is to learn from successful bootstrappers who have been there before. Here are seven financial mistakes to avoid, especially when self-funding your new venture.More

The only guide to self-employed retirement options you'll ever need
Dough Roller
As a self-employed individual or freelancer, you're in a unique position when it comes to saving for retirement. You won't get the benefit of an employer-matching 401(k), not if self-employment is your full-time gig, but you do have access to a variety of tax-advantaged retirement accounts. And you may be able to sock away more into these accounts because of your self-employed status. Here's an overview of retirement for the self-employed.More