Self-Employed OutFront Weekly
Mar. 18, 2014

A dozen deductions for your small business
Small-business tax rule No. 1: Don't mess with the IRS. But that doesn't mean you should cheat yourself. Take every legal deduction you can. Here are a dozen that even savvy small-business owners and entrepreneurs sometimes forget.More

Competing with the big leagues: How to prime your small business to take on bigger businesses
Business 2 Community
How does a small mom-and-pop store nestled in the street corner compete with those big corporations with a nationally recognizable name? Those large enterprises have every edge over their locally based competitors. They have the reputation, finances and manpower at their disposal. However, this doesn't mean that small businesses don't have a fighting chance. It's not always about having more resources; it's about what you do with them. This means working smarter and not harder.More

5 simple ways to outsell your competition
By Marc Wayshak
Your competition is out there right now selling to your prospects and customers. That's the bad news. The good news? They are all doing the same few things to try to win prospects' business. Just saying that you're different doesn't make you so. It's time to start actually behaving differently from your competition. By following these five simple steps, you can completely outsell your competition.More

VoIP 101 for small business
Even though you're undoubtedly busy running your small business, you've probably heard something about voice-over-IP through an ad or article or seen a partner business using the technology. Likely you've at least ask the question, "should my business consider adopting VoIP?" The short answer is yes, your business should indeed consider VoIP.More

A dozen deductions for your small business
Small-business tax rule No. 1: Don't mess with the IRS. But that doesn't mean you should cheat yourself. Take every legal deduction you can. Here are a dozen that even savvy small-business owners and entrepreneurs sometimes forget.More

ACA's major impact on America's smallest businesses
With just weeks until open enrollment closes for our nation's new health care system, the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce held a hearing recently titled "Obamacare and the Self-Employed: What About Us?" During the hearing, Charlie Arnold — small-business owner of Arnold Powerwash of Lewes, Del. — testified on behalf of the National Association for the Self-Employed.More

Tax tips for the self-employed
USA Today
Americans who own their own businesses have to wear a lot of hats, from saleswoman to marketer to janitor. And at this time of year, one other role the self-employed need to fill is that of accountant and tax preparer. The good news is that a host of credits and deductions the Internal Revenue Service offers help sole proprietors of small businesses make the most of their endeavors. But the bad news is that the tax code can often be intimidating — especially to first-time filers who are self-employed. To help take the headache out of your 2013 tax return, here are five money-saving tax tips for those who own their own business and are about to file.More

Don't bet on IRS budget cuts lowering small-business audit rates
Small Business Trends
After several years of increases, the Internal Revenue Service small-businesses audit rate declined in 2013, data released recently by the tax authority reveal. Before you get too excited about this drop, however, take a look at the rate in historical context.More

The only 5 apps small-business owners need for a more productive 2014
Fast Company via American Express
With so many free and inexpensive, tiny tools at our fingertips, on tablets and smartphones, small-business owners can forget that careful curation is the key to staying organized. To kick-start your new year with some simple day-to-day software solutions, consider consolidating your business apps to these hard-working five.More

A self-employed guide to running your business without debt
All Business
Being your own boss is both liberating and exciting. But running your own business comes with responsibilities like prepping your taxes and doing the bookkeeping. Taking on too much debt too quickly can force your business into growing pains and that process can do more harm than good. To avoid this dilemma, here's how to start and run a business without debt, so you can build the best financial foundation before taking off.More

How to respond to negative online reviews
Birmingham Business Journal
Customers have always given negative and positive feedback on restaurants, retailers and businesses of all types directly to their peers but online review sites have expanded the reach of reviews astronomically. Instead of being afraid, view negative reviews as an opportunity to turn an unhappy customer into a loyal, lifelong fan. Turn negative reviews into a dialogue with an unhappy customer through a few steps.More

SBA to award grants to support R&D, small-business innovation
Black Enterprise
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that it will award grants to state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities to support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA's Federal and State Technology partnership program. Applications for the grants are open now through April 11.More

Advice for successfully getting a small-business loan
Even during challenging times, a small business with a sound strategy can obtain a loan. If you're looking to start or expand your business, here are strategies that may help you acquire the financing you need.More