Self-Employed OutFront Weekly
Apr. 1, 2014

The West is the best for self-employed women
The Business Journals
Go west, entrepreneurial woman. Eight of the top 10 states for self-employed women are west of the Mississippi, according to a report by the Center for Women in Business, which is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.More

10 apps to assist with your small-business taxes
Small Business Trends
Tax time is almost here. And as with almost anything else in your small business, there are apps designed to get you through it. You can use some apps for filing your tax returns. Others can be used to keep you better organized throughout the year — by doing things like tracking your expenses. Here are 10 small-business tax apps you may find useful as a small business or microbusiness owner, entrepreneur or a solopreneur.More

7 common small-business mistakes and how to deal with them
Forbes
Sizing up younger, privately held firms is very tricky: Their fortunes can change very quickly and they aren't obliged to share their plans and finances with the public. With the help of CB Insights, a Manhattan-based research firm that tracks investment in high-growth private companies, Forbes found 100 up-and-comers with serious growth potential. Seven of them shared their biggest mistakes and how they dealt with them.More

Trade pacts in the works may boost small business
The Associated Press via South Coast Today
Small businesses may get an export boom under trade agreements the federal government is hammering out with Pacific and European countries.More

The West is the best for self-employed women
The Business Journals
Go west, entrepreneurial woman. Eight of the top 10 states for self-employed women are west of the Mississippi, according to a report by the Center for Women in Business, which is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.More

1 trend no small business can afford to ignore
Resource Nation
Trends come and go. Some stick but most fade faster than you can say VHS. That said, there is one trend of such magnitude that no small business can afford to ignore. The impact of mobile is transforming not only how companies market their products and services but it's also changing workplace culture as we know it.More

A guide to retirement plans for the self-employed
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
Just because you're self-employed doesn't mean you shouldn't be building up a savings for when you retire. But many self-employed Americans aren't making it a priority to save for their retirement. According to TD Ameritrade, nearly 70 percent of America's 10 million self-employed workers aren't saving regularly for retirement and 28 percent aren't saving at all. However, there are several savings options available for those who are self-employed. Ready to start saving your way toward retirement? Here are some great account options to look into.More

Time to refinance small-business debt? 5 questions to ask
FOX Business
Many entrepreneurs got the cold shoulder from their banks during the credit crunch and turned to other, high-interest lenders or credit cards instead. Now could be a good time to forget about past snubs and try to get a bank loan to refinance costly debts, say experts. So how do you figure out if it's time for you to refinance now? Here are five key questions to ask yourself.More

Self-employed artists, actors benefit from ACA
Politico
Hundreds of thousands of artists, musicians, dancers, actors and filmmakers around the country stand to gain under Obamacare, either through the plans and premium subsidies available on its new insurance exchanges or from the plans employers must start offering. Many are now flocking to Obamacare's federal- and state-run exchanges, hoping for a way to get covered without breaking the bank. They're finding both good and bad: more affordable plans but sometimes narrow provider networks and high deductibles.More

Don't let return policies put you at risk for fraud and abuse
By Danielle Wegert
With so many options for places and ways to shop, consumers expect lax return and exchange policies. If a store doesn't offer a flexible return policy, the consumer will move on to the next option. The issue for retailers is that flexible return policies often cause a loss for the retailer. However, is the cost of a flexible return policy more beneficial than losing consumers to no-return policy, or a strict one? How do you implement a quality return policy while still reducing risk?More

The pros and cons of buying a small business
Business 2 Community
Starting a small business can require extensive funding efforts, whether the money comes from personal savings, a bank loan or through a venture capital firm. Those efforts are often matched by the considerable elbow grease it takes to get a business up and running. For those who can get the proper funding, there is another option: skipping the baby steps of a fledgling operation and diving right into ownership of an existing business.More

Small-business owners 'overwhelmed' by tech
PC Magazine
Despite the focus on BYOB and the Internet of things, many small-business owners feel stranded on a tech island.More

What is the best point-of-sale system for a small business?
Houston Chronicle
An automated financial accounting system is a core record-keeping and reporting platform in a small-business setup. Use of an information management system enhances the speed, efficiency and accuracy of your financial reporting processes. Automation is particularly important when dealing with the collection of revenues from daily sales activities. A point-of-sale system is one such accounting system that facilitates seamless revenue collection processes.More