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Five Things People Don’t Tell You About Starting a Business

Owning a small business and working from home is becoming increasingly common today. While technology makes it possible for people to work remotely from virtually anywhere, and as the economy becomes increasingly decentralized, most people still have a romantic view about what it’s like to start a business.

 

Here are 5 things that people don’t tell you about starting a small business:

Seven Commonly Overlooked Small Business Tax Deductions

Tax season is an important time of the year for small businesses. Limiting how much you pay in tax plays an important role in creating flexibility in your business, freeing up capital, and having the resources to grow and expand, which is why having good small business tax accounting is a huge asset for your business.

 

 

One of the most effective ways to limit how much you pay in tax is by taking advantage of the various small business tax deductions.

 

Failing to claim all the small business tax deductions you’re entitled to is like flushing money down the toilet. As small-business owners prepare their taxes this year, it’s important they don’t miss any of these most commonly overlooked tax deductions, to avoid paying more money than necessary,” says Steve Nicastro on nerdwallet.com

How to Separate Home and Business When Working from Home

Each day, thousands of Canadians head to their home office, garage, spare bedroom, or basement to start their work day. One of the biggest issues and most difficult aspects of working from home is creating separation between work and home life.

 

“When you exclusively work from home, physical boundaries between work and play can feel virtually nonexistent. Even if you're highly organized, it can still be difficult to successfully manage your career and a household in the same space, especially if you're raising a family, too,” says Shannon Gausepohl in Business Daily News.

Four Simple Tips for Masterful Social Media Strategy This Year

Social media is one of the most effective ways for small businesses to reach their targeted audience. It is a great way to engage people, share your brand story, and generate new leads, but with so many social tools, platforms and strategies, it can be difficult for small businesses to know where to focus time and resources. You have limited time, and you want to get the best possible return on your investment in social media.

A Two-Step Business Review for Success

How was your 2016? Did you meet all your business targets? What were your successes? Which areas of your business didn’t perform as well as you expected?

 

These are the types of questions that small business owners need to be asking and reflecting upon in order to make 2017 an even more successful year. By reviewing your business, you may find ways to evolve or grow your business, and/or discover things that may be holding you back. In general, there are two questions you should be asking yourself this time of year. 

2017 Small Business Marketing Trends

Effectively marketing your small business is one of the many tasks you are faced with as a small business owner – this also means that you need to stay on top of the new and emerging small business marketing trends to capitalize and capture your intended audience in person, print, and online.

Five Benefits of an Organized Workspace

Monday, January 9th is National Clean Your Desk Day! You know what this means – today is the day you are finally going to get around to cleaning your desk. Get rid of those unnecessary piles of paper, reduce the clutter and take back your workspace once and for all – or at least for a short period of time, until the mess creeps back onto your desk.

How to Start Off 2017 with a Bang!

While most businesses are focused on capturing as many holiday sales as possible, it’s also important to keep an eye on the year ahead. Before you know it, the holiday season will be over and you will have a fresh new year ahead of you – 12 full months to improve upon what you accomplished this year.

 

To get the most out of the new calendar year, here are some tips for how to start off 2017 with a bang:

Year in Review – Highlighting Our Top Blogs Of 2016

2016 was a successful year for uBiz. We made great strides in helping small businesses protect their investment with affordable, reliable and effective small business insurance solutions.

 

Just in case you missed them, or want to get some great advice for running a small business, here is a collection of some of our best blog posts from the year:

12 Small Business Holiday Tips

Taking a leap of faith and opening a small business is scary. It is also liberating knowing that you are doing something you love, while being your own boss. Who knows this better than Santa? He’s been in operations for years up at the North Pole and shows no sign of slowing down.

 

Small business owners could learn a thing or two from Santa and how he runs his workshop. With Christmas right around the corner and a new year creeping up quickly, we wanted to help you get off to a good start by providing you with a series of Santa approved small business tips.

Six Helpful Tips to Manage the Busy Holiday Season

The holiday season is a busy time of year. It can also be extremely lucrative for small business owners who can keep their eye on the prize. There’s no question that last minute orders and requests from your customers, your business needs, planning for 2017, and your personal commitments this time of year, make December an especially hectic month.

To help you keep focused and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed, we’ve put together some great tips for how to manage the busy holiday season:

The Ins and Outs of Business-to-Business Gift Giving

Business-to-business gift giving can be a touchy subject. Some companies have no issues with it, others have specific rules and limits, and others are dead set against it. Even though your intention is to show your appreciation to a colleague for their hard work or a client for their loyalty and business, it can be a challenge to know if you should give out gifts, to whom, and which type of gift to give.

Working with Freelancers: How to Find, Hire, and Work with Them

Working with freelancers is something that an increasing number of small businesses are doing today. As we have previously discussed, we have now entered the freelance era, and you can expect freelancers to become even more prominent in most industries. This is also an opportunity for your business to add skill, knowledge and talent in a flexible manner.

 

 

Holiday Marketing Tips for Small Business

If you haven’t already, you need to kick your holiday marketing campaign into high gear because your customers are already shopping. With as much as 20% of your total annual revenue coming in during the holiday season, it’s vital that you take advantage of this time of the year.

 

Women Entrepreneurs Taking More Risks Than Men

As they say, “The biggest risk is not taking any risk at all.” It appears that more female business owners and entrepreneurs are taking this message to heart more than their male counterparts.

 

A new BMO Wealth Management Report has dispelled the myth that women tend to be risk averse. It found that 72% of female entrepreneurs are very confident in making risk-related business decisions. Only 64% of male entrepreneurs stated the same.