Could your company’s benefits package use a bit of an upgrade? If so, one idea to consider is adding an option for employees to convert their regular 401(k)s to Roth 401(k)s. Under a Roth 401(k), participants make after-tax contributions to a qualified plan and receive tax-free distributions, provided the funds are in the plan for [...]
As an employer, your size – for purposes of the Affordable Care Act – is determined by the number of your employees. If you hire seasonal or holiday workers, you should know how these employees are counted under the health care law. Employer benefits, opportunities and requirements are dependent upon your organization’s size and the [...]
Last year, the merger and acquisition market was red hot. In fact, the $2.3 trillion value of U.S. deals was the highest since 1980. Deal volume was up 64% from 2014. The momentum gained in 2015 is expected to continue this year. As a result, many business owners are considering if it's time for them [...]
Does your professional services firm have a minimal marketing budget or lack in-house marketing staff? Are some of your competitors outspending you 2, 5 or even 10 to 1? Under such circumstances, attracting new business may seem like an impossible goal. But professional service firms with small budgets can market themselves effectively and build their [...]
When you start a business, you have many decisions to make. One very important decision is the method of accounting your business will use for reporting income and expenses on your tax return. The two methods most commonly used are Cash and Accrual. Cash Method The cash method is the easiest to implement, and is [...]
In recent years, many businesses have been pounded by a wide variety of disasters, natural and man-made. From coast to coast, some businesses have fought to keep their doors open despite floods, wildfires, hurricanes, mudslides, vandalism, riots and more. These disasters serve as sobering reminders to expect the unexpected.
You have a start-up entertainment company, and like most entrepreneurs, you want it to be successful. Although you can't predict how successful your movie or media venture will be, set your company up using established business practices to help get off on the right foot.
According to the Small Business Administration, one-third of small businesses fail during the first two years. Over half fail in the first five years. If you are starting a small business, it is important to take an honest look at yourself, your business idea, and the marketplace. Be aware of the common mistakes typically made by new businesses so you can avoid becoming a statistic.
Have you heard of a Smart Card? If you own a business that accepts credit cards from customers, need to know about Smart Cards. Commonly called EMVs (an acronym for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa), Smart Cards are common in Europe, Asia, Canada, and other parts of the world. Now these cards are becoming common in the USA. With an EMV, the magnetic strip on the back of credit and debit cards is replaced by a computer chip, which is more difficult to counterfeit than a magnetic strip.
Whether you have a small or large company, human resources (HR) policy manuals are an absolute necessity. Having these manuals in place will prevent wasted hours spent resolving HR issues rather than conducting productive business processes. HR policy manuals communicate an understanding between employees and their employers on topics such as their rights, obligations and the business environment. This article explains how to get started.