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Financing with Your Customers’ Money

by Jim Martin

The hardest part of starting a business is not coming up with the idea. Despite the pain many feel during the process, it is not preparing a good business plan (particularly if one has a SCORE mentor). The hardest part is getting the scratch. Everyone who has tackled that process… [READ MORE]About { title }

Should You Pay Yourself a Salary?

by Jim Martin

Does your startup seem stuck in first gear? You’ve got your business off the ground, but sales and profits aren’t where you hoped they’d be. You’re putting what seems like 24/7 into the business—maybe still working at a day job or a part-time gig to make ends meet. You reinvest… [READ MORE]About { title }

Use Cash Outflow Timing to Your Advantage

by Jim Martin

Slowing cash outflow in your business enables you to hold onto cash longer so you have more money available and more flexibility in your business. Here are some ways to slow cash outflow.

Accounting Software. Today’s accounting software can closely monitor accounts payable so you can keep cash in your… [READ MORE]About { title }

Why Small Business Finds It Hard to Borrow from Banks

by Jim Martin

Two big challenges for a small business owner are securing the financing needed to start a business and finding the funds to stay open. Startups are the hardest to finance; their success ratio is low because of their lack of capital. Borrowing should start even before a business is created;… [READ MORE]About { title }

Twelve Steps to Improving Your Business

by Jim Martin

By Bob Nelson, President, Power Retailing, www.retailing.com

The purpose of any business is to win customers, which requires marketing. If your cash registers don’t ring, you had better find out what fast. In today’s competitive retail world getting results is what counts. Successful retailers aren’t more talented or intelligent… [READ MORE]About { title }

Don’t Mess Up on Payroll Taxes

by Jim Martin

If you have at least one employee, you’re responsible for payroll taxes. These include withholding federal and income taxes and FICA tax from employees’ wages as well as paying the employer share of FICA tax and federal and state unemployment taxes. The penalties for missteps make it essential that you… [READ MORE]About { title }