Four Ways to Improve Your Workspace

Follow these steps for better ergonomics Do you have a job where you sit for long stretches of time at a desk in front of a computer? This could lead to serious health issues over time. Here are four tips for setting up an ergonomically sound workstation. 1. Adjust your chair height. Because most desk heights are
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Seven Midyear Strategies in Vogue

Popular ideas for individuals and businesses While the climate for tax reform remains uncertain, individual taxpayers and small-business owners are advised to act based on the current laws of the land, unless there is a definite change. Keeping that in mind, here are seven ideas to consider as we head into summer. 1. Harvest capital gains
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Enjoy Deductions for Summer T&E Expenses

Reap tax rewards for travel and entertainment What are your plans for the summer? If you have a business trip scheduled for a place you would like to visit personally, you might decide to combine a little pleasure with your business. Similarly, you may invite some of your best clients to your home for a
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Seven Ways to Step Up SEO

Guidance for small-business owners How do you push your small company to appear near the top of a website search? It requires a better understanding of search engine optimization (SEO). For some small-business owners, however, this is like learning a foreign language. Here are seven ways to improve your “speech” in this area. 1. Keyword
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Coping with Difficult People at Work

Five tips for handling problems If you work long enough, you will be forced to deal with difficult people on some level. It may be a co-worker, a client, a vendor or supplier, or a boss. This can make you dread coming to work every day and affect productivity and performance. Practical advice: Do not
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Should You Join in Crowdfunding?

Modern means for startups Do you need an influx of cash to launch a business venture devoted to your personal passion? You can do things the old-fashioned way and issue an initial public offering (IPO) for review by prospective investors. Although IPOs remain viable for some types of businesses, especially larger ones, they can cost
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10 Ways to Be a Better Leader

Practical ideas for improvement Although you may own or manage a small business, are you a true leader? Not everyone can rightfully claim that title. After you take a closer look, you may want to consider these 10 practical suggestions to improve yourself. 1. Get organized. Disorganization often leads to chaos in the office. If
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Five Year-end Ideas for Your Business

Benefit from PATH Act extensions Remember that year-end planning is not just for individuals. In fact, your business operation may benefit from tax moves in 2016 in the wake of several key extensions in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. Here are five ideas for small-business owners to consider. 1. Max out
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Complying with the New Overtime Pay Rule

DOL regulations to take effect soon The “final rule” on overtime pay, long anticipated by the business sector, was issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this spring. However, changes in the regulations do not formally take effect until December 1, 2016. Because of that, employers still have time to make the adjustments necessary
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Five Steps to Manage Remote Employees

Ideas on the work-from-home trend For employees, working from home may fit into a hectic lifestyle. For instance, you can roll out of bed, log onto your personal computer or laptop, and attend a meeting, all while you are still in your robe and slippers. Many employees seem to quickly adapt to telecommuting, although some
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