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May 23, 2019

Small Business Website Attacks

According to SiteLock, website attacks on small businesses rose by 59% in 2018, averaging 62 attacks per day. Though there was a significant uptick in the overall number of attacks, “noisy” attacks that are easy to spot (like website defacements) continued to drop in popularity this past year. “Noisier” attacks call attention to cybercriminals’ malicious activity, so bad actors are turning to quieter, symptomless malware attacks that allow attackers to subtly view, modify or steal content and data from victims’ websites often leaving business owners unaware.

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  • Decision-making is an action that a leader takes every day in running a business, but there are harder decisions to be made in the face of a problem or challenge. According to an article in the Graziadio Business Review at Pepperdine University, “Great leaders understand how to balance emotion with reason and make decisions that positively impact themselves, their employees, their customers and stakeholders, and their organizations.” Decision-making process If you want to develop your leadership qualities, think about your decision-making skills. The way in which you make decisions depends on many factors…your style, the complexity of the situation, and […]

  • According to SiteLock, website attacks on small businesses rose by 59% in 2018, averaging 62 attacks per day. Now is a statistic. Let me tell you what happened so if the same or similar attack happens to you, you’ll be able to recognize and remedy it easily (hopefully) and quickly (assuredly). What the hack looked like An email was sent to some of my contacts asking that they read a file from me in Dropbox. It appears that the hacker created a bogus Dropbox account (using an alternate email of mine and then switching that email to one used […]

  • You may need a loan to expand your business, undertake a marketing campaign, purchase equipment or a building, or for some other very good purpose. Borrowing money for business is a common practice, but how to do it isn’t commonly understood. How do you go about deciding which type of loan is best? What documents do you need? How much debt can you afford to carry? How do you go about the application process? Loan options There are many types of loans and it’s important to apply for the right one. The right one depends on what you need the […]

  • May is Mental Health Month and a good time to think about mental health issues in the workplace. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression and anxiety cost an estimated $1 trillion per year in lost productivity worldwide. Employers may be well aware of the need to create a safe workplace by employing safety measures (e.g., using safety equipment such as hardhats for construction workers and disposable nitrile gloves for health care workers). But the need for policies and practices with respect to the mental health of employees may not be properly addressed. Here are some issues to consider. […]

  • Summer Vacations in Review

    In the next several weeks and months, employees will be taking time off from work for summer vacations. Now is a good time to determine what your company’s needs will be this summer. Also, given the tight job market, it’s a good time to assess your vacation policy. How many employees take summer vacations? According to a survey by, only 38% of employees with paid vacation days plan to use them all this summer. Other findings: 59% plan to use more than half 5% plan to use less than 25% of their days 6% won’t use any time Have […]

  • National Small Business Week (May 5-11, 2019) is a time to honor the contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners to the U.S.  As the SBA says: “More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create 2 out of every 3 new jobs in the U.S. each year.” It’s also a time to look even harder at what small business means to the U.S. economy. About small business According to the SBA Office of Advocacy’s most recent Small Business Profile, there are 30.2 million small businesses and this represents 99.9% of all U.S. […]

  • According to a survey from Visual Objects, 38% of small businesses don’t have social media accounts, although another 22% plan to have them. Have you considered how social media can help your business and how to manage your social media activities? What social media can do for you The purpose of social media…Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other sites…is essentially to engage with current customers and to attract new customers. This is a big generalization, so let’s get specific. You can use social media to: Offer promotions. You can post news on upcoming sales events and offer coupons. […]

  • According to the March 2019 NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, more than half (51%) of owners reported that they weren’t interested in a loan. But companies need to borrow money from time to time and should think about how a loan can impact a business and its owners. The good There are some compelling reasons why it makes good business sense to borrow money. To raise capital that is needed for expansion and growth. If a company wants to introduce a new line of products, expand to a new location, do research, or engage in other activities to grow, a […]

  • As a business owner, you have to balance your vision for your business with handling employees. You may want employees to behave in certain ways to further your vision. But you also want to refrain from exercising too much control over their behavior for fear of alienating them and, perhaps worse, violating the law. Here are some aspects of control you may want to think about. Discriminating on the basis of appearance The federal law bars employers from discriminating on the basis of religion, national origin, race, color, or sex. There are also bans on discrimination based on age, sexual […]

  • One of the key issues for small businesses is how to pay for health coverage for employees. These employers want to offer coverage to their staff to help keep them healthy as well as to compete in a tight labor market with large companies that almost universally offer health coverage. Businesses considered too small to participate in the large group market, which is where large companies obtain coverage with lower premiums than those offered to the small group market, pay a higher price for comparable coverage. Last year, the Department of Labor issued a rule that permitted the creation of […]


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Successful Tax Planning Strategies for Your Small Business - Interview by Jim Fitzpatrick

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Book Interview -- J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2019


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  • Maximize your bottom line with the nation's most trusted small business tax guide

    J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2019 is the small business owner's ultimate guide to a money-saving, stress-free tax season. Providing straightforward advice from the nation's most trusted tax expert on small business taxes, this book gives you the answers you need quickly, with clear, concise guidance. Updated to cover changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and other legislation, this edition also includes an e-supplement covering additional developments from Congress and the IRS to keep you fully up-to-date.
  • A complete list of individual tax relief opportunities

    J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions and Tax Breaks 2019 is the complete and thorough guide to reducing your tax burden. By listing every possible deduction and credit available to individual taxpayers, this book can help you achieve substantial savings on your 2018 tax return. Updated and expanded to cover new and changing tax law, this edition also includes an e-supplement covering the latest developments from Congress and the IRS to keep you fully up-to-date. Stop overpaying and gain peace of mind as you find the answers you need for your specific tax situation. Mine your paperwork for write-off opportunities, and claim your tax breaks correctly; easy-to-follow instructions give you clear guidance through the maze of worksheets to help you reclaim what is legally yours.
  • Presenting a recently-launched, updated, paperback edition!  Barbara Weltman takes an inspired look in Smooth Failing at the hard lessons learned when things go wrong. Through extensive interviews with entrepreneurs whose ventures failed for a variety of reasons — some stunningly unexpected, some painfully inevitable — Barbara gleans valuable insights about the small mistakes that can lead to large scale catastrophe.  Smooth Failing seeks to save readers from similar disaster — while empowering those who are learning from failures and adversity to bounce back stronger and wiser on the often rocky road to success.
  • Tax facts and strategies every self-employed person needs to know As a self-employed person you have to handle many, if not all, of the aspects of running your business. J.K. Lasser's Guide to Self-Employment is intended to help you with some business aspects with which you may not be familiar—but which have a great impact on your bottom line. It skillfully focuses on taxes as well as many legal and financial matters that may pertain to your business.
  • Small Business Survival Book

    12 surefire ways for your business to survive and thrive! Owning a small business can be a fulfilling and financially rewarding experience, but to be successful, you must know what to do while the business is up and running, and, most importantly, what to do when the business runs into trouble. This book is definitely part of what you need to succeed!
  • As Vicki Raeburn of Dun & Bradstreet notes in the forward, "...the successful creation of credit by small business has a significant effect on one of the most important business drivers, namely cash flow. ...     [This book has] the information needed to understand and build business credit."


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