Mobile Tech Now A Necessity For Small Businesses

It's fairly common to hear that a business without a strong Internet presence is doomed to fail. Depending on the nature of the business, that might mean having its own website, its own Facebook page, a broad social media presence, or even a simple blog. But now, the expectations for a business's Internet presence have extended to include mobile apps and capabilities. And at this point it's beginning to become clear: a small business that's not taking advantage of mobile opportunities is without...
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The mobile payments industry is driving the US economy

For those still unfamiliar with the concept of mobile payments (have you been living under a rock?!), here’s what the latest technology to make waves in the retail transactions industry is all about. Mobile payments Mobile payments is part of the fledgling e-commerce industry where payments are eschewed from traditional forms such as cash or via credit card processing, instead they are made through the use of a compatible mobile device (like a smartphone or a tablet). Revolutionary te...
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eMarketer’s Promise of Increased Adoption of Mobile Payments Motivated by Competition

While many US based mobile payment service providers may be encouraged by eMarketer’s projection of over 60 billion dollars sales by 2017, implying a great positive growth in the mobile payment industry in the next few years, what they might not know is what motivated eMarketer to revise their US mobile payment projection to reflect this figure. In their 2013 roundup of mobile commerce, eMarketer observed that the US retail mobile commerce market had been growing in terms of aggregate sales r...
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Cloud Accounting Software: The Best Way to Keep Track of Your Business Finances

Cloud computing takes a bigger chunk out of business administration each and every year. In 2013, nearly 50 percent of businesses and software developers alike added private cloud computing to their budgets. Whether it's customer relationship management or shipping software, businesses and the software companies that cater to them are streamlining their operations with the cloud. Among the most common and constructive ways to improve your daily business operations by shifting to a remote hos...
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8 Tips for Stretching Your Company’s Budget

You got in business to make money, and sometimes you need to find ways to save money that aren't so obvious in order to stay afloat. Cutting corners is smart only if you can do it without sacrificing quality of work. Here are some tips to saving money wherever you can. Smart Marketing: Strategy The general rule for marketing budgets is to spend as much as you can afford up front. Most strategies call for businesses to spend big in the first three years — up to 20 percent of their total...
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Top-Paying Jobs You Can Secure with a Business Degree

Graduating from college with a business degree or grad school with an MBA is quite an accomplishment. However, unlike some other niche degrees, a business degree doesn't necessarily lead you into a specific career, nevertheless one of the best paying careers out there. If you're like most college graduates, you'd prefer a fairly lucrative career to get you off on the right financial footing and pay down that student debt. Even though a business degree is generally thought of as the stepping ...
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Keep the Money Coming in By Invoicing Promptly and Clearly

You got into business to make money, not to create paper trails around it. But those paper trails between what you buy, from whom, and for how much, are the backbone of your supply chains and expenditures. Invoicing isn't fun, but it is necessary. Follow this guide to solid invoicing practices. Comparing Vendors Later If you're a business owner who doesn't occasionally block out an hour or two to drag out old invoices and compare what you're paying to other market prices of what you co...
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Using Video Marketing to Bring in More Business and Increase Revenue

Remember when that direct email went viral? How about that newsletter? Remember when that blog post took off across the Internet and got more than a million hits in just a few days? Me neither. Why? Because it never happened. There are a ton of ways to get a message out to a ton of people, but there is one that stands alone as being able to reach the most people and have the most impact in the shortest time: video. If you sell online or have an online presence, a video marketing campaign can...
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Time-Tracking Software: Helping You Avoid Costly Payroll Mistakes

At first glance, having your employees track their time manually probably seems like the easiest thing for everybody. You won't have to buy, install, and figure out how to use potentially expensive software. You won't need any special equipment. In fact, having your employees log their time manually is not a good idea. While, sure, there's a learning curve involved for whatever time tracking software you choose to use, it is still your best option. Reasons to Use Time Tracking Software ...
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Turning Your Blog into a Money-Making Machine

When you originally started a blog, your intent may have been to offer the financial lessons you've learned from your past mistakes. Maybe you wanted an easy way to keep your family and friends up to date on the crazy antics of your children and how you go about parenting a child with special needs. Maybe you're an avid reader and you wanted to write in-depth book reviews. After you've been blogging for a while and your blog has evolved in to a much larger project generating some interest, th...
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