DR 131: Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses–An Interview with Fidelity’s Brian Hogan

One of the biggest surprises for me as a blogger was the retirement plan options available to a small business owner. While a 401k maximum contribution is $17,500 (as of 2014) and an IRA is $5,500 (as of 2014), as a small business owner I can sock away more than $50,000 a year. It almost […]

Published or Updated: November 28, 2014

13 Tools to Move Your Business to the Cloud

Photo: Paul Vallejo As a small business owner, I’ve grown accustomed to being a jack-of-all-trades. I keep the books, invoice customers, maintain my blogs and websites, all while trying to grow my business. When I first started making money online way back in 2007, I didn’t give much thought to the nuts and bolts of […]

Published or Updated: January 26, 2013

How to Track Your Business Finances Like a Ninja

How I track my business income and expenses has changed dramatically since I started my online company in 2007. What was once a painful process with uncertain results (I was always losing something) now takes just a few minutes a month. And the result is penny-perfect accounting that even my tax prepare admires. So how […]

Published or Updated: October 18, 2012

Why I Invoice Clients Online Using FreshBooks

There are certain aspects of running an online business that are really tedious. Bookkeeping is one of them. Each month I invoice about six clients. While that doesn’t seem like much, it’s frankly a real pain. Until recently, I used QuickBooks to generate the invoice and track payments. The problem is that QuickBooks is a […]

Published or Updated: December 12, 2011

Small Business Administration Lending Changes in 2011

Increasing credit restrictions over the past couple of years have had a noticeable effect on small businesses. Banks, stifled by their own capital needs, have put increasingly tighter regulations on small business loans. This has made it difficult for companies that seek to grow or recapitalize existing loans, buy equipment or real estate, add to […]

Published or Updated: April 4, 2013

How the SBA Microloan Program Can Help Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Microloan Program is used by small businesses and local entrepreneurs as well as non-profit child care centers for working capital needs, the purchase of inventory, supplies, furniture, fixtures, machinery and/or equipment. This program, in particular, supports under-served or un-banked markets, including borrowers with minimal credit history, low-income borrowers, and women […]

Published or Updated: April 5, 2013

Powerful Internet Marketing for Small Businesses–A Case Study

When I started this site back in 2007, I had never heard of Internet Marketing. I had no clue how search engines worked. I couldn’t build a website to save my life. But hour by painstaking hour I learned. Fast forward to 2009, and I’ve found myself talking to small business owners (franchisees, home-based business […]

Published or Updated: December 2, 2009

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