Oops: Do You Owe Sales Tax and Not Realize You Do?

Posted on 11. Jun, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

One of the side effects of our last economic slowdown was in state government budgets; states searched hard for new income, and many of them found a great source by cracking down on sales tax collections.  Their new hot buzzword:  nexus. Nexus means a connection that a business has with a state, and it has [...]

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QuickBooks Online: The New Interface

Posted on 09. Jun, 2014 by in QuickBooks, VirtualConnections Newsletter

For those using QuickBooks Online, you may have been introduced to their new interface over the last couple of months. The final rollouts to all companies still on the old interface will be on June 8th.  Be prepared, because navigating in the new QBO interface, the changes are significant. When you first open QBO, this [...]

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Six Business Topics and Trends to Study in 2014

Posted on 05. Jun, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

You’ve likely heard these topics mentioned in the news.  The question is, have you stopped and thought about how they will be impacting your business this year? The Biggie:  The Affordable Care Act This new law impacts both employer insurance and taxes of small businesses.  The law is complicated with many definitions and varying effective [...]

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Do You Know Your Weakest Business Link?

Posted on 28. May, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

By Linda Siniscal You’ve already built a solid business that you have great pride in.  Yet, if you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’re on a constant search for how to make your business better.   One way to focus your search is to look for the weakest link in your business. From a return-on-investment standpoint, working on [...]

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Seven Profit-Boosting Entrepreneurial Habits

Posted on 21. May, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

As an entrepreneur, you are responsible for shaping your business success.  Any habits that sabotage your success in your personal life can often carry over to your business.  Becoming aware of these is the first step to success. Here are seven success-boosting habits to double-check against your own. 1.      Being able to say [...]

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Five Essential Components of an Entrepreneur’s Compensation

Posted on 14. May, 2014 by in Small Business Tips, VirtualConnections Newsletter

By Linda Siniscal The two major ways entrepreneurs can take money from their business is through draws or by receiving a paycheck.  The type of entity in which their business is set up will determine which method can be used. In either case, entrepreneurs need to be careful not to shortchange themselves. Especially if you’re [...]

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Career Coach for Women Offers New Programs and Expert Advice on How to Choose the Best Coach for You

Posted on 07. May, 2014 by in VirtualConnections Newsletter

By MaryBeth Gregg, International Center for Women on Purpose (ICWOP) Twenty years ago, most people thought of coaches only in the context of sports. Now more people than ever are trying to navigate their unsettled work environment, or perhaps are in mid-life and have a nagging feeling of wanting to do something different in their [...]

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Does it Pay to be Noticed? What to Do When the IRS Sends You a Notice

Posted on 23. Apr, 2014 by in VirtualConnections Newsletter

By Linda Siniscal If you receive a notice from the IRS most of us will see our pulse rate quicken and a cold sweat break out on our foreheads. Here is some advice if an IRS notice finds its way into your mailbox. Open it. You would be surprised how many people simply cannot find [...]

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What Does the Heartbleed Bug Mean for You and Your Business?

Posted on 16. Apr, 2014 by in VirtualConnections Newsletter

Guest post by Nancy Seeger, Arts Assistance Do You Sell Products or Services on Your Website? What is the Heartbleed bug? Basically it is a vulnerability in the software for open SSL Certificates that leaves it possible for hackers to read your passwords and other protected information. As bugs go this is a biggie. If [...]

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Crowdfunding: Using the Internet to Raise Funds

Posted on 09. Apr, 2014 by in VirtualConnections Newsletter

By Linda Siniscal When the internet first hit the scene, few of us could dream of the possibilities this instant global connection would enable. While many of us use the internet to search for information, shop online, or stay connected to friends via social media, there are other emerging uses that are less well known. [...]

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