SBA 8(a) Certification Program

Did you know the Federal government is required by law to give preferential treatment to small disadvantaged companies? What is the SBA 8(a) Certification Program? In 2014, $34.7 billion in federal contracts was awarded to small disadvantaged businesses at an average of $5.2 million per firm. To help these businesses thrive and compete, the US SBA created the 8(a) Business Development Program. This program is for small businesses that are…  Read more

When You Should Consider Hiring a Business Lawyer

When you run a small business, every cent counts. It can be difficult to spend money on anything you don’t consider vital. Hiring a lawyer during key times in your small business might seem like an unnecessary expense, but the money you spend now on a business attorney could save you time, money, and energy in the long run and could protect your business. When it comes to your small…  Read more

Conference Tips for Small Business Owners

For small business owners, business conferences can be both a blessing and a curse. They give you the opportunity to develop new skills and learn strategies that you can use in your business, and they also provide you with the chance to meet new people and expand your business network. Unfortunately, they also pull you away from your business and they cost money, so it’s important that you get the…  Read more

4 tips for less stressful business travel

Business owners fall into two categories: those who love business travel and those who hate it. The love/hate dynamic may depend on how much you travel for work, but even if you love business travel there are stressful aspects to being out of town. Although we can’t guarantee that our travel tips will ensure a completely stress-free experience, here are four ways to lessen your hassle. If you’re someone who…  Read more

Should you bill by the hour or offer fixed rate packages?

If you’re like most freelancers, knowing how to price your services can be a real struggle. Charging an hourly rate can feel less scary than asking for a higher priced fixed rate package because you know you’ll be compensated for every hour you spend on a project. But there are drawbacks to trading time for money – not the least of which is that it limits your earning potential. Read…  Read more

Tips for choosing a small business bank

Finding the right bank to serve your small business needs can be a daunting task. With so many competing financial institutions to choose from, business owners simply don’t have the time for the in-depth research required to carefully weigh all the options. This guide to choosing a small business bank will help you narrow down your choices so you find the best fit for you. Small, medium, or large? You…  Read more

4 questions you should ask your accountant

Ideally, you and your accountant are more than just “adviser” and “client”. With your combined skills, expertise, and shared mission to support a thriving business, you’re more like strategic partners. The key to achieving success in any partnership is, of course, strong communication. At your next meeting, be sure to ask your accountant these four important questions. 1. What’s my best strategy for increasing revenue? Every business owner strives to…  Read more

Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Attack

Many small business owners assume that cyber attacks only happen to big companies, banks or governments. But the truth is, limited knowledge of digital security and lack of defences make small businesses particularly vulnerable to attack. Research shows that 71% of all cyber attacks happen to businesses with less than 100 employees – and yet many CEOs have yet to invest in a formal defense plan. With cyber attack insurance…  Read more

How Not To Recruit

Eighty percent of staff turnover is caused by bad hiring decisions, according to the Harvard Business Review. But few organizations question whether problems within their own recruiting processes turn away potential talent. If your recruiting strategy exhibits any of the following obstacles, it’s time for a rethink. Self-Centered Job Advertisements Most job advertisements speak extensively about the talent, skills and qualifications a candidate must have, but do nothing to sell…  Read more

Grow Your Email List Through Personal Contact

When your email list is small or you’d just like to add more people and get higher open rates, it’s smart to grow your list through personal contacts. Begin with the obvious: ask friends, family and business contacts to sign up. Everyone has a pool of people who might be happy to hear about your business via email. All you have to do is remember to ask. Put a note…  Read more

Vote for Jeff to be a Top 100 ProAdvisor!

We’ve got some exciting news! It’s official! Our very own W2 Group CEO, Jeff Wilson II, is in the running to be a Top 100 ProAdvisor! But we need your vote to make this happen! We’re asking all clients, partners and friends to help us get there. Click here to cast your vote for Jeff Wilson II (names are listed alphabetically by last name so scroll down to the bottom…  Read more

Preparing an exit strategy

Research has repeatedly shown that businesses that have been prepared for the owner’s exit are significantly more likely to endure than unprepared businesses. These guidelines around an exit strategy can help your business legacy live on – and get you a satisfactory result. Preparation delivers the best results The key message to take away is this: start your exit strategy now – don’t wait until that ‘later time’. Life is…  Read more

5 Environmental Conservation Tips for Small Businesses

While major companies create powerful green initiatives, many small businesses use the excuse of “no resources” to do nothing. However, everyone plays an important role in protecting the environment, and small businesses have a unique opportunity to involve their community of employees and customers. The most effective environmental conservation projects need not cost much more than a collective effort. If you own or work in a small business, here are…  Read more

Becoming a Better Leader by Developing Personal Accountability  

Being a leader is not just about the habits you practice in front of others. It is often about the habits you practice behind closed doors that make you an easy person to follow. Accountability is a touchy subject that can make many people feel uncomfortable, but it protects you as a leader and can exponentially increase the level of influence you have over a corporation or group of followers.…  Read more

Becoming a Better Leader by Developing Communication Skills

Perhaps you have noticed that it is not always the smartest or most capable person that gets a promotion or has management roles seemingly thrust at them. Studies have shown that a person with better communication skills can typically achieve a higher level of success than someone who simply has the highest qualifications on paper. This is good news for anyone looking to develop the skills it takes to stand…  Read more

Is Now the Right Time to Buy a Home?

If you’ve frequently been asking yourself if it’s the right time to buy a home, there are several things to first consider. Three things to think about are the current market conditions, the interest rates, and the amount of available housing. Current Market The current market conditions may help you determine if it is the right time to buy a home. If prices are starting to increase, you may want…  Read more

5 Tips for Creating a Better LinkedIn Profile

Whether you’re an entrepreneur seeking lucrative new partnerships or a skilled worker in search of the perfect job placement, LinkedIn is the social network you need to be using. As the world’s premier social network geared towards professionals from all walks of life, LinkedIn is effectively your online portfolio and résumé. Companies all over the world use it daily to seek out valuable new connections, but with some 350 million…  Read more

7 Common Health and Safety Risks in the Office and How to Mitigate Them

Offices are often thought of as relatively benign places, compared to more manual environments, such as factory floors or construction sites. But they hold many risks of their own to employees’ health and safety. Be sure of keeping your most valuable asset safe and well by ensuring you don’t overlook these seven common office-based risks. Lone working Lone working is not just about manual operatives working in remote or isolated…  Read more

Killer CV or CV? 5 Blunders That Could Kill Your Chances

Your CV is one of the most important documents you will ever create but a single mistake could send all that hard work straight to the recycle bin. Hiring managers and HR executives sort through hundreds of CVs for every job opening. That means they may spend only a few seconds on each one. If you make any of these 5 blunders, you could be dooming your chances of getting…  Read more

Using blogs to improve your business

Showcasing a business online is an increasingly effective tool for attracting new customers. Blogging is a great way to start to communicate with your target audience. Blogs are highly effective tools for sharing your expertise with others, increasing web traffic and brand awareness, and for attracting and interacting with new customers. WordPress and Blogger are free web hosting platforms that make blogging available to businesses of all sizes. What is…  Read more

9 reasons to switch to cloud computing

Don’t be left up in the air by traditional IT solutions. Check out the top 9 advantages for small businesses switching to cloud computing. Cloud computing is fast becoming the norm because storing information and using software hosted on the Internet has many advantages. 1. Save money Traditionally, a small business spends money licensing software or buying packages to install or download onto individual computers. Cloud computing, on the other…  Read more

Want to grow your business? Our Free Resources will Help