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How will small business owners vote in the midterm elections?

The midterm elections are coming up next week and the leadership of the US Senate is in the balance with Republican in the lead in the majority of polls.  Beyond the current hot buttonl issues of Ebola, ISIS, immigration and more is the question of which party has the best policies for small businesses and entreprenuers.

Hiscox surveyed small business owners across the country to find out what’s important to them and how they think the governement can help.  Do these issues ring true for others out there?  Let us know.

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What issues are important to small businesses and entrepreneurs and how can the governement help?

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5 tips for finding the best credit card for your small business

5 tips for finding the best credit card for your small business

Guest blogger Odysseas Papadimitriou shares insight on securing the best credit card for your small business.

Guest blogger Odysseas Papadimitriou of CardHub and WalletHub shares insight on securing the best credit card for your small business.

Trying to find the right credit card for your small business can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. As CEO of the credit card comparison website CardHub and the personal finance social network WalletHub, I’ve come into contact with small business owners who know this first-hand. There are thousands of offers out there and it’s difficult to determine which ones are actually decent – not to mention which will approve you.

It’s an important decision, though.  Credit cards are double-edged swords – offering both an array of perks and significant downside – and it’s especially true for business owners that choosing incorrectly will drastically increase the odds of a negative outcome.  With that in mind, here are five of the most important things you need to know about choosing a credit card for your business. Read More »

Do you need small business insurance when opening a law practice?

Do you need small business insurance when opening a law practiceLawyers should consider getting small business insurance coverage for their law practice.

Lawyers are known as the small business owners with all the answers – and for good reason. They’re the professionals people turn to when they need help with complex business and legal issues and the seven or so years they spend in undergraduate and law school, make them a highly-educated bunch.

So who do lawyers turn to when they need help? If they need help with a client’s legal claim against them, they turn to their business insurance provider.

Considering that a lawyer’s work is resolving legal disputes, it may seem like they’re above the need for small business insurance. But no business is exempt from risk. According to the American Bar Association, 5% to 6% of private attorneys face legal malpractice claims each year. Read More »

Hiscox challenges small business owners to Encourage Courage

Hiscox Small Business Insurance launches new branding campaign to Encourage Courage.

At Hiscox, we help small business owners, consultants and entrepreneurs build, grow and protect their businesses. We enjoy working with these communities because we know that starting a small business takes courage and risk. These traits are similar to those we value in our employees.

We’re proud to encourage courage in our customers as well as in ourselves. We take risks everyday to help our customers become the best small business owners that they can be. We know that our customers need to take risks every day as small business owners. Read More »

5 things you need to know about starting a photography business

5 things you need to know about starting a photography businessCreating your own business can take a lot of hard work, and learning how to start a photography business is no different.

Learning how to handle the administrative aspects of starting a small business is just as important as honing your craft. Here are five things to think about when starting a photography business. Read More »

How to prepare your small business for the fall

How to prepare your small business for the fallFall is in full swing. Use the tips below to keep your small business on track.

Every year as the days get shorter and leaves start to brown, we begin to hear a lot about winterizing homes and gardens to prepare for the coming winter. What we don’t hear so much about is getting your small business into gear for the fall and winter seasons. Your business probably doesn’t have a water heater to flush or chimney to sweep, but it might have some leaves to rake.  Here are several smart steps you can take to make sure you’re ready to tackle the last quarter of the year with gusto.

Travel

If running your small business involves any amount of air travel, this fall is going to be more of a bear than usual. Infectious disease outbreaks, terrorist activities and weather events will – or already are – making a mess of travel plans for entrepreneurs and business people across the country and around the world. Realistically, try to limit your air travel to what is absolutely necessary. The silver lining to this dark cloud is more time in the office, less money spent on travel and fewer tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Read More »

How can entrepreneurs build a great business plan?

How to write a business plan for your small businessBusiness plans help clarify small business goals, as well as the steps needed to achieve them. In order to attract attention from investors, writing a business plan detailing how you will implement your business’ strategy is imperative.

Learning how to make a business plan can seem daunting, especially when you’re new to running a business altogether. Here are the different pieces that all business plans should have, and why they are important. Read More »

Bookkeeping tips for small businesses

Bookkeeping tips for small businessesSmall business bookkeeping is just one of the many tasks every business owner must handle. Successful businesses know that in order to stay afloat, they need an efficient process for everything from tax forms to inventory.

Staying on top of your small business bookkeeping can be tough, but doing so will give you better control of your business expenditures and a better idea of your profit margin. Here are some tips to help you better manage the bookkeeping for your small business. Read More »

What is a sole proprietorship?

What is a sole proprietorshipBecause a sole proprietorship is the simplest form of business an entrepreneur can start, it is also the most prevalent small business type.

A sole proprietorship is a business run by a single owner. Because there are no other people involved in running your business, you are entitled to all of the profits gained, as well as responsible for all debts incurred by your business. Many sole proprietorships can even be run out of owners’ own homes, whether they manage their home design services from their bedrooms, or perform bookkeeping services for clients from their basements. Read More »

What is e-insurance and how can it help with your small business?

What is e-insurance and how can it help with your small businessE-insurance usage can lessen the burden of paperwork for small business owners.

A small business has enough to worry about without having to keep track of its insurance paperwork. E-insurance accounts, launched on the Insurance Repository System (or IRS), allow small businesses to store insurance statements and policies electronically, all on a single platform. Aside from providing an easy way to remain organized, here are some other benefits of e-insurance. Read More »

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