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Leverage Financial Literacy Month to help your small business

Leverage Financial Literacy Month to help your small businessIt’s essential to be on top of your small business finances. This Financial Literacy Month, make it a priority.

Financial Literacy Month has been celebrated each April since 2000 as a means of improving the financial knowledge and habits of Americans.  While the initiative mainly speaks to individuals, small business owners have a big stake in financial literacy as well – for themselves and for their enterprises.

In short, small business owners need to be literate about their company’s financials in order for their businesses to be successful.  No matter how much of a non-numbers person you are, as the owner of a small business you’ve got to be on top of the financials.  We know that for every accounting consultant in love with digits there are a handful of business consultants, photographers and personal trainers who’d rather hand-wash the laundry than sit down with the books.  Read More »

Insuring your tax preparation practice

Insuring your tax preparation practiceBook keepers and tax preparers have access to important client information. In cases such as this you want to ensure your small business is properly insured.

If you’re one of the million-plus people working as a tax preparer, by now you’ve wrapped up preparing your client’s returns in time to meet this year’s deadline. Hopefully the tax season wrapped up with all satisfied clients. But you may also be thinking about what you’ll do if one of those clients isn’t happy with the outcome of your work.

As an entrepreneur in the tax preparation field your small business is susceptible to legal risks if you don’t satisfy the needs of your clients.  As a professional whose work revolves around accuracy and numbers, you’re probably no fan of risk and like to minimize it.  Put these defining factors together and you get one real need for small business insurance. Read More »

One piece of marketing advice every IT consultant can use

One piece of marketing advice every IT consultant can useLearn how vanity URLS can be a simple, yet impactful way, to make your IT consulting firm stand out.

As an IT consultant you’re no doubt familiar with vanity URLs – perhaps painfully so, due to past client demands.  Just in case you’re not though, a vanity URL is a custom URL that makes it easier for people to remember and find your website, or specific sub-pages.  Vanity URLs should be easy to remember and share.

This ease of remembering and sharing is why vanity URLs can be a marketing boon to IT consultants.  With so many consultants in the IT space it can be hard to differentiate your service.  Focusing on your IT consultant unique value proposition in sales collateral and marketing content helps build differentiation, but at that first interaction between your consulting firm and the potential client, you need more.  You need something memorable that grabs them because they can relate to it. Read More »

Does your financial planning business have the right business insurance?

Does your financial planning business have the right business insurance

Financial advisors help clients avoid surprises within their finances. You can also avoid surprises in your financial advising practice by making sure you’re properly insured.

The first half of the year is generally a welcome relief for financial advisors who often spend the last months of the year strategizing with clients and creating financial plans for the upcoming year.  With less hustle and bustle, now is the perfect time to work on your financial consultancy’s marketing plan, sign up for continuing education for yourself or your staff and make sure the small business insurance you’re carrying is right for you. Read More »

How to professionalize your freelance business

How to professionalize your freelance business

Shara Gibson , Emily Diaz and Hannes Luth share their business insight during the event.

Local D.C. business owners gathered to gain insight on how to make their businesses stand out.

A mix of writers, consultants and public relations professionals gathered at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. on April 3rd to learn how to personalize their freelance business and exchange ideas with their peers. Panelists included Shara Gibson of the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development, founder of Cosita Boutique, Emily Diaz and media trainer and consultant Hannes Luth of Wunderbar Media, LLC. Read More »

Insuring against nature for wedding planners

Insuring against nature for wedding plannersWhen working with brides and grooms on their big day, wedding planners have to be prepared for anything. The same goes for insuring their business.

Spring is slowly coming to life and that means that summer is right around the corner. Summer weddings are the epitome of easy elegance – at least in photos.  Magazines and websites idealize them, as do your clients, but summer weddings have a way of throwing curveballs.  Weather that changes quickly, bug armies and blazing temperatures not in the forecast eight months ago are just three things that are out of your control.

As a professional event planner running your own small business, you know how popular summer weddings are – and probably have some know-how about the perils and pitfalls of middle-of-the-year nuptials. We were given a first-hand account of the industry from wedding planner Tanya Costigan of Bowties and Butterflies. Like Tanya, smart event planners anticipate potential wedding pitfalls and have a few tricks up their sleeves for dealing with the unexpected: back-up venues, industrial mister fans, alternate photo shoot spots and buckets of back-up ice just to name a few. Read More »

Hiscox Small Business Corner: Some Like it Organized

Hiscox Small Business Corner Some Like it OrganizedHelping others organize their space came natural for Michelle Powell. She followed this passion and became a small business owner.

We’re always excited to feature entrepreneurs in the Hiscox Small Business Corner. It’s an opportunity for us to showcase small business owners and their passions. We’re also hopeful that these features will provide inspiration as you launch or focus on growing a business.

Today’s small business corner features Michelle Powell, founder of Some Like It Organized, a professional organizing company that launched in 2012. Michelle says that organizing has always come natural for her. But it wasn’t until working with her mother-in-law one day that she realized her passion for organizing.

Michelle shares more about her passion for organizing and life as an entrepreneur below. Read More »

Hiscox Small Business Corner: Solvegy

Hiscox Small Business Corner SolvegyExperienced IT consultant Dipesh Patel went from working for Fortune 500 companies to launching a technology consulting firm dedicated to fostering life-long relationships with its clients.

We’re featuring Solvegy in this installment of the Hiscox Small Business Corner, a series highlighting Hiscox customers. Based in Washington, D.C., Solvegy is a management and technology consulting firm that helps businesses with their technology needs.

The firm was founded by Dipesh Patel who has over 14 years of experience in the technology and management consulting fields. Patel’s experience includes a background in telecommunications, financial services and other industries.

Read below for Patel’s insight on why he turned his passion for technology into a business.

Tell us more about Solvegy?

Solvegy is a technology consulting firm that helps organizations realize strategic technology visions. Solvegy’s services include: Technology Vision Articulation, Program and Project Integration and Digital Solutions. At Solvegy, we believe that technology solutions must complement an organization’s vision instead of driving its decision-making. Read More »

Riskiest states for employee lawsuits

A Hiscox study revealed the riskiest states for employee lawsuits.

Are you at risk?

Today, Hiscox released a survey detailing the best and worst areas for employee lawsuits in the US.  Four states – California, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi – along with the District of Columbia, were the top five riskiest areas of the US for employee lawsuits. Businesses in these states and jurisdictions face a substantially higher risk of being sued by their employees compared to the national average. Read More »

Balance & Focus: The keys to being a successful (and guilt free) womanpreneur

Balance and Focus - The Keys to Being a Successful (And Guilt Free) WomanpreneurBusiness coach Brandi Starr says that women entrepreneurs can obtain balance by making sure they are focused. Read Brandi’s three steps for a life of balance and focus.

Women business owners naturally face different challenges than their male counterparts. Although each household dynamic is different, many women entrepreneurs also carry the roles of mother, homemaker, caregiver and/or spouse. Managing it all can feel more like juggling chainsaws than an act of balance.  As a wife, mother and entrepreneur I often get asked “how do you do it all, and make it look so simple?” my answer is two-part and always the same…It’s about balance and focus as a woman entrepreneur.

Balance

Women by nature are nurturers which often lead to feelings of guilt when we put our needs (or the needs of our business) ahead of others. This guilt often holds us back from reaching our full potential because our attention is centered on being all things to all people at all times. And that is where the problem arises. Read More »

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