Starting a small business enterprise on eBay, Amazon Webstore, Etsy or even Craig’s List has become an increasingly popular option for entrepreneurs looking to get instant visibility and access to a massive online marketplace.
But how do you go about becoming a serious eBay seller and forming a business around your enterprise? At what point does your enterprise become more than just a hobby? Will you need to get a business license, incorporate, and pay sales tax?
On November 11, we took the time out of our day to thank those who serve and protect our nation. However, our nation owes it to them to show them our gratitude every day, and provide them with the support they need after what they have given for us. The men and women of our military sacrifice so much for our freedom, and when they return after years of serving, it is a difficult transition for them and their families starting the next chapter in their lives.
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The end of the year is fast approaching, but there’s still time to take advantage of a variety of business tax credits and deductions – some of which are new for 2012.
Here are just a few to consider, plus some best practices for maximizing your claims.
Take Advantage of 2012 “Section 179” Deduction Limits
Guest blog post by Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca
BlankTomorrow is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and
support small businesses across the country.
In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims, early settlers of Plymouth
Colony, held a three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest, an event many
regard as the nation's first Thanksgiving. Historians have also
recorded ceremonies of thanks among other groups of European settlers in North
America, including British colonists in Virginia in 1619. The legacy of thanks
and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national
holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of
The holiday shopping season is here, and customers are poised to spend more than $586 billion on gifts this year—a 4.1 percent increase over last year. But not all of that action is taking place on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, or at the local mall. For smart small businesses whose products have wide appeal, holiday arts and crafts fairs and local flea markets or other outdoor shopping events are great ways to garner additional sales this time of year. To get started, follow these steps.
Do you know an outstanding small business deserving of recognition? We are now accepting nominations for the 2013 National Small Business Week Awards, including the prestigious Small Business Person of the Year award.
Visit NationalSmallBusinessWeek.SBA.gov to submit your nomination now through January 3, 2013.
The SBA awards to be given in celebration of National Small Business Week will include:
The goal of business is to make a profit. Many small businesses fail at this because they don’t know how to price their products or services, but pricing is the critical element to achieving a profit, a factor that all firms can control.
If you’re a startup or are revisiting your pricing strategy, here are some suggestions from industry experts and small business owners to help you get the price right.
1) Understand service costs and their impact on pricing
In between the Black Friday sales and the Cyber Monday deals is Small Business Saturday (November 24th) – a day set aside to support the small businesses that play a vital role in creating jobs and economic opportunities all across the country.
Small businesses are the back bone of our communities. And when we shop small, we not only get great products and services, but we support our neighbors and strengthen our local economies.