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9 ways for small business owners to keep the taxman happy

When Benjamin Franklin said that the only things certain in life were "death and taxes" most people didn't consider that they may be closely linked.

But problems with taxes can lead to the death of your small business unless you take steps to keep the taxman off your back.

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Digital Signatures: 5 good reasons to use them in your business

"Signing on the dotted line." It wasn't all that long ago that phrase meant signing pen-on-paper. Increasingly these days it can also mean signing on-screen with a stylus-or even with your finger tip!-or by using your computer and keyboard.

So why have many businesses moved to using electronic signatures? What are the advantages over using pen-on-paper for signatures on agreements?

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Social Media: Should your business take it seriously?

Isn't Twitter a waste of time? Isn't Facebook for the kids?

Not anymore.

It's true that Twitter and Facebook started out with very 'non-business' objectives. The founder of Twitter actually did invent it so you could tell everyone you were going to the shop to get some milk; and anyone who has seen the movie The Social Network knows about the very lowbrow origins of Facebook.

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5 alternatives to word-of-mouth marketing for small businesses


"I get all my business from word-of-mouth marketing."

"I'm a referral business."

"I don't have the budget for marketing."

"I'm just too busy to market my business!"

If you find yourself saying any of the above, it's likely that you experience considerable peaks and troughs in your small business.

Why?

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While everyone wants their businesses to be successful and operate for a long time, you may not necessarily want to remain at the helm.

At some point, you may want to pass the business on to your children, or to someone else in the company. You may want to sell your share to your business partner. Or you may want to sell the business to another person or company, and retire on the proceeds.

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