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Economic Forecast 2012 for Small Business

The last three years have been extremely difficult for small businesses.  In 2009 alone, there were nearly two hundred thousand small business closures than business openings.   

The good news is that the economy will not be getting worse.  The bad news is that we are in a stagnate economy.  The growth projections for the next four quarters will not be more than 2.0%.   We need at least 4% quarterly growth to get us out of our economic funk.    With the economic uncertainty going into the election year and no real boom industry on the horizon, 4% will be difficult ...


Trends in Credit Card Processing for Small Business

The biggest trend continues to be the Durbin Amendment. Small businesses received the biggest reduction in their credit card processing charges in the history of the electronic payment industry.  Most small businesses will not realize these savings unless they take action. 

As part of the Dodd – Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 passed by Congress in 2010, the Durbin Amendment was written to give the Federal Government the power to set interchange rates for debit card usage.  Essentially, this amendment significantly lowered the rates beginning October 1, 2011.

In the past, debit card processing rates, or ...


1099 Reporting for Small Business

1099 Reporting.  If any payments to vendors over $600,  you must issue a 1099.  Failure to do so can result in a fine per violation.  This reporting is going to cause a lot of headaches and wasted hours filing reports.  These are the requirements from the IRS website.

IRS FORM 1099 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires businesses (including not-for-profit organizations) to issue a Form 1099 to any individual or unincorporated business paid in excess of $600 per calendar year for services rendered. This is required whether these payments are spread out over the course of the year ...


Trends in Merchant Cash Advance

The great news is that the factor rate of merchant cash advances continues to come down.  A merchant cash advance is like a loan, but based on your businesses future sales.  The industry is unregulated so the advances are made much quicker without all the paperwork, and financials.  The advances are unsecured.  Those are the advantages. 

The disadvantage is that the factor rate is higher than a bank loan interest rate.  Only a few years ago, the factor rate was around 1.35.   Now, the factor rates have come down through market competition.  It is possible to get a 3 ...


How small business can exploit Groupon

The Groupon phenomenon has grown like wildfire.  If implemented correctly, a Groupon campaign or a living social campaign can significantly transform your business and increase your bottom line.   Let’s be honest, a successful Groupon campaign is not cheap.  Groupon wants you to give at least 50% off to its members.  Then Groupon splits the upfront money.  So you are giving away 75% of your product and service.   If you have a 50% margin, then the campaign will cost you 25% of the wholesale price minus the percentage of no shows which is usually around 10%.  

For a Groupon campaign ...


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