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When to pay the self-employment tax
CBS News
If you plan to start a small business and pay yourself, you'll need to know a thing or two about the taxes you owe. One special tax that trips up a lot of small business owners is the self-employment tax, which is also known as the SE or SECA tax. Many newly self-employed people, such as sole proprietors, independent contractors and consultants are surprised to find that they pay a lot more in tax as a self-employed person than as an employee. Here are the things you will need to keep in mind.
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SBA lenders provide veterans with breaks on business loans
Jacksonville Business Journal
Veterans interested in starting or growing a business can expect more help from lenders thanks to a new initiative by the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders. More than 100 lenders who make Small Business Administration loans already have signed up for NAGGL's Operation: Vet Access. Participants pledge to increase their lending to veterans and many are reducing fees on SBA loans or offering lower interest rates to veteran-owned businesses.
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5 small-business social media mistakes
Small Business Trends
Small businesses can use social media to boost sales and gain attention from potential customers. Unfortunately, a lot of small businesses make mistakes when trying to harness the power of social media. Some of those are rookie mistakes that are easy to avoid, if you just are conscious of them and work to handle them differently. Here are five of the biggest small-business social media mistakes to avoid.
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Best activities to outsource in your small business
The Huffington Post
Rather than wear every hat — every single day — small-business owners need to think about regular activities that can be outsourced or subcontracted out. When you can get assistance with tasks you are probably not skilled at anyway, you will have more time for higher level activities like business development and project management. Here are some of the best activities to outsource in your small business.
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When to pay the self-employment tax
CBS News
If you plan to start a small business and pay yourself, you'll need to know a thing or two about the taxes you owe. One special tax that trips up a lot of small business owners is the self-employment tax, which is also known as the SE or SECA tax. Many newly self-employed people, such as sole proprietors, independent contractors and consultants are surprised to find that they pay a lot more in tax as a self-employed person than as an employee. Here are the things you will need to keep in mind.

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A successful website: 8 ways to get visitors to stick around
By Andrea Fischetti
When people land on your website, how much are they really engaging with your content? If you use Google Analytics, you should be able to make informed decisions about your website: knowing how much time people spend there, what pages they stay on or leave from and whether they return. Getting people to your site is a project in itself, but getting them to stay there and engage once they arrive is the hardest part. Here are eight sure ways to get them to stick around.

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4 realistic ways to fund your small business
Forbes
Today's small businesses exist in a new economic landscape that forces creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to financing. Small businesses have traditionally been the key driver for economic recovery when it comes to hiring but hiring requires capital and capital can be hard to come by. Whether you are a startup seeking initial seed capital or an operating small business looking for money to grow, you have to be flexible, remain positive and stay vigilant in your efforts. Here are four ways to get started with funding your small business.

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Mississippi to create small-business health insurance exchange
Insurance Journal
Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney plans to move ahead with a health insurance exchange for small businesses after federal officials approved regulations to allow the move. The Department of Health and Human Services had proposed a rule that would have barred states that didn't run an individual marketplace from setting up a separate exchange for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
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3 startup lessons from an NFL coach
Fox Business
Matt Ehrlichman writes, "With the 2013-14 NFL season kicking into full gear, and as I settle into my Sunday ritual, I'm reminded of why my hero, head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks, is just that — a hero. Since he took the reins in Seattle in 2010, Pete's taken a below-average team and turned out a Superbowl contender. His leadership style can be applied to a startup and to leading a company."
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Crafting alluring and effective posts on social media
By Emma Fitzpatrick
While Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and the like all fall under the umbrella of social media, using each platform requires an individualized set of tricks and tips. A new study recently found the most effective tips and guidelines for posting on different social media outlets. Implementing these tips will allow your business to see a higher number of likes, retweets, views and — most importantly — engagement.
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Modern technology lacking in most small businesses
AccountingWeb,com
Although a little more than half of small-business owners who were recently surveyed by online marketing firm Yodle Inc. use technology for accounting, only a minority use automated technology for other key business operations, such as appointment booking and scheduling, customer relationship management and acquisition marketing. Almost 1 in 4 small business owners report they don't spend any money on marketing, while just more than half spend less than $500 a month. Another area within technology and marketing in which small-business owners are lacking: Websites. According to the survey, 52 percent of small-business owners do not have a website and 90 percent do not have a mobile-optimized website.
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Do small businesses have the edge on maternity leave?
The Guardian
Maternity leave is rightly afforded special protection in the workplace given the history of discrimination against pregnant employees, yet many women still insist that leaving work to have a baby puts them at a disadvantage when they return. The question is, could small businesses have the edge over larger employers in the way that they manage and support things like maternity leave and requests for flexible working, and therefore benefit from having an engaged workforce and potentially being more attractive to female candidates?
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The 5 worst pieces of advice for small-business owners
Mashable
When you're starting a business, there's no shortage of people eager to hand out advice. It seems that everyone, even someone you've just met, has an opinion on how you should be developing your product, running your marketing, handling your finances and much more. Here are the top five bits of advice that you could do without.
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