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Happy New Year! You get to pay more taxes
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Individuals and families will see a little less in their paychecks starting Jan. 1, 2014. Wage earners and self-employed individuals who make more than $200,000 (individual) and $250,000 (couple) will be assessed an additional .9 percent Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1.45 percent Medicare payroll tax as well as a 3.8 percent Medicare tax on unearned income — investment dividends, rental income, interest and capital gains on property. Individual and families falling below the $200,000 will experience new restrictions on medical expense deductions and flexible spending accounts, including penalties for spending money on non-qualified medical expenses — simple human error!
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Top 10 small-business trends for 2014
Small Business Labs
The overall economic outlook for 2013 is for solid if moderate growth with U.S. GDP increasing 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent. Hiring and the job market are expected to continue to improve with unemployment falling and finishing the year in the 6.5 percent to 6.7 percent range. Here, Small Business Labs gives their top 10 small-business trends to look for in 2014.
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How to keep your business lean and profitable
Business 2 Community
In many ways, "stay lean" has become the new American motto. People everywhere are trying to stay lean through diet, exercise or banishing meaningless possessions. There's a reason the "stay lean movement" is so popular. It's healthier and more efficient and it provides the space for meaningful growth. Why should businesses be any different? They're not. Lean might seem like the opposite of growth and expansion but the reality is that the two can work quite well together.
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4 ways to improve your next electronic proposal submission
By Joe Latta
Proposal professionals have long explored ways to optimize their hard copy submissions, from adjusting paper colors, tabs and binding types to developing unique packaging materials. However, as many government and commercial organizations shift to electronic-only submission requirements, a new challenge has emerged: how to optimize a proposal file. That's why I'm discussing four underused ways to improve the appeal and functionality of a proposal in portable document format (PDF) — the most common file type of electronic submissions.
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Yelp: Is it hurting small business?
The Huffington Post
Small-business owner Anne Phillips explains why she is not a big fan of Yelp and why she thinks it may be hurting, not helping, small business.
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5 mobile ad tools for very small businesses
Street Fight Magazine
Eighty-five percent of small businesses now fall into the "very small business" category, with fewer than five employees. By tailoring their mobile ad products to meet the needs of merchants in this category — with self-serve tools and straightforward pricing structures — vendors are opening themselves up to a much larger market. Here are five mobile ad tools built for VSBs.
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Fewer Gmail users are opening retailers' messages this shopping season
New York Times
Some E-commerce marketers are having a challenging holiday season, and they blame Google for it. A change to Gmail that relegated retailers' emails to a separate inbox for promotions has had a big effect during the busiest shopping period of the year, according to three services that manage mass emails. And another change to Gmail, involving the way it shows images in messages, made it harder for retailers to track who opens their emails.
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Great entrepreneurs pick great markets
Harvard Business Review
It's hard to underestimate the power of an attractive or unattractive market in driving outcomes for companies, including start-ups. As Andy Rachleff, one of the founders of the venture capital firm Benchmark has said, "When a great team meets a lousy market, markets win." For entrepreneurs, then, the challenge is to find an opportunity in an attractive market.
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